ARELEN research leadership workshop success in Bahrain

​18/11/2015

ARELEN network at ASU, Bahrain

Professor Riyad Hamzah, Secretary General of the Higher Education Council in Bahrain​​ addressing the participants

​Cardiff Metropolitan University's partner, Applied Science University (ASU), in Bahrain, hosted a workshop for the Arab European Leadership Network in Higher Education (ARELEN).

ARELEN is an outcome of Cardiff Met's Tempus project, Leadership in Higher Education Management (LHEM). The workshop, which took place in October, was about research leadership and creating capacity in research. Its target audience was senior research leaders in Arab universities and industry leaders who are interested in research.

During the workshop Professor Riyad Hamzah, Secretary General of the Higher Education Council in Bahrain, and Professor Sultan Abou Orabi, Secretary General, Association of Arab Universities (AArU), delivered presentations. Furthermore, the delegation were fortunate to have the following as programme leaders: Professor Ghassan Aouad, President of ASU and Professor Hussein Zedan, Dean of Research and Graduate Studies at ASU. Cardiff Met was represented by Lloyd Powell, Head of Partnerships, and ASU was also represented by Professor Waheeb Al-Khaja , Chairman of ASU, as well as a number of academic colleagues from ASU.

Professor Riyad Hamzah, Secretary General of the Higher Education Council in Bahrain commented on the ARELEN workshop: 'The higher education of Bahrain is delighted that Cardiff Met is playing a role in helping Bahrain build its research capability. Since we launched our first national strategy for research in 2014 the national focus has been to build local capacity. Therefore, the nature of the visit is timely and we appreciate the value of the knowledge transfer from colleagues at Cardiff Met.'

Professor Mohamed Loutfi, Pro Vice-Chancellor (International), said: 'Cardiff Met is delighted that the ARELEN workshop was a success in Bahrain. It is great to work with our transnational education (TNE) partners on projects, such as ARELEN'.

ARELEN is founded by Cardiff Met and is now a sub-association of the Association of Arab Universities (AArU). 

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