Zayed University in the United Arab Emirates has become an HEA subscribing institution. Zayed University is the tenth international subscriber to the HEA and the second in the Middle East.
Dr Brad Johnson, Director of the Centre for Educational Innovation (CEI) at Zayed University, said, “The University places great emphasis on the quality of our teaching and the quality of our teaching support. Working in partnership with the HEA, our aim is to recognise good teaching and to encourage staff through continuous professional development opportunities. The HEA Fellowship program is an excellent way to recognize staff for their dedication to improving student learning through rich teaching practice. The Professional Standards Framework, the core of the fellowship program, provides an internationally recognised way to benchmark success.”
“Important milestones in our work will be to develop a process and a network of mentors to support faculty in their submissions for recognition at all Fellowship levels. This will help establish a pool of professionally recognised academics who can support and sustain best practice in teaching and learning at the University.
“Our Innovative Teaching Program has been developed to provide staff with a rich professional development structure flexible enough to fit their needs and aligned with the Professional Standards Framework. We are in the process of gaining accreditation from the HEA for our program. The CEI, and Zayed University, will be able to provide staff with a sustainable program of professional development and fellowship recognition that meets or exceeds international standards.”
Professor Stephanie Marshall, Chief Executive of the HEA, said, “I am delighted to welcome Zayed University as a subscribing institution. This forges a close partnership between us, dedicated to teaching excellence and improving the student experience.
“In a highly competitive market, universities across the world are looking at how they can enhance their distinct teaching offers, and how they reward and recognise academics devoted to teaching. We’re looking forward to supporting Zayed University in doing just that, making teaching better together.”
Established in 2012 the CEI, Zayed University, has been charged to design and implement innovative curricular and faculty development programmes across the University. To accomplish these broadly defined goals, the CEI has adopted a ‘third generation teaching and learning center’ approach that takes into account the needs of the teaching and learning community and integrates them into its strategic planning process.
The HEA works in more than 25 countries. The HEA highlights what works best to make teaching more effective, focusing entirely on improving approaches to teaching, and individual teaching practice, to help improve the student journey into, through and beyond higher education.