Empowering Women through Higher Education Manama Bahrain 18th –19thApril 2018


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Empowering Women through Higher Education Conference Manama Bahrain 18th – 19th April 2018

We are delighted to announce the latest initiative in the Gulf Education portfolio and are proud to partner with the Royal University for Women in Manama, Bahrain to ensure that this important event is staged at such a pertinent time.

A fast-growing global awareness of the gender gap in terms of remuneration, professional opportunities and presence has highlighted the inequality across numerous industries worldwide - historically male_dominated industries despite strong female contribution. Women participate potently throughout all spheres of business, economic, infrastructure and community growth and stability - yet experience disparity continually. Leading institutes and think tanks are illuminating the issue of gender parity with studies and analysis that indicate the huge economic benefits to all should gender parity be achieved within the workplace.

Today as we all strive to ensure that the playing field does become level, it is apparent that what has gone before traditionally is undergoing intense scrutiny and is ready for the change. To achieve economic gender equality, we also need to tackle social gender inequality - women need to be equal partners in society for them to be equal participants in work. Globally, the UN Sustainable Development Goal 5 'Gender Equity' provides a supportive backdrop for this.

Education is the most significant factor towards the advancement of women, narrowing gender gaps in educational attainment not only helps to boost female participation in the workforce but also are strongly correlated with the status of girls and women in the family. Women who have parity in education are more likely to work in professional and technical occupations, and to assume leadership roles. There are many Higher Education Institutions globally that must increase their efforts to drive these developments to become current and sustainable.

This event will mark the 8th education conference organised by GCL with a focus on the Gulf region. Having had success in London, Abu Dhabi, Dubai and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, we are honoured to partner with the Bahraini Royal University for Women for this important event.

Thank you in advance for your support, and we look forward to fruitful cooperation and positive developments.

Who should attend

The conference is designed for academics from local, regional and international universities and educational institutions, research institutes and foundations, representatives from the Ministries of Education, government organisations, NGOs, researchers, consultants, professionals and graduate students.


Opportunities

THE CONFERENCE

As the organisers of Gulf Education, GCL are proud to be partnering with RUW, to launch Empowering Women Through Education, the conference will take place on 18th and 19th April 2018 at the RUW campus.
The event is supported by an impressive line up of Government Ministers and senior academics.

Together we are creating an extensive and dynamic programme of workshops, plenary sessions, academic paper and poster presentations, that will highlight the opportunities and challenges women have in higher education. Addressing these topics leading speakers, experts and contributors in global education will share methods and techniques that universities might deploy to generate improvement and modernisation for women in education, enabling more women to take up leadership positions in employment effectively and successfully.

  • Empowering Women in the 21st Century: the role of the Universities
  • Building Gender Equality through Educations
  • Inspiring Women to take Leadership Positions
  • Empowering Women through Legal Education
  • Role of STEM education in Women Empowerment
  • Women Employability and Entrepreneurship
  • Generation Z: Women's Advancement
  • Empowering Women in Art & Design Education

PARTICIPATION

This important event is a crucial date in the calendars of academics from local, regional and international universities and educational institutions, research institutes and foundations, representatives from the Ministry of Educations, Government organisations, NGOs, researchers, consultants, professionals and graduate students.

Alongside an informed and enlightening programme of workshops, panel and speaker-led sessions there will be an opportunity for graduates to present their academic papers and posters; a collective of highly recommended suppliers of education resources; and a variety of networking opportunities including a Gala Dinner.

Participants can expect to take away from the conference new knowledge, ideas, and solutions which they can implement in their country or university. They will meet senior participants from a range of other countries who will share more experience and perhaps offer the prospect of future collaboration.


Advisory Board

Mr. David Lock

Director of International and UK Projects at the Leadership Foundation

Prof. Sultan T. Abu-Orabi

Secretary General of the Association of the Arab Universities, Jordan

Dr. Khalid Al-afari

General manager of Career Guidance & Recruitment Center (CCGR) at Technical & Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC) in Saudi Arabia

Dr Tayeb A. Kamali

Vice Chancellor, Higher Colleges of Technology, UAE

Dr. John Law

Higher Education Advisor, British Council

Dr Aisha Al-Azemi

Supreme Council of Education, Kuwait

Mr. Hanny Alshazly

Regional Director, Middle East and Africa D2L (Desire2Learn)

Prof. Khalid Bin Abdulrahman

Professor of Family Medicine & Medical education, Vice Rector for Planning , Development & Quality.

