Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Award 2019
September 20, 2020

The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Award 2019

The 2019 Knowledge Award Function was organised by the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation (MBRF) and took place at the Dubai World Trade Centre. The theme for the Knowledge Awards this year was ‘Knowledge: The Path For Sustainable Development’ and it helped showcase best practices and experiences that countries across the globe use to drive development across a variety of sectors. The three laureates come from disparate backgrounds but all of them employ education and knowledge as the key to positive disruption. 

On November 26th 2019, the end of the first day of the sixth Knowledge Summit, a panel discussion was organised and the three winners of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Award were Saudi Aramco, Singapore’s National Institute for Education (NIE) and Industry 4.0. 

Saudi Aramco was represented by its Chairman of Knowledge Management and Innovation Boards- Dr Jamil Al-Bagawi and the session was attended on behalf of the Knowledge Management Board Vice-Chairman- Mr Khalid Al-Onaizi. The organisation encourages its 60,000+ employees to learn and invest time in learning by incentivising knowledge-sharing. The approach to knowledge-sharing is innovative and the knowledge program in Saudi Aramco appoints 20 managers. 

Singapore’s NIE was represented by Prof Chang Chew Hung who is the Chief Planning Officer of the prestigious institute emphasised on teacher education as they are the ‘core focus of NIE’. 34,000 teachers are employed in the 360 schools across Singapore, all of whom were trained by NIE. The aim is to couple together research, theory and practice. International collaborations are also encouraged with NIE networks in up to 64 countries. These practices eventually make the teachers of today future-ready. 

Henrik von Scheel is the man behind the Fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0) and his approach directs humankind to reimagine the age-old ideas of economics and productivity to sustain itself. “We, as a generation, are at the crossroads of change and we have 10 years to find alternatives to conventional energy sources to survive,” he said. “Everything around us needs to be interconnected; digitalisation is the way forward.” Von Scheel’s approach was to pen down a 30-year to-do list for all of humankind; it notes that natural gas and coal consumption must decline by 2050 by 62%, 97% of energy must be met from renewable sources (solar and wind) and 90% protein must be cultured meat, just to name a few. He envisions Dubai to be a frontrunner in building smart cities as he described owing to its ‘can-do’ attitude. 

This annual award was started by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, with the passing of a decree directed towards an effort to encourage innovation and constant creation of new ways to spread knowledge amongst those working in different fields. 

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