Qatar University (QU) will co-organize the upcoming 2014 NACADA Middle East Conference in Doha on November 19-20, which will be the first time the event is being held in the Middle East as well as being the first academic advising conference to be held in the region.
In partnership with the conference’s parent organization, the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA), QU is facilitating the dialogue on building a culture of student retention and success in higher education institutions in the Middle East.
The event is an opportunity for faculty, academic advisors, academic and student affairs professionals and educators to come together to share best practices, views, experiences, and research in student development and success.
Keynote speakers are QU President Prof Sheikha Abdulla Al-Misnad and NACADA Executive Director Dr Charlie Nutt. Presenters and participants from UAE, Kuwait, Iran and across the Middle East will join national education advisers, policymakers, and representatives from QU, Community College Qatar, College of the North Atlantic Qatar, Stenden University, and branch universities at Education City.
The conference’s program will comprise more than 40 sessions in the form of workshops, discussion panels, poster sessions and paper presentations that address the most current trends in academic advising and practices towards students’ motivation, retention and success such as the First-Year Experience, student welfare activities, faculty mentoring, peer mentoring and career planning. Participants will also share ideas on benchmarking, assessment and evaluation of student success programs and initiatives.
Director of QU Center for Academic Advising and Chair of the conference program committee Dr Selma Haghamed said: “Being selected to partner in organizing the NACADA annual conference is an honor and highlights the quality and excellence of the academic advising program at QU. It supports QU’s efforts to improve academic advising and is in line with the organization winning the NACADA 2014 Outstanding Academic Advising Program Certificate of Merit Award which will be formally presented to QU President by Dr Nutt during the conference”.
She added: “We look forward to the discussions and recommendations that will emerge from the conference that will add considerable value to the work of academic advising programs within the higher education institutions in Qatar and across the Middle East”.