Representatives from all 15 universities in Bahrain have participated in the first of three four-day modules in the Higher Education Academy’s (HEA) Professional Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education.
The focus of the programme is to improve teaching practice in higher education.
The work is sponsored by the Higher Education Council (HEC) in Bahrain whose responsibilities include the performance of the higher education sector in the Kingdom.
Dr Faranza Al-Maraghi, the HEC’s project manager for the programme, said, “The HEA’s work is an important part of our initiative to enhance teaching performance in higher education.
“The student population in Bahrain is growing and it’s increasingly diverse - so it’s really important that we respond to the needs and expectations of our students and help them fulfil their potential. One way of doing this by investing in developing staff to teach at the top of their game.”
Dr Al-Maraghi continued, “For me personally, there is another dimension to the programme because I am a participant! It’s been fascinating to reflect on my own practice and to see new opportunities to develop my approach to teaching. Everyone involved in teaching can keep learning and improving teaching practice whatever the level of their experience, and we want to embed that thinking in our universities in Bahrain.
“The strength of this programme is its alignment to the UK Professional Standards Framework which we know is focuses on best practice, and underpinned by robust values which promote a commitment of continuous improvement.”
The 70 participants will be eligible to apply for HEA Fellowship, which is recognised internationally as a mark of good practice and a commitment to continuous professional development.
Dr Tony Rea, one of the HEA team delivering the programme, said, “We are really pleased to be working in partnership with the HEC to deliver this work.
“The commitment of the participants is extremely encouraging and they are very open to challenge and change in their approaches to teaching. I hope they will all continue on the path to HEA Fellowship.”