President Welcome Speech
I am pleased to invite you on behalf of Arabian Gulf University to attend the International Conference for Giftedness and Creativity organized by Arabian Gulf University in cooperation with the International Research Association for Talent Development and Excellence (IRATDE).The conference will be held in the Kingdom of Bahrain on 5-7 March 2019, under the following slogan:
“Innovation in Gifted Education: A Road Map to Investing in Minds”
The significance of the theme of the conference stands out as a timely response of the GCC countries’ drive towards economies of knowledge and a community of innovation to promote the competitiveness of their economies, diversify sources of income and focus on human capital investment. Thus, I call upon researchers, educators, and decision makers, particularly those interested in the future of investing in human minds in the Gulf States, to participate in this international conference which will be held in light of growing future challenges and global competition at the hands of a talented and creative workforce. In this conference, we will explore how to mobilize efforts to achieve real change in the care of creative and gifted individuals.
The conference will discuss the latest developments in the field of gifted education. It will also provide an opportunity for researchers, faculty members, employees of higher education ministries, as well as graduate and doctoral students to exchange and develop emerging and future ideas in this particular field with international experts. The conference will focus specifically, but not exclusively, on innovation in gifted programs and services, and on how research translates into practice and policies. In addition, the conference will shed light upon the needs of the GCC countries with regards to investing in knowledge and expenditure priorities in nurturing the abundant, diverse talents in our Gulf community.
I would like to express my sincere appreciation and great wishes for those who signed in to participate and contribute with their knowledge and expertise to enrich this conference. Furthermore, I would like to extend a warm welcome to all, hoping this conference will be a stepping stone to enhance and encourage talents in various fields.
Dr.Khalid Abdul Rahman Al-Ohaly
President of AGU