Professor Mohamed Loutfi

Pro Vice-Chancellor (International), Cardiff Metropolitan University

Mr. Carl-Johan Westring

Vice President, EF Education First

Prof. Ali Shams El Din

Partner Allied Consultants Group - ACG

Schedule

Alongside the Conference, there will be:

  • A poster session to encourage researchers and postgraduate students to present their research in a poster competition on a selected conference theme.
  • An exhibition of education and learning resources set up by the participants.

First Day

keynote speakers, panel sessions, gala dinner, and networking.

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    Conference Opening Ceremony
   National Anthem
    Reading of the Holy Quran
    Opening Remarks by Professor Mazin M.A Jumah President, Royal University for Women
   Patron Keynote
    Introduction to the Conference themes Dr. David Lock Chairman Gulf Education Conferences

   Dr. Jawaher Al Mudhahki,
Chief Executive, Education and Training Quality Authority

    Dr. Joyce McConnell,
Provost, West Virginia University

   Bahjah Mohammed Al Dailami,
Mainstreaming women's needs in Development Adviser, Supreme Council for Women

UNSDG 5 - to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls: progress, prospects and impediments

   Panel session comprising:
   Dr. Jennifer Orlikoff, Campus President of Potomac State College, WVU,
   HE Sylvia M. Kasanga, Senator from Kenya
   Nishat Raaz MBEDirector of Education, British Council, Pakistan
   Prof. Balgis Badri, Director Regional Institute of Gender, Diversity, Peace and Rights, Ahfat University for Women, Sudan

Women and Higher Education Leadership: An Object of Desire or Something to be Avoided?
   Professor Louise MorleyDirector, Centre for Higher Education and Equity Research University of Surrey, UK

   Assembly Woman Karina Arteaga From Ecuador

   Dr. Sharifa al-Yahyai, Former minister of social development, academic and specialist in women studies, Oman

   Session Chair: Dr Lulwa AlMutlaq

   Panel comprising:

   On talent management and HRM;
Professor Abhilasha Singh
President, College of Fashion and Design, Dubai, UAE Confirmed

   On STEM subjects:
Professor Mazim M.A. Jumah
President, Royal University of Women, Bahrain

   On Political engagement;
Andrea Bertone
Director, FHI 360, USA

   On Creativity in the Curriculum
Dr Liza Howe-Walsh and Dr Sarah Turnbull
University of Portsmouth UK

Presentations from students, staff and alumni who have achieved success Students and staff to be selected on nomination from RUW and Advisory Group Members

GALA DINNER - Hosted by The Royal University of Women

Second Day

Workshop sessions, academic research paper presentations, poster presentations, networking

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Workshop A: Malaysia
Dr. Noorul Ainur Mohd. Nur Secretary General, Ministry of Higher Education, Malysia

Workshop B: Kuwait
Dr. Aisha Alazemi Chief Educational Specialist, Ministry of Education, Kuwait

Workshop C: Saudi Arabia
Dr. Amal Fatani Women Adviser, to the Minster of Education, Saudi Arabia

Workshop D: Pakistan
Nishat Raaz Director of Education, British Council, Pakistan

Workshop E:
Redefining Graduate Attributes
Professor Lesley-Jane Eales Reynolds
UK
Najwa Salim KSA

Workshop F:
Developing and Supporting Leaders
Professor Abhilasha Singh
President, College of Fashion and Design, Dubai, UAE
Catherine Walker Acting Director of Student Services Bahrain Politechnic

Workshop G:
The Role of Universities in Developing Women Leaders
Dr Lulwa AlMutlaq
Vice-Rector for Female Branch The University of Business and Technology

Workshop H:
Women into Engineering and STEM
Professor Mazin M.A. Jumah
President, Royal University of Women, Bahrain

Closing session (host and key presenters)
Prof. Mazin M.A Jumah President, Royal University for Women MR. David J. Lock- Conference Chairman, Education Director Gulf Education (Conference Chairman)

Speakers

Learn From The Leaders

The event will have an extraordinary line up of policy makers, pioneers in education, and experts in all areas of education development participating and offering their expertise and insight.

