GETEX 2015 – Platform for education providers aims to make a strong case for their universities and colleges to attract students

GETEX Counsellors Forum to provide networking opportunities to student and career counsellors
Dubai, UAE, March 18th, 2015 – With the abundance of higher education and training options from around the world available at GETEX, making the right choice can be a nerve-racking experience for students. The assistance of student and career counsellors at this juncture of a student’s life is crucial.  Education providers, on the other hand, realize the importance of keeping the lines of communication open and look for opportunities to keep career counsellors in the loop.

Recognising the importance of this three-way relationship, the Counsellors Forum will be hosted at the region’s leading education fair, the Gulf Education and Training Exhibition (GETEX), for over 100 student and career counsellors providing them the opportunity to network with universities from around the world on a student recruitment platform. The forum will enable counsellors to learn more about the academic and occupational programs being offered to post-high school students from the region. Additionally, a series of panel discussions will facilitate the exchange of ideas where education providers will have an opportunity to elaborate on the quality of their program offerings, faculty, admission procedures, fee structure, and campus facilities.
Anselm Godinho, Managing Director, International Conferences and Exhibitions (IC&E), organizer of GETEX 2015, said: “The GETEX Counsellors Forum is a unique extension of GETEX. It is the first of its kind in the region and attracts counsellors from across the UAE and beyond. Career Counsellors need a platform to exchange ideas and experiences,and discuss trends that would serve to be useful to their students. We are extremely appreciative of the support we received from Murdoch University as Head Sponsor and Counselling Point as the forum’s Moderator.”
Held under the patronage of the UAE Ministry of Higher Education & Scientific Research, the 27th edition of GETEX will take place from April 15 to 17, 2015 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Center and onward to the Beach Rotana in Abu Dhabi from April 22 to 24, 2015.
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Global Education Forum Discusses how Technology can Change the Game

Using data from online tools effectively results in better learner outcomes
Dubai, UAE, February 26th, 2015 – Participants at the 2015 Global Education Forum (GEF) held in Dubai from the 24th to the 26th of February have heard about the opportunities data from online educational tools provide in terms of student assessment, engagement and education outcomes.

Dr Kristen DiCerbo, Principal Research Scientist at Pearson, led a discussion at GEF 2015 based on the findings of her recent research paper, “Impacts of the Digital Ocean on Education”. Dr DiCerbo emphasised how the massive amounts of data now available from student interactions, the digital ocean, can be used to underpin new and more effective methods of assessment and better outcomes for learners.
“We are on the verge of tremendous change, as both the amount of data available increases and methods for collection are increasingly embedded in modern life.  Today’s students interact with digital technology on a day-to-day basis, and their interactions with online learning tools can provide continuous data to educators – creating a more holistic view of the learner’s progress than traditional assessment methods.
The key to harnessing this potential is identifying the most effective ways to capture this data and turn it into meaningful information educators can use to assist their students.”   
The session resonated with participants from the UAE, as educators across the country are increasingly turning to e-learning and the use of online resources, including the new wave of game-based learning and assessment tools, for both distance and classroom education.  Dr Di Cerbo cited a specific case study showing the complete cycle from activity integration and data collection to educator decision-making and long term impacts, and invited attendees to consider the possibilities for their own institutions, saying:
“The digital ocean provides educators with a unique opportunity to understand the learning process, to assess the efficacy of different methods and techniques, and to use this new understanding to provide unobtrusive tailored support to individual learners, as well as to improve educational outcomes for all.”
The Pearson Report, “Impacts of the Digital Ocean on Education” was published in 2014 and is authored by Kristen DiCerbo and John Behrens, foreword by Sir Michael Barber. To view the full “Digital Oceans” report, visit:

GCC Student Population to Touch 11.3 million by 2020

GETEX 2015 to address GCC’s surging demand for quality learning
UAE, March 1st, 2015 – According to recent industry reports, the GCC student population is predicted to reach 11.3 million by 2020 from 9.5 million in 2010 and the urgency to provide excellent learning environments to all students – emiratis and expatriates – living in the region, is driving up public and private spending on education.

Investment in education will continue to head north as students fill the seats in schools and universities. Concurrently, the establishment and supply of quality programme offerings in the region is set to grow as education authorities exercise regulation and set standards. This balance will create an equilibrium in supply and demand, ensure student retention, and promote the region as a competitive destination for quality Higher Education.

Held under the patronage of the Ministry of Higher Education & Scientific Research, the Gulf Education and Training Exhibition (GETEX) returns to Dubai from April 15 to 17, 2015 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Center. The GETEX mission is to provide a proven marketing service to Higher Education providers from around the world. It serves as an outreach platform to the student community living in the region and helps exhibitors to maintain a satisfactory student intake which is very crucial for their existence.
The 27th editionof GETEX will bring academic and occupational education providers in close proximity with learners eager to explore study options that would eventuate in fulfilling careers.
GETEX Dubai will also feature the GETEX Counsellors Forum where student and career counsellors will have the opportunity to network and discuss issues pertinent to the crucial role they play in student’s lives. On the other hand, faculty and education managements can benefit from the opportunity that comes with the International Universities Networking Conference (IUNC) Middle East & Africa that is linked with GETEX in 2015. 
Anselm Godinho, Managing Director, International Conferences and Exhibitions (IC&E), concluded: “The rapid population growth and economic boom in the region has fuelled the demand for first-class higher education. With GETEX 2015, we want to bring school-leaving and mature students face-to-face with leading regional and international education and training providers, so that they could make an informed decision about their future.
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