The World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) is a global collaborative initiative established by Qatar Foundation under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al Missned. WISE was launched with a mission to address the urgent challenges and powerful economic, demographic and technological pressures facing 21st-century education. The annual WISE Summit brings together eminent decision-makers and thought-leaders from multiple sectors to generate dialogue, seek innovative solutions, raise awareness of the importance of learning and inspire actions which will make a real difference to the lives of people across the globe. WISE is a year-round platform and forum for the sharing of experience and best practices.
Partner organizations include: Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF); Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU); International Association of University Presidents (IAUP); Institute of International Education (IIE); RAND Corporation; and—a new partner this year—United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
The 2011 Summit will take place in Doha on November 1-3, 2011.
The WISE Awards are designed to identify, showcase and promote innovative educational projects from around the world. Every year, since 2009, six winners are selected by a prestigious Jury for their concrete and positive impact on education. In addition to this recognition given by eminent experts from the education world, they receive $20,000 and are given access to international exposure.The 2011 edition of the WISE Awards will continue to celebrate successful models and innovations from around the world within the theme Transforming Education: Investment , Innovation and Inclusion. Application forms should be downloaded from the website and submitted online, once completed, before 31 May 2011.
WISE Prize for Education
The WISE Prize for Education will reward individuals - or teams of individuals - who have made an outstanding contribution to any field or level of education. Nominations are currently invited from institutions with a demonstrable commitment to education, such as universities, schools, colleges, teachers' organisations, research facilities, international organisations, non-governmental organisations, governments and private corporations. Some individuals of internationally high repute may also be asked to submit nominations. Self-nominations will not be accepted. The nominees will be screened by an 11-person WISE Prize Committee which will make a pre-selection of no more than 15. A Jury of five distinguished individuals will consider the 15 final nominations and select a winner who will receive an award of $500,000 and a gold medal.
Qatar Foundation For Education, Science And Community Development
Founded in 1995 by decree of His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani, Emir of Qatar, Qatar Foundation is a non-profit organization focusing on education, scientific research and community development. Under Qatar Foundation’s umbrella are Education City, which comprises elite universities, several academic and training programs and Qatar Science and Technology Park, which boasts more than twenty-one world-class companies involved in scientific research and development. Chaired by Her Highness Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al- Missned, Qatar Foundation also aims to enhance lives through community development initiatives including Doha Debates, Reach out To Asia and Al Jazeera Children's Channel. Joint venture partnerships in the areas of design, ICT, telecommunications, policy studies and event management contribute to fulfilling the objectives of the Qatar Foundation.