Top experts attend seminar on higher education in ME

ABU DHABI — The British Council's first major regional seminar in the Middle East, 'Quality Management in Higher Education' opened yesterday at Zayed University in Abu Dhabi.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Sun 27 Nov 2005, 9:25 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 8:47 PM

The three-day seminar has attracted around 40 delegates who are leading thinkers and practitioners in the field from across the GCC, Iraq, Yemen and the UK.

Representatives from the UAE Ministry of Education, Zayed University and the British Council addressed the delegates at the opening ceremony, which was also attended by British ambassador to the UAE, Richard Makepeace.

The seminar will be led by two leading education quality assurance practitioners from the UK, Prof. Vaneeta D'Andrea, Director of Academic Affairs and Operations at Central Saint Martins College, University of the Arts, and Dr Stephen Jackson, Director of the Reviews Group within the UK Quality Assurance Agency (QAA).

Dr Barrie Morgan, a consultant on higher education with the British Council, is facilitating the seminar.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Rob Lynes, Regional Director for the Middle East at the British Council said: "Quality management in higher education is at the top of the agenda both in the UK and in the Middle East, and this seminar represents a world class gathering of experts in the field to share their ideas and experiences."

"The result should be a contribution to progress in the field, which will benefit all the participating countries and ultimately the consumers of education," he added.

On his part, Dr Larry Wilson, Provost of Zayed University, noted that through quality management and assessment, the University sets goals and standards; develop procedures to achieve the goals and standards; and establish feedback loops to ensure self-correction and improvement.

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