QS-MAPLE 2018: The Advancement of University Excellence in the Middle East and Africa Region
The QS-MAPLE 2018 conference and exhibition, the 8th Annual Strategic Summit for the Advancement of University Excellence in all its Forms successfully concluded on 6 March 2018 in Manama, Bahrain.
The annual higher education conference was prefaced by a welcome dinner where welcome remarks were delivered by Dr Kevin Downing, Chair of QS-MAPLE International Academic Advisory Committee, Secretary to Council and Court, Director of Institutional Research Office, City University of Hong Kong and Ms Mandy Mok, Chief Executive Officer, QS Asia Quacquarelli Symonds, Singapore. It was then followed by the delivery of welcome addresses from Professor Riyad Y Hamzah, President of University of Bahrain and Professor Abdulla Al Hawaj, Managing Director of Ahlia University. A series of enlightening cultural performance also graced the event.
This year’s conference gathered a total of 315 academics from 59 institutions in 29 countries. It not only allowed participants to gain a better understanding of the higher education sector inside and outside of the Middle East; but it also provided them with the chance to share some of their best practices, network and establish partnerships between universities. In addition, a total of 44 papers were presented during plenary and parallel sessions and 27 exhibitors had the opportunity to showcase their universities’ offerings to participants at the QS Hub - Exhibition.