ADEK Higher Education Excellence Conference 2021

ADEK Higher Education Excellence Conference 2021

The ADEK Higher Education Excellence Conference 2021 creates an opportunity for faculty, researchers and administrators from the UAE’s higher education sector to join as a community to share their educational research, evidence-based practice and scholarly perspectives on the future of higher education; thus stimulating higher education enhancement and excellence discourse at the system level.

Who should attend

  • Higher Education Leaders, Faculty and Staff


  • 9-10 November 2021 | 12:00 – 15:00


  • Virtual - Via Zoom


> Surviving, thriving and innovating during challenging times: leveraging recent learning for a brighter future

> Transformational, digital, educational: from challenge to solution and diffusion of innovation

> Maintaining the human dimension in digitally-rich education

> What next for Higher Education? Drivers and landscape for a paradigm shift

Keynote Speakers

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Mr. Axel Aerden
Director Department Flanders
NVAO, Belgium Axel


Aerden is Director Flanders at the Accreditation Organisation of The Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO).
During his career, he has contributed to policymaking at university, national, European, and international level.

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Dr. Dirk van Damme
Head of the Innovation and Measuring Progress Division, France


Dirk Van Damme (PhD, Ghent University) is Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Curriculum Redesign in Boston (USA).
He recently retired from the Directorate for Education and Skills at the OECD in Paris.

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Mr. Peter J. Wells
Chief, Higher Education


Peter has led UNESCO’s priority area of quality higher education with an emphasis on widening access, quality assurance and academic mobility, the latter reinforced by the Global Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications concerning Higher Education adopted in 2019.

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Dr. Kevin Chalmers
Deputy Dean School of Arts (Computing)
University of Roehampton, UK


Kevin is the Incoming vice Chair of the British Computer Science Academic Accreditation committee. Experienced External Examiner with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry. Skilled in Computer Science and software engineering.