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The World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) is an initiative of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, launched in 2009 under the aegis of Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser.


"WISE is based on the practical awareness that the challenges in education are no longer bound by countries’ political boundaries and, therefore, its mandate is international. WISE recognises that the challenges facing the world community have never been greater - that we need innovative solutions not achieved by traditional approaches alone. WISE asserts that the desire to innovate is, in fact, an innate human need to shape and improve our environment." Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation.


Over and above the annual Summit, WISE is an international initiative and platform for a multitude of established and new educational actors to collaborate proactively all year round.
WISE Programs

The annual WISE Summit brings together over 1,000 thought leaders and pioneering practitioners from multiple sectors worldwide to foster new collaborations and develop innovative solutions with the goal of inspiring creative change in education.


The annual WISE Prize for Education is the world’s first major international prize to reward individuals or teams who have made an outstanding, worldwide contribution to education. The first WISE Prize for Education will be awarded at the WISE 2011 Summit in Doha, Qatar.


The WISE Awards scheme recognises, showcases and promotes six original projects every year that demonstrate a real and positive impact on education and societies.


Our major web-based platform allows people working in education-related areas to share ideas and best practices, and initiate new collaborations.


New synergies are continuously being developed among key international players in the fields of education and development.


Learning World is a TV series of weekly programmes on education, developed in partnership with Euronews, that broadcasts 16 times a week to all continents in 10 languages.


The WISE initiative is supported by a network of six dedicated partners and international institutions involved in major education issues: Agence universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF), the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), the Institute of International Education (IIE), the International Association of University Presidents (IAUP), RAND Corporation and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).