|13 May, 2019

Abu Dhabi University hosts Principals and Counselors Forum in Al Ain

The forum was held in collaboration with the Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK)

Abu Dhabi University hosts Principals and Counselors Forum in Al Ain

Abu Dhabi: Abu Dhabi University (ADU) hosted the ADU School Principals and Counselors Forum in collaboration with the Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK). The event aimed to bring together educational counselors from primary and secondary educational institutions in the UAE to exchange knowledge and expertise on the latest practices in the management of child behavioral issues in schools. It also shed light on the role of the counselor in positively impacting a student’s academic experience.

The event, entitled ‘Educational Counseling: Reality and Aspirations’, was organized by ADU’s Al Ain campus and was attended by more than 50 school principals and counselors. It focused on topics of concern such as dealing with specific behavioral issues like bullying.

Dr. Mohammed Fteiha, interim Campus Director commented, “The forum is an important opportunity to help principals, counselors, and teachers further enhance their knowledge and disciplinary management skills, contributing to successful academic outcomes for students. Schools are platforms for students to grow professionally and personally before pursuing their higher education and embarking on their career paths. As educators, we need to focus on developing our capabilities and qualifications to better assist students and help prepare them for the next step.”

The forum also highlighted the best practices and most effective strategies in educational counseling, as well as the counselor’s role in enhancing the performance of students. This will encourage inclusion and engagement within the community.

Mohamad Fathi, a social worker from Al Zaidya School for Boys, commented, “These types of workshops are very beneficial to all educators within their various levels of experience. The knowledge exchange enriches our understanding, provides us with new perspectives, broadens our horizons as educators, and encourages us to try new methods with our students. With these tools, we will be able to better identify issues within our community and assist young innovators at the start of their professional journeys.”

The forum also served to increase community engagement and facilitate stronger relationships between ADU and schools in Al Ain City. The schools that took part in the forum included Al Zayediya School, Future International School, Al Dhafra Private schools, Al Ain Juniors School, Um Khalthom School, Al Shiyam School, Al Nashaa Al Saleh Private School and other schools at Al Ain city.

ADU will be hosting an open day in early June in Abu Dhabi to provide potential students with the opportunity to enquire about the internationally accredited programs available at the university’s three campuses.

For more information regarding ADU’s Open Day, please visit the following link:



About Abu Dhabi University (ADU)
Abu Dhabi University is a private, multi-campus University committed to meeting the education, skills and knowledge needs in the United Arab Emirates and neighboring countries through qualifications and standards that are respected across the world.

Although young, the University is recognized as a world-class institution committed to excellence in teaching, student experience, research and corporate education. We are regularly featured in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) rankings as among the best higher education institutions in the region. We hold prestigious international accreditations for the institution as a whole, for particular fields of provision and for specific programs. We were the first private higher education institution in the UAE and the GCC region to earn international accreditation from the Californian Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). ADU’s College of Business holds international accreditations from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and the prestigious EFMD Quality Improvement System (EQUIS). Only 1% of business schools worldwide have this double accreditation. In addition, its College of Engineering has earned accreditation from the world-renowned Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) and the Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). It houses the only architecture program to hold accreditation by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

According to the QS World Universities Rankings, ADU ranks in the top 701-750 universities worldwide, the top 150 leading institutions under 50 years, the top 27 universities in the Arab World, and the top 6 in the UAE. Being rated 3rd globally for international faculty and 10th for international students, we consider diversity to be among our key strengths.

Established in 2003, Abu Dhabi University has over 7,500 students from over 80 nationalities across its four campuses and sponsored programs. Structured into Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Engineering, Law and the University College, we offer undergraduate and graduate programs across arts, law, education, business and management, engineering and sciences, including to Etihad pilots, trainees and personnel of the UAE military. Alongside the well-established campuses in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain, we have launched a new campus in Dubai Knowledge Park and recently opened a teaching facility in the Al Dhafra Region of the Abu Dhabi Emirate. In addition, a brand-new state-of-the-art campus is planned to open in Al Ain in September 2019.

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