Education Without Borders 2015


In 2001, Education Without Borders was the platform that placed universal online access to education and mobile learning as the cornerstones of the new learning paradigm. This year, as we celebrate HCT’s 25th anniversary, the 7th Education Without Borders looks at “Bridging the Gap: Innovative Solutions to Global Educational Challenges”.

7th Education Without Borders conference 2013 (Special Edition) hosted by HCT-Sharjah Women’s College on Wednesday March 27, 2013

Hundreds of students from around the globe will join their peers and universities and the UAE will participate in this student led conference.

Today, globalization and technology have changed the international landscape and have served as the catalysts for social institutions to reinvent themselves to respond to new challenges. Education is no exception and it must reinvent itself in order to respond effectively to the immense challenges facing the international community. This will leverage greater capacity and innovation by educational institutions to meet the growing demands of a global economy and reduce the disparity between developing and developed nations, the have and have-nots; and to bridge the digital divide. Recognizing that education’s successful transformation is essential to our capacity to address global social, economic, political and cultural issues, the theme for the Education Without Borders 2013 conference will be: “Bridging the Gap: Innovative Solutions to Global Educational Challenges”.

Several hundred international students have submitted papers on these sub-themes and the top 30 papers will be presented during the day. The best papers from each sub-theme will be given special awards.


The following program for Education Without Borders 2013, which includes details of student paper presentations, has been enclosed for your convenience but is subject to possible changes.

8:00 – 8:50 Student arrivals and registrations
Student Paper Session A
Danielle Grams (University of South Florida); Khawla Othman Hassan (Higher Colleges of Technology); Jennifer Hughes (Elizabethtown College)
Multi-Purpose Hall
Student Paper Session B
Austin Halbert (University of North Carolina, Charlotte); Mahmood Hajli (University of London); Marwa Al Meeza (Higher Colleges of Technology)
Student Paper Session C
Lucia Pivetta (De Montfort University); Kate Denman (Institute of Education); Ethan Bowering (Griffith University)
F-Dome Area
Student Paper Session D
Daniel Ddiba (Makerere University); Lana Pasic (University of Oxford); Siheng Qi (Singapore Management University)
E Block
Student Paper Session E
Jiakai Jeremy Chua
(Vanderbilt University); Geetanjali Sharma (National Law University – Jodhpur); Ruzica Jurcevic (University of Zagreb)
Career Center
10:00 – 10:20 Coffee Break View Sharjah Colleges students’ exhibits
Student Paper Session F
Emma Hiza (Johns Hopkins University); Joseph Smith (University of Sierra Leone); David Hernandez (University of Southern California)
Multi-Purpose Hall
Student Paper Session G
Supriya K.K. (Indian Institute of Management); Muhammad Aftab(COMSTATS Institute of IT); Ahmed Yousof (Indiana University of Pennsylvania)
Student Paper Session H
Daniel Gjokjeski (St. Cyril and Methodius University); Festus Adewopo (Obafemi Awolowo University); Katelyn Forgione (Seneca College)
F-Dome Area
Student Paper Session I
Govind Gullbadhar (Indian Institute of Technology – Roorkee); Ishan Singh (Indian Institute of Technology – Delhi); Sally Nuamah (Northwestern University)
E Block
Student Paper Session J
Muhammad Sami (Lahore University of Management Sciences); Brent Colman (MacEwan University); Manu Thadikkaran (National Law University – Jodhpur)
Career Center
Student Paper Session K
Maryam Bawa (University of British Columbia); Emer Cordoba Cuevas (Universidad Veracruzana) (20 minutes each)
F-Block (F52)
11:20 -11:40 Presentation Evaluations & coffee break
11:50 – 12:50 Plenary SessionKeynote Address: H.E. Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development and Chancellor, Higher Colleges of TechnologyBest paper award ceremony Multi-Purpose Hall
12:50 – 14:00 Luncheon F Block Garden
14:00 – 15:30 Plenary Panel Discussion – Students’ expectations of University educationHCT and EWB World Student Organizing Committee members interact with a panel of Nobel Laureates, Academic and Industry Leaders. Multi-Purpose Hall