On April 10-13 students and educators gathered in Riyadh to explore international education opportunities and examine developments in education in Saudi Arabia and beyond at The International Exhibition and Conference on Higher Education (IECHE).
As IECHE name implies, it combines two main activities of an exhibition and a conference. A large exhibition features higher education institutions from around the world, attracting Saudi students interested in studying at the university level. In addition to a strong line up of Saudi universities, exhibitors from universities around the world attend to share information with prospective students.
The professional conference features speakers representing Saudi higher education and international specialists. This year’s conference, entitled “Transforming Saudi Universities in An Era of Change”, was opened with remarks from HE Dr. Hamad Bin Mohammed Al AL-SHEIKH, Minister of Education of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Keynote addresses and panel sessions provide a lively and interesting mix of topics including changes in governance models, skills needed in changing economies, artificial intelligence and rethinking universities.
A common theme from Saudi speakers was addressing educational goals set forth in the government plans for 2030. A particularly pertinent session on growing leadership opportunities for women in science and entrepreneurship, chaired by Eva Enron-Polak, Senior Fellow, International Association of Universities, with two Saudi and two North American speakers, highlighted the need in Saudi Arabia and around the world to effectively leverage the brain power and potential of all members of society.
The Ministry of Education of the KSA sponsored a fellowship program that brought educational professionals from around the world to the IECHE. This was an exciting opportunity for sharing of ideas during a time of change and development in the Kingdom and in its educational system.
Margit Schatzman, President, Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc., was a Fellow attending IECHE, sponsored by the Ministry of Education of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia