Tarek G. Shawki
Areas of educational interest: I am particularly passionate about pursuing a revolutionary transformation of classical educational models in order to prepare generations equipped with the 21st century skills and capable of innovation and active participation in emerging knowledge societies. Along this quest, I have developed deep interests in the optimal integration of ICTs in education, use of technology to teach and learn mathematics and science, ICT competencies for teachers and the development of new pedagogies, curricula and assessment models.
Why I’m involved in EFF: Education Fast Forward is an excellent platform to connect with world-class experts sharing similar interests. I expect to learn significant insights through the EFF discussions and debates. Furthermore, EFF debates engage the global education and learning communities, which contributes directly to my work in this field.
About Me: In May 2015 Tarek was appointed Secretary General of Presidential Specialized Councils in Egypt. Prior to this he was the Dean of the School of Sciences and Engineering at the American University in Cairo (AUC). This academic assignment started on September 1, 2012, following a four-and-a-half year tenure as the Director of the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science in Arab States (2008–2012) located in Cairo, Egypt.
Prior to his UNESCO Cairo Office appointment in June 2008, Dr. Shawki was the Chief of the Section for ICTs in Education, Science and Culture within the Information Society Division in UNESCO headquarters (Paris, France). He has served as the Regional Advisor for Communications and Information at the UNESCO Cairo Office (UCO) between January 1999 and November 2005. The UCO is a regional office for science, technology and information for Arab states. Shawki has been a panelist on the National Science Foundation and the National Research Council. His leadership is considered paramount to the Arab region in modernizing university education in basic and engineering sciences, through the promotion of the Mathematica technology.
Dr. Shawki has pioneered the strategic public–private partnerships with the IT corporate within UNESCO, which includes Microsoft, Intel, Cisco and Apple, Inc. He has been the key architect of the standard setting effort by UNESCO involving the ICT Competency Framework for Teachers (ICT-CFT). Dr. Shawki has been developing major programs involving the effective use of ICTs in education, science and culture.