Bahrain: AUBH concludes first international conference

Under the Patronage of H.E. the Minister of Education, Dr. Majid bin Ali Al-Nuaimi, the American University of Bahrain (AUBH) concluded its first edition of the International Innovative Learning and Teaching Conference: Lessons from COVID-19, which took place from May 24-26, 2021. 

In line with Covid-19 safety guidelines, the event was hosted online seeing all participants, speakers, and panelists participating virtually, while in keeping with the limited number of attendees, H.E. Dr. Shaikha Rana bin Isa Al Khalifa, Secretary General of the Higher Education Council and H.E. Margaret Nardi, U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires delivered opening remarks on the AUBH Campus.

Bringing together experts from 21 countries and five continents, 16 think tank sessions including keynote speeches, panel discussions, alongside student-led sessions and competitions were hosted.

Speakers included:

  • Prof. Riyadh Hamzah, President of University of Bahrain
  • Prof. Mansoor Ahmed Al-Aali, President of Ahlia University
  • Prof. Flower Darby, Faculty in Educational Leadership at Northern Arizona University
  • Dr. Maha Bali, Professor of Practice, American University of Cairo
  • Prof. Tom Crick, Professor of Digital Education & Policy, Swansea University
  • Dr. Stephanie Moore, Assistant Professor Organization, Information and Learning Sciences, The University of New Mexico
  • Dr. Reem AlBuainain, Acting CEO, Bahrain Polytechnic
  • Dr. Azza El-Shinnawy, Head of Education for the Middle East and Africa and Head of Egypt, Public Sector, at Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  • Ewoud de Kok, CEO, FeedbackFruits
  • Hamad Al-Saie, Education Leader for the Middle East Cluster, Microsoft
  • Dr. Nina Abdul Razzaq, Higher Education Academic Consultant under the Review Director at the Bahrain Education and Training Quality Assurance Authority (BQA)
  • Dr. Amal Alqallaf, the Head of Language and Culture Unit at The Royal College of Surgeons (RCSI-Bahrain)

Dr. Maria del Mar de Fez Laso, American University of Bahrain and Dr. Maryam Al Mahdi, Ahlia University won the Creative Teaching Competition.

The Best Paper Award was received by Dr. Lama Al Mahadin, University of Bahrain, and Dr. Lillian Hallak, American University of Bahrain. 


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