4th Gulf Education Conference and Exhibition 2014

4th Gulf Education Conference and Exhibition 2014

It was be held in the presence of Ministers from a number of countries in the region and Higher Education leaders and senior practitioners from the UK and the Gulf region. Again it is expected to showcase developments in Higher Education and be a platform where international partnerships can be formed and exchange of best practices and insight can occur. Discussions at the conference will serve to guide the development of Higher Education in institutions and countries in the region.

 

The theme for this year is ‘Higher Education 2020’. Starting from the findings of the Horizon Scanning report commissioned by the Leadership Foundation and the International Unit and authored by the Director and staff of the Observatory on Borderless Higher Education, the conference will unpack the main themes. At the macro level, it will explore what Higher Education will be for in 2020 and its role in wealth generation, preparation for employment and social and cultural enrichment. It will look at the international business of Higher Education, the growing threats from other regions and ways of financing for future success.

 

On the second day a participative structure will enable participants to select themes of interest to them including internationalisation (opportunities and challenges for achieving excellence through partnerships), evolving pedagogy (including the scope for MOOCs and blended learning to expand and enrich learning for existing and new types of students), meeting the needs of different types of students in 2020 by delivery at home or abroad, education for employment and entrepreneurship and ways of building research capacity.

 

As in previous years, opportunities for networking will be designed into the program ranging from the conference dinner to individually book appointments with people of interest.

Patronage

  • HRH Princess Basmah Bint Saud bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud

    Daughter of King Saud, and the granddaughter of King Abdel Aziz, the founder of the modern state of Saudi Arabia in 1932.

Event Information

Venue

Hilton London Paddington Hotel
146 Praed Street
London
W2 1EE
United Kingdom

 

Date

31 March & 01 April 2014

Sponsors and Partners

Agenda

08.00hrs Registration and Coffee
09.30hrs Official Opening Ceremony
09.45hrs Welcome by Conference Chairman

Mr. David Lock, Director of International Projects, The Leadership Foundation

09.55hrs Official Opening Welcome by

HRH Princess Basmah Bint Saud Al Saud, Founder and Chairman of The Fourth Way Law

10.05hrs Introductory Remarks by Higher Education Key Decision Makers: Developments and Opportunities in MENA Region

H.E. Shk. Dr. Khalid Al-Thani, Chairman & Managing Director, Qatar International Islamic Bank, Qatar

Dr Amin Mahmoud, Minister of Higher Education, Jordan

Dr Elias Bou Saab, Minister of Higher Education, Lebanon

Dr Inam Biuod, Minister, Arab League, Algeria

Dr Aisha Al-Azemi, Supreme Council of Education, Kuwait

Mrs. Fatemah AlAqrouqa – National Bureau for Academic Accreditation & Education Quality Assurance Kuwait

Prof.  Sultan T. Abu-Orabi, Secretary General of the Association of the Arab Universities, Jordan

Dr Tayeb A. Kamali, Vice Chancellor, Higher Colleges of Technology, UAE

11.30hrs Refreshment Break Networking
12.00hrs Keynote Address: What will Higher Education look like in 2020?

Dr William Lawton, Director, The Observatory on Borderless Higher Education

12.45hrs Lunch
14.15hrs Panel Session: The International Business of Higher Education: Future Scenarios

Dr John Law, Higher Education Advisor,  British Council

Eng. Khalid Al-Afari, Deputy General Manager, TVTC, Saudi Arabia

Dr Anjum Malik, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Alhambra  US Chamber

Dr Franco Vigliotti, EPFL Presidency & Dean of EPFL Middle East, Ecole Polytechnice Federale de Lausanne

15.30hrs Refreshment Break Networking
16.00hrs Panel Session: What will Higher Education be for 2020? Evolving Missions for HE

Mr. Essa Al Mulla, Executive Director, National Workforce Development, UAE

Mr. Frank Edwards, Director Workforce Development, Pearson

Mr. Bahram Bekhradnia, President, Higher Education Policy Unit

17.15hrs Chairman’s Closing Remarks
19.00hrs Gulf Education Awards Dinner

 