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Venue

Conference Will Be Held At

Royal Univesity for Women
Manama
Kingdom of Bahrin

Getting Here

Address: West Riffa Manama Kingdom of Bahrin
Tel: +973 17 764 444

Organiser and Partners

ORGANISER

Gulf Conferences Ltd (GCL) is a leading event organizer with specific expertise in events which have a MENA region representation. It first began in 2008 and has successfully launched and organized number of business to business and business to consumer events across a variety of industry sectors. With a wide array of expertise in positioning, marketing and all logistical elements of any event, Gulf Conferences possess its own portfolio of events namely in the education sector, as well as having a wealth of experience in being contracted to manage events on behalf of organizations.
GCL's main focus has been in the education sector and has developed its in-house events over the last 6 years, commencing gulf Education conference in 2010, which has been highly successful to date. In line with their expertise and success in this arena, they were also appointed by the Libyan Government to launch Libya Higher Education Forum in 2014, which proved to be extremely popular, and well-attended. In response to industry feedback, the Gulf Education event has prospered over the years and further events and partnerships have been developed such as the World Scholarship Program, Africa Education Summit and the Fujairah Careers Fair.

HOST

A pioneer in education, the Royal University for Women is the first accredited, international university in the Kingdom of Bahrain dedicated solely to educating women. Established in 2005, the University has created a strong curriculum that meets internationally recognised standards and has forged strong collaborations with leading UK, US and Canadian universities.

RUW held a very successful Conference on Women and Society in April 2016 where more than 45 research papers were presented by participants from over 15 countries. Student poster presentations were a highlight of the event and served to stimulate a research culture among the region's youth. In 2018, RUW will partner with Gulf Education and GCL to host a conference with the theme of 'Empowering Women through Higher Education', which aims to highlight the opportunities for, and challenges women face in higher education. The goal is to discover and share additional methods universities might deploy in order to generate outstanding overall improvement for women in higher education.



STRATEGIC PARTNERS

The Federation of Chambers of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), founded in 1979, is the most important institutional frameworks gathering the private sector of the Gulf and representing the economic interests of the institutions and members of the sector. It provides different types of highly efficient services to protect its interests both at GCC and abroad, whereas governmental agencies may suffer from bureaucratic challenges and difficulties.

Over the past decades, the Federation of Chambers of GCC, had developed its activities and service -oriented programs to support the performance of the private sector at the GCC, and contributed actively and positively to support the Gulf economy in general.




Sponsorship Packages

Gulf Education Conference offers several different levels of sponsorship opportunities. Participating as a sponsor at this event allows companies or organizations to gain direct exposure to their target audience before, during and after the event. It creates new marketing opportunities as well as demonstrates their level of support and commitment towards the education sector.

Each sponsorship packages has been carefully designed to raise the profile of companies or organizations. However, GC understands that some may not necessarily fit all needs. If you wish to discuss alternative options or create a tailor-made a sponsorship package which best suits your organization or company, please contact our sales team, they will be more than happy to help.

  1. Maximum exposure at a premier event devoted to those involved in the scholarship funds and the education industry
  2. An opportunity to build and reinforce strategic partnerships and relationships
  3. Capture delegates ’ attention in a variety of ways, depending on the specific needs of your business
  4. Increased marketing opportunities including visibility on the event website and associated marketing materials
  5. Network with industry colleagues and key decision makers
  6. Present latest innovations and new products or services to a pertinent audience, and showcase your expertise and capabilities
  7. Network with industry partners from state and federal government departments as well as the private sector
  8. Reinforce your organization ’s brand
  9. Build brand awareness amongst a relevant audience

Please view the list below for all available opportunities.

