At the World Expo Dubai, during Estonian education week on 12-16 December a business forum, an educational summit, a university day, an educational technology day as well as several high-level meetings will take place.
The Estonian education programme has been divided into thematic days. The education week begins with the RewirED Summit, held between 12 December and 14 December, and a panel discussion on the necessity of innovation in education. It is followed by the business forum on education on 14 December, which discusses future solutions in education. The week concludes with Day of the Universities on 15 December and with the Estonian EdTech day on 16 December.
Research in Estonia, the international marketing program of the Estonian Research Council, will be demonstrating how Estonia can contribute to resolving global issues and looking for new opportunities to do so even more efficiently through international cooperation. Kersti Kaljulaid, former President of Estonia, Anu Noorma, the Director General of the Estonian Research Council, and Estonian top scientists will be introducing Estonian science and looking for opportunities of cooperation in entrepreneurship and science.
On the day of educational technology, a presentation will be held in the Estonian pavilion showcasing the solutions by educational technology companies Eliis, Clanbeat, SpeakTX, Opiq, Schoolaby, TutorID, DreamApply and Mobilab as well as discussions on student-based, quality education of the future. Grete Arro, a specialist in educational and environmental psychology and researcher at Tallinn University, will moderate a discussion between Estonian education technology companies and students from over the world on how using digital technology can make learning more efficient.
Liina Kersna, Minister of Education and Research, will be visiting Expo and staying in Dubai from 11 December to 15 December. Minister Liina Kersna will attend the discussion at the RewirED international conference on 13 December and will commence the business forum on education on 14 December. The programme of the visit includes many meetings and visits. Minister Liina Kersna will be meeting with Hussain bin Ibrahim Al Hammad, the Minister of Education of the United Arab Emirates with whom the memorandum of understanding between Estonia and the UAE will be signed.
On her visit to Dubai, Kersna will be accompanied by the rectors of Estonian public universities: Toomas Asser (University of Tartu), Tõnu Viik (Tallinn University), Tiit Land (Tallinn University of Technology), Mart Kalm (Estonian Academy of Art), Henry-David Varema (Vice-Rector for International Affairs in Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre). Ülle Jaakma (Vice Rector for Research in Estonian University of Life Sciences) and Meelis Kitsing (Estonian Business School). Kersti Kaljulaid, former President of Estonia and Anu Noorma, Director General of Estonian Research Council, will also partake in the education week.
In the Estonian pavilion, the visitors of education week will be able to get acquainted with a classroom demonstrating a modern learning space created by architecture offices Kuubis and Standard.
Expo 2020 opened on 1 October and will continue through to the end of March 2022. As the largest international business fair, Expo aims to showcase the achievements of different countries around the world. Over 190 countries are participating with their pavilions at Expo and over 25 million visitors are expected to attend the fair.
Over the course of six months, the Estonian pavilion will be showcasing our digital society with an emphasis on our education, science, innovation and education technology solutions.
More information about the education programme can be found on the Education Estonia website. Education Estonia is an initiative for international education cooperation by the Government of Estonia for introducing the solutions and best practices of Estonian education all around the world.