AGCC education ministers to attend key forum

DUBAI - The Gulf Research Centre (GRC) will organise the first annual forum on "Social Sciences and Humanities in the Gulf" at the Dubai World Trade Centre conference hall from March 9 to 10.

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Published: Wed 25 Feb 2004, 12:11 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 2:11 AM

The forum, to be held under the patronage of General Shaikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and UAE Minister of Defence, is expected to be attended by the education ministers of the six Arab Gulf Cooperation Council (AGCC) countries, Mr Abdulaziz O. Sager, Chairman of the Dubai-based GRC, said.

Mr Sager added that GRC, in cooperation with the Arab Bureau of Education for the Gulf States, aims to use the forum to focus on the "future prospects for higher education in the AGCC countries". It will deliberate on feasible solutions to the most important and problematic issues facing higher education in the AGCC states and identify some of their long-term prospects.

The topics under scrutiny include educational curricula and teaching methods, educational techniques, scientific research, future prospects for Gulf studies, role of professors in the educational system, the future of social sciences and humanities, private universities - current conditions and future prospects, and university graduates and labour market.

Apart from the AGCC education ministers, those expected to join the deliberations are presidents of Gulf universities, deans of the faculties of social sciences and humanities in the Gulf, academics, researchers and students specialising in social sciences and humanities, heads of governmental departments in the UAE, representatives of regional and international organisations, and diplomats and educational attaches.

Registration and participation is free and special seats have been allocated to students of social sciences and humanities in the AGCC states. Further information and registration details are available at:

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