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28/02/2017

WISE and Santander discuss the future of the Education

HE Sheikha Hind bint Hamad Al-Thani, Vice-Chairperson and CEO of Qatar Foundation, and Ana Botín, Executive Chairman of Banco Santander, during WISE@Madrid: "Imagining the Future of Education".

  • HE Sheikha Hind bint Hamad Al-Thani, CEO of Qatar Foundation, and Ms Ana Botín, Executive Chairman of Banco Santander, open WISE@Madrid: “Imagining the Future of Education”

Madrid, Spain, February 28, 2017 - The World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE), the leading global initiative for innovation and collaboration in education, launches WISE@Madrid: “Imagining the Future of Education”, organized in partnership with Banco Santander.

The forum brings together diverse leaders in education, business, and policy making to discuss the future of education, including the role of technology, twenty-first century skills, the role of higher education in fostering economic growth, and applying design thinking to reforming school systems.

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The forum opened with speeches by Her Excellency Sheikha Hind bint Hamad Al-Thani, Vice-Chairperson and CEO of Qatar Foundation, and by Ms Ana Botín, Executive Chairman of Banco Santander. Both reaffirmed their organizations’ commitment to supporting quality education worldwide as a catalyst for individual empowerment and social transformation.

“Our world is rapidly evolving, and education systems need to adapt accordingly. It is for this reason that we, at Qatar Foundation, are working hard alongside our partners to find innovative solutions to reimagine the academic landscape. Together, we want to ensure that today’s young men and women are equipped with the skills and knowledge to excel in a global environment.”

“The WISE-Santander partnership reflects our dedication to finding solutions to global education challenges. And we are delighted to have a strong ally in Banco Santander as we work together to achieve shared objectives,” HE Sheikha Hind bint Hamad Al-Thani told the opening session of the WISE@Madrid forum.

Ana Botín, Executive Chairman of Banco Santander, said, “Ensuring that high quality education is accessible to all has never been more important.  To allow new generations to prosper in a knowledge based economy we have to expand educational opportunities and reward hard work. Companies can play an important role in making this possible by fostering strong relationships with academic institutions and investing to support and develop the talent of tomorrow.”

Since 2013, WISE and Banco Santander have partnered to foster and improve education opportunities globally through a growing number of complementary activities. Notably, Santander has extended its support to the WISE Accelerator program, which provides tailored mentorship to promising education start-ups.  Santander also contributes actively to the WISE Learners’ Voice program, which engages committed young people in addressing global education challenges. Among other things, Santander provides the Learners with quality faculty and mentors, and hosts one of the two annual intensive residential sessions at their Madrid headquarters.

The next biennial global WISE summit in Doha will take place 14-16 November this year. WISE also organizes smaller regional forums featuring expert speakers in a wide range of fields and sectors to address key education issues. The first of these WISE@ gatherings took place last year in Tunis and in Beijing, co-organized with local partners. The WISE@Madrid forum is the first initiative of the series in Europe.

WISE@Madrid comes at a time of uncertainty in global labor markets, dramatic technological change, as well as increasing economic inequality. Within this context, the forum is also intended to address the issue of high youth unemployment in Europe, a serious concern for policy makers since the global financial crisis. The speakers, panelists, and attendees will explore together new ways of re-thinking tomorrow’s education to better prepare learners to become empowered individuals able to contribute to their communities.

For further information about the WISE @Madrid Forum, visit https://www.wise-qatar.org/madrid-imagining-future-education

About the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE):
Qatar Foundation, under the leadership of its Chairperson, Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, established the World Innovation Summit for Education in 2009. WISE is an international, multi-sectoral platform for creative, evidence-based thinking, debate and purposeful action toward building the future of education. Through the biennial global Summit, collaborative research and a range of ongoing programs, WISE is a global reference in new approaches to education. The next global Summit will take place 14-16 November 2017, in Doha. For further information about WISE, visit www.wise-qatar.org

About Banco Santander
Banco Santander tops the list of Fortune 500 in investment in education (Source: Varkey Report/UNESCO). The Bank has established through Santander Universities partnerships with over 1,200 universities in 20 countries. Further information: www.santander.com/universities.

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