Wednesday, 24 April 2024
Venue: Dukhan, Auditorium




8:00 - 9:00 

Registration & Light Breakfast  

9:00 - 9:05

University of Doha for Science and Technology
Welcome Note

Dr. Salem Al Naemi
President of UDST
9:05 - 9:10 Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MOEHE)
Opening Remarks

Dr. Ibrahim bin Saleh Al Nuaimi

Undersecretary of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education

9:10 - 9:15

Ministry of Labour (MOL)
Opening Remarks

Sheikha Najwa bint Abdul Rahman Al Thani
Assistant Undersecretary for Migrant Labour Affairs

9:15 - 9:20 Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)
Opening Remarks
Mrs. Abrar Ibrahim Al Saleem
I/C Director of Education Department

9:20 - 9:25

United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural
Organization (UNESCO)
Opening Remarks

Salah Khaled
UNESCO Doha Office for GCC and Yemen

9:25 - 9:30

International Labour Organization (ILO)
Opening Remarks

Max Tunon
Head of ILO Office in Doha

9:30 - 10:30

Industry-Academia Education Consortium:

A catalyst for future-ready workforce

Mr. Khalil Buhazaa, Labour Department Director in the GCC Executive Bureau, ILO- Moderator

Discussion on partnerships between industry and academia to ensure that education is relevant and responsive to market needs

Panel Discussion

UDST President
Qatar University

10:30 - 11:00

Coffee Break & Exhibition Open

11:00 - 11:35 Technology Advancements and the Skills Gap
Insights on how AI and computational thinking can revolutionize STEM/TVET practices and policy-making, contributing to societal sustainability and resilience
Conrad Wolfram, UK
Leader in IT and Mathematics Education Reform

11:35 - 12:00

Integrating STEM and TVET at UDST:

A comprehensive approach to prepare Future-Ready Workforce

Dr. Rachid Benlamri
VP Academics, UDST

12:00 - 13:00

Prayer, Lunch & Networking

13:00 - 13:30

UNESCO’s Global Initiatives to bring together industry and technical education to close the gap in skills shortages

Dr. Olivier Pieume
Chief of the UNESCO-UNEVOC Technical Cooperation Unit

Breakout Sessions

13:30 - 15:00

Session 1

Academic programs for a green economy

Kishore Kumar Singh, ILO- Moderator

A session involving policy makers, industry, educators and students/alumni exploring pathways to green transitions through STEM and TVET for a sustainable future

Theater 1 (Al Ruwais)

Session 2

Digital Technologies and Computational Literacy for All:

Reconceptualizing STEM and TVET for the AI age

Dr. Michael Phillips, UDST -Moderator

A session involving Universities and Science & Technology Park experts, QRDI, exploring frameworks that align with digital technologies.

Theater 2 (Al Wakrah)

End of Day 1
Thursday, 25 April 2024
Venue: Dukhan, Auditorium




8:30 - 9:00 

Registration & Light Breakfast  

9:00 - 9:20

Future-proofing Society:

Governance frameworks and systems to anticipate and adapt to disruptive change

A presentation by ILO on how governments can establish a skills  and lifelong learning framework to prepare societies for technological, environmental, and economic disruptions

Kishore Kumar Singh

ILO consultant / Skills Specialist
9:20 - 9:40

New Approaches to TVET Teaching

A presentation by UNESCO on TVET teaching, flexible learning pathways in higher education.

Dr. Olivier Pieume

Chief of the UNESCO-UNEVOC Technical Cooperation Unit
9:40 - 10:00

Work-based Learning

A presentation dedicated to integrating work-based learning (including apprenticeships) in academic programs curriculum


Dr. Xavier Cosson
Director of Training, IUT Lyon, France

Dr Aicha Sekhari Seklouli
Director of the R.T.I. Department of the IUT Lumièr,

10:00 - 10:15 Coffee Break & Networking
Breakout Sessions
10:15 - 11:45

Session 3

The Role of Computation and AI in Education

Workshop by Wolfram

Venue: Theater 1 (Al Ruwais)

Session 4

Skills Initiatives for Future Change

Dr. Rosie Bateson, UDST- Moderator

A panel discussion involving industry, academia, and policy makers to address current trends in skills recognition, micro-credentials and recognition of prior learning

Venue: Theater 2 (Al Wakrah)

11:45 - 12:30 Lunch
12:30 - 14:00

Doha Declaration on Education for Future Jobs: 

A roadmap for a sustainable and resilient Society

Recommendations on academic initiatives and related education policies, and a framework linking Government, Academia and Industry towards developing a sustainable and resilient current and future ready workforce

Invited participants in roundtable discussion

Policy Recommendations

End of Symposium