Overview

Muscat University is an ambitious academic organization founded by a group of esteemed leaders representing public and private sectors in Oman. They all have one common goal, namely, to create a university with strong, close and productive links with the business community locally and internationally. As Muscat University and its international partners successfully enter their third academic year, the concepts of practical education and internationalization pose new very exciting educational challenges that need to be professionally and systematically addressed. We believe that this timely and crucial conference is a great opportunity to reflect on these two critical concepts related to higher education and exchange ideas derived from participants’ rich experiences. This is a common agenda item for all Omani HEIs as well as for the Omani government education regulatory bodies.

The main theme & sub-themes

Practical Education & Internationalization in Higher Education: Sharing Perspectives and Experiences

 Sub Themes:

  1. Trends in Higher Education: The Last 10 Years and the Next 10 Years.
  2. Sharing Perspectives of Professional Degrees: Industry, Academia, Regulators & Students.
  3. Comparing Perspectives of “Sandwich Programs”: Industry & Academia.
  4. Challenges of Internationalization in HEIs: Different Perspectives from Around the World.

Conference Program










 

Time

Theme & Speakers

Day One:

Sunday: 6th
October 2019

8:00- 8:30 a.m.

Registration

9:00 – 9:15

National
Anthem / Opening remarks by Professor Yusra Mouzughi, MU VC

9:15- 10:15

 Keynote Speaker:

Mr.Douglas Blackstock

Chief
Executive, (QAA)

Followed
by Q & A

10:15 – 10:30

Break

Trends in Higher Education: The Last 10 Years and the Next 10
Years

10:30 – 11:00

Mr. Bahram Bekhradnia

President, Higher Education Policy Institute

11:00 – 11:30

Dr. Hafedh Ibrahim Al Shihi

Associate Professor,
College Of Economics and Political Science , SQU

11:30 – 12:00

 Dr. Haya Al-Mannai
General Director, Educational & Vocational Institutions
Review

Education and
Training Quality Authority, Bahrain

12:00 -12:30

Q & A

¯  The moderator is: Mr. Abdul Wahab Al Balushi,
MU BoT member

12:30- 2:00

Lunch

Comparing Perspectives of “Sandwich Programs”: Industry &
Academia

2:00- 3:30

Panel Discussion

 

Professor
Alastair Fitt

Vice-Chancellor,
Oxford Brookes University

 

Dr
Ali Saif Salim AL Harthy

Dean
of Higher College of Technology

 

Mrs. Carolina Salinas

Head of Placements

Aston
University

 

Q & A

¯ 
The moderator
is: Professor Yusra Mouzughi

 

End of Day One

Day Two

Monday: 7th October 2019

Sharing Perspectives of Professional Degrees: Industry, Academia,
Regulators & Students

9:00- 10:00

Welcoming the speakers and the audience

Professor Nigel Wright

Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Nottingham Trent University

10:00 – 10:30

Eng.
Hamed Saif Al Hadhrami

Learning and Development Manager – PDO
Oman

10:30 – 11:00

Dr Ali Mustafa AL Lawati

DBA student- Orpic

11:00- 11:30

Q & A

¯  The moderator is: Dr Rima Mansoor AL Zadjali- Dean of Gulf
College

11:30 – 12:00

Break

Challenges of
Internationalization in HEIs: Different Perspectives from Around the World

12:00- 1:00

Panel Discussion

 

Dr Ahmed Mohammed AL Hinai

Education Council

Professor Ashley Braganza

Deputy Dean, College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences

Professor of Organisational Transformation, Brunel Business School

 

Dr
Salem Khamis AL Abry

Specialized Director , Ministry of Higher Education

1:00- 1:30

Q & A

¯  The moderator is: Professor Costas Chryssou

1:00 – 2:30

Lunch

2:30 – 3:30

Workshop

The workshop moderator: Dr Nicolas Hubbard

Programs Director- faculty of Transport & Logistics

 

 

Roadmap for Practical Education in Oman

(experts, companies, HEIs)

Workshop

The workshop moderator: Professor Ashley Braganza
Deputy Dean- Brunel Business School

Mr Hamed Sulaiman Al Azri presents a paper

Roadmap for Internationalisation in Oman

(experts, companies, HEIs)

3:30

Closing Remarks