NA International Conference

Future of Higher Education in an Online Environment

North American University (NAU) hosted its first Annual International Conference on its campus in Stafford, Texas, USA on Tuesday, July 20, 2021. It was also broadcasted live from the NAU’s website to benefit the audiences that were not able to attend the conference in person due to the pandemic situation. Having a theme of Future of Higher Education in an Online Environment, this international conference was aimed to share experiences, learn about how higher education in different countries has been transforming and what is perceived as a future of higher education in an online environment. It was educational in nature. The audience for this conference was vast and encompassed participation from across the globe and engaged university administrators, scholars, educators, professionals, and interested community members from eleven countries: Argentina, Brazil, El Salvador, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Tunisia, and the USA. Total 55 people participated, out of which 44 were in person and 11 were online participants. The event was viewed 290 times on YouTube by August 2, 2021. It was indeed a unique and fruitful learning experience for all involved.

This one-day conference had three sessions. All ten presenters (3 face-to-face and 7 online) and four closing remarks (3 face-to-face and 1 online) were enlightening and provided very helpful and productive information. The first session had opening remarks by the NAU President Prof. Dr. Serif Ali Tekalan, which was followed by a keynote from Prof. Dr. Mohammed Taleb Obaidat, President of Jadara University, Jordan, on Future of Higher Education in Jordan. The other three presentations in this session were:

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  • Growth Hacking in Higher Ed in Emerging Technologies by Mr. Prasad Mavuduri, CEO, University of Emerging Technologies, CA, USA
  • Why Higher Education Still Needs Offline Learning While Doing Online Learning: Sociological Reflection by Prof. Dr. Amany Lubis, Rector, Syarif Hidayatullah State IslamicUniversity, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Online Teaching and Learning in Higher Education During the Coronavirus Pandemic: Administrators’ Perspective by Prof. Dr. Sanzharbek Erdolatov, Rector, Ala-Too International University, Kyrgyz

The second session took place after a short break and had five presentations. They were:

  • Online Learning and Teaching Approaches During the Coronavirus Pandemic by Dr. Safa Fennia, Mr. Gailen Ben Marzouk, and Prof. Dr. Jihed Majdoub which was presented by Dr. Safa Fennia of It Business School, Nabeul, Tunisia
  • Online Teaching and the Economics of Knowledge and Wisdom by Prof. Dr. Farhat Nasreen, Professor of History in the Department of History and Culture, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, India
  • Future of Higher Education in an Online Environment by Prof. Dr. Rossana Valéria de Souza e Silva, International Cooperation Group of Brazilian Universities-GCUB, Unversity of Brazilia, Brazil
  • Managing Higher Education Under Pandemic: El Salvador’s Experience by Dr. Nadia Menjívar Moran, General Director of the Graduate School, Universidad Evangelica de El Salvador (UEES)
  • Internationalization of Higher Education: Virtual Mobilities & Challenges on a Digital Transformation Moment by Mr. Luis Ernesto Franchi and Mr. Ezequiel Mateo Martinich, which was presented by Mr. Franchi, Rector, Universidad de la Marina Mercante, Argentina and Mr. Martinich, Secretary of Institutional Relations, Universidad Abierta Interamericana, Argentina

Just before lunch, North American University signed an MOU with Jadara University, Jordan. The postlunch third session concluded the event with closing remarks offered by eminent personalities. They were:

  • Future of Higher Education in an Online Environment by Hon. Dr. Teta V. Banks, Director, University Advancement and Development, North American University, TX, USA
  • Future of Higher Education in an Online Environment by Prof. Dr. Mosleh Duhoky, President, University of Duhok, Iraq
  • COVID-19: A Disruptive Game Changer for Online Learning by Prof. Dr. Javaid Laghari, Former Chairperson of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan
  • Education | The Greatest Gift by Ramiz Tafilaj, Albanian-American businessman, philanthropist, activist, and publisher
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