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Fellowship milestone for Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University (PNU)

02 Mar 2022 | Advance HE PNU, the largest women's university in the world, now has more than 100 Fellows.

Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University (PNU) has reached a Fellowship milestone with over 100 Fellows at the University.

Last year, PNU became the first university in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) to achieve Advance HE accreditation, meaning that it can confer Fellowship on candidates who successfully complete its Academic Excellence Programme (AEP).

Concurrently, Advance HE has worked with the University to help develop its MA in Women's Leadership Programme; part of the support involved leadership capacity building for the Programme leaders to successfully lead and manage the programme.

Dr Dina Al-Hammadi, Director, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University, said. “We are very proud to have reached this Fellowship milestone. This, along with our leadership training, highlights our commitment and investment in continuous professional development for staff which brings benefits to the individual, to the students that they teach, and to the University’s reputation for teaching excellence. I am very proud of the CETL team who have been instrumental in taking this work forward.”

Ian Hall, Advance HE’s Head of Membership (International), said, “The work that PNU has invested in staff development in Teaching and Learning and in Leadership is really beginning to bear fruit. The culture for continuous professional development is very well-embedded and underpins the effective delivery of the University’s forward-thinking teaching strategy.”

PNU is a public women's university – the largest women's university in the world with over 2200 academic staff and more than 27,000 students. Its 100+ Fellows join the growing number of staff with Fellowship, now nearly 155,000 Fellows, including over 12,000 outside the United Kingdom.

More about supporting continuous professional development in teaching

The focus on teaching and learning in Advance HE’s international work is grounded in the improved student outcomes and engagement that occurs when students are exposed to high quality teaching practices. 

Research undertaken by Walailak University (WU) in Thailand found that following Advance HE’s work with them on their own CLTHE programme, 93% of their staff were rated four or five stars by their students and student retention had risen by 30%.

Find out more about the  Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher EducationAdvance HE’s flagship teacher development programme, modelled on programmes delivered globally including at institutions in the UK, Africa, Asia, Australasia and Europe. 

Fellowship demonstrates a personal and institutional commitment to professionalism in learning and teaching in higher education. Across four categories, from Associate to Principal, Fellowship provides individuals with recognition of their practice, impact and leadership of teaching and learning. Find out more here.

Advance HE's Senior and Principal Fellow Writing Retreats offer the rare opportunity of space and time to think via 1:1 peer coaching, enabling you to engage in critical reflection about your professional practice, influence and strategic leadership in HE.

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