Qatar Foundation Launches the First Ever WISE AWARDS to Recognize Outstanding Innovation in Education

May 19, 2009

Award submission open until July 15th online at http://www.wise-qatar.org/en/awards

NEW YORK, May 19 /PRNewswire/ — Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, initiator of the first ever World Innovation Summit for Education – WISE – dedicated to monitoring the specific impact of 21st century challenges on education, announces today the launch of one of the key highlights of the WISE summit to be held next November in Doha, Qatar with the inaugural WISE Awards 2009 – Innovative Education Practice Awards.

Highlighting the importance of the Awards initiative of the WISE summit, Dr. Abdulla bin Ali Al-Thani, Chairman of WISE and Vice President of Education, Qatar Foundation, explained: “For the first edition, the WISE Awards 2009 will honor innovative, education-related projects and initiatives – tools, practices or processes – that have fostered distinctive cross-educational collaboration.”

The WISE Awards are focused on rewarding a total of six concrete achievements from around the world across three categories aligned with the Forum’s main themes of Pluralism, Sustainability and Innovation.”

  • Pluralism: “Educational activities that explicitly generate greater respect and understanding between communities, enhance diversity, or increase access to and equality in education.”
  • Sustainability: “Initiatives that offer new approaches to educational sustainability (through appropriate funding mechanisms, good governance, suitable accreditation and quality control structure) thereby contributing to the creation of sustainable global societies.”
  • Innovation: “Educational activities that use information and communication technologies and other innovative means to generate new and exciting opportunities for access and delivery of learning content that better enable people to face the diversity of today’s challenges.”

From May 1st to July 15th, 2009, online submissions from both individuals and teams are invited, and must be endorsed by a senior officer of a relevant organization. All applications – to be submitted in English – are welcome from all sectors of education and all types of organizations located anywhere in the world. WISE Awards submissions are now open online at www.wise-qatar.org/en/awards.

45 short-listed applications (15 in each category) will be reviewed by an International Jury, consisting of 10 of the world’s leading experts in pluralism, sustainability and innovation in education, drawn from public institutions, civil society, the private sector, international organizations, universities and social entrepreneurs.

An official awards ceremony to be held on November 17 during the WISE Summit will officially announce the six WISE Awards. Each recipient will receive a grant of $20,000 and the WISE Award winning projects will be showcased during the World Innovation Summit for Education organized by Qatar Foundation to be held in Doha, Qatar from November 16th to 18th, 2009.

Application forms and further details on the Innovative Education Practice Awards are now available from http://www.wise-qatar.org/en/awards. Deadline for applications is July 15th, 2009.


WISE (World Innovation Summit for Education) is a global, groundbreaking, collaborative initiative established by the Qatar Foundation that seeks to monitor and contribute to 21st century challenges and their impact on education. With 1,000 major education stakeholders, opinion leaders and decision-makers from diverse disciplines in over 120 countries participating, WISE endeavours to propose visionary thinking on education, offer new ways of addressing current global challenges and untapped opportunities and anticipate future education models. The WISE Forum takes place in Doha, Qatar, from November 16th to 18th, 2009. Web: www.wise-qatar.org


Qatar Foundation, located in Doha, Qatar, is an independent, private, non-profit, chartered organization founded in 1995 by decree of His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar, to support centers of excellence which develop people’s abilities through investments in human capital, innovative technology, state of the art facilities and partnerships with elite organizations, thus raising the competency of people and the quality of life. Web: http://www.qf.org.qa/

SOURCE Qatar Foundation

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