Sunday June 24, 2018: S P Jain School of Global Management – one of Asia’s top-ranked business schools hosted the first international principals’ get-together under the theme “Re-imagining Education in Disruptive Times”. The two-day conference was held on June 23rd and 24th at the S P Jain Dubai Campus. The Indian International Teachers’ Association (IITA) and UAE school principals and educators from S P Jain came together to discuss teaching and learning in today’s world and how the education system needs to evolve. “With the rampant disruption of technologies in every sphere, re-imagining education becomes crucial,” said S P Jain’s President Nitish Jain on the purpose of this function. He added that “conferences which create meaningful conversations like these can radically change the future of education, preparing students with the right skills and competencies to thrive in a technologically complex world.”
The keynote address was by Prof. Christopher Abraham, CEO, Sr. Vice President and Head of Dubai Campus who explained that “this 2-day conference has created a unique platform, using open forums, panel discussions and Design Thinking to dialogue, debate and reflect on how the future of education can be addressed in a meaningful manner.” He challenged the respected educators by asking them “what jobs and careers are we preparing our students for? The answer to this very critical question is quite challenging and perplexing in this era of technological disruptions. It is imperative for education leaders and academic institutions to address this question in the most meaningful manner.”
The conference began with a special address by Dr. Nirkesh Sharma, Founder of IITA and Dr. Divij Suri, the National Executive Advisor who expressed that the most important thing we can do is to inspire young minds, and this event at S P Jain is another solid step in our journey to build on that foundation. This was followed by Dr. Kirti Khanzode, Deputy Director of S P Jain’s Undergraduate programs; who enlightened the audience about what S P Jain does to train its students to be skilled members of the global economy.
The Education Leader’s Forum was moderated by Mr. Chandrashekhar Singh, Global Director, Corporate Relations S P Jain and Mr. Srivalsan Murugan, Principal & CEO, Our Own English High School Sharjah-Boys. The topic was – are we preparing our children for careers that don’t exist? – The audience, which included members of the IITA as well as principals of various schools in the UAE, expressed their views on how new jobs are coming in to existence and certain mainstream jobs are becoming obsolete. The discussion revolved around the topic whether educational institutions are equipped to provide students with the necessary platforms to acquire these skills.
The conference program included two interactive workshops held for the participants – one by Prof Christopher Abraham on – Reimagining Education 4.0 with Design Thinking and another interactive session on ‘Emotional Intelligence Workshop for 21st Century Learning & Teaching’- by Ms. Bijal Oza, Director of Coaching & Counseling, S P Jain. The IITA members were then taken on a tour of the Dubai International Academic City (DIAC) and the Knowledge & Human Development Authority (KHDA) Office to know and understand the unique education system of the UAE.
The conference concluded with a panel discussion: panelists – Dr. Divij Suri, National Executive Advisor- IITA and Chairman, The Pathways International School, Kathua, J&K (India), Ms. Bharti Sharma, National Advisor (North)- IITA, Ms. Cherie Litwiller, Director-Al Najah Private School, Abu Dhabi & Mr. David Ipe, Associate Dean, The Indian High School – Dubai, moderated by Dr. Dhrupad Mathur, Deputy Director – Faculty Management. The discussion focused on the theme “Reimagining Education Beyond Borders”. Ms. Bharti remarked that “Providing more exposure to students helps them in improving their skills and widens their understanding of the world” and Ms. Cherie added that if learning must happen it should happen both inside and outside the school.
The concluding address was delivered by the President, Mr. Nitish Jain, who gave a captivating vision of S P Jain’s initiatives to reimagine education. Based on the success of this event, S P Jain intends to hold such relevant forums on a regular basis.
About Indian International Teachers Association (IITA)
Indian International Teachers Association (IITA), established in 2018 provides a truly conducive environment to contribute to the holistic development of the nation builders i.e. teachers, principals and other stake holders. It was formed with a crystal-clear vision under the able leadership of Mr. Nirkesh Sharma. IITA is the unique school leaders training institute in India and is associated with various corporate for the execution of various national and international level conferences, teachers’ training modules, formulating educational policies, stimulating resources and to strengthen the society.
In the recent years, Teaching as a profession has undergone massive changes. So, it is the dire need to adapt to the new changes, situations and circumstances. Adapting to these changes, especially the technology to engage children has been a key challenge for the educators. Our training modules, conferences (Both National & International) focuses to integrate technology into the school curriculum and empower teachers by updating them with creating, logical, reasoning and problem-solving strategies. IITA firmly believes that education is an ongoing process. It is the most powerful weapon which can change the world. It aims to inculcate the values of integrity, team spirit, leadership, honesty, compassion, faith, dedication and commitment among the educational fraternity.
About S P Jain School of Global Management
S P Jain School of Global Management (S P Jain) is a leading technology-led Australian business school known for its disruptive innovation in business education. A pioneer in promoting the concept of global intelligence, the School has mastered the multi-campus model with a slew of successful undergraduate and master’s programs. For its flagship Global MBA program, the School has been ranked in the:
- Top 20 in the world: Forbes Best International B-Schools (2013-19) – 5 years in a row
- Top 100 in the world: The Economist Full-time MBA Rankings (2015)
- Top 100 in the world: Financial Times Top MBA Rankings (2011 & 2012)
The School also has rankings by Nielsen, Global Brands and Poets & Quants to its credit.
S P Jain has campuses in the vibrant cities of Dubai, Singapore, Mumbai and Sydney and is renowned for running its global business programs across these cities. Its program portfolio in Dubai includes the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Bachelor of Business Communication (BBC), Bachelor of Economics (BEC), Master of Global Business (MGB), Global Master of Business Administration (GMBA), Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) and Doctor of Business Administration (DBA), all of which are accredited by the Tertiary Education Quality & Standards Agency (TEQSA), Australia. The University is also licensed by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) in Dubai.
The School has turned traditional pedagogy on its head by using technology-led approaches such as flipped classrooms, business simulations, gamification, virtual reality and blended learning as part of its teaching philosophy. Over the years, the 6000-member strong S P Jain alumni community has grown to include individuals who serve as innovators in top companies, manage businesses for global firms and turn brilliant ideas into successful ventures. Their continued success in the workplace has proven that the efforts to reimagine business education and focus on aspects like global employability and mobility are gaining international recognition.
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