Day One (Sunday, July 5th 2020)

Session-1 (12:00 – 14:05)
Moderator: Prof. Mouayed Aziz Al-Taee

Time Speaker Topic(s)
12:00 – 12:05
Inaugural Function

Dr. Mohanad Al-Mashhadani
President, Gulf University, Kingdom of Bahrain
Welcome Speech
12:05 – 12:25
Dr. Farzana A. Al-Maraghi
Director of Research, HEC, Kingdom of Bahrain
Experience of HEIs in Bahrain and HEC Views towards Transition into Distance Education.
12:25 – 12:45
Dr. Najma Taqi
Academic Consultant/ Advisor, Directorate of Higher Education Reviews, Education and Training Quality Authority, Kingdom of Bahrain
Staying Connected During COVID-19: BQA & its Responsibilities
12:45 – 13:05
Prof. Dr. Nikhil Mahendra Zaveri
Provost (Vice-Chancellor), GSFC University, Vadodara, Gujarat, India
GSFC University Experience in Responding to the COVID-19 – the learnings out
13:05 – 13:25
Dr. Haifa Al-Lail
President, Effat University, Jedda, KSA
Effat University experience and challenges through COVID 19 Pandemic
13:25 – 13:45
Prof. Radouane MRABET
President of the University Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah of Fez, Morocco
How to shift a Classical University to an online University in 48 hours? University of Fez as an example.
13:45 – 14:05
Prof. Dr. Indranil Bose
Dean School of Business , University of Bolton, Ras Al Khaimah, UAE
A tutor’s experience of teaching and learning with graduate and Post-graduate learners of Business through online platforms at the University of Bolton, Ras Al Khaimah.
14:05
End of SESSION 01

Session-2 (16:00 – 17:20)
Moderator: Dr. Janaki Bojiah

Time Speaker Topic(s)
16:00 – 16:20
Prof. Megan Lawton
Professor of Learning and Teaching in Academic Practice, University of Wolverhampton, UK
Curating a learning exhibition: A different approach for online learning
16:20 – 17:00
Prof. Manuel Frutos-Perez
Visiting Professor in Digital Learning, UWE Bristol, UK
Creating and Delivering High Quality Online Education
17:00 – 17:20
Prof. Chris Phillips
Newcastle University, UK


Prof. Paul Ezhilchelvan
Newcastle University, UK


Prof. Gulnar Balakayeva
Al Farabi Kazakh National University, Kazakhstan
The Times They Are A-Changing
17:20 – 17:40
Connie J. Mitchell
Principal Fellow for Higher Education Academy, Teaching English As A Second Language, Prince Sultan University, KSA
The New Norm for HEIs Post COVID-19: What will it Be?
17:40
End of SESSION 02

Session-3 (20:00 – 21:40)
Moderator: Dr. Atul Bansal

Time Speaker Topic(s)
20:00 – 20:20
Dr. Fraser Birrell
Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer, Newcastle University, Visiting Professor, Sunderland University, UK
Virtual Group Consultations and Continuity of Care and Education
20:20 – 20:40
Prof. Dr. Kalyan Kumar Sahoo
Professor and Director- CKF, The Management University of Africa, Ghana
COVID-19: Transformation of Business Model in Higher Education
20:40 – 21:00
Prof. Jacqueline Leigh
Dr. Cristina Vasilica
Richard Dron
School Health and Society, University of Salford, UK


Developing Digitally Capable Graduates
21:00 – 21:20
Dr. Ahmed Abdeldayem Mohamed
Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, Queen’s University, Canada
COVID-19, Challenges and Opportunities In Queen’s Community
21:20 – 21:40
Prof. Dr. Uday Kumar Ghosh
President Advisor, Lincoln University, California, USA
The World of Transient Advantage
21:40
End of SESSION 03


Day Two (Monday, July 6th 2020)

Session-1 (12:00 – 14:20)
Moderator: Dr. Aseel Al-Ayash

Time Speaker Topic(s)
12:00 – 12:20
Prof. Christine Broughan
Professor of Higher Education, Coventry University, UK


Dr. Gurnam Singh
Associate Professor


Humanizing education: Does Covid-19 present a ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity to address structural disadvantages in higher education – and will we take it?
12:20 – 12:40
Prof. Mary Bishop
Fellow of Chartered Association of Certified Accountants (ACCA). Former Director of Learning for ACCA Global, UK
Delivering online – the past and the future!
12:40 – 13:00
Prof. Hadeer Abouelnagah
Director, Translation and Authoring Center (TAC), Prince Sultan University, KSA
Digital Transformation and Future Literacy; Who are the Players?
13:00 – 13:20
Dr. Narimane Hadj-Hamou
Founder and the CEO of the Center of Learning Innovations and Customized Knowledge Solutions (CLICKS), UAE.
How the Covid-19 Pandemic Could Transform the Higher Education Forever? Challenges and Opportunities Ahead
13:20 – 13:40
Prof. Dr. Amir Raslan Abu Bakar
Assistant Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic), MERITUS University, Malaysia
MERITUS University Experience and Challenges through COVID-19
13:40 – 14:00
Prof. Khaldoun ZREIK
Dean of the Faculty of Sciences and Digital Technology (UFR STN), University Paris 8, France
Covid-19's Challenge is to Reinvent Face-to-Face Teaching
14:00 – 14:20
Prof. Guner Gursoy
Vice Rector, Istanbul Okan University Turkey
Game changing shifts in our world

Strategic management experiences in higher education to deal with unexpected crises like COVID-19

How can we transform distance education to close education

The paradigm shifts in higher education and what should be the main learning outcomes

Is competency based individually customizable curriculum cure for the future higher education
14:20
End of SESSION 01

Session-2 (16:00 – 17:40)
Moderator: Dr. Tamer Alkadash

Time Speaker Topic(s)
16:00 – 16:20
Prof. Muthanna Abdul Razzaq
President and CEO, American University in the Emirates (AUE) - UAE
AUE Proactive Response and Effective Paradigm Shift due to COVID-19
16:20 – 16:40
Mari Cruz Garcia
Digital Learning Consultant, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh Scotland
Generic vision of how HE universities (European and UK-based) are adapting to COVID-19 situation
16:40 – 17:00
Dr. Ahmad Rawhy Awaja
Vice President of Academic Affair Arab College of Applied Sciences, Palestine
Distance Education Practices in Palestinian Higher Education - Arab College of Applied Sciences as an example
17:00 – 17:20
Dr. Hesham M. Elmarsafawy
VP Academic Affairs, Gulf University, Kingdom of Bahrain
Adapting to new normal: Gulf University Perspective
17:20 – 17:40
Dr. Zainab Al-Tooq
Head of Math and Science Department Head of Academic and Research Committee Bahrain Training Institute
BTI and VL Experience: An Attempt to Defeat Covid-19
17:40
Valedictory Function (GU) – Prof. Mouayed Al-Taee