09.00hrs Registration and Coffee
09.30hrs Internationalisation: Opportunities and the challenge of Achieving Excellence

Prof. Martin Henson, Dean for International Affairs, University of Essex

Dr Abhilasha Singh, Director of International Office, American University in Emirates

Mr. Michael Thomas, CEO, Pathfinder

Dr Lawrence Watson, ASIC

09.30hrs Pedagogy: Technological Opportunities and Challenges

Dr Kevin Dunseath, Director of Education, EMEAR

Mr. Simon Noakes, Managing Director, Interactive Schools

Mr. Martin Smith, Chief Revenue Officer, Noodle Education

Dr Nabil Sultan, Head of Division Management, Business and Enterprise, School of Business, Leadership and Enterprise, University Suffolk Campus

Mr. Dan Quintas, Manager of Sales Engineering, EMEA, Air Watch USA

09.30hrs Education for Employment & Entrepreneurship

Dr Suhair Hassan Al Quari, President, Dar Al Hekma University

Prof. William Scott Jackson, Chairman, Oxford Strategic Consulting

Prof. Zaha Alsuwailan, Lecturer, Kuwait University

Mr. John Kerr, Director, AlphaPlus Consultancy Ltd

09.30hrs Teaching Ideologies in Saudi Universities ( Arabic Session)

Dr Fozyah Saleh Alshammri, Professor of Educational Planning & Administration Assistant, Dean of Admission & Registration, Princess Nora Bent Abdulrahman University (PNU)

Dr Abdullah.O.AL-Krashi, Associate Prof.  at College of Arts, King Saud University

Dr Fahad Abdulaziz Alsunaidi, College of Education, King Saud University

11.00hrs Refreshment Break Networking
11.30hrs Internationalisation: Opportunities and Achieving Excellence through Partnerships

Mr. Martin Henson, Dean for International Affairs, University of Essex

Mr. James Pitman, Managing Director Higher Education UK & Europe, Study Group

Mr. Thumbay Moideen, Founder &  President of the Board of Governors, Gulf Medical University, UAE

11.30hrs Meeting the Needs of Students: Local Provision and Enabling Mobility

Dr Eman Gaad, Dean Faculty of Education, British University in Dubai

Mr. Carl-Johan Westring, Vice President at EF Education First (EF) & heads EF’s Global Business Development & Partnership

Dr  Fiona S. Baker,  Head of the Educational Psychology, Emirates College for Advanced Education

11.30hrs Pedagogy: MOOCs and blended Learning – Opportunities and Challenges

Mr. Tim Gore, Director Networks and Communities, University of London

Mr. Raman Kapil, President, MarkR Management Inc

Dr Heba Al Douseri, Lecturer, College of Business – Arab Open University

11.30hrs Education for Building a Research Capability

Dr Naser Zaeri, Director of Research & Development, Arab Open University – Kuwait

Dr Franco Vigliotti, EPFL Presidency & Dean of EPFL Middle East, Ecole Polytechnice Federale de Lausanne

Dr Rachel Baker, Director of Applied Linguistics Research and Development, EF

Dr. Mohammed Elmeski, Research Associate, Sigma Associates Inc

13.00hrs Networking Lunch
14.15hrs Plenary Feedback: Conclusions Related to what HE will look like in 2020.

Prof. Martin Henson, Dean for International Affairs, University of Essex

Dr Suhair Hassan Al Quari, President, Dar Al Hekma University

Dr Eman Gaad, Dean Faculty of Education, British University in Dubai

Dr Fozyah Saleh Alshammri, Dean of Admission for Technical Affairs, Princess Nora Bent Abdulrahman University (PNU)

Mr. Tim Gore, Director Networks and Communities, University of London

Dr Naser Zaeri, Director of Research & Development, Arab Open University – Kuwait

1515hrs Question Time

Mr. Bahram Bekhradnia, President, Higher Education Policy Unit

Dr Tayeb A. Kamali, Vice Chancellor, Higher Colleges of Technology, UAE

16.00hrs Closing Remarks – Future Action

Professor Sultan T. Abu-Orabi, Secretary General of the Association of the Arab Universities, Jordan

1620hrs Conference Review and Closure

David Lock, Director of International Projects, The Leadership Foundation

Gala Dinner

The Gulf Education Gala Awards Dinner will be held on the first night of the conference and is proud to host the 2nd Gulf Education Awards Ceremony. It will be a special night for all those attending. As the attendees dine on exceptionally fine cuisine, the nominees and winners will be announced and prizes awarded.

