In partnership with the QS World University Rankings
His Excellency Dr. Ali Rashed Al Nuaimi, Director General of Abu Dhabi Education Council and Vice Chancellor of the United Arab Emirates University opened the 6th QS-Maple Middle East and Africa Professional Leaders in Education Conference on Tuesday 10th of May 2016, at the Hilton Hotel in Al Ain. Dr. Kevin Downing, Chair of the QS-Maple International Academic Advisory Committee and a director of Knowledge, Enterprise and Analysis from the City University of Hong Kong; Mrs. Mandy Mok, CEO of QS Asia Quacquarelli-Symonds, Singapore, and more than 300 other participants from universities, educational institutions, government agencies and the MENA academic community were in attendance.
Dr. Al Nuaimi welcomed the participants to Al Ain. He said that, “since the founding of UAEU in 1976 the UAE leadership has invested in promoting the development of the country through education as part of a national strategic vision of investing in human resources. UAEU has been doing so for many years after the vision of the UAE’s founding father the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan. The national university is a cornerstone developing higher education and research. UAEU is based in Al Ain, a city that has witnessed this development. The government provides for the educational process in order to meet future challenges and help to develop human resources.”
He added that, “The university is proud of its cultural diversity. The university community is made up of at least 65 nationalities which adds value to the educational process and promotes openness to other cultures. At least 70% of the students are female, including in engineering and medicine. This gender diversity makes us proud.”
He continued, “the aim of holding the 6th QS-Maple Conference is to provide a regional platform for academic leaders and experts in higher education to participate in active discussions on important topics, such as measuring student success, innovative strategies in student learning and the integration of scientific research into education. The conference will also provide a valuable platform for the leaders of higher education institutions to share best practices within the region and the international arena.”
He thanked the strategic partners and sponsors, and hoped the conference would propose recommendations that can contribute to enhancing the global rankings of higher education institutions in the Middle East and North Africa.
Dr. Kevin Downing, Chair of the QS-Maple International Advisory Committee, talked about the role of the international organization in promoting the ranking of universities in the Middle East and North Africa. He expressed his pleasure at the launch of the 6th conference in Al Ain, and he welcomed the guests and participants, hoping they would come up with recommendations and a unified vision for strengthening the ranking of universities in the region by developing new strategies in order to face current and future challenges.
Ms. Mandy Mok, CEO of QS Asia, Singapore, said that, “this conference aims to encourage universities in the region to communicate effectively with each other, in order to develop standards that enhance the ranking of universities. The conference will include a display of the QS University Rankings: Arab Region 2016 and a QS Rankings Masterclass.” She expressed her pleasure at the QS World University Rankings being held in the UAE at its national university, which is sponsoring this important conference. The UAE in general, and Al Ain in particular, was selected for its rich historic legacy and as the main seat of the United Arab Emirates University.