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The World Innovation Summit for Education
(WISE) is an international initiative aimed at transforming education through innovation. WISE was established by Qatar Foundation in
2009 under the patronage of its chairperson, Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser. With a biennial Summit held in Doha, and a
range of year-round initiatives, WISE’s mission revolves around promoting new approaches to
education and investigating new ways to manage education challenges.==The Biennial Summit==The 3-day WISE Summit is held every 2 years
in Doha, Qatar. It unites over 1,500 experts, researchers,
and innovators from multiple sectors worldwide to foster new collaborations and develop solutions
with the goal of inspiring creative changes in education. The summit is currently organized by Stavros
Yiannouka and his team. Each summit has a distinct theme. The first summit was held in 2009 under the
theme “Global Education: Working Together for Sustainable Achievements”.==The WISE Prize for Education==
The WISE Prize for Education is an international prize that rewards an individual or a team
for contributions to education which have been adjudged to be outstanding. The inaugural edition was launched in 2011
with a monetary award of $500,000.Selection criteria for the prize stipulates that the
laureate’s work should have had a significant and lasting impact at any level of education. The laureate is selected by an international
jury of education stakeholders and announced at the annual Summit.The first WISE Prize
was awarded to Fazle Hasan Abed, founder and chairman of BRAC (Bangladesh Rural Advancement
Committee). The second prize, in 2012, went to Madhav
Chavan, co-founder and CEO of India-based NGO Pratham. The third WISE Prize laureate, announced at
the 2013 Summit, was Vicky Colbert, founder and director of Fundacion Escuela Nueva in
Colombia. Ann Cotton, an advocate of girls’ education,
was awarded the 2014 prize. Dr. Sakena Yacoobi was awarded the 2015 prize.Most
recently, the 2017 prize was awarded to the founder and president of Ashesi University
in Ghana, Dr. Patrick Awuah.==Other activities=====The WISE Awards===
Each year the WISE Awards recognize and promotes six projects that address global educational
challenges. A pre-jury composed of education experts assesses
submissions and selects a shortlist of fifteen finalists. Following this, a jury chooses the six award-winning
projects. Winners receive a cash prize of $20,000. The first WISE Awards were handed out in 2009.===The WISE Research Series===
The WISE Research Reports bring key topics to the forefront of the global education debate,
and reflect the priorities of the Qatar National Research Strategy.===WISE Books===
WISE Books are aimed at supporting innovative thinking in education. As of October 2014, WISE has published three
books addressing educational topics. WISE Book authors and photographers travel
to several countries in an attempt to identify the challenges and illustrate the impact of
initiatives and practices that are making tangible differences. The third book to be released by WISE, Learning
(Re)Imagined – How the connected society is transforming learning focuses on the link
between technology and education.===WISE Learners’ Voice===
Learners’ voice, inaugurated in 2010, is a program that aims to reshape students’ perception
of education. Each year, a selected group of young people,
aged 18–25, participate at the annual summit by engaging in debates and making presentations. Workshop sessions are also held throughout
the year. In late 2013, 36 new learners joined the existing
network of 78 learners from previous years.===WISE Accelerator===
The accelerator is a support and advisory program
with the aim of developing early-stage projects in education. The program, founded in 2014, seeks to assist
projects that have a high potential for scalability and a positive impact on the field of education. The program selects five innovative projects
from a variety of countries every year. The past participants of the program, including
country of origin and date of creation:==Partners==
The WISE initiative has cooperation agreements with the following institutions in major education
issues: Agence universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF), the Association of Commonwealth Universities
(ACU), the Institute of International Education (IIE), the International Association of University
Presidents (IAUP), RAND Corporation, and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and
Cultural Organization (UNESCO).==See also==
Qatar Foundation Education in Qatar
Education City, Qatar

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