Highlights from the Ellucian World Tour Dubai 2016

Highlights from the Ellucian World Tour Dubai 2016

By Hannah Hunsinger on Wednesday, November 16, 2016


On November 2nd-3rd, the Ellucian World Tour visited Dubai, UAE. There were more than 350 attendees from 68 institutions, representing more than 14 countries. Here are a few highlights:

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Inspiring speakers

Attendees enjoyed a full line-up of engaging speakers. Jeff Ray, President and Chief Executive Officer of Ellucian, said, “We are driven by the same thing that drives you, student success…. Everything we do is done with an eye toward you … and how we can best support the modern, connected campuses that change our world for the better.” He went on to note that, “Demand for a skilled and educated workforce is poised to grow to unprecedented heights.”

Bahram Bekhradnia, President of the Higher Education Policy Institute, spoke about the definitions and misconceptions of “excellence” and “quality” in higher education, along with the role of rankings. “[A university’s] priority should be education and service,” he said.

Two student speakers offered their perspectives on education and the “fourth industrial revolution.” Mahmoud Elrayes of the American University in Cairo said, “The question we all ask ourselves is whether the fourth industrial revolution comes to aggravate problems or does it offer solutions? I look at it and I see… opportunity.”

He continued by saying, “With the technological revolution of the Internet we can now understand each other, our culture, traditions, lifestyles, struggles, similarities and differences. And now we have realised that despite our many differences, at the end of the day we are very much alike. The fourth industrial revolution comes only to deepen this understanding.”

Student Maryam Abu Saad Nadwi of the Emirates Institute for Banking and Financial Studies discussed how the fourth industrial revolution is evolving at an exponential rate. When compared to previous revolutions, the pace of technological revolution is faster than ever, with an unparalleled opportunity to gain knowledge. She noted that many of those who discontinued education due to lack of facilities are now able to pursue their ambitions.

“Knowledge is as necessary as ever, but not enough,” she said. “While the education system is growing, having knowledge alone is not sufficient. We need to be given more chances to develop our skills and understand the practical work environment. Understanding this need, more and more universities are incorporating practical studies rather than just imparting book knowledge.”

Informative sessions

Executives from three Ellucian clients gathered onstage to discuss how they are driving student success. The panel included an open Q&A and gave attendees real-world insight into how some of the industry's pre-eminent institutions are tackling student success.

Panelists included: Dr. Zainab Abuelma’atti, Assistant Professor and Dean of Admission and Registration at Effat University; Dr. Adam Marks, Provost’s Advisor on Academic Quality and Strategic Initiatives and Associate Professor at the College of Technological Innovation, Zayed University; Shaikh Abdulla K. Al-Khalifa, Executive Director of Technology and Innovation at the University College of Bahrain.

Throughout the sessions, attendees worked together to build a strong community of higher education professionals dedicated to ensuring that students—no matter where they are—have the right tools, support and technology to succeed in the 21st century.

Innovative solutions

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Hannah Hunsinger

Hannah Hunsinger

Marketing Director, EMEA-AP

Hannah Hunsinger is responsible for Ellucian's marketing strategy and execution, as well as market development, for Europe, Middle East & Africa and Asia Pacific.