- 4 entries from Bahrain, Spain, Saudi Arabia and Australia won the awards
- Awards attracted 30 entries from Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Malaysia, Palestine, Jordan, Germany, Turkey, Korea, Australia, Argentina and Kenya
Dubai, United Arab Emirates: Two researchers from the Kingdom of Bahrain and Spain won the 'Applied Research Global Award of Gifted Education', and two schools from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Australia earnt the 'School Global Award Initiative of Gifted Education' of the inaugurated cycle of the World Giftedness Centre Awards 2022. These results were unveiled by Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation for Distinguished Academic Performance during a press conference held yesterday (Wednesday, 21st September 2022) in Dubai.
Dr. Jamal Al Muhairi – Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees and Secretary-General of the Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation for Distinguished Academic Performance said:“We are pleased to announce the winners of the World Giftedness Centre Awards 2022, which include the 'School Global Award Initiative of Gifted Education' and the 'Applied Research Global Award of Gifted Education'. These awards aim to promote best practices and exceptional efforts in the field of giftedness and education and contribute to the development of research in this emerging field thus nurturing talented people around the world. The awards targeted PhD holders, researchers, in addition to all school personnel who are involved in initiatives and innovative projects that contribute to the development of giftedness around the world.”
The awards attracted several entries from numerous countries and an international jury composed of elite assessors evaluated each entry. These awards are part of the Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation for Distinguished Academic Performance's efforts to support and nurture gifted individuals, advance education, and promote excellence in the field of education, in order to foster graduates to keep up with scientific advancement and achieve sustainable development across all spheres.
Among the speakers in the press conference were the members of the international jury headed by Professor Dr. Abdullah Aljughaiman, Vice Dean for Graduate Studies and Scientific Research at King Faisal University, Saudi Arabia; in addition to the jury members, Professor Dr. Heidrun Stoeger, Professor for Educational Sciences at the University of Regensburg, Germany; and Dr. Rhoda Myra Garces-Bacsal, Assistant Dean for Research and Graduate Studies for the College of Education at the United Arab Emirates University, UAE.
The 'Applied Research Global Award of Gifted Education' drew 9 entries from numerous countries, including 1 entry from the Kingdom of Bahrain, 2 from Egypt, and 4 from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and one each from Spain and Malaysia.
On the other hand, the 'School Global Award Initiative of Gifted Education' received 21 entries distributed as follows: 7 from Palestine, 4 from Saudi Arabia, 1 from Jordan, 1 from Germany, 3 from Malaysia, 1 from each of Turkey, Korea, Australia, Argentina and Kenya.
The 'Applied Research Global Award of Gifted Education' was won by Mr. Ahmed Mohammed Al-Abbasi from the Kingdom of Bahrain for his research entitled « Are gifted students more emotionally intelligent than their non-gifted peers? A meta analysis ». Also, Mr. Alejandro Veas Iniesta from Spain won for his research entitled « Differences in personal, familial, social, and school factors between underachieving and non-underachieving gifted secondary students»
As for the 'School Global Award Initiative of Gifted Education', it was won by Al-Anjal National Schools in Saudi Arabia for the project entitled“MACLE”, which reflects Motivate, Accomodate, Care, Lead and Enrich. Moreover, Sydney Catholic Schools in Australia won this award for the project entitled“Newman Selective Gifted Education Program”.
The inaugurated cycle of the World Giftedness Centre Awards, which includes the 'School Global Award Initiative of Gifted Education' and the 'Applied Research Global Award of Gifted Education' was launched in conjunction with the inauguration of the World Giftedness Centre in October 2021 at Expo 2020 Dubai. Nominations were received from October 2021 to May 2022.
The awards are intended to support and reward exceptional efforts in the field of educating and nurturing the gifted, as well as to promote ongoing initiatives and endeavors to improve the learning environment for gifted people all over the world.
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