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What is TEDx?
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED created a programme called TEDx. TEDx is a programme of local, self-organised events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Many of the world’s leading universities and education institutions have run TEDx events as part of their thought leadership and their engagement with their communities and wider society.
At our TEDxTheBritishUniversityinDubai event, TED Talks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx programme, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organised.
TEDxTheBritishUniversityinDubai was started in January 2020 as a way of engaging our students, staff, and stakeholders. After almost a year of preparation and in spite of the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic we were able to showcase some brilliant speakers at this inaugural event. Hosting a TEDx event gives us the opportunity to share and showcase the unique innovation and ideas that our community creates and offers, not only within the UAE and Middle East but in a wider global context.
The British University in Dubai (BUiD) organised the inaugural TEDxTheBritishUniversityinDubai at the Marriot Hotel Al Jaddaf on 16 January 2021. The event explored the impact of COVID-19 on higher education and the future of universities after the pandemic. Distinguished speakers from a cross-section of BUiD discussed key issues including Blockchain, inclusivity and diversity, and alternative methods of assessment.
Date: Saturday 16 January 2021
Venue: Marriot Hotel Al Jaddaf
Time: 1800 Gulf Standard
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