Forum Structure 2017

8:00- 9:00 Welcoming & Registration
9:00-10:00 Forum Official Opening
Morning Plenary Session
Chair:
Prof. Mohamed Zairi, Executive Chairman, The European Centre for Best Practice Management (ECBPM), UK
10:10-10:50 Keynote Address I: “Strengthening the Dialogue between Higher Education, Government and Industry: Working Together towards a Common Vision
Dr. Francisco Marmolejo,
Lead, Global Solutions Group on Tertiary Education & Lead, Education Specialist for India, The World Bank
10:50-11:10 Coffee Break
11:15-11:55 Keynote Address II: “Accelerating Innovation through Effective University-Industry Partnerships
Prof. Max Lu,
President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Surrey, UK
11:55-12:10 Plenary Q&As Session
12:10-13:25 Panel Discussion I:Making Industry- University Partnerships Work: Lessons Learned from Successful Collaborations

Chair: Prof. Yousef Al-Assaf, President, Rochester Institute of Technology-Dubai, UAE

Panel Members:
1. Dr. Abdullatif M. AlShamsi, Vice Chancellor, Higher Colleges of Technology, UAE
2. Ms. Sally Jeffery, Global Education & Skills Practice Leader, PWC, UAE
3. Dr. Yehya Al-Marzouqi, Executive Director, UAE Capability Development Special Projects, Tawazun, UAE
4. Dr. Tod A. Laursen, President, Khalifa University of Science, Technology and Research (KUSTAR), UAE

13:25- 14:25 Lunch Break
14:30-16:10 Institutional Case Studies’ Presentations
14:30-16:10 Stream 1:
Promoting University- Industry Collaboration
(Chair: Dr. Adel Zairi)
Stream 2:
Improving Graduates’ Skills & Employability

(Chair: Prof. Rachid Hadj-Hamou)
Stream 3:
Designing Innovation & Curricula to Support Market Needs

(Chair: Hanny Alshazly)
Stream 4:
Successful University-Industry and Academic Partnerships

(Chair: Prof. Jeff Michelman)
16:10-16:30 Coffee Break
Afternoon Plenary Session
Chair:
Prof. Jeff Michelman, Professor of Accounting and International Business, University of North Florida, USA
16:35-17:15 Keynote Address III: “Rankings as a Tool to Improve Transparency and Accountability in Global Higher Education
Ashwin Fernandes,
Regional Director – Middle East, North Africa & India, QS Intelligence Unit, UK
17:15-17:30 Q&As Session & Closure of Day 1
Morning Plenary Session
Chair: Dr. Sandra Rizk-Jamati, Director, Honors and Freshman Programs, Lebanese American University, Lebanon
9:00-9:20 Introduction and Recap
9:20-10:00 Keynote Address IV: “Quality Assured: How UK Universities and Colleges Deliver Employable Graduates
Douglas Blackstock,
Chief Executive, The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA), UK
10:00-10:40 Keynote Address V: “Quality 4.0 – The Magic Cure for the unrelenting Disruptive Effect Caused by the Digital Revolution
Prof. Mohamed Zairi
, Executive Chairman, The European Centre for Best Practice Management (ECBPM), UK
10:40-11:00 Coffee Break
11:00-12:20 Panel Discussion II: “Improving Students’ Employability: Opportunities and Challenges in an Ever Changing Landscape
Chair: Prof. Jan Sadlak, President, IREG Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence, France
Panel Members:
1. Prof. Riyad Y Hamzah, President, University of Bahrain, Bahrain
2. Dr. Karim Seghir, Chancellor, Ajman University, UAE
3. Prof. Muhammadou M.O. Kah, Vice President of Academic Affairs/Provost & Professor of Information Technology & Computing, American University of Nigeria, Yola, Adamawa State, Nigeria
4. Prof. Ali Hamie, Assistant to the President for Quality Assurance & Dean, College of Engineering, Arts, Sciences & Technology University (AUL), Lebanon
12:20-13:00 Keynote Address VI: “A Roadmap for Student Success
Dr. Stephanie A. Gordon,
Vice President for Professional Development, NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, USA
13:00- 13:15 Plenary Q&As Session
13:15-14:15 Lunch Break
Afternoon Plenary Session
Chair: Dr. Larry Johnson, President and CEO, EdFutures, Inc and Senior Fellow, Center for Digital Education, USA
14:15-14:55 Keynote Address VII: “Developing a Sector Wide Approach to Employability
Doug Cole,
Head of Student Success, Higher Education Academy, UK
14:55- 15:05 Q&As Session
15:05- 15:15 Coffee Break
15:20-16:40 Panel Discussion III: The Relation between Research & Innovation and Industry: Creating Impact
Chair: Prof. Ghassan Aouad, President, Applied Science University, Bahrain
Panel Members:
1. Prof. Amr Adly, Vice-President for Graduate Studies and Research, Cairo University, Egypt
2. Prof. Barry Winn, Vice-Chancellor, Sohar University, Oman
3. Prof. Hossam Hamdy, Chancellor, Gulf Medical University, Ajman, UAE
4. Dr. Malak Al-Nory, Provost, Effat University, KSA
16:45-17:00 Closing of Day 2 & Group Photo
08:30-09:00 Morning Coffee & Registration
09:00-10:45 Focus Group 1:
Improving Graduates’ Employability: Strategies and the Way Forward

Moderator: Dr. Larry Johnson, President and CEO, EdFutures, Inc and Senior Fellow, Center for Digital Education, USA
Co-moderator: Prof. Ali Hamie, Assistant to the President for Quality Assurance & Dean, College of Engineering, Arts, Sciences & Technology University (AUL), Lebanon

Focus Group 2:
University-Government Partnerships: Why do they matter?

Moderator:  Prof. Amr Adly, Vice-President for Graduate Studies and Research, Cairo University, Egypt
Co-moderator: Doug Cole, Head of Student Success, Higher Education Academy, UK

Focus Group 3:
Innovation and Technology Transfer: from University to Industry

Moderator: Dr. Joel Armando, Sr. Educational Consultant, International Consulting Services, Blackboard Inc.
Co-moderator: Hanny Alshazly, Senior Regional Director, Blackboard Inc.

10:45-11:05 Coffee Break
11:05-12:30 Focus Group 1: Improving Graduates’ Employability: Strategies and the Way Forward Focus Group 2: University- Government Partnerships: Why do they matter? Focus Group 3: Innovation and Technology Transfer: from University to Industry
12:30- 12:45 Day 3 Closure