Professor Yusra Mouzughi assumed the role of President of Royal University for Women in May 2021 with clear plans to take the institution to its next level of growth and development. Professor Mouzughi is a highly motivated and innovative academic leader with over 20 years’ experience in the Higher Education sector and over 5 years industry experience in large blue- chip organisations. She has a proven track record of delivering to strategic objectives and a passion for providing a quality educational offering that is relevant to the workplace. She is a committed individual with a unique understanding of both Western and Arab cultures and an ability to motivate staff and students incorporating a deep understanding of the links between industry and academia, coupled with a natural personal presence and an articulate approach to negotiation.
Educated in the UK, Professor Mouzughi has a Bachelors in Business Administration from Richmond College London, an MBA from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh and a PhD in Knowledge Management from Liverpool John Moores University, where she continues to act as a Visiting Professor. She built her academic career in the UK where she worked for more than 14 years developing expertise in education management with a particular focus on Doctoral programmes. She has established a cross disciplinary research profile spanning knowledge sharing and the sustainability agenda. Professor Mouzughi has supervised many Doctoral and Masters theses in the broad management area, has numerous publications in the field and is an invited keynote speaker at many international conferences.
A Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Professor Mouzughi is a member of multiple international Boards and committees dedicated to advancing learning, teaching and research in higher education. These include the UK Quality Assurance Agency, (QAA), the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ) and the Oman Academic Accreditation Authority (OAAA). Further, she is on the editorial board and a reviewer for several academic journals.
Before taking up the role as President of the Royal University for Women, Professor Mouzughi was the Vice Chancellor and acting Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs at Muscat University for over 5 years. Notably, she was also the first female head of a University in Oman. Under her leadership, Muscat University grew in staff and student numbers, delivering the first cohorts of graduates, attracting research funding, strong industry collaborations and distinguished international academic partnerships.
Prior to joining academia, Professor Mouzughi worked as a project manager in the financial services sector in the UK.