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United Arab Emirates: Top educational leaders to participate in Mena Universities Summit at NYUAD – News

Published: Thursday, November 2, 2023, 2:51 p.m.

Top education leaders will speak at the three-day Times Higher Education Mena Universities Summit in Abu Dhabi ahead of COP28.

With the theme “Innovation in times of change”, New York University Abu Dhabi will host the event in partnership with Times Higher Education from November 13 to 15.

“The theme is aligned with our mission to educate and empower young people, conduct research to help address the world’s challenges, and drive innovation that improves our societies and environment,” said NYUAD Vice-Chancellor Mariet Westermann. during a roundtable with the media.

The Summit will highlight the contribution of universities to sustainability, the impact of artificial intelligence on teaching and the vital long-term role of higher education in supporting the COP agenda.

“Ahead of COP28, this conference will highlight the value of collaboration to achieve innovative and sustainable problem-solving in higher education, and discuss how today’s universities can best equip future generations to have the greatest positive impact” .

Speakers at the event include Zaki Nusseibeh, Cultural Advisor to the President, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and Chancellor of the United Arab Emirates University; Ahmed Dallal, president of the American University in Cairo; Professor Dame Heather McGregor, Chancellor of Heriot-Watt University Dubai; Toyin Tofade, president of the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences; and Eric Xing, President of the Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence, and many more regional educational leaders.

Nick Davis, president of the Middle East and Africa at Times Higher Education, hopes to bring the summit to the United Arab Emirates for the first time since 2016.

“Working with NYU Abu Dhabi is always a pleasure, but the enthusiasm and creativity that their team has brought to organizing this event has been enviable. This year’s summit will bring together a wide range of delegates from the university, business and government sectors and will recognize the excellence of institutions across the region, with the launch of the third edition of the Ranking of Arab Universities, which includes an updated methodology Davis said. He noted that the first winners of the Times Higher Education Awards Mena 2023 will also be announced.

During the summit, educational leaders in higher education will emphasize promoting innovation, agility, and strong national and regional collaboration, driving the region’s momentum toward incorporating sustainability and equity into all aspects of outlook and strategy. long-term of a higher education institution. In doing so, the summit will reflect the commitment of regional universities to positively influence the future, highlighting the future of their research and graduates, and efforts to contribute to the COP28 objectives.



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