Nahyan receives lead organisers of 7th Gulf Conference on Professional Issues

WAM Abu Dhabi, 9 Feb. 2013 (WAM) — Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research and President of Zayed University, received leaders of NASPA and ACPA, co-organisers of the 7th Gulf Conference on Professional Issues held under the theme “Beyond Boundaries: Leading Locally, Thinking Globally” on February 6th and 7th, 2013 at Zayed University, Abu Dhabi.

The conference, organised by ZU in association with Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA), a leading association for the advancement, health, and sustainability of the student affairs profession, and American College Personnel Association (ACPA), attracted 150 student administrators from the GCC and international universities.

Top managers of the two organisations briefed Sheikh Nahyan on the works and recommendations of the conference and informed him about their plan to organise the 8th conference in UAE University campus next year.

Sheikh Nahyan said advanced learning has become a key objective that achieved to qualify and empower young generations with up to date knowledge and skills so as to add a qualitative push to national development.

Given the increasing globalization of the student affairs profession, it is important that individuals within the field be able to demonstrate basic competencies based on international standards while balancing the specific needs and cultural characteristics of the unique environments in which they work.

This year’s conference theme was designed to highlight programs, services, professional development opportunities and innovations across the region that have successfully achieved the delicate equilibrium between international best practices and local requirements.


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