Conference Program

Recently the UAE government launched the UAE Centennial 2071, a program to invest in future generations by preparing them with the skills and knowledge needed to face rapid global changes. This program, which covers the next five decades, is based on four pillars: education, economy, government development, and community cohesion.

Regarding education, UAE Centennial 2071 highlights the importance of excellent quality of education, focusing on advanced science, technology, and engineering. Other educational measures include teaching students mechanisms for discovering their individual talents and interests early, nurturing ethics and values, and producing graduates who are open-minded and benefit from world experiences. On the institutional level, educational institutions are encouraged to be incubators of entrepreneurship and innovators and to be international research centers.

The IEA IRC 2021 in Dubai will provide the opportunity to meet colleagues and friends, engage in interesting and fruitful discussions on topics relevant for the global ILSA community, and advance explorations and understanding of educational attainment in its context, the roles and needs of education stakeholders, and options for improved education globally.

To register, please go to the registration system. If new to the system, delegates are prompted to submit an email address and choose a password. Once in the system, all delegates can register.

First Hybrid International Research Conference

In recognition of the impact of COVID-19 and to ensure all delegates who wish to attend the IEA IRC 2021 safely can, the IEA IRC 2021 will be delivered as a hybrid conference. Attendees can either attend the IEA IRC 2021 at Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences or via the online conference platform. All sessions are scheduled within Gulf Standard Time (GST). Each conference day will begin at 9:00 GST and end at 17:30 GST.

During the conference, sessions from the program will be available on the virtual platform for attendees to watch. Dedicated sessions are scheduled for virtual attendees to discuss opportunities and challenges with the keynote speakers. Virtual attendees can schedule 1:1 meetings with virtual participants within the platform and also have the opportunity to network with other virtual participants during the scheduled networking sessions.

Virtual participants attending the event from time zones beyond GST +/-3 hours can expect to see virtual content recorded from the sessions to watch on-demand and the opportunity to network with delegates within similar time zones via pre-scheduled 1:1 meetings.

Program Information

The conference will include ample time for discussion and informal interactions between researchers from all over the world, to ensure a lively exchange of ideas. Each day of the three-day conference features a keynote lecture, parallel sessions, and symposia giving participants access to a range of topics in educational research and assessment.

Each session will include several presentations organized around themes related to one or more of the IEA studies (such as ICCS, ICILS, PIRLS, and/or TIMSS), methodology and analysis in large-scale assessment, learning and teaching practice in international education, using IEA data for evaluation or development at national and regional levels, and the policy implications of research. A poster competition introduces an alternative forum for interaction with the wider research community.

The social program offered by our host, the Ministry of Education of the United Arab Emirates, will include a welcome reception and a social dinner, providing an opportunity for attendees to make and renew acquaintances in a relaxed setting.

Confirmed Keynote Presenters

Dr Rabaa Al Sumaiti, Director-General of Emirates Schools Establishment, will talk about “Global Trends in Education - Opportunities and Challenges.”

Dr Matthias von Davier, Monan Professor in Education, Lynch School of Education, Boston College (USA) and Executive Director, TIMSS & PIRLS International Study Center, Boston College, will talk about, "How technology and artificial intelligence helps international assessment: a few examples from TIMSS and PIRLS research.”

Dr Geoff Masters, CEO of the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) will talk about, "Assessing Deep Learning".