Network with current & past UAE higher education colleagues



UFSAN-UAEI have been a LinkedIn user for many years and feel it is a great way to network with professional colleagues and friends. I have also, over the years, used the Group section of LinkedIn to network with people in Abu Dhabi and with my university alumni. However, I have never found a LinkedIn group that is dedicated to higher education professional who are currently working or have worked in the UAE.

Dr. Senthil Nathan and I have worked in UAE higher education for many years and in 2014 Co-Founded Edu Alliance which specializes in higher education consultancy. We have established a unique LinkedIn network for faculty, staff and administrators who have worked or are currently working in a higher educational institution in the UAE. The group is called the University Faculty and Staff Alumni Network – UAE (UFSAN-UAE).

Who is eligible to join this free UFSAN-UAE network?

–       If you have worked or are working as a full time faculty or staff for a university / college / tertiary educational institution in the UAE – for one year or more – you are invited to join this network.

What would I gain from this professional network?

–       Interact with colleagues from the same or similar universities in the UAE.

–       Help each other with new and emerging career opportunities within the region and/or in home base.

–       For professionals who have previously worked in UAE higher education it’s a way to network with fellow UAE professionals. You can share your insights as well as learn or inform colleagues of potential employment or collaborative opportunities

–       Share research insights or interests with colleagues: identifying applied research needs for the region, effective teaching and learning styles in the region, effective use of educational technology, making best use of highly limited research opportunities and funds, co-authoring research work with interested colleagues from the network.

–       Exchange business intelligence, cultural and educational insights

Learn about potential employment opportunities.

–       The network promises to be a highly focused, specialized and unique location for targeted recruitment by the universities and colleges of the UAE.

–       Edu Alliance will endeavor to provide information on emerging professional opportunities in UAE higher education to network members, as we gather from our contacts in the universities and colleges.   In fact we have been contacted by some Higher ed HR departments about posting positions.

–       Network members will be invited to post positions that are open in their respective institutions.  Edu Alliance will verify such information before such postings go online.

As educators in the UAE we have all made connections and friendships with fellow colleagues and those connections can be valuable. If you are interested in being a member and have worked or are working as a full time faculty or staff for a university / college / tertiary educational institution in the UAE – for one year or more – you are invited to join this network  go to University Faculty and Staff Alumni Network – UAE

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.

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