Programme

Nurturing global talent and research excellence

10:30 - 11:00

Transport from the summit hotels to the campus

11:00 - 16:00

Registration

11:00 - 11:30

Welcome refreshments

11:30 - 13:00

THE masterclass: Strategies for success in the MENA region

13:00 - 14:00

Networking lunch

14:00 - 15:30

THE World University Rankings 3.0: Inventing the future of global university rankings

14:00 - 18:00

Guided campus tours and cultural visits

18:00 - 19:00

Welcome reception

Location: Four Seasons Hotel
Speakers
08:15 - 08:45

Transport from the summit hotels to the campus

08:45 - 09:20

Registration and welcome refreshments

09:30 - 09:40

Welcome remarks

Speakers
09:40 - 10:00

Global education: a trajectory to talent

Speakers
10:00 - 10:30

Education and ethics in a globalised world

10:30 - 10:50

Networking refreshments

11:00 - 12:00

Breakout session: How does a liberal arts education develop talent to meet the demands of a global workforce and the challenges of a global society?

We will examine the benefits and challenges of a liberal education in relation to the MENA region. How does liberal education – particularly for students whose education emphasises a global perspective – create employable graduates? What are the potential challenges imposed by a liberal education, especially if specialisation is limited?
Speakers
11:00 - 12:00

Breakout session: How can a liberal arts education benefit MENA societies?

This session will dissect existing educational models in the MENA region. How can a liberal education benefit from the context of the MENA region? What other models are workable alongside the region's educational missions? What are the benefits and challenges for a liberal education model acting as a framework for national institutions? For such institutions, what are the implications of a liberal education model in so far as other priorities are concerned, particularly research?
Speakers
11:00 - 12:00

Breakout session: What are the best practices to facilitate the leap to interdisciplinary learning and engaging faculty in the enterprise?

Graduate studies often focus on scholarship, so how can graduate education models be improved to enhance interdisciplinary viewpoints for careers in the academy and other arenas? How can institutions of higher learning prepare faculty for interdisciplinary teaching? What tools can be implemented and what administrative offices are needed for such efforts?
Chair
Speakers
12:15 - 13:00

Lightning reports on the morning's discussions

13:00 - 13:50

Networking lunch

14:00 - 14:35

Global educational and research initiatives: A path to knowledge

Chair
Speakers
14:45 - 15:45

Breakout session: What are the opportunities and challenges in further enhancing the research culture in the MENA region?

The research landscape at universities in the MENA region varies greatly, so how can a robust research culture be sustained both intellectually and financially across universities in the region? How can the breadth of the research portfolio be enhanced to ensure inclusion of all academic disciplines, and which models can support the development of a sustainable research culture? We will also examine the advantages and disadvantages of industry involvement in higher education in the MENA region.
Speakers
14:45 - 15:45

Breakout session: How can we better develop a research talent pipeline, especially among undergraduates, in the MENA region?

What needs to be in place to support the next generation of researchers in the MENA region? Pre-college preparation can certainly assist with shaping the research talent of tomorrow, but how can students' interests be broadened and fostered to enhance their creativity and entrepreneurial spirit? We will also discuss how to pursue a fulfilling, successful research career, with or without a graduate degree.
Speakers
14:45 - 15:45

Breakout session: How can a global education (study away) provide a broadly accessible experience to enhance research, creativity and entrepreneurship for MENA students?

Well-curated study-away experiences enhance students' ability to recognise and uphold the dignity of all human beings and develop an ever-more unprejudiced mind. With their indisputable benefits, how can global learning opportunities be made more broadly accessible to students in MENA? We will also discuss how local experiences in the community can inform global learning. How can study-away programmes and off-campus learning be leveraged to enhance student research, creativity and entrepreneurship?
Chair
Speakers
15:45 - 16:00

Networking refreshments

16:05 - 16:45

Lightning reports on the afternoon's discussions

16:45 - 17:00

Closing remarks

Speakers
19:00 - 19:30

Drinks reception

Location: The St. Regis Abu Dhabi
19:30 - 21:00

Gala dinner

Location: The St. Regis Abu Dhabi
07:00 - 07:30

Transport from the summit hotels to the campus

07:30 - 08:00

Welcome refreshments

08:00 - 09:30

Masterclass and Q&A: THE University Impact Rankings

09:30 - 09:50

Networking refreshments

10:00 - 10:55

Presentation of the 'World Humanities Report'

Speakers
11:00 - 11:50

Panel discussion: How can colleges and universities ensure societal impact?

What role must universities play in the societies that they serve and how can universities – and, in particular, branch campuses – shape the communities in which they are located? MENA universities have strong gender equality, but is the talent then allowed to flourish?
12:00 - 12:45

Closing keynote: Knowledge diplomacy - how shared research can bridge political boundaries

Chair
12:45 - 13:00

Closing remarks

Speakers
13:00 - 14:00

Networking lunch

14:15 - 14:45

Transport from the campus to the summit hotels


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