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Abu-Ghazaleh: Universities Should Graduate Inventors and Innovators

02-Apr-2018 | Source : AG-IP News | Visits : 1093
Abu-Ghazaleh: Universities Should Graduate Inventors and Innovators
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BARCELONA - HE Dr. Talal Abu-Ghazaleh, chairman of Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Organization (TAG-Org) stressed on the need to embrace the Power of Mobile and modernize policies in order to create a better future for the next generation.

In his opening speech as Chair of the session on Educate to Innovate at the Mobile World Congress 2018 which was held at Fira Barcelona Gran Via, Dr. Abu-Ghazaleh began by applauding the three themes of the conference, “Creating a better future”, “modernizing policies for the Digital Era”, and “Power of the Mobile”.

More than 108 thousands from 208 countries attended the event which witnessed the participation of over 2300 companies at the exhibition that was organized at the Congress, as well as the participation of more than 10 thousand attendees from more than 400 mobile operators worldwide.

Dr. Abu-Ghazaleh later stated that TAG-Org has adopted comprehensive strategies which focused on the same themes of the Congress seeing as the future is based on the fast development in the technological field.

"We have accordingly launched the following institutions:
 Talal Abu-Ghazaleh University College, Applied College for Business and IT (taguc.com), which provides education through innovation and will open its doors September 2018.

Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Digital University (tag-du.com): MOOC-based academic degrees.

Talal Abu-Ghazaleh International University (tagiuni.com):  which provides online degrees and diplomas; in our strong belief that education is the key to a better future," he said.

He also stressed on a unique invention by his daughter Jumana who developed 
BETWIXT: how Internet can be used to change society not how to use devices. (betwixt.us) "A company of clever, well-informed people who have a great deal of conversation is a company that captivates, motivates and innovates. Good conversation helps us think and rethink, charge up and wind down, evolve and invent and this is what BETWIXT is all about."

"We are also following our TAGITOP, the first affordable laptop which was and still is a success due to its functionality, technology and affordability with even another amazing product which we called as a project the Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Digital Citizenship Smart Gadget (tag-dc.com) a Phablet like no other," he added.

Dr. Abu-Ghazaleh gave a brief on the  unique concept of youth, the Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Knowledge Society (tagks.com) which provided youths with free Internet access, training courses and a research center, in addition to Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Encyclopedia (TAGEPEDIA) (tagipedia.org) which will be launched in December 2018 with over 1,200,000 articles in Arabic to enrich the Arabic content online.

Dr. Talal Abu-Ghazaleh, seeking the advice of experts present in the panel asked some specific questions such as: 
Mr. Doron Avni (GOOGLE): “What are Google's efforts in Africa to promote digital skills?”
“There is a great controversy about the digital impact on the job landscape, particularly possible resulting in loss of jobs. Your expert view on this.”

Ms. Doreen Bogdan-Martin (ITU): “In the context of a need to increase the cooperation across sectors, what is ITU’s role in promoting education to lead the digital transition?”

Mr. Jean Philbert Nsengimana (SMART AFRICA): “Promoting Digital Literacy through the Digital Ambassadors model in Rwanda/Africa.”

Mr. Peter Bloom (Rhizomatica): “The technology is a vehicle for introducing markets, how smart communications can reinforce community values like cooperation, trust and shared commitment?”

A question directed to all members of the Panel also stirred some thought, Dr. Talal Abu-Ghazaleh asked “Are we on the way from “Smart phones” to INTELLIGENT PHONES” in this decade of A.I?”

HE Dr. Abu-Ghazaleh who chaired the UN ICT Taskforce and UN Global Alliance for ICT & Development stressed on the fact that TAG-Org and all its 100+ offices around the world follow the latest technology trends as per the policies regarding the future expansion and communication strategies.

Dr. Abu-Ghazaleh moderated a Panel discussion entitled "What steps can ICT take to support future education?" in which leading policymakers, regulators and senior representatives of the mobile industry attended.

The Panel tackled how the digital ecosystem can collaborate to increase locally relevant content and support future education? And examine how ICT is opening new markets to the benefits of education and the digital economy?

The Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Academy (TAG-Academy), a provider of training solutions and professional training in more than 20 sectors and through 300-plus training programs signed a Memorandum of Understanding at the Mobile World Congress 2018 with the GSMA, an organization representing mobile operators worldwide, agreeing to cooperate on a number of joint initiatives including translating GSMA courses into Arabic and offering them to clients internationally as well as promoting the GSMA’s courses through over one hundred TAG-Org offices worldwide.

The two parties will also conduct marketing and business development activities, workshops and seminars in addition to collaborating on technology white papers(an authoritative guide or report that explains the benefits of a particular technology, product or policy), research and other activities related to promoting mobile technologies to bridge the digital divide.
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