15th Session of UNESCO IITE Governing Board

On 16-17 October 2014 the Fifteenth session of the newly appointed IITE Governing Board was held in Moscow. Dr. Mansoor Al Awar, Chancellor of Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University (United Arab Emirates) was elected as a Chairperson of the Governing Board. Dr. Al Awar is the founder of Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University (HBMSU), which was known as e-TQM College since its establishment in 2002 and then Hamdan Bin Mohammed e-University since 2009, where in 2004 he established the Juran Chair for the first time in the region.  He also established the Middle East e-Learning association (MEEA) in 2011 and was the founder of the first TQM Department Dubai Police Force. Dr. Al Awar is a member of many committees and organizations worldwide. He has received several international awards for his professional achievements. 

Mr. Veniamin Kaganov, Deputy Minister of Education and Science of the Russian Federation, attended the opening of the Governing Board meeting. He delivered a speech on the vision of the Russian Federation concerning the future activities of the Institute. The Director-General of UNESCO was represented by Mr. Qian Tang, Assistant Director-General for Education (ADG/ED), who made a statement and underlined that IITE is a very important institute for UNESCO programme activities, which plays a specific and irreplaceable role within the UNESCO Institutes’ structure. He expressed his wishes of great success to the members of the new IITE Governing Board. Also the session was attended by Mr. Dendev Badarch, Director of Division for Social Transformation and Intercultural Dialogue at Social and Human Sciences Sector of UNESCO; Mr. Amir Bilaletdinov, Deputy Secretary-General of the Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO, and Mr. Bernard Cornu (France), former Chairperson of the IITE Governing Board.

Members of the Governing Board have discussed the report by the Director a.i. on the activities of the Institute in 2014, medium-term strategy of the Institute, IITE programme and budget for 2015, IITE publication and dissemination strategy, IITE fundraising strategy,and other issues.

Members of the IITE Governing Board:

  • Mr. Mansoor AL AWAR (United Arab Emirates)
  • Mr. Jianzhong CHA (China)
  • Mr. Stoyan DENCHEV (Bulgaria)
  • Mr. Steven DUGGAN (USA)
  • Mr. Kuzvinetsa Peter DZVIMBO (South Africa)
  • Mr. Dae-Joon HWANG (Republic of Korea)
  • Mr. Michael G. MEIMARIS (Greece)
  • Mr. Gard TITLESTAD (Norway)
  • Mr. Nikolay TOIVONEN (Russian Federation)
  • Mr. Puntsag TSAGAAN (Mongolia)
  • Mr. Tapio VARIS (Finland)