Edu Alliance Presenting at the 6th QS-MAPLE Conference


I am pleased to announce that Dr. Senthil Nathan and I are participating in the 6th QS-MAPLE Conference on May 10-12 at United Arab Emirates University in Al Ain. We will be presenting on the topic,  “Implementing co-curricular outcomes as a win-win proposition”.

The mission of QS-MAPLE is to provide a forum that promotes the development of higher education in the Middle East and North Africa in the global context that stimulates international partnership, and to support the processes of institutional evaluation and upgrading that will lead to greater worldwide recognition of Middle Eastern and North African universities.

The QS-MAPLE conference in Doha in 2015 drew over 300 participants including university leaders, higher education experts, and educators from over 20 countries to advance discussions on the internationalization of higher education in the Middle East and North Africa region.


The 5 tracks for this year’s event are:

Track 1 : Measuring student success in higher education
Track 2 : Designing, defining and assessing the co-curriculum
Track 3 : Innovative Student Learning Projects and Strategies
Track 4 : Integrating Research with Student Learning
Track 5 : Developing and Managing international Strategy

I encourage my higher education colleagues to register for QS-MAPLE Conference in Al Ain. It will be an outstanding event and a great opportunity to network.  Senthil and I hope to see you in Al Ain.

Information and Communication Technology Research Conference 2015

ICTRF3I am pleased to announce the 9th UAE Forum on Information and Communication Technology Research 2015 (ICTRF2015) will be held on May 17 at the Dusit Thani Hotel in Abu Dhabi. It is under the Patronage of His Excellency Hussain Ibrahim Al Hammadi, Minister of Education, UAE.

It’s organized by Khalifa University (KU), and co-organized by the ETISALAT-BT Innovation Centre (EBTIC) and the United Arab Emirates Advanced Network for Research and Education (ANKABUT).  This conference is near and dear to my heart and I serve on the Steering and Organizing Committee.

The main theme of this year’s forum will be focused on “Towards a Smarter City” which includes sessions on: Smarter City, the goals and targets; Smarter City, the technology challenges and solutions; as well as Smarter City, sustainable impact on citizens lives and culture. The main topics in these sessions will be presented and discussed by prominent invited international speakers followed by a panel discussion. The free forum will be open to academics, researchers, and industry professionals from the fast growing ICT sectors in the UAE and the region.

Speakers include:

  • Mr. Roberto Saracco Director of EIT ICT Labs, Chair of the IEEE Future Direction Committee, Italy
  • Mr. Michael Dixon IBM General Manager, Smarter Cities, USA
  • Dr. Glenn Ricart President, US-Ignite, USA
  • Professor Mischa Dohler Head of the Centre for Telecommunications Research King’s College, University of London, UK
  • Dr. Ng See Kiong SERC Programme Director, Urban Systems Initiative, A*STAR, Singapore
  • Professor Dimitra Simeonidou University of Bristol, UK

The event will begin at 9AM and conclude at 4PM.  I would encourage you to attend so you may hear these outstanding speakers discuss the topic “Towards a Smarter City”. In order to register just click here. I will be attending so if you see me stop and say hello.

In addition, you are invited on May 18-19 The International Conference on Information and Communication Technology Research (ICTRC2015) will be held in conjunction with the forum in Abu Dhabi. It aims to be the forum for scientists, academics, engineers, and industry professionals throughout the World to present their latest research results, ideas, developments, and applications in all areas of Information and Communication Technology.

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