RAK Ruler opens International Learning and Teaching Staff Conference at University of Bolton RAK Campus

Tuesday, May 10, 2011
RAK Ruler opens International Learning and Teaching Staff Conference.

H.H. Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, inaugurated the International Learning and Teaching Staff Conference held at the University of Bolton Ras Al Khaimah Campus on Monday.

The conference, organised by the Learning Enhancement and Professional Development Unit of the University of Bolton, is attended by over 80 delegates including academicians, researchers and students from UAE and UK with discussions centering on the topic `Collaborative Transnational Education’.

The opening session of the conference also had the distinguished presence of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Crown Prince of Ras Al Khaimah, and Rt. Revd Lord Nigel McCulloch, Member of the Board of Governors of the University of Bolton and Bishop of Manchester.

Delivering the opening address, Sheikh Saud said that advances in technology, coupled with the deeply interconnected nature of today's world, have created new opportunities to make full use of the power of knowledge as a means of social and economic transformation.

He called for active collaborations among educational and research institutions which would pave way for better sharing of knowledge, thereby helping societies and individuals overcome challenges and realize their full potential.

Speaking at the conference, Rt. Revd Lord Nigel McCulloch said, “Ras Al Khaimah, under the membership of the United Arab Emirates and guided by H.H. Sheikh Saud, has transformed itself into a successful emirate with a thriving community in sectors of tourism, industry and education. The University of Bolton in Ras Al Khaimah is indeed living proof of the support and commitment given to education here in the emirate by H.H. Sheikh Saud.”

Zubair Hanslot, Academic Director, International Campus Operations, said, “University of Bolton has a very clear international agenda because we believe in collaborative education and in its ability to make higher education more accessible and responsive. The RAK Campus is moving forward with a strategic plan to achieve a year- on- year growth and have over a thousand students studying here in the next five years. We really want to work with the community of RAK and continue to be a main UK education provider in the emirate.”

Dr. George Holmes, Vice Chancellor of the University of Bolton, proposed the vote of thanks through live video streaming from UK.

Dr. Janette Ryan, Director of the Teaching International Students Project, Higher Education Academy, UK, made the keynote presentation on the topic `Changing pedagogy for changing teaching and learning contexts. Sue Burkinshaw, Conference Director, chaired the session