Towards a New Generation of Engaged Universities:
The Need to Act, Adapt and Transform

16th – 18thApril, 2024 | Kempinski Central Avenue (Formerly the Address Dubai Mall), Dubai, UAE

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Keynote Address 1: “Excellence in Higher Education: The New Landscape”,
Prof. Jan Sadlak, President of the IREG Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence, France

Keynote Address 2: “From Good to Great: The Scarcity of Uncommon Leadership in these Uncertain Times”
Dr. Larry Johnson, CEO, New Media Consortium, USA

Keynote Address 3: “The Future of Higher Education, the Future of Learning
Mr. Gard Titlestad, Secretary General, ICDE, Norway

Keynote Address 4: “World Class Education in the Digital Age”
Dr. Talal Abu-Ghazaleh, President of Abu-Ghazaleh University (TAGI-UNI) And The Arab Organization for Quality Assurance in Education (AROQA), Jordan

Keynote Address 5: “IT as a Game Changer: Building a World Class University in the Connected Age
Dr. Julie Little, Vice President of Teaching, Learning, and Professional Development at Educause, USA

Keynote Address 6: “Scientific Research and Higher Education in the Arab World
Prof. Sultan T. Abu-Orabi Aladwan, Secretary General of the Association of Arab Universities

Keynote Address 7: The UK Approach to Teaching and Learning Enhancement: Successes and Lessons Learnt
Dr. John Craig, Assistant Director & Head, Social Sciences and Arts and Humanities, the Higher Education Academy, UK

Panel Discussion 1: “Globalization and Internationalization of Higher Education: New Challenges, New Opportunities and the Way Forward
Chair: Prof. David Baker, Former Deputy Chair, JISC, UK
Panel Members:

  • Sally Ward, Regional Manager, Higher Education for Middle East and North Africa, British Council, UAE
  • Prof. Martin Henson, Dean for International Affairs and a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Essex, UK
  • Prof. Vincent Ado Tenebe, Vice Chancellor, National Open University of Nigeria, Nigeria
  • Mr. Danish, Partner,The Parthenon Group, India

Panel Discussion 2: “Quality, Accreditation and Accountability in Higher Education
Chair: Prof. Nadia Badrawi, President of the Arab Network for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ANQAHE), Egypt.
Panel Members:

  • Prof. Houssam Hamdi, Vice Chancellor for Medical and Health Sciences, Sharjah University, UAE
  • Dr. Gina Hobson, Chief Executive ,British Accreditation Council, UK
  • Prof. Najla Bouden Romdhane, Advisor of the Ministry of Scientific Research and Higher Education, Tunisia

Workshop 1: Implementing Key Strategies to Enhance Teaching and Learning
Dr. John Craig, Assistant Director & Head, Social Sciences and Arts and Humanities, the Higher Education Academy, UK

Workshop 1: Road Map to the Future: Strategic Planning in Higher Education
Anjum Malik, Co-Founder and Managing Partner Alhambra US Chamber of Commerce, USA