Education Without Borders is a biennial international student conference hosted by the Higher Colleges of Technology in the United Arab Emirates. Its purpose is to create networks across cultures in order to understand, and generate solutions for some of the world's greatest challenges. This is achieved by engaging the world's most innovative students and leaders of business, technology, education, and the humanitarian sector in a collaborative forum that culminates with commitment to action. The following are photos taken by students during the event. MISSION To engage students and experts from countries around the world in active dialogue about the globe's most pressing social challenges and empower them to create and implement solutions
The theme in 2009 was Innovative Solutions to Global Challenges Who is responsible for implementing change in the affected areas? What are the roles of governments, organizations, universities, the media and individuals? How can we bring about change that is sustainable in the long-term?
Welcome speech by HE Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research and Chancellor of the HCT
Dr. Tayeb Kamali Vice Chancellor of the Higher Colleges of Technology
Key note speakers included Dr Abdul Kalam Former President of India
Princess Astrid of Belgium Chairwoman, Belgium Red CrossSpecial Representative, Roll Back Malaria Partnership
Sir John Rose Chief Executive Rolls Royce plc, UK
Over 1,000 students attended of which 552 came nations other than the UAE
Following an extensive refereeing process, 44 papers and multimedia presentations were delivered at the conference by student delegates of 19 different nationalities studying at institutions across the world, including two UAE national students from the HCT.
The conference highlighted the work of students - there were a total of 36 paper presenters, and 8 multi media presentations were chosen out of more than 1,000 submissions.
The Tobisha Award for the most outstanding paper was won by Irina Pleva, a Latvian student studying at the University of Jyvaskyla, Finland. In addition to her award, she received a Toshiba computer and an internship at the Toshiba laboratories in Oxford, UK.