QATAR: Educators from across world talk about change

Over 1,200 people who work in education across the world arrived last week in the small, oil-wealthy Persian Gulf emirate of Qatar, writes Ursula Lindsey for The Chronicle of Higher Education. The visitors, scattered across Doha's five-star hotels and attended to by squadrons of PR people, were there for the second World Innovation Summit for Education, more commonly known as WISE, which bills itself as "building the future of education".

The summit is part of Qatar's continuing bid to become "a reference for education" said its chairman, Abdulla bin Ali Al-Thani, in an interview before the week's programme began. "WISE was created to be a platform for people to network and to learn from each other." Participants were there courtesy of the Qatar Foundation, a government agency headed by the emir of Qatar's wife, Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser Al Missned, which oversees a staggering array of educational, cultural and philanthropic activities.
Full report on The Chronicle of Higher Education site