College of the North Atlantic - Qatar (CNA-Q) has concluded two extremely successful days of Faculty Development, which involved key note speakers of great interest. The event also included informative workshops, hands-on training and webinars.
Speaking at the opening plenary was world renowned post-secondary expert Alex Usher. Mr. Usher, the President of Higher Education Strategy Associates, an internationally recognized consultant and expert in post-secondary strategic planning and counselling. His addresses focused on the differences between Colleges and Universities, the potential for a College to evolve into a University, empowering learners and effective feedback mechanisms
Faculty also heard from Qatar Shell Senior Research Scientist Dr. Dharmesh Kumar. The topic of Dr. Kumar’s talk centred around the challenge of meeting climate change targets, at the same time as dealing with growing energy demands. CNA-Q faculty were also treated to a tour of Qatar Shell’s Research Center at Qatar Science and Technology Park.
In addition to speakers, instructors received two days of professional development aligned with their teaching course load and area of speciality. Each of the College’s 500 faculty members received professional development opportunities under themes such as student engagement, effective assessment and feedback, and learner empowerment as well as technical training.
“CNA-Q recognizes that one of the most important reasons for its success is the presence of our instructors, and recognize the great value of their knowledge, commitment and dedication,” said CNA-Q President Prof. Khalifa Al-Khalifa, as he presented Certificates of Recognition to 10 long-serving instructors, who have more than 15 years of service at the College. “We are proud to have such high quality faculty members who contribute each day to writing the success story of our students by providing them with the knowledge and experience they need.”
“This Faculty Development event was a perfect opportunity for our faculty to recharge their batteries,” said Acting Academic Vice-President Dr. Salem Al-Naemi. “We are committed to building a highly skilled, valued and empowered education workforce to serve Qatar’s National Vision 2030. And this type of professional development will assist in building the capacity of instructors at CNA-Q, so they can offer ever more highly technical and relevant education to our more than 2900 students.”