IPSEF Middle East Higher Education Forum

4-5 October 2017

Jumeirah Creekside Hotel, Dubai

University Campus Visits: 4 October
Conference: 5 October

Thank you to everyone who participated in IPSEF in Dubai 2017

The whole event was a great success and we look forward to returning in 2018. A special thank you to our knowledge & strategic partners, sponsors, exhibitors, speakers, hosts, delegates and our local and virtual teams.

A Review of the IPSEF Higher Education Forum

The new IPSEF Higher Education Forum was built upon the successful series of school conferences from the IPSEF stable of high level business conferences for the international education community. The new HE focussed conference addressed four key stakeholder groups involved in the HE sector about opportunities for expansion in the MENA region.

The IPSEF HE Forum primarily was for:

  1. HE providers looking to set up branches or a new campus
  2. Existing or new investors in HE
  3. Regulators
  4. The supplier community - from lawyers and architects, to IT suppliers and resource providers

Through a series of case studies, panel discussions and key-note presentations the IPSEF HE Forum raised awareness of the key components involved in developing a strategy for expansion or market entry and incl ude:

  • How to design a campus abroad
  • Top tips for finding the right partner in the UAE
  • The legal framework
  • Market reports and data
  • The role of positive education
  • The reality of Higher Education in the region
  • Transition from school to university and college
  • Investment partners
  • Case histories on growth and expansion from the UAE and the wider MENA region

To be better informed about the challenges and opportunities of the market, and to network with a broad range of senior figures with whom you can build up long-term professional relationships. The HE form was at the Jumeirah Creekside Hotel (conveniently located very near Dubai International airport) on 5th October.

Plus their we're University Campus visits on the 4th October to...

Amity University

Curtin University

S P Jain School of Global Management

Click here for more details on the Universities

Forum Speakers on the 5th October included:

Hazem Abu Khalaf, Director, The Abraaj Group

Daniel Adkins, Chief Executive Officer, Transnational Academic Group Middle East

Dr. Naji AlMahdi, Chief, Qualifications and Awards in Dubai, Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA)

Prof Christopher Abraham, Head of Dubai Campus and Senior Vice President, S P Jain School of Global Management

Ross Barfoot, Partner, Clyde & Co

Philip Corfield-Smith, Real Estate Partner, Pinsent Masons

Dr Warren Fox, Chief of Higher Education, KHDA

Cathy Gilbert, Director of External Relations, University of Birmingham

Roland Hancock, Director, PwC

Zalfa Chamoun Hart, Director, Chamoun Hart Recruitment

Clay Hensley, Senior Director, International Higher Education Outreach, The College Board

Prof. Ammar Kaka, Provost and Vice-Principal, Heriot-Watt University

Cameron Mirza, Head of Transformation, University of Bahrain

Ian Pratt, Director, Scott Brownrigg

Arjun Puri, Head of admissions, O P Jindal Global University

Imran Sheikh, Executive Director, Equitativa

Taner Topcu, Director, RAKEZ Academic Zone

Dr. Narayanan. Ramachandran, Pro Vice Chancellor, Amity University

Jitin Sethi, Senior Vice President, Parthenon-EY

Imran Sheikh, Executive Director, Equitativa

Tariq Shaikh, President, RJ Fleming & Co (Middle East & South Asia) and Managing Partner, RHT Partners

Abhishek Sharma, Chief Executive Officer, Foundation Holdings

Ajay Shukla, Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer, HigherEducation.AE

Knowledge Partners

Clyde and Co.
GL Education
Parthenon EY

Strategic Partners

Dubai Knowledge
Education Intelligence Group

Supported By

Gold Supporter
British Educational Suppliers Association, BESA
British Schools in the Middle East
McGraw Hill Education
Mint Communications
Oxford University Press
Search Associates

Media Partners

Dubai Survival Guide
Early Years Survival Guide
Higher Education
Independent Education Today
NGE Education Now
Oxford Business Group
Relocate Global
Schools Compared
TAG Educa News Agency
Teach Middle East
The Pie
Youth Edication Magazine Young Vision
UAE Learning Network
Univeristy Business
Which School Adviser