DOHA, Qatar, February 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
Nominations open for the 2012 WISE Prize for Education
The search has begun for an individual - or group - to become the next Laureate of the WISE Prize for Education. This is the first global prize to recognize world-class contributors to education at a similar level to other major prizes for science, literature, peace or economics.
The WISE Prize for Education, now in its second year, pays tribute to those in any sector whose achievements have had a significant and lasting impact upon education at any level and demonstrate an inspiring and visionary approach.
The Laureate receives $500,000 (US) and a gold medal.
Commenting on the search for the 2012 WISE Prize Laureate, WISE Chairman Dr. Abdulla bin Ali Al-Thani, said: "This year again, I hope that the nominations will cover the entire scope of what education can bring to the world, from an outstanding contributor to academic research to an on-the-ground practitioner whose work has benefited many. The perfect profile may also be someone who has shone the light of education in adverse circumstances, or who has uncovered and nurtured talent which had lain unnoticed and neglected."
His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Amir of the State of Qatar, awarded the inaugural WISE Prize for Education to Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, Founder and Chairman of BRAC, at the 2011 WISE Summit in Doha, Qatar.
WISE is inviting nominations from individuals and institutions with a demonstrable commitment to education, such as universities, schools, colleges, teachers' organizations, research facilities, international organizations, governments, private corporations and the media. A high-level Committee will make a pre-selection of the nominations received from around the world, and an international Jury of distinguished individuals will make the final choice of the Laureate whose name will be announced at the 4th WISE Summit to be held November 13-15, 2012, in Doha, Qatar.
The closing date for nominations is March 31, 2012. The nomination process is strictly confidential. To nominate a candidate for the Prize or for further information about WISE and the WISE Prize, please visit: http://www.wise-qatar.org or http://www.wiseprizeforeducation.org
SOURCE World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE)