The 2nd Higher #Education Leadership Forum #MENA

MENA, Higher Education

Where Leaders of Higher Education Meet

9th– 11th November, 2015 | Dusit Thani, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates


2nd Higher Education Forum

Under the Gracious Patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture, Youth, and Community Development UAE

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The MENA Higher Education Leadership Forum (MENA-HELF) is the region’s premier dynamic network established with the purpose of attracting Higher Education leaders and decision makers from across the globe to address and discuss matters of pertinence to Higher Education within the MENA region & beyond and to promote the exchange of experiences and ‘know-how’. It also aims at supporting the setting up of future directions and strategies and encourages the establishment of new collaborations.

Brief About the MENA- HELF

Overall Objectives of the Forum

  • To discuss emerging developments, trends and issues of major common concern to both global and regional Higher Education.
  • To stimulate and strengthen academic cooperation between Higher Education institutions
  • To set future directions for Higher Education within the region and influence policy making.
  • To share best practices and ‘know-how’ and learn from each other experiences.
  • To form a “think-tank” for the future of Higher Education within the region and beyond.
  • To regionally promote the concept of academic excellence  and enable institutions of higher education to reach a world class status

Target Audience

The Forum given its restrictive and high level target aims at attracting 250-300 participants representing over 150 HEIs and organizations from across 50 different countries. These include:

  • Higher Education leaders including Rectors, Chancellors, Presidents, Vice Chancellors, Provost, Pro-Vice Chancellors & Deans.
  • Presidents and high level representatives from IGOs and NGOs.
  • Higher Education Policy and Decision Makers as well as representatives from regulatory bodies.
  • Representatives from accrediting agencies regionally & internationally
  • Government Officials who are involved with Higher Education
  • Researchers in the field

Participating countries so far include the UAE, KSA, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Lebanon, Palestine, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, Nigeria, Iran, Turkey, the United Kingdom, Canada, the USA, Argentina, Turkey, South Africa, Mauritius, India among others.

The 2nd MENA- HELF Theme and Sub- Themes

The Technical Committee of the Forum for each edition selects a theme of interest and relevance to higher education within the MENA region, as such it has selected for its 2015 edition, the theme “Towards Transformative Higher Education in the MENA Region: The Role of Innovation in the 21st Century Digital and Knowledge based Society

The sub-themes of the Forum involve:

  • Stream 1: Entrepreneurial Approaches to Leading and Managing Higher Education
  • Stream 2: Innovation in Quality and Continuous Improvement
  • Stream 3: Innovation in Student Support and Supporting Learning Experience
  • Stream 4: Innovation in the Digital Age and the Exploitation of Ubiquitous Technology
  • Stream 5: Innovation in Research and Knowledge Transfer


The 2nd MENA- HELF Program

This year’s Forum’s structure has been meticulously designed to stimulate new thinking and ideas and to empower participants to take an active role throughout the event. The program includes:

  • Seven keynote addresses from eminent speakers
  • Two interactive panel discussions
  • a controversial debate and the presentation of
  • 4 “hands-on” pre-Forum workshops.
  • 40 Institutional best practices

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Forum Speakers

The Forum organizers have worked on attracting experts and leaders representing different geographies to ensure expertise from various parts of the world are brought. Some of the speakers and panelists include:

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About the Organizers

The forum is organized jointly by the Center for Learning Innovations and Customized Knowledge Solutions in partnership the Arab Association of Universities with its HQ based in Jordan, the International Council for Open and Distance Education based in Norway and the Leadership Foundation in Higher Education in the UK

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