An opportunity to provide international level support to the delegates and partners of the event. This package highlights your company as the Official Airline Sponsor preceding the event campaign. The World Student Scholarship Education Program will promote the airline to all participants. This package includes:

  1. Full media coverage including two (2) interviews
  2. Your company logo branded on signage and promotional throughout the event named as Airline Sponsor
  3. Brand integration across all direct and digital marketing
  4. Audio-visual video to be aired (3 minutes long) at the Gala Dinner
  5. One (1) senior delegate pass and five (5) complimentary delegate passes
  6. Six (6) Gala Dinner Invitations
  7. VIP table at the Gala Dinner
  8. Logo will be featured on WSSEP.com as Airline Sponsor with a direct link to your company website
  9. A Forward letter about your organization and its participation in our event handbook
  10. Two (2) A4 company advertisement in the event handbook (artwork to be supplied by sponsor, check advised deadlines and guidelines)
  11. One (1) delegate bag insert (no larger than A4, to supplied by sponsor, check advised deadlines and guidelines)
  12. Full delegate list (subject to permission of delegate)
  1. Full media coverage including two (2) interviews
  2. Your company logo branded on signage and promotional throughout the event named as Platinum Sponsor
  3. Brand integration across all direct and digital marketing
  4. Audio-visual video to be aired (3 minutes long) at the Gala Dinner
  5. One (1) senior delegate pass and five (5) complimentary delegate passes
  6. Six (6) Gala Dinner Invitations
  7. VIP table at the Gala Dinner
  8. Logo will be featured on WSSEP.com as Platinum Sponsor with a direct link to your company website
  9. A Forward letter about your organization and its participation in our event handbook
  10. Two (2) A4 company advertisement in the event handbook (artwork to be supplied by sponsor, check advised deadlines and guidelines)
  11. One (1) delegate bag insert (no larger than A4, to supplied by sponsor, check advised deadlines and guidelines)
  12. Full delegate list (subject to permission of delegate)
  1. Extended media coverage and one (1) interview
  2. Your company logo branded on signage and promotional throughout the event named as Gold Sponsor
  3. Five (5) Gala Dinner invitations
  4. Company profile (150 words) and logo in the event handbook
  5. Logo will be featured on WSSEP.com as Gold Sponsor with a direct link to your company website
  6. One (1) A4 company advertisement in the event handbook (artwork to be supplied by sponsor, check advised deadlines and guidelines)
  7. One (1) delegate bag insert (no larger than A4, to supplied by sponsor, check advised deadlines and guidelines)
  8. One (1) senior delegate pass and four (4) complimentary delegate passes
  1. Your company logo and name branded as Silver Sponsor on signage and promotional throughout the event
  2. Your company logo will be featured on WSSEP.com as Silver Sponsor with a direct link to your website
  3. One (1) senior delegate pass and three (3) complimentary delegate passes
  4. Four (4) Gala Dinner invitations
  5. Company profile (150 words) and logo in the event handbook
  6. One (1) A4 company advertisement in the event handbook
  7. One (1) delegate bag insert (no larger than A4, to be supplied by sponsor, please check advised deadlines and guidelines)
Gain additional exposure and brand visibility for your company at the Gala Dinner, the highlight of the event, with over 350 in attendance last year. This package includes;
  1. One (1) delegate bag insert (no larger than A4 size to be supplied by sponsor, please check advised deadlines and guidelines)
  2. VIP table for six (6) at the Gala Dinner
  3. Verbal acknowledgment as the official sponsor during the Gala Dinner
  4. An opportunity to address guests and present an audio-visual video (3 minutes long) at the Gala Dinner
  5. Company name and logo on Gala Dinner invitation
  6. Exclusive signage rights with signage prominently displayed at the Gala Dinner (pull-up banners to be supplied by sponsor, please check advised deadlines and guidelines)
  7. An opportunity to place one (1) promotional item at each place setting at the event Gala Dinner (no larger than A5 size to be supplied by sponsor, please check advised deadlines and guidelines)
  8. Your company logo will be featured on WSSEP.com as a sponsor with a direct link to your website
  9. One (1) senior delegate pass and five (5) complimentary delegate passes
  10. Company profile (150 words) and logo in the event handbook
