P.K. ABDUL GHAFOUR
Published — Sunday 27 January 2013
Last update 27 January 2013 4:46 am
JEDDAH: More than 200 international companies will take part in the Feb. 18-22 International Exhibition and Forum for Education (IEFE 2013) in Riyadh that brings together key decision makers and investors.
“The event will provide substantial opportunities for international businesses in the education sector to create partnerships and connect with decision makers from Saudi and GCC government bodies overseeing educational development,” said Deputy Education Minister Naif bin Hashal Al-Roumi.
“It is the biggest and most well attended annual educational exhibition and conference in the Gulf region with over 40,000 visitors turning up at the 2012 event,” said Al-Roumi, general supervisor of the event.
He said 34 research papers would be presented at the conference by experts from Saudi Arabia, US, UK, Finland, Switzerland, Lebanon, Singapore, Cyprus, Spain, Jordan, Belgium, France and New Zealand.
“IEFE 2013 will attract senior decision makers, key industry education providers and stakeholders from around the world for a great, inspiring networking and learning experience,” Al-Roumi said. Apart from inspiring keynote presentations by international experts, the forum provides an opportunity for one-to-one meeting to foster cooperation, potential collaboration and possible commercial agreements. “This is an excellent platform for generating alliances,” Al-Roumi said. IEFE 2013’s main theme will be Educational Evaluation Approach & Techniques. This is in line with the key objective of improving and implementing cutting edge evaluation techniques for the performance of schools and higher learning institutions in the Kingdom and the GCC region.
The focus of the five-day conference will be on achieving promoting excellence, quality, performance improvement, deploying innovative solutions, new investment and international partnerships to achieve the desired objectives.
Al-Roumi said the workshops to be held during the conference would focus on best global practices in teacher training and how to make use of modern technology to improve the performance of students.