Dr. Mansoor

Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University (HBMSU) reinforces its leadership in global higher education by actively participating in the 30th edition of the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE) Leadership Summit 2024, held from June 5-7 in Geneva, Switzerland. This year's summit has the theme, Ethical Leadership in the Age of AI: Rethinking Futures of Education.

HBMSU Chancellor, Dr. Mansoor Alawar took part as a distinguished speaker at the plenary session on Artificial Intelligence, Creating Knowledge(s), Teaching, and Learning. The session addressed the pivotal question, "How are educational leaders challenged by AI in creating, sharing, and publishing knowledge(s)?" This participation underscored HBMSU's strategic leadership in the field of AI in education, highlighting the university's proactive approach to addressing the challenges and opportunities presented by AI in the academic landscape.

Dr. Alawar said, “Taking part in the ICDE Leadership Summit 2024 offered a strategic opportunity to engage with global thought leaders and innovators, fostering international collaboration and knowledge exchange. Our involvement not only strengthens partnerships with major institutions but also aligns with the visionary directives of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai and HBMSU President. These global venues are vital for advancing education standards and driving growth. At HBMSU, we are committed to pioneering educational innovations that meet ethical standards and support sustainable development goals.”

Maitha Al Teneiji, HBMSU Vice Chancellor, AI & Technology, reiterated the university's dedication to advancing its international presence and commitment to innovation and excellence in education. “Our ongoing collaboration with ICDE and participation in this year’s summit not only supports our core values and goals but also positions HBMSU as a leading force in the regional education sector. We aim to set an example for other institutions around the world, demonstrating how innovative approaches and strategic partnerships can effectively address contemporary educational challenges,” stated Ms. Maitha Al Teneiji.

HBMSU's participation in the ICDE Leadership Summit 2024 is a testament to the ongoing commitment to advancing both national and international educational strategies, including the Sustainable Development Goal 4, which aims to ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning. Despite notable progress in global literacy rates, achieving universal education goals remains a critical challenge. As a leading university in the region, HBMSU is dedicated to enhancing access to education at all levels, regardless of age or geography, demonstrating its role as a pioneer in educational innovation and inclusivity.

The ICDE Leadership Summit is a premier international conference that addresses the contemporary challenges and opportunities facing today’s educational leaders and innovators in our globally connected digital world. Hosted by Globethics at the Campus Biotech in Geneva, the ICDE Leadership Summit 2024 featured keynote lectures from leading global education stakeholders and panel discussions on AI, teaching, and learning. The summit also hosted the Partnerships and Joint Initiative Forum, an interactive space where participants presented projects, shared innovative ideas, and contributed to policy recommendations for AI and higher education.