Effat University, Saudi Arabia’s first private non-profit women’s university, and QS (Quacquarelli Symonds), producers of the widely respected QS World University Rankings, joined forces to organize a special edition of “QS in Conversation,” a three-day event at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower in London, from Feb. 7-9.
The event was held under the theme “International Rankings and World Migrant Scholars.” Discussion and debate topics on the conference agenda covered the perspective of students and professors on various aspects of internationalization and university rankings.
Heading the roster of speakers was Prince Turki Al-Faisal bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud, member of Effat University’s board of founders and board of trustees, and chairman of the board of directors of King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies, Saudi Arabia.
Other eminent speakers included Lord David Howell, chair of the International Relations Committee in the House of Lords, UK; Mandy Mok, chief executive officer of QS Asia, Quacquarelli Symonds, Singapore; Mohammed El-Gomti, chairman of the Foundation for Science, Technology, & Civilization, UK; Dr. Ahmed Al-Kuwaiti, from the Deanship of Quality and Academic Accreditation at Imam Abdulrahman bin Faisal University, Saudi Arabia; and Dr. Imtiaz Ahmad, assistant professor at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Program at Effat University, Saudi Arabia.
Dr. Haifa Jamal Al-Lail, president of Effat University, delivered the welcome address and showed a video overviewing Effat University and its academic and professional success. Her speech also highlighted the role of Muslim scholars and the first migrant scientists and thinkers to spread knowledge around the globe.
“The scale of international scholastic mobility has been rapidly growing in recent decades, in step with broader trends of globalization and the growth of higher education,” said Dr. Al-Lail. “As a leading and progressive academic institution for women, Effat University is aligned with these international trends and our partnership in organizing ‘QS in Conversation’ is part of our commitment to ensure that Effat University plays a leading role in highlighting women’s empowerment on the world stage.”