Fourth annual Conference

Patterns of Education and related quality standards
 2 -3 September 2012

Keynote Speakers




Talal Abu Ghazaleh

Born on April 22, 1938 in Jaffa, is the Chairman and Founder of Talal Abu Ghazaleh Organization. Founded in 1972 (TAG-Org) is an international professional services group, employing more than 2000 professionals  and operating out of its 73 offices in the Middle East, North Africa, Pakistan, India, Cyprus and China. It has representative offices in Europe and North America and non-exclusive strategic alliance agreements with various networks and individual firms, thus enabling it to choose a firm best suited to its clients' needs in virtually any country in the world. It currently offers a comprehensive range of professional services covering Accounting; External Audit; Internal Audit; Corporate Governance; Taxation; Educational Consultancy; Economic and Strategic Studies; Management Advisory Services; Professional and Technical Training; Technology Transfer Project Management; Real Estate Management; Investors and Business Advisory Services; Human Resources and Recruitment Services; E-Government; E-Commerce; E-Education; IT and Security Audit; Webmastering and Web Design; Professional Interpretation and Translation; Website Arabization: Domain Names Registration; ICT Strategic Planning; ERP Consulting Services; IT and Internet Skills Training and Examinations; Intellectual Property News Agency; IP Business and Asset Valuation and Branding Services; IP Registration and Protection; Intellectual Property Renewals; IPR Protection and Management; Legal Services (Solicitors and Attorneys); and Public Offering.




Faeqa Saeed Al-Saleh

She is currently Advisor to the Secretary General of the League of Arab States (LAS). She is also Director of Education and Scientific Research at LAS and in charge of the Arab Economic and Social Council Secretariat. Before taking her current position at the LAS, she was the Assistant Undersecretary for Planning and Information at the Ministry of Education in the Kingdom of Bahrain and held several positions in statistics and educational planning for 25 years. She holds Master degree in Library and Information Studies (University College London, 1991) and International Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Planning and Management (UNESCO / International Institute for Educational Planning, Paris 2001) as well as other postgraduate diplomas in Advanced Management and Education. She is a member of several regional and international councils such as: EFA Global Monitoring Report (GMR) Advisory Board, International Institute of Educational Planning’s (IIEP) Council of Consultant Fellows and Council of the Arab Organization for Quality Assurance in Education (AROQA), Council of Arab Scientific Research and Education Network (ASREN). She also been a member in many councils and higher committees such as: G8/BMENA on Education Task Force, Arab Planning Institute Council, Public Administration Institute Council and the Education Committee of the Supreme Council of Women. She also held key positions in many projects such as national coordinator of Education For All (EFA), project coordinator of the Education and Training Reform in Bahrain and project manager of enhancing the quality of education in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Research interests focus on education reform and development and comparative education. She published a number of books in Arabic within the Education System in the World Series. She is also in charge of producing national reports on education in the Kingdom of Bahrain and Chief Editor of the "Educational Information Journal ". She participated in several conferences, seminars..etc, and presented a number of papers and lectures in education, management, librarianship, information and educational planning.


 Sultan Abu-Orabi

Prof. Sultan Abu-Orabi is an Organic Chemist who obtained his PhD from the University of Michigan, USA. He is President of Yarmouk University, Jordan's second largest public university and President Elect of the Association of Arab Universities which has its headquarters in Amman, Jordan. Prof. Abu-Orabi previously served as President of Irbid National University and Tafila Technical University in Jordan. He is also President of the Jordanian Chemical Society and Secretary General of the Arab Union of Chemists. He was Visiting Professor at Bahrain University and the King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Saudi Arabia. Dr. Abu-Orabi is Editor-in-Chief of two international chemistry journals, and is member of the Editorial Board of four. He has organized, served on Advisory Boards, and presented lectures at numerous international conferences. He has also received several research fellowships and awards and published over fifty papers throughout his career spanning twenty-six years.


Paul Lefrere

Dr. Paul Lefrere is a Professor of eLearning at the UK Open University's Institute of Educational Technology. He has been Microsoft's Executive Director for eLearning, in which role he served on various European and national advisory groups concerned with professional learning and related topics, and also on Europe's e-learning Industry Group, eLIG. Until 2003 he was Policy Adviser at the Open University, where he was also Academic Director of a number of international multi-university projects concerned with e-skills and knowledge management Dr. Paul has been engaged in a number of development and consultancy activities in many countries of the world including the Middle East and Pakistan. His main interests are in Educational Technology Rapid competence, development, cognitive augmentation, serious games, simulations, Open Innovation, OER.


Michael Popinchalk

Since 1982 Michael Popinchalk has served as an overseas school administrator. He has been a learning leader for diverse school communities located in the Middle East, South Asia, East Africa, Europe and the Caribbean. For over twenty-five years he has had a professional association with the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). He has served on numerous accreditation visiting teams for international schools and has conducted various workshops for the Commission on American and International Schools Abroad (CAISA). Michael is the first Associate Director appointed by NEASC to live outside the United States in order to support accredited schools located in over 65 different nations. He lives and works in Egypt with his wife who teaches I.B. Geography at an international school in Cairo. Michael is a doctoral student at Plymouth Sate University and his children, Anna and Mark, are both third culture kids, currently living in the United States.


Anne Lequy     

Anne Lequy was born in France in 1971. She received an M.A. in German as a Foreign Language and an M.A. in English Studies. In 1999 she completed her PhD in German Literature (European Doctorate, doctorat en cotutelle). From 1998 until 2006 she was a lecturer in French at different German universities. Since 2006 Dr. Lequy has been employed as a professor of technical communication (German-French translation) at the Hochschule Magdeburg-Stendal. Her research work focuses on gender and didactics, especially on computer-assisted language and translation learning / teaching. She also works as a sworn translator for several German institutions. Since 2010 she has been Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs at the Hochschule, responsible for the project "University Didactics and Knowledge Management" (2011-2016). This project is financed by the German Federal Government and the Länder within the framework of the Teaching Quality Pact ("Qualitätspakt Lehre").

Agenda & Presentations

Fourth Annual Conference

"Patterns of Education and related quality standards 2 -3 September 2012"

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Call for papers

Fourth Annual Conference 

a paper contributions are accepted in Arabic or English and should be submitted in PDF format. The deadline to submit contributions is 6 May 2012

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