A new Principal Fellow has been recognised at Kingdom University, Bahrain, as a seven-year long partnership between Advance HE and the Bahraini higher education sector continues to bear fruit. Professor Mohamad J. Terro, president of KU, becomes the fifth Principal Fellow in Bahrain and 175th outside the UK.
As part of a pursuit for excellence in teaching standards, his Excellency Dr Majid Bin Ali Al Nuaimi, Minister of Education and Chair of the Higher Education Council (HEC) in the Kingdom of Bahrain, signed an agreement with Advance HE (then Higher Education Academy) in October 2013 to develop a culture of quality in learning and teaching practice across the Bahraini higher education sector. The agreement has resulted in 449 staff being awarded teaching Fellowships across Bahrain. Prof Terro’s recent award is another mark of the impact Advance HE work has had on learning and teaching in the region.
Prof Terro has huge experience in quality assurance in the HE sector. He emphasizes the impact of investment in the development of human capital at the university and places great importance on the strategic partnership with Advance HE. The majority of academic staff at KU, along with some administrative employees, have already been successful in achieving Advance HE Fellowship at various categories and the remainder are working towards achieving their Fellowship status.
He said: “Realising the PFHEA level will support my efforts to work with Advance HE and our staff at Kingdom University towards more strategic accomplishments in the excellence of learning and teaching that impact students’ ability to become successful in their future professional endeavours.
“Our ambitions at KU extend to achieving quality in all academic and administrative aspects of HE including certification, research, and ranking. We shall work with Advance HE to achieve additional milestones that are recognized by the industry and bring confidence in our programs.”
As an Advance HE member, Kingdom University is currently preparing to engage in additional training and bespoke consultancy support for its academic staff, to continue to drive strategic change, drive up institutional standards and ultimately provide greater student satisfaction. The selected programmes will bring more influence and highlight the reputation of KU in providing quality education aligned with latest global standards in teaching and learning.
The recognition of Prof Terro is further evidence of KU’s commitment to learning and teaching excellence after an Advance HE programme at KU, which started in 2018, and KU now has 27 staff recognised across all Fellowship categories.
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.