Bett Asia 2017
Bett Asia successfully returned to Malaysia in November 2017 for its fourth edition, under the continued support of Malaysia's Ministry of Education. Officiated by YB Dato’ Seri Mahdzir bin Khalid, Minister of Education – Malaysia, the 2-day Leadership Summit and Expo welcomed over:
- 2,000 attendees from
- 40 + countries
- 100 + speakers
- 50 + exhibitors
In honour of the 50th anniversary of ASEAN, the 2017 event theme was Global Collaboration in Education. Addressing key opportunities to support collaboration and improve education systems across the Asia Pacific region.
The event opened with a ministerial panel discussion on ASEAN collaboration and moving towards a 21st century model for education. Esteemed panellists included Sir Michael Wilshaw, Her Majesty’s Former Chief Inspector of Schools, Ofsted, and Senior Advisor, GEMS Education; H.E. Mme Sengdeuane Lachanthaboun, Minister of Education and Sports – Laos; and Dr. Sophon Napathorn, Vice Minister for Education - Thailand. Panellists reflected on ASEAN’s past successes and shared their outlook on the Work Plan on Education 2016-2020, which was designed to unify collaborative efforts on education and develop a coordinated ASEAN position on global education issues.
Other highlights included a discussion on improving the traditional way of teaching, “Establishing Blended Learning Environments,” chaired by Dr. Matt Harris, Deputy Head of School for Learning Technology, British School of Jakarta, and a keynote address on ‘Education & the Fourth Industrial Revolution’ from Mr. Graham Brown-Martin, Writer, Broadcaster, and Educator and Founder of Learning Without Frontiers (UK).
Worldwide partner Microsoft hosted an exciting lineup of activities including a keynote session from Mr. Anthony Salcito, Vice President – Worldwide Education, Microsoft USA on ‘Digital transformation in Learning, device demos, partner solutions, the passport adventure competition, and the Microsoft School Leaders and the Teachers Academy.
The UK Pavilion hosted by annual event partner, the UK’s Department for International Trade (DIT), was a highlight of the 2017 Expo, and The Great British Classroom, showcased live lessons in the interactive classroom environment.
For specific quotes and more information, please read the official Bett Asia 2017 Press Release here.
2017 Photo Gallery