World Innovation Summit for Education

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World Innovation Summit for Education
Formation 2009
Type Non-profit organization
Headquarters Doha, Qatar
Region served

The World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) is an international initiative aimed at transforming education through innovation. WISE was established by Qatar Foundation in 2009 under the patronage of its chairperson, Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser.[1] With an annual Summit held in Doha, and a range of year-round initiatives, WISE's mission revolves around promoting new approaches to education and finding ways to manage education challenges.[2]

The Annual Summit[edit]

Panel participants in the 2012 WISE Summit.

The 3-day WISE Summit is held annually in Doha, Qatar.[3] It unites over 1,500 experts, researchers, and innovators from multiple sectors worldwide to foster new collaborations and develop solutions with the goal of inspiring creative changes in education. The summit is currently organized by Stavros Yiannouka and his team. Each summit has a distinct theme.[4] The first summit was held in 2009 under the theme "Global Education: Working Together for Sustainable Achievements".[5]

The WISE Prize for Education[edit]

The WISE Prize for Education is an international Nobel prize that rewards an individual or a team for contributions to education which have been adjudged to be outstanding. The inaugural edition was launched in 2011 with a monetary award of $500,000.[6] Selection criteria for the prize stipulates that the laureate’s work should have had a significant and lasting impact at any level of education. The laureate is selected by an international jury of education stakeholders and announced at the annual Summit.[7]

The first WISE Prize was awarded to Fazle Hasan Abed, founder and chairman of BRAC (Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee).[8] The second prize, in 2012, went to Madhav Chavan, co-founder and CEO of India-based NGO Pratham.[6] The third WISE Prize laureate, announced at the 2013 Summit, was Vicky Colbert, founder and director of Fundacion Escuela Nueva in Colombia.[6] Ann Cotton, an advocate of girls' education, was awarded the 2014 prize.[9]

Other WISE activities[edit]

The WISE Awards[edit]

Each year the WISE Awards recognize and promotes six projects that address global educational challenges. Following a global call for projects, a pre-jury composed of education experts assesses submissions and selects the finalists. Following this, a jury bringing together leading personalities from the education world chooses the six award winning projects. Winners receive a cash prize of $20,000. More than thirty projects have received WISE Awards since 2009.

WISE Books[edit]

WISE Books are aimed at supporting and spreading innovative thinking and sound practices in education. WISE has produced a number of books which address the challenges facing education in equipping individuals and communities for 21st-century life. WISE Book authors and photographers travel around the world in an attempt to identify the initiatives that are confronting these issues and illustrate the impact of projects and practices that are making tangible differences. The third book to be released by WISE, Learning (Re)Imagined - How the connected society is transforming learning focuses on the link between technology and education.

WISE Learners' Voice[edit]

Learners' voice is a program that aims to reshape students' perception of education. Each year, a selected group of young people, aged 18–25, participate at the annual summit by engaging in debates and making presentations. Workshop sessions are also held throughout the year. In late 2013, 36 new learners from 20 countries joined the existing network of 78 learners from previous years.

WISE Accelerator[edit]

The accelerator is a support and advisory program with the aim of developing early-stage projects in education. The program, founded in 2014, seeks to assist projects that have a high potential for scalability and a positive impact on the field of education.

Learning World[edit]

Learning World is a weekly TV magazine program on education developed in partnership with Euronews. It broadcasts 16 times a week to 155 countries in 11 languages.

WISE Haiti Task Force[edit]

The WISE Haiti Task Force was created in 2010 in partnership with Haiti-based FOKAL (Foundation for Knowledge and Liberty), an organization led by former Haitian Prime Minister, Michèle D. Pierre-Louis. The aim of this collaboration is to rebuild the Haitian education system following the earthquake of January 2010, by supporting successful education projects and fostering their development, replication and scaling up.


The WISE initiative has cooperation agreements with the following institutions in major education issues: Agence universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF), the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), the Institute of International Education (IIE), the International Association of University Presidents (IAUP), RAND Corporation, and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Rahim Kanani (5 July 2014). "WISE: The Global Platform For Innovators In Education". Forbes. Retrieved 14 August 2015. 
  2. ^ "About WISE". WISE Qatar. Retrieved 14 August 2015. 
  3. ^ "The WISE Summit". WISE Qatar. Retrieved 14 August 2015. 
  4. ^ "(As it happened) Imagine, Create, Learn: reinventing education at WISE summit 2014". Euronews. 30 October 2014. Retrieved 14 August 2015. 
  5. ^ "The 2009 World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) convened November 16-18, in Doha, Qatar under the theme "Global Education: Working Together for Sustainable Achievements"". WISE Qatar. Retrieved 14 August 2015. 
  6. ^ a b c Sean Coughlan (29 October 2013). "Colombia school project founder wins global prize". BBC. Retrieved 14 August 2015. 
  7. ^ "The WISE Prize for Education". WISE Qatar. Retrieved 14 August 2015. 
  8. ^ "WISE prize for education goes to Bangladeshi Sir Fazle Hasan Abed". UNICEF. 16 November 2011. Retrieved 14 August 2015. 
  9. ^ Sean Coughlan (4 November 2014). "UK girls' education campaigner wins global prize". BBC. Retrieved 14 August 2015. 

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