AUBH welcomes globally acclaimed US-based incentive engineering expert for series of panels

Mr. Jaison Morgan, former White House and UAE Government Advisor holds three panels for AUBH's Inaugural Class, Faculty, Staff and Community 

Jaison Morgan

Jaison Morgan

Riffa, Kingdom of Bahrain: The American University of Bahrain (AUBH) hosted Mr. Jaison Morgan, a globally recognized industry expert in the field of incentive engineering, and CEO of CommonPool. The U.S.-based company funds social enterprises through an open, transparent, and fair process of granting awards, prizes, fellowships, and other forms of incentive-based programs.

Mr. Morgan has served as an Advisor to the Office of the First Minister of Scotland, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the government of the United Arab Emirates, and many multi-national interests, counselling them on competitions for solving large-scale public problems. The sessions mark the second international guest speaker AUBH have hosted this inaugural semester for the Class of 2023, following a successful talk by TED speaker Ingrid Vanderveldt.

In his main session, “The Power of Prizes”, Mr. Morgan discussed the use of competition to foster societal and technological change. He emphasized the importance of open competition from a global talent pool, as well as how to be a young entrepreneur and ‘kick-starter’ of businesses. Over the next two interactive sessions, he explored “The Science of Competition”, discussing game theory and the science of strategy, and maximizing optimal decision-making of independent and competing actors in a strategic setting. In 2017, Mr. Morgan’s organization CommonPool was responsible for facilitating over $200 million in resources to participants of prize programs around the world, and he has been recognized by the BBC as "the world's expert" in designing prizes to drive innovative breakthroughs.

Mr. Morgan was welcomed to AUBH by Founding President Dr. Susan E. Saxton, who commented: “Jaison is the second acclaimed international speaker we have invited this semester, as part of our commitment to welcome aspirational and dynamic individuals who have really made a difference in their fields – we feel our students should aim for nothing less. I think we were all enthralled by the science behind structuring and delivering prizes which genuinely advance innovation and transformation. This is kind of real-world practical insight that we want our students to have access to through AUBH.”

Delivering on the promise of an American-style, student-centric experience, President Saxton and her team have committed to many other future guest talks and experiences throughout this inaugural year, plus potential academic and extra-curricular partnership opportunities, to be held for AUBH Students, Staff, and the Community.

AUBH is the first private, American-style university in the Kingdom of Bahrain to offer a world-class educational experience. AUBH was established in line with the Kingdom’s plans to upscale the country’s academic quality and advance its status as an educational role model for the Arab region. With a strong emphasis on employability and cultural awareness, the AUBH experience is unique to this region. It combines dynamic instruction, hand-picked faculty, personalized mentorship, state-of-the-art premises and a multi-cultural, thriving campus to help students achieve their career goals and transform into well-rounded, work-ready professionals.

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About the American University of Bahrain (AUBH):

AUBH is the first comprehensive, purpose-built, American-style co-educational university in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Our University offers a unique approach to education which fosters interaction and collaboration between students, faculty and the professional community, resulting in a holistic educational journey for students, going beyond theory into real-life practical situations. With a carefully planned rollout of core academia and vocational studies, the University will initially offer Business, Engineering, and Architecture and Design programs across four schools.

Thinking holistically to the challenge of global employability readiness, AUBH curriculum is built by experts and specialists to equip students with the knowledge and soft-skills to succeed in a rapidly changing and evolving environment. The AUBH quality of American-style education mirrors that of the best universities in the United States.

The brand-new AUBH campus is located in Riffa, Bahrain. In addition to its imposing and open structures, AUBH Incorporates innovative and ergonomic design in its education and social spaces, enhancing the learning and developmental experience for each student. Along with the classrooms, library and labs, the campus includes a health and fitness center, indoor and outdoor courts and fields, a vast student commons, and an auditorium for special events.

AUBH is proud to be accredited by the Higher Education Council of the Ministry of Education of Bahrain, and is in the process of applying for U.S. accreditation with the highly respected New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), an independent and self-governing body and one of the seven recognized U.S. regional accreditors by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), holding the highest level of quality assurance at the institutional level. NECHE accredits some of the world’s most prestigious universities including Yale, Harvard, Berkeley, Brown, and Notre-Dame.

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