Two of our MBA faculty presented papers at the 7th QS Middle East and Africa Professional Leaders in Education Conference (QS MAPLE), which is one of the most prestigious academic events in the region.
The event was held at the World Trade Centre, Dubai, and was jointly hosted by the Higher Colleges of Technology and Amity University from 1-3 May 2017. The event attracted reputed faculty, administrators and policy makers from around the globe and included keynote addresses, discussions and debates and paper presentations. Dr. Kevin Downing from City University of Hong Kong was the Chair of the event which included the following keynote addresses:
- Education for All: Smart Education Shaping the Future by Dr. Mansoor Al Anwar, Chancellor Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University
- Faculty Preparation and Student Engagement: The Forgotten Indicators of Quality Higher Education by Prof Claudette Williams, Vice President for Quality Assurance, Institutional Effectiveness and Accreditation, American University of Ras Al Khaimah
- “Blind Spots” and the Future of Global Management Education by Prof Howard Thomas, Distinguished Term Professor of Strategic Management and Management Education, Lee kong Chain School of Business; Director, Academic Strategy and Management Education Unit, Singapore Management University, Singapore
The following are the abstracts of the two papers presented at the event by our faculty:
Paper 1: Dr. Hardeep Anant
Title: Beyond employability: the urgent need for institutions to nurture global citizenship.
Abstract: This paper discusses the potentially catastrophic threat of increasing levels of intolerance and violence facing the globalized world of the 21st century. Governments and policy makers across the globe hope to address the issue by enhancing employability and providing jobs. However, this paper aims to question the assumption that enhanced levels of employment and contentment in any society will lead to more tolerance and collaboration among its people. It postulates that the 21st century’s challenges and threats can be mitigated only under the stewardship of a global citizenry. Therefore, governments and policy makers must direct institutions to actively promote global citizenship through on campus and off campus events, just as they actively reinforce national, cultural or linguistic identities. Finally, the paper discusses the innovative annual Global Day celebrations held at the City University College of Ajman, and its visible effects on student culture, as an example and case in point.
Paper 2: Dr. Babeet Gupta and Dr. Hardeep Anant
Title: Enhancing student employability: a novel approach to addressing the current and future skills-gaps in the UAE
Abstract: Student employability has a direct correlation with their skill sets. However, often there is a profound disconnect between the skill sets that employers want and ones that job seekers possess. For educational institutions to be able to address this skills-gap they first need to understand what employers mean when they say job seekers are not ‘employable.’ This paper aims to investigate this issue from UAE based employers’ perspectives and identify specific steps that education providers in the region can take to enhance the employability of their graduates, keeping in mind the current as well as the expected future skills and competency requirements. The paper also attempts to construct a theoretical framework, tailored to address the specific skills-gaps that prevail in the region, as well as to anticipate and address the skills and competencies that might be required in the future.