Effat, QS Asia join forces to organize London event on migrant scholars


JEDDAH — Effat University, the first private non-profit university for women in Saudi Arabia, and Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), producers of the widely respected QS World University Rankings, are joining forces to organize a special edition of QS in Conversation, a three-day event at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower in London.

The event held on Feb. 7-9 under the theme International Rankings and World Migrant Scholars cover the perspective of students and professors on various aspects of internationalization and university rankings.

Heading the roster of highly distinguished speakers is Prince Turki Al-Faisal, member of Effat University Board of Founders and Board of Trustees, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies.

Other eminent speakers include 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; Professor Mohammed El Gomti, chairman of the Foundation for Science, Technology, & Civilization, UK; Dr. Ahmed AlKuwaiti, from the Deanship of Quality and Academic Accreditation at Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University; and Dr. Imtiaz Ahmad, assistant professor at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Program at Effat University.

Dr. Haifa Jamal Al-Lail, president of Effat University, will deliver the welcome address and make a video presentation overviewing Effat University's academic and professional success. Her speech will also highlight the role of the first Muslim migrant scientists and thinkers in spreadiong 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 the university plays a leading role in highlighting women's empowerment on the world stage." — SG