Inspiring the next generation will be the theme at the British Business Embassy today as 120 UK and international delegates will explore how sport, science and technology can be used to inspire young people to further study.
The event will showcase the best of British education to the world, promoting international collaboration and increased trade in ideas and services.
Steve Cram, former world record holder and Olympic silver medallist, and Olympic gold medallist Sally Gunnell will speak on how sport can inspire young people to stay in education. They will be joined by Wing Commander Andy Green, the pilot of world’s fastest car, the Bloodhound SSC, which is used to encourage schoolchildren to study science and technology. Other speakers include Sir Michael Barber, Chief Education Adviser from Pearson, Professor Geoff Petts, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Westminster and Rajay Naik, Director of Government and External Affairs at The Open University.
Rajay Naik, Director of Government and External Affairs, The Open University said, ‘The Olympic Games are a wonderful celebration of all that is great about Britain. It is crucial that during these weeks we present the very best of our sport, culture, commerce and people. As the nation’s largest university, which is admired around the world, The Open University is delighted to be playing a major role in the British Business Embassy. We are proud of how we apply new technologies to expand access to and raise the quality of education – from our much-loved BBC co-productions to exceptional online content. This contributes to one of the best higher education systems on the planet; The OU looks forward to playing its role in expounding this to the world over the course of this great British summer.”
Universities and Science Minister David Willetts said, "The UK's education and skills sectors have a world class reputation. Britain is home to leading universities, excellent vocational education and world-renowned schools”.
Minister for Trade & Investment Lord Green said, “The UK’s education sector generates over £14 billion in exports annually and is respected around the world as a global innovator. New partnerships forged today will not just generate new business, but help shape the high-tech skills we need to drive progress and fuel growth.”
Jim Wynn, Chief Education Officer of Promethean, a Lancashire firm which makes interactive tools, displays and systems for use in classrooms, said,“The British Business Embassy Education day will be a great opportunity to showcase over 40 years of education technology innovation. Promethean, a UK company working in 108 countries worldwide, is very proud to be associated with this event.”
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