HIGHER EDUCATION LEADERSHIP SERIES

Making Higher Education Works Effectively for Graduates Employability
6th March -10th April 2021, London, United Kingdom
Online (10:00-14:00 UK Time Every Saturday)
REGISTRATION

The workshop will be facilitated by world renowned experts in Higher Education; Teaching and Learning; Game-Based Learning; Technology in Education; Students Support; Gradates Employment; Leadership; Knowledge Management and Digital Transformation.

 Objectives

Today, more than ever before in human history, the wealth or poverty of nations depends on the quality of higher education (HE) institutions (universities, colleges and research institutes). The various challenges as a result of the Covid-19 global pandemic lockdown in the digital economy are leading to remarkable changes in the way forward-looking nations capacitate their graduates. In this era of global skills and knowledge race post Covid-19, all universities cannot fail to realise, accept and accomplish its natural and ascribed roles as a strategic agent for economic recovery and national development. Universities must confront new realities rapidly manifesting themselves in a diversely complex and fast-changing world post Covid-19 global pandemic. Business as usual will not suffice. Universities need to be expansively re-focused in order to become more sensitive and responsive to its mission of developing graduates who, in addition to conventional graduate training, are also able to fight the intellectual battle for self-confidence and self-assertion as equal players in the global and intensely competitive digital economy post Covid-19.

Background

Whilst there has been a tremendous growth in size, the expansion of HE in almost all parts of the world particularly MENA countries has caused average quality of education to decline as resources are stretched increasingly thin. Essentially, the expansion has been less differentiated and, therefore, ill-planned to confront emergent development needs. Rather, what is evident is a stupendous replication of traditional disciplinary-based techniques of knowledge production. These have, nevertheless, increased the richness of knowledge about the universe we live in but without apparently translating or transforming the catchment societal environments in terms of measurable productive capacities. There are also grave concerns that HE in most developing countries (DCs) is becoming increasingly obsolete which, in part, is why development programmes are stultified even from the outset. There are also serious issues regarding the under-performance in research – state of academic research is less-than-satisfactory in almost all universities in DCs. Therefore, DCs HE institutions must confront the ‘new realities’ evident in the environments in which they operate. Many scholars and policy makers have called for a transformative innovation agenda which embraces radical change for new synthesis and approaches for transforming HE in the DCs.

Youth in the DCs particularly MENA region are growing fast and governments in these regions expect their universities and research institutes to make a leading contribution by producing graduates ready to grasp the various opportunities generated in the digital economy. It is therefore important that all HE institutions and societies to consider the youth in all their curriculum design, programs development as well as fulfilling their role as major agents in the realisation of the various future strategic visions in most countries in DCs. According to recent reports by the World Bank, with a large youth representation and youth unemployment ratio, the Arab region faces a potential crisis and the education sector should be reformed to include specific qualifications and specialisations in the digital economy. The private sector can play a larger role in helping governments and academia focus investments on high-priority and high demand skills, thus young students are ready for employment the moment they graduate.

Aims and objectives

This five-day workshop has been designed to introduce a variety of perspectives on graduates employability from the various HE institutions. The workshop aims to enable leaders and decision makers to introduce fit-for-purpose leadership styles and approaches to their organisations to help produce graduates who are able to compete and find their future jobs much easier and quicker in such highly competitive market post Covid-19. At the end of the workshop attendees should be able to acquire a comprehensive knowledge and practical experience about leadership styles and approaches in alignment with the local needs and capabilities. The key objectives of the workshop are:

  • This integrative workshop aims to develop a deeper understanding of the theoretical and practical aspects to leadership within HE, and to develop the essential skills and competencies necessary to plan, monitor and control different tasks and events.
  • Develop an understanding of the different approaches to leadership and management to ensure HE is at peace with itself.
  • How universities can reposition and rebrand themselves as an excellent provider of transformative education, achieve national and international recognition.
  • How universities can handle effectively the changing expectations of students; increased competition in the sector; reduction in income; changing technology and other issues.
  • This workshop will also complement the different management skills already developed through earlier other (if any) management training and courses.
  • How to ensure HE is confident about its future.
  • In addition, participants will have insight into: critical analysis; interactive and team working; creativity; and problem solving.

Target participants

  • The workshop covers materials for all levels from supervisory through to senior level.
  • Higher education officials: minsters, undersecretaries, vice chancellors, deans, head of department, etc.
  • Academics and researchers.
  • Students, youth, NGOs (voluntary) and civil society groups (public).
  • Professionals, businesses and other stakeholders particularly the private sector managers responsible for leading change and transformation efforts.
  • Managers and directors responsible for transformation, projects, programmes, knowledge, innovation or change management.
  • Experienced managers who have significant futures oriented management responsibilities, and who are interested in reflecting on their own experience and discovering new ideas.

Workshop material

Included in the course fee, the following learning materials will be provided:

  • All overhead slides/transparencies.
  • Case studies (print and video) used on the course.
  • Certificate of attendance from WASD.
PROGRAM OVERVIEW

DAY ONE
Registration, welcome and overview
* General introduction to leadership
* Strategic leadership and planning
* Difference between leadership and management
* Leadership skills and tactics
* Group exercise and personal reflection

DAY TWO
Reflection on day one
* Understanding the problem in HE
* Aspects of the transforming learning and teaching
* Role of HE in knowledge-based economy
Effective leadership in HE
* Lessons learned from great leaders
* Speaking in public places and become an aspiring leader
* Discussion and reflection – next steps

BLOCK 4: Application of Game-Based Learning as a Platform for Reflective Learning Associated with Entrepreneurial Skills in Higher Education 
The application of unique approaches to experiential education and game-based learning provides a range of opportunities for architecting reflective thinking and learning into entrepreneurship educational programs. This block aims to provide a foundation for the application of game-based learning in teaching entrepreneurship. Instructional methods and assessment tools will be examined that could easily be applied in online or face-to-face classrooms situations.