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EDUCATION FORUM: ON-DEMAND SESSIONS

We took an in-depth look at the topics currently trending within the education sector, scroll down the page to watch each session
Event Overview

EVENT OVERVIEW

During Finland at Expo 2020 Dubai’s Education Forum, industry leaders and experts from the UAE and Finland’s education sector discussed:

  • How education stakeholders can build educational resilience 
  • Fostering well-being in the classroom and beyond
  • Adopting and adapting the Finnish approach to learning
  • The pedagogical use of education technology 
  • How artificial intelligence can be harnessed to predict future skills

We brought together experts in the fields of teacher training, curriculum, well-being, EdTech solutions and artificial intelligence to share their insights, knowledge and guidance in a series of expert interviews, panel discussions and live Q&As.

Keynote presentation: How Finland is able to combine equality with excellence
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Keynote presentation: How Finland is able to combine equality with excellence

In our keynote presentation, Olli-Pekka Heinonen, Director General at Finnish National Agency For Education, discussed the Finnish education system's characteristics and how education can prepare children for an unknown future.

He explored the need to create personalised paths for individual learners with increasingly diversified needs. We will also discuss the 2016 Finnish curriculum reform's objectives and the vocational education and training reform of 2018.

  • Learn why education is the foundation for Finland's success as a continuously developing society
  • Discover the importance placed on teacher training and the trust and autonomy afforded to Finland's highly qualified teachers
  • Learn how Finland is winning the race between technology and education

Olli-Pekka Heinonen, Director General at Finnish National Agency For Education

Panel discussion: Building educational resilience - Creating a culture of well-being and learning through the adoption of new skills
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Panel discussion: Building educational resilience - Creating a culture of well-being and learning through the adoption of new skills

Our panel of education experts explored how schools across Finland and the UAE have responded to the COVID-19 Pandemic, what they learned from the lockdown restrictions placed on schools, and why Finland favours the hybrid model. Our speakers discussed how school culture has developed and what kinds of changes to the working culture had to occur during these exceptional times. Finally, looked to the future and envision how we will return to normality while building resilience and preparing for future challenges.

  • Learn how schools are prioritising the well-being of students and faculty
  • Gain insights into how we can ensure the return to normality will continue to be a central theme
  • Discover the cornerstones of school resilience
  • Learn about the new skills that need to be built into working and school culture for leadership, teachers, and students to ensure educational resilience

Moderator: Katia al-Kaisi, Founder and CEO at Education House Finland

Hind Al Mualla, Chief of Creativity, Happiness & Innovation at KHDA

Hunada Kanbar, School Improvement Advisor at Sharjah Private Education Authority

Dr Raimo Salo, PH.D, Senior Advisor at University of Oulu Teacher Training School

Minna Saadé, Senior Transnational Education Advisor at University of Helsinki, HY+

Expert interview: Successfully adopting and adapting the Finnish approach to learning
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Expert interview: Successfully adopting and adapting the Finnish approach to learning

Finland’s education model is not an off-the-shelf product. However, there are fundamental elements that can be implemented as a way to diversify pedagogy and enhance student learning. In this session, we took an in-depth look at the steps new and existing schools can take to adopt and adapt Finnish teaching styles successfully.

  • Learn about the importance of identifying the wrong drivers and implementing the correct ones
  • Discover the importance of creating a culture that fosters teacher autonomy and risk-taking
  • Learn why it is vital education leaders must remain agile in the face of rapid change

Stephen Cox, Chief Education Officer at New Nordic School

Panel discussion: EdTech – Learning through digital play
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Panel discussion: EdTech – Learning through digital play

Our panel of education experts explored the pedagogical use of education technology solutions, how to ensure each learner is catered for and how to harness education technology to boost creativity. Finally, we discussed how education technology can enhance the curriculum while still ensuring students are developing the necessary soft skills.

  • Discover the types of education technology solutions available
  • Learn how gamification can bring structure to online learning
  • Gain insights into how you can successfully integrate technology into your curriculum

Moderator: Katia al-Kaisi, Founder and CEO at Education House Finland

Riku Alkio, Founder and CEO at Seppo

Sajida Al Bashir, Educational Leader at Royal Grammar Guildford School in Dubai

Jeffery Coupe, Director of Education at Alef Education

Expert interview: Utilising artificial intelligence to predict future skills
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Expert interview: Utilising artificial intelligence to predict future skills

With the help of General Semantic AI, predictive analytics, and simulation, Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences has anticipated the skills required by future workplaces to provide solutions for graduate education and continuous learning. Data-driven insights enable Haaga-Helia to understand what skills are needed now and in the future to guide up-to-date curriculum development to improve the university's competitive offering. Their partner, HeadAI's cognitive artificial intelligence, deploys natural language processing algorithms to build and develop text-based digital twins on knowledge domains, groups, and persons. This enables transparent predictive analytics and cognitive reasoning for curriculum development.

  • Discover how AI solutions can be used to identify future skills required in the workplace
  • Learn how AI can be utilised to develop your current curriculum
  • Learn how to improve your school or university’s competitive offering with AI

Moderator: Leisa Grace Wilson, Editorial Director at Teach Middle East

Pasi Tuominen, Lector at Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences

Anu Passi-Rauste, AI-Talent-preneur and Head of Business Development at HeadAI Ltd.

EDUCATION IN FINLAND AND THE UAE

EDUCATION IN FINLAND AND THE UAE

Finland is a pioneer in the education sector and is well known for its progressive approach, ensuring all industries are equipped with the research, technology and knowledge needed to develop beyond their current capabilities. Our excellent learning outcomes are the result of research-based pedagogy and our innovative approach to teaching and learning. Finland's world-class education system forms the foundation of the country's success, delivering solutions to local and global challenges. Finland is frequently ranked as one of the best countries globally for education, making Finland viable for process simulation by other education-focused governments. 

Similarly, education sits at the heart of the UAE’s Vision 2021 National Agenda. As the country strives to provide a first-rate education system, teaching methods are undergoing transformations, smart systems are being adopted across schools and universities, and significant importance is being placed on pre-school enrollment.

OUR EXPERT SPEAKERS

Severi Keinälä, Commissioner General

Olli-Pekka Heinonen, Director General

Hind Al Mualla, Chief of Creativity, Happiness & Innovation

Katia Al-Kaisi, Founder and CEO

Dr Raimo Salo, PH.D, Senior Advisor

Hunada Kanbar, School Improvement Advisor

Stephen Cox, Chief Education Officer

Riku Alkio, Founder and CEO

Minna Saadé, Senior Transnational Education Advisor

Sajida AL Bashir, Educational Leader

Anu Passi-Rauste, AI-Talent-preneur and Head of Business Development

Leisa Grace Wilson, Editorial Director

Jeffery Coupe, Director of Education