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Nov 20
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08:30 - 09:00 30 mins
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09:00 - 09:30 30 mins
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Welcome By Conference Chair
  • David Lock - International Advisor- Higher Education, The Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, UK
09:30 - 10:00 30 mins
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Structured Talk Back – Paving the way for peer to peer learning
  • David Lock - International Advisor- Higher Education, The Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, UK
10:15 - 11:00 45 mins
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Focused Table Discussions: What is the purpose of education in our changing world

Higher education is critically important for the economic and increasingly social development of the region and the country. Higher education develops leaders, advances scholarship and facilitates knowledge sharing while informing the industry of innovations and new efficiencies through research and development of products and processes. Institutions in the sector need to ensure that they support excellence while maintaining quality relevance and increased impact in the communities they operate in.Has the role of higher education changed? How much are institutions contributing to the economy through direct employment?

11:00 - 11:30 30 mins
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Morning Refreshments And Networking
11:30 - 12:15 45 mins
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Morning Think Tank: Increasing Regional Research Capability For Greater Impact On National Economic Development
  • Professor Raed Awamleh - Dean, Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government
  • Professor Muthanna G. Abdul Razzaq - President and CEO, American University in the Emirates
  • Professor Mohamad Alameddine - Director Strategy & Professor of Health Management, Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences
  • Professor Sherief Khalifa - Professor & Dean College of Pharmacy, Gulf Medical University

In many developed economies, the government and private sector play a major role in improving the quality and quantity of research through direct support. What should the main priorities of the government and private sector be in developing research capability? What incentives could be applied in the region to encourage research that benefits both the institutions and the private sector? How can higher education be repositioned to lead in research and development efforts?

12:15 - 13:00 45 mins
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Bridging The Regional Skills Gap: Aligning Higher Education Output With Labour Market Needs For Greater Regional Development
  • Dr Senthil Nathan - Managing Director & Co-Founder, Edu Alliance
  • Professor Mohamed Salem - President, University of Wollongong in Dubai
  • Professor Stephen Wilhite - Vice President of Academic Affairs & Student Success / Provost, American University of Ras Al Khaimah
  • Sreekumar Brahmanandan - Director - Operations, Dubai Investments
  • Professor Ehab Abdel-Rahman - Provost, American University in Cairo

The young higher education sector has an opportunity to develop tailored curricula to meet youth unemployment and under employment and better align with the labour market. There needs to be improved communication and collaboration between education institutions and the private sector to improve educational output in the region.How can market needs be communicated better in to the higher education institutions? What steps can be taken to improve the alignment of post-secondary education output to national economic needs? What are the challenges that institutions are facing in meeting industry needs while operating in a highly-regulated sector?

13:00 - 14:00 60 mins
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Lunch Break And Networking
14:00 - 14:15 15 mins
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Ask The Audience - Live Delegate Polling

Setting the tone for the next session, this session will help you put matters in perspective and generate data and statistics to see what practices are in place at higher education institution to improved graduate skills outcomes. See real-time statistics, generated by the audience.

14:15 - 15:00 45 mins
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Higher Education and the Future of Online Learning
15:00 - 15:45 45 mins
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Afternoon Refreshments & Networking
15:30 - 16:30 60 mins
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Employers Panel: Is Success Dependent Upon Core Academic Knowledge Or Occupational Skills?
  • Abdul Basit Al Rawahi - Head of Human Resources, Etihad Airways
  • Dima Najim - UAE Managing Director, EFE-Global
  • Surinder Kullar - Global Head of Talent Management, Petrofac
  • Gavin Walford-Wright - Executive Director, Talent Acquisition & International Mobility, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi
  • Yuvakumar Ramchander - Vice President Learning & Development, Mashreqbank
  • Moderator David Lock - International Advisor- Higher Education, The Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, UK
  • Aruma George - Director - HR, Administration & Internal Communications, RSA Insurance

Employers often express concerns about the lack of preparedness of graduates for the workforce. What should be the role of higher education in light of demands from employers? What skills and competencies are employers looking for today and will they be the same in the future? What can higher education institutions do to better prepare students for employment?

16:45 - 16:50 5 mins
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End Of Conference Day One