The Qatar Foundation announced today that MIT OpenCouseWare (OCW) has been selected as one of six laureates for the 2010 World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) Award. Initiated in 2009, the WISE Award is designed to reward, showcase and support outstanding and innovative educational projects from across the world and from all educational sectors. This year's awards honored initiatives under the theme of "Transforming Education: Investment, Innovation and Inclusion."
Thirty finalists, including OCW, were selected from hundreds of applicants across 89 countries. The laureates were chosen by a panel of judges chaired by Abdulla bin Ali Al-Thani, chairman of WISE, Qatar Foundation. The panel included Professor Jophus Anamuah-Mensah, executive chair of teacher education in sub-saharan Africa (TESSA); Judith S. Eaton, president of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA); Mike Gibbons, CEO, Richard Rose Federation; Professor Fasli Jalal, vice minister of national education, Indonesia; and Professor Zhou Qifeng, president, Peking University.
Other 2010 laureates include the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences's Next Einstein Initiative, South Africa; The Citizens Foundation, Pakistan; Mother Child Education Program, Mother Child Education Foundation, Turkey; The Smallholders Farmers Rural Radio (Farm 98.0 FM), The Smallholders Foundation, Nigeria; and Rewrite the Future, Save the Children, U.K.
"It's a tremendous honor for MIT OpenCourseWare to be listed among such fine education projects from around the world," said Associate Provost Philip Khoury, who oversees MIT's strategic planning for international education and research, as well as the MIT OpenCourseWare program. "We are very pleased to have received this recognition from the Qatar Foundation and to have been selected by a panel of respected educational leaders with such a broad global perspective."
On Wednesday, Dec. 8, MIT OpenCourseWare Executive Director Cecilia d'Oliveira will speak at the Qatar Foundation's World Innovation Summit for Education in Doha, Qatar, as part of a panel on Open Education Models. The summit will bring together more than 1,000 participants from many different walks of life and every corner of the world: eminent decision makers, educationalists, thought leaders, politicians and a wide range of public and private sector multistakeholders. Together they will continue fostering innovative collaborations and action-oriented initiatives, inspiring and spearheading creative change in the world of education.