October 17, 2008 — The UAE's Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT), in conjunction with the Institute of International Education (IIE), will host the first North American Regional Forum of Education Without Borders on Tuesday, October 21st at the New York City headquarters of the Institute of International Education.
The day-long Forum will bring together an impressive group of leaders from North American Colleges and Universities to discuss the issues and challenges of globalization that face educators today. With the theme Reframing Higher Education: North American Perspectives on Internationalization and Globalization, college and university presidents will participate in high level panel discussions on such topics as: Branch Campuses in the Middle East; Preparing students for employment in the global marketplace; Trends in the recruitment of international students; and Accreditation processes and transfer ability across countries. The panels will be moderated by journalists who specialize in international and education issues.
The opening address will be given by Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Higher Education & Scientific Research, United Arab Emirates, and Chancellor of the Higher Colleges of Technology. Keynote speakers will include Dr. George Rupp, President, International Rescue Committee and President-Emeritus, Columbia University and Rice University, and Dr. John Sexton, President, New York University.
Dr. Tayeb Kamali, Vice Chancellor of Higher Colleges of Technology, says the Forum will provide an opportunity to "reflect on ways to move ahead by sharing best practices, lessons learned and specific recommendations to further the development of our students, institutions and nations in reframing higher education."
According to Allan Goodman, President and CEO of the Institute of International Education, "IIE welcomes the opportunity that Education Without Borders provides to help North American higher education to achieve further excellence in an increasingly borderless world."
The Forum is a regional follow-on to the prestigious biannual Education Without Borders World Forum established by His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan of the United Arab Emirates in 2007. The next World Forum will be held in 2009 in the UAE, in conjunction with the Education Without Borders International Student Conference.
About the Higher Colleges of Technology
The Higher Colleges of Technology is the largest higher educational institution in the United Arab Emirates with the current enrolment exceeding 16,000 students, all UAE nationals. Since the establishment of its four founding colleges in 1988, the Higher Colleges of Technology have become well respected for innovative learning in the United Arab Emirates. Across the UAE today, in the cities of Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Dubai, Ras Al Khaimah, Sharjah, Fujairah and the western region of Madinat Zayed and Ruwais, the sixteen HCT men's and women's modern campuses offer an impressive range of programs — more than 80 programs at four different credential levels — Diploma, Higher Diploma, Bachelor and Masters. More than 10,000 of the current students are female. The HCT celebrated its 20th year of operations in 2007 with many strategic new initiatives to further expand and enhance its operations in quality and in increasing access. HCT has awarded 36,516 credentials to 25,236 graduates in its first two decades. These graduates have gone into the UAE employment market, making a significant impact on sustainable economic and social development of the country.
About the Institute of International Education
The Institute of International Education (IIE) is a leading not-for-profit organization specializing in the international exchange of people and ideas. Its expertise enables institutions and individuals to build capacity in their home countries and regions. IIE designs and implements over 200 programs of study and training for students, educators, young professionals, and trainees from all sectors with funding from government and private sources. These programs include the Fulbright Student and Scholar programs and the Humphrey Fellowships, administered on behalf of the U.S. Department of State, as well as corporate and foundation-funded scholarships and training programs. IIE also conducts policy research and provides advice and counseling on international educational opportunities. The Institute of International Education has a network of 20 offices worldwide, over 900 college and university members, and more than 5,000 volunteers.
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