HBMSU Chancellor speaks about quality and future of higher education in Saudi Arabia

DUBAI: Dr. Mansoor Al Awar, Chancellor of the Hamdan bin Mohammed Smart University, HBMSU, and Chairman of the Governing Board of the UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education, IITE, has delivered a lecture entitled ‘Quality and Future of Higher Education’ in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in his capacity as a visiting professor of the UNESCO Chair for Quality in Higher Education at Al-Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud Islamic University, Riyadh.

Dr. Al Awar’s discussions revolved around three main themes, ‘The Essence of Quality in Higher Education Institutions,’ ‘Quality of Smart Education,’ and ‘Quality Scale in Hamdan bin Mohammed Smart University.’ The lecture was attended by an audience of 850 elite academians, including Dr. Mohammed bin Ibrahim bin Abdullah Al-Zakri, Professor of UNESCO Chair for Quality in Higher Education at Al-Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud Islamic University, deans and faculty members of the Quality and Development Faculty, Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences and Faculty of Social Sciences and postgraduates and professors of research chairs from the university.

Dr. Al Awar said that quality has become strategically important as an integrated framework aimed at developing the higher education system in line with the Gulf region’s accelerated efforts to transform into a knowledge-based economy. He pointed out that higher educational institutions are in dire need of adopting a comprehensive quality management system to meet students’ current and future aspirations.

In addition, he said smart education has become an essential pillar in ensuring a better future. He noted that HBMSU, in particular, focuses on promoting the ‘Total Quality Management’ concept, enriching knowledge, and strengthening creativity, innovation and excellent culture and scientific research in the Arab World through smart learning.