03 April, 2014

UAEU Inaugurates the 8th Annual Gulf Region NASPA Conference for Student Affairs Professionals

UAEU Inaugurates the 8th Annual Gulf Region NASPA Conference for Student Affairs Professionals

03 April 2014
The United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) launched the 8th Annual Gulf Region NASPA Conference for Student Affairs Professionals, under the slogan 'Leadership, Education and Participation', in order to develop the role of student affairs in higher education. The conference which will continue for two executive days, presents about 52 papers distributed among 5 major sessions, where student affairs professionals from local, Arab, and international universities will hold discussions in the presence of the university students, administrators, and academics.

Prof. Mohamed Albaili, Deputy VC for Academic Affairs (Provost), inaugurated the conference, in the presence of Prof. Ghaleb Ali Alhadrami, Deputy VC for Student Affairs & Enrollment, and Dr. Kevin Kruger, President of Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA) in the USA. Professor Albaili, in his opening speech, sent the regards of His Excellency Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mubarak, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, and Chancellor of UAEU, conveying his wish for a successful conference, that would find solutions and recommendations that best serve the international educational process.

Prof. Albaili said, "This conference provides an ideal opportunity to support education and self-development for the educational communities, and to develop the educational process through establishing collaboration between these communities, providing the highest quality standards for the students, and through creating distinguished contributions in the teaching methods and educational outputs."

Dr. Kruger said that the students affairs sector plays a pivotal role in a student's life at the university and should take into consideration that each student is one of a kind.

Dr. Kruger stressed that the students need an ideal educational environment that has a positive effect on their academic achievement, and drives them towards distinction, innovation, and freedom of participation. It should help them to find knowledge and emotional and participatory connections with the educational surrounding, so that the student possesses the critical thinking, problem solving abilities, respect for multiculturalism, leadership skills, career planning, and effective written and verbal communication.

Mr. Mohamed Madi, member of the organizing committee of the conference, highlighted the international reputation of UAEU and its ability to hold such conferences, in addition to its partnerships with the international authorities, such as  the Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA) in USA, the American College Personnel Association, and Association of College and University Housing Officers - International.

Workshops and training courses were organized for participants two days prior to the conference, in order for participants to view the major issues and goals that were discussed during the sessions, and to make maximum use of the academic elites at the conference.

The UAEU's hosting of the 8th Annual Gulf Region NASPA Conference for Student Affairs Professionals is in line with the strategic plan of the University, where one of its goals is to attract international conferences, and invite international experts in the various fields to discuss and come up with the best solutions to serve the community, and support the correct educational practices.

About the United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) - The National University
Founded in 1976 by the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, UAEU is a comprehensive, research-intensive university enrolling about 14,000 Emirati and international students.  As the UAE's flagship university, UAEU offers a full range of accredited, high-quality graduate and undergraduate programs through nine Colleges: Business and Economics; Education; Engineering; Food and Agriculture; Humanities and Social Sciences; IT; Law; Medicine and Health Sciences; and Science.  With a distinguished international faculty, state-of-the art new campus, and full range of student support services, UAEU offers a living-learning environment that is unmatched in the UAE. 

As a research-intensive university of international stature, UAEU works with its partners in industry to provide research solutions to challenges faced by the nation, the region, and the world.  The University has established research centers of strategic importance to the country and the region which are advancing knowledge in critical areas ranging from water resources to cancer treatments.  UAEU is currently ranked the number one research university in the GCC, number two in the Arab World, and #370 globally.

UAEU's academic programs have been developed in partnership with employers, so our graduates are in high demand.  UAEU alumni hold key positions in industry, commerce, and government throughout the region.  Our continuing investments in facilities, services, and staff ensure that UAEU will continue to serve as a model of innovation and excellence.

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