The Higher Education Academy (UK) and the University of Bahrain (UoB) are to sign a Global Partnership agreement. The agreement will be signed at the “First Symposium on Teaching Transformation through Action Research; UoB Experience over 10 years”, held at the University, 3 April 2017. The HEA are recognised as global leaders in teaching and learning. UoB will become the only university in the MENA region to be awarded global partner status.
The Global Partnership agreement means UoB, which already has HEA accreditation, may award HEA Fellowship to teaching staff from the Applied Science University (ASU) when their staff successfully complete UoB’s training in addition to other private universities.
UoB is the first HEA Global Partner in the Gulf and this agreement reflects its long and close relationship with the HEA. UoB now joins a small group of institutions including Queensland University of Technology, Australia National University and Coventry University who are working with the HEA to offer Fellowships to their partners. ASU, which has itself become a subscriber of the HEA, is working towards running its own HEA accredited programmes.
HEA Chief Executive, Professor Stephanie Marshall, who will deliver a keynote at the Symposium on Enhancing Learning and Teaching in Higher Education and who will sign the agreement on behalf of the HEA, said: “This agreement is an important landmark, illustrating the great work that the Unit of Teaching Excellence and Leadership at the University of Bahrain has done to raise the status of teaching and reward and recognise staff for their commitment to their profession. I am delighted that they will be sharing best practice.– this is completely in the HEA spirit of building communities of best practice.”
Professor Marshall continued, “I’m also looking forward to joining the Symposium, which offers a great developmental opportunity for delegates to improve their teaching.”
Prof Riyad Hamzah president of UOB “This global partnership is a tremendous achievement and is recognition of our high quality teaching. We look forward to advancing teaching quality in the MENA region through our partnership with the HEA”.
Dr Sana Al Mansoori, Head of UoB’s Unit of Teaching Excellence and Leadership, said, “HEA Global Partnership status is the culmination of a great deal of hard work from the team.
“The route to HEA Fellowship has helped numerous UoB teaching staff reflect on their practice and learn and share what works best in the effective engagement of their students – and we’ll hear more about those experiences at the Symposium. I am very proud of the fact that our accredited provision is now open to ASU staff – it is a great vote of confidence in our systems.”
In a separate initiative, the HEA is launching an “Employability Project” in the Gulf region. This will be an opportunity for a number of institutions to collaborate and share experiences in identifying best practice in embedding employability in the curriculum. This collaborative model has already worked extremely effectively in the UK. The HEA will work with the whole group and with individual institutions to support them apply the learning and improve practice.
There are over 87,000 HEA Fellows with 408 in the Gulf region, including 132 at University of Bahrain