  11. One (1) A4 company advertisement in the event handbook (artwork to be supplied by sponsor, please check advised deadlines and guidelines)
Sponsorship of the refreshment breaks allows your company brand to be in full view of attendees. Sponsors will have the opportunity to display promotional banners, branded cups and napkins (to be supplied by sponsor by the advised deadlines) at the refreshment area. This package includes;
  1. Your company logo will be featured on WSSEP.com as a sponsor with a direct link to your website
  2. One (1) senior delegate pass and two (2) complimentary delegate passes
  3. Three (3) Gala Dinner invitations
  4. Company profile (150 words) and logo in the event handbook
  5. One (1) A4 company advertisement in the event handbook (artwork to be supplied by sponsor, please check advised deadlines)
  6. One (1) delegate bag insert (no larger than A4, to be supplied by sponsor, please check advised deadlines and guidelines)
Sponsorship of the official event delegate bag co-branded with the event name and logo (bag to be supplied by sponsor), gives your company an opportunity to gain exposure during the show and afterward by giving attendees a useful souvenir they will hold on to and reuse time after time. This package includes;
  1. Your company logo will be featured on WSSEP.com as a sponsor with a direct link to your website
  2. One (1) senior delegate pass and two (2) complimentary delegate passes
  3. Three (3) Gala Dinner invitations
  4. Company profile (150 words) and logo in the event handbook
  5. One (1) A4 company advertisement in the event handbook (artwork to be supplied by sponsor, please check advised deadlines and guidelines)
  6. One (1) delegate bag insert (no larger than A4, to supplied by sponsor, please check advised deadlines and guidelines)
This is an ideal opportunity to promote your company to delegates via a small branded gift (provided by the sponsor). Gift will be included in all delegate bags or can be distributed at key location during th event. This package includes;
  1. Your company logo will be featured on WSSEP.com as a sponsor with a direct link to your website
  2. One (1) senior delegate pass and one (1) complimentary delegate passes
  3. Two (2) Gala Dinner invitations
  4. Company profile (150 words) and logo in the event handbook
  5. One (1) delegate bag insert (supplied by sponsor by the advised deadlines, lightweight and no larger than A4 size)
The lanyards will be co-branded with the event name and logo gives your company great exposure. Lanyards are worn by all the delegates and participants during the event. This package includes;
  1. Your company logo will be featured on WSSEP.com as a sponsor with a direct link to your website
  2. One (1) senior delegate pass and one (1) complimentary delegate passes
  3. Two (2) Gala Dinner invitations
  4. Company profile (150 words) and logo in the event handbook
  5. One (1) delegate bag insert, no larger than A4 (to supplied by sponsor, check advised deadlines and guidelines)

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Professor Mohamed Loutfi

Mohamed Loutfi is a Professor of Internationalisation and the Pro Vice-Chancellor (International) with responsibility for the development and implementation of the University's Internationalisation Strategy at home and abroad.

Nationally, Professor Loutfi is a member of the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education's International Governance Group and the British Council - Going Global Steering Committee. Internationally, he is a council member at the Magna Charta Observatory of Fundamental University Values and Rights in Bologna and a member of the board of the European Quality Assurance Agency?.

He holds a BSc in Economics and Political Science, an MSc in Information Technology and a PhD in Systems Thinking. Before joining Cardiff Metropolitan University, he held the posts of Senior Lecturer, then Principal Lecturer, then Head of Transnational Education at the University of Sunderland, UK.

Professor Loutfi has worked on many EU projects for Education Reforms, Accreditation and Quality Assurance in Ukraine, Russia, Jordan, Lebanon and Egypt. He is currently working with the ministries of Higher Education in Lebanon, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia and Morocco to develop a framework for building capacity for leadership in Higher Education through European experiences in this field. In addition to this, Professor Loutfi is currently coordinating six Erasmus Mundus projects; these projects aim to enhance institutional cooperation among partners by facilitating student and staff mobility exchanges.