Academics from AGU Complete the “Professionalisation Programme” as Part of Initiatives to Develop Higher Education

Academics from AGU Complete the “Professionalisation Programme” as Part of Initiatives to Develop Higher Education

Two academics from the teaching faculty of the College of Medicine and Medical Sciences and the College of Graduate Studies at the Arabian Gulf University (AGU), Assistant Professor of Public Health Dr Salman Hamad Al-Zayani and member of the Environmental Management Programme at the Dr Maha Al-Sabbagh, completed the Professionalisation Program implemented by the General Secretariat of the Council of Higher Education in cooperation with the British Higher Education Academy.

Dr Majid bin Ali Al-Nuaimi, Minister of Education and Chairman of the Higher Education Council honoured Dr Al-Zayani and Dr Al-Sabbagh at the ceremony organised at the ministry’s hall in Isa Town to graduate 65 faculty members of governmental, private and regional higher education institutions.

The programme was part of the development initiatives implemented within the National Strategy for the Development of Higher Education for the years 2014-2024, which was implemented in cooperation with one of the most prominent international experts in the field of professionalising faculty members in institutions of higher education.

Dr Al-Zayani said: “I thank the Council of Higher Education, headed by Dr Majid bin Ali Al-Nuaimi, Minister of Education and Dr Abdul Ghani Al-Shuwaikh, Secretariat General of the council, and the organising team for presenting this valuable developmental programme, which will undoubtedly contribute to advancing the capacity of the training staff in higher education institutions in the Kingdom of Bahrain, which has a marked impact in elevating educational outputs.”

Coming in the context of the developmental endeavour led by the Higher Education Council, in implementation of government policies and initiatives of the national project for the development of education and training, the objective of this training programme is to achieve quality in institutions of higher education by providing academic programs that keep abreast of the times and respond to the needs of the labour market under highly competent instructors in a university environment conducive to scientific research, under the supervision and follow-up of a distinguished management system.

This training programme comes in the light of the agreement between the Council of Higher Education and the British Academy of Higher Education, compliant with professional standards in the UK. It was designed to facilitate the application for professional recognition and fellowship from the Academy and included three modules, carried out under the supervision of experts from the Academy, from October 2016 to March 2017.

The first module focused on personal and professional practice in higher education. The second module dealt with enhancing practices of teaching and learning processes. The third unit dealt with curriculum design and evaluation, in addition to the projects and activities that the participants are mandated to implement between the module sessions.

In addition, the programme aims to enable participants to review their experience in the practice of academic teaching in universities, in accordance with the context of contemporary educational practice, relying on advanced theories, concepts and methods of teaching that enhance their academic practices.