• Algonquin College of Kuwait Deploys Ellucian PowerCampus

    algonqui college of kuwaitBy This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Algonquin College of Kuwait, the recently launched Middle East campus of the Algonquin College of Applied Arts and Technology in Canada, has become the first institute in Kuwait to implement the Ellucian PowerCampus solution, it was announced last week.

    The PowerCampus product allows institutions to manage admission needs by digitally organising a number of administrative procedures.

    Since the introduction of PowerCampus, Algonquin College said that it has been able to set up its online admissions portal and achieve its enrollment target. Additionally, the system supports registrations, calendaring, and transcript activities for all students, the college said.

    "We wanted to find the right technology to handle the processes of enrollment, communication plans, and the management of vital administrative tasks," said Saud Jafar, Algonquin College's chairman. 

    "We strive to use the best technology to support our students and invest in measures that make learning easily accessible. Ellucian PowerCampus allows us to support and streamline administrative responsibilities and helps students perform tasks more effectively."

    Another benefit of PowerCampus, the college said, is that it creates and shares analytics-based network reports related to institutional performance, helping colleges and universities monitor their progress and goals.

    "We are very excited about the partnership between Ellucian and Algonquin College as they open their doors to students in 2015. The college understands the importance of technology for students and the running of their institution, and has implemented solutions that not only benefit learners, but help to cement its presence in the region as innovative and forward thinking," said Mathew Boice, MEA vice president at Ellucian.

    "With Kuwait and the rest of the GCC continuing to expand their education offerings, institutions are turning to technology to support their development needs." 

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  • Standing Still: A Global Perspective on the¬†Performance of Universities in the¬†Arab Region

    2014 World University Rankings Worrying evidence of US declineBy Haidar Harmanani, Professor of Computer Science, Lebanese American University, Lebanon

    “Standing still is not an option” says Phil Baty while introducing the 13th edition of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016-17. Yet, that is exactly what the majority of universities in the Arab region are doing: standing still!

    With the exception of a couple of universities, the Arab region generally performed poorly in this year’s rankings. Although a total of 28 universities made the list, no University in the region made the top 200 elite list.

    Saudi Arabia claimed the top two positions and was led by King Abdulaziz University who moved up to 201-500 from the 251-300 position last year, and King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals who moved up to 401-500 from the 501-600 position.

    Other universities whose performance was disappointing this year include the American University of Beirut, King Saud University, Qatar University, and United Arab Emirates University who did not show improvements in their respective rankings this year, and are still at the 501-600 position.


    Part of the decline may be attributed to the expansion of the rankings this year. For the first time, 980 institutions have been included, up from 801 in last year’s list, making it the most competitive ranking to date, according to THE.

    The expansion of rankings has also led to doubling the number of ranked institutions, from 14 to 28. At the national level, Egypt led the pack with a total of eight ranked universities, followed by Saudi Arabia (4), Jordan (3), United Arab Emirates (3), and Tunisia (2).  Only one university made it from Algeria, Kuwait, Lebanon, and Oman. Perhaps, Lebanon’s performance is the most disappointing with only one University making the list.

    The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016 lists 980 institutions from 79 countries. The rankings drew on data from 1,313 of the world’s leading research-intensive universities, 20,000 responses to the annual academic reputation surveys, and 56 million citations to 11.9 million publications published over the five years to 2015.

    The new rankings enhanced the analysis this time by including books among the research outputs in addition to journal articles, reviews and conference proceedings. Some 528,000 books and book chapters are included for the first time, giving a richer picture of the global research environment.

    The data was audited for the first time by PricewaterhouseCoopers.

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