On the World’s Biggest Stage at Expo 2020 in Dubai

From 18–21 Octo­ber 2021, the First World Gift­ed­ness Cen­ter Inter­na­tion­al Con­fer­ence was held in Dubai, UAE, as part of Expo 2020, where Glob­al Tal­ent Men­tor­ing and its par­tic­i­pants were also fea­tured. The hybrid con­fer­ence brought researchers and prac­ti­tion­ers togeth­er from all over the world, where they pre­sent­ed research find­ings and best prac­tices in gift­ed edu­ca­tion, men­tor­ing, and tal­ent development. 
The conference’s open­ing cer­e­mo­ny was attend­ed by sev­er­al notable indi­vid­u­als, includ­ing UAE Min­is­ter of Edu­ca­tion Hus­sain bin Ibrahim Al Ham­ma­di, who shared his vision of cre­at­ing more oppor­tu­ni­ties to form a deep­er under­stand­ing of our col­lec­tive respon­si­bil­i­ty towards edu­cat­ing gift­ed indi­vid­u­als and the future of tal­ent in gen­er­al. Min­is­ter Al Ham­ma­di also high­light­ed the col­lab­o­ra­tion between the Ham­dan Foun­da­tion and the Uni­ver­si­ty of Regens­burg on build­ing a glob­al plat­form for the gift­ed that brings togeth­er top sci­en­tists, stu­dents, experts, and researchers in order to pro­vide tools, method­olo­gies, and sci­en­tif­ic devel­op­ments for the glob­al community. 
Glob­al Tal­ent Men­tor­ing is a flag­ship offer­ing of the World Gift­ed­ness Cen­ter (WGC), which cel­e­brat­ed its offi­cial launch dur­ing the con­fer­ence. Ini­ti­at­ed and owned by the Ham­dan Foun­da­tion, the WGC is a glob­al hub for tal­ent devel­op­ment designed to cre­ate a mind­set of cul­ti­va­tion of excel­lence to sup­port fun­da­men­tal edu­ca­tion­al needs around the world. 
As pro­gram direc­tor of Glob­al Tal­ent Men­tor­ing, Prof. Dr. Stoeger was invit­ed to par­tic­i­pate at the con­fer­ence open­ing cer­e­mo­ny, where she offi­cial­ly pre­sent­ed Glob­al Tal­ent Men­tor­ing to the world. The pre­sen­ta­tion includ­ed inter­view tes­ti­mo­ni­als from par­tic­i­pat­ing mentees and men­tors and was very well received by those in atten­dance, includ­ing nation­al news stations. 
Through­out the four-day con­fer­ence, Glob­al Tal­ent Men­tor­ing team mem­bers from dif­fer­ent core pro­gram areas were on hand to explain key con­cepts and objec­tives about the pro­gram. Prof. Dr. Stoeger, along with research team mem­bers, pre­sent­ed find­ings on top­ics includ­ing gift­ed learn­ers, men­tor­ing for tal­ent devel­op­ment, and best-prac­tice men­tor­ing pro­grams. The engage­ment and IT teams were also in atten­dance to present strate­gies and future concepts. 
The con­fer­ence was part of Expo 2020, a world expo cur­rent­ly tak­ing place in Dubai. Post­poned by one year due to the pan­dem­ic, Expo 2020 is a multi­na­tion­al, col­lab­o­ra­tive event run­ning from 1 Octo­ber 2021 through 31 March 2022 show­cas­ing the lat­est con­cepts in tech­nol­o­gy, mobil­i­ty, and sus­tain­abil­i­ty from 192 coun­tries. Glob­al Tal­ent Men­tor­ing is proud to have par­tic­i­pat­ed in an event of this scale. 

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