The Gala Award Dinner promises to be a sociable evening with plenty of opportunity to network or sit back and be entertained! Building on the success of last year, the Gulf Education Award will give recognition to progressive and innovative institutions who are striving to make advancements in teaching programmes, resources, facilities and their academic positioning.

Building on the success of last year, the Gulf Education Award will give recognition to progressive and innovative institutions who are striving to make advancements in teaching programmes, resources, facilities and their academic positioning.

Speakers

  • David Lock

    Director of International Projects, The Leadership Foundation

  • Prof. Sultan T. Abu-Orabi

    Secretary General of the Association of the Arab Universities, Jordan

  • Dr Tayeb A. Kamali

    Vice Chancellor, Higher Colleges of Technology, UAE

  • Mr. Essa Al Mulla

    Executive Director, National Workforce Development, UAE

  • Dr Inam Bioud

    Minister, Arab League, Algeria

  • Dr Aisha Al-Azemi

    Supreme Council of Education, Kuwait

  • Prof. Martin Henson

    Dean for International Affairs, University of Essex

  • Prof. Eman Gaad

    Dean Faculty of Education, British University in Dubai

  • Dr Nabil Sultan

    Head of Division Management, Business and Enterprise, School of Business, Leadership and Enterprise, University Suffolk Campus

  • Dr Fozyah Saleh Alshammri

    Professor of Educational Planning and Administration Assistant, Dean of Admission for Technical Affairs, Princess Nora Bent Abdulrahman University (PNU)

  • Prof. Zaha Alsuwailan

    Lecturer, Kuwait University

  • Dr William Lawton

    Director, The Observatory of Higher Education

  • Prof. William Scott Jackson

    Chairman, Oxford Strategic Consulting

  • Mr. Tim Gore

    Director Networks and Communities, University of London

  • Dr Abhilasha Singh

    Director of International Office, American University in Emirates

  • Mr. Raman Kapil

    President, MarkR Management Inc

  • Mr. Simon Noakes

    Managing Director, Interactive Schools

  • Dr Franco Vigliotti

    EPFL Presidency & Dean of EPFL Middle East, Ecole Polytechnice Federale de Lausanne

  • Dr Suhair Hassan Al Qurashi

    President, Dar Al Hekma University

  • Mr. Frank Edwards

    Director Workforce Development, Pearson

  • Dr Heba Al Douseri

    Lecturer, College of Business – Arab Open University

  • Mrs. Fatemah AlAqrouqa

    National Bureau for Academic Accreditation & Education Quality Assurance Kuwait

  • Mr. Thumbay Moideen

    Founder & President of the Board of Governors, Gulf Medical University, UAE

  • Ms Ruth Turner

    Head of Policy, The Tony Blair Foundation

  • Mr. Bahram Bekhradnia

    President, Higher Education Policy Unit

  • Dr Naser Zaeri

    Director of Research & Development, Arab Open University – Kuwait

  • Dr Mark Weichold

    Dean & CEO, Texas A&M University, Qatar

  • Mr. Westring

    Vice President at EF Education First (EF) and heads EF’s Global Business Development & Partnership

  • Dr Rachel Baker

    Director of Applied Linguistics Research and Development, EF

  • Mr. John Kerr

    Director, AlphaPlus Consultancy Ltd

  • Mr. James Pitman

    Managing Director, Study Group

  • Dr Fiona S. Baker

    Head of the Educational Psychology, Emirates College for Advanced Education

  • Dr Lawrence Watson

    ASIC

  • Mr. Dan Quintas

    Manager of Sales Engineering, EMEA, Air Watch USA

  • Dr John Law

    Higher Education Advisor, British Council