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Saudi institution continues teaching and learning development through collaboration with Advance HE

08 Oct 2021 | Advance HE Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University delivered second Certificate of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education programme this year.

Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University (IAU) in Saudi Arabia has recently concluded a second iteration of the Certificate of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (CLTHE) as they continue their drive to develop their teaching and learning faculty.

The first 60-strong cohort to participate in the programme did so in 2019/2020, one of the largest groups to have taken part in the programme, and a second programme was delivered online in the past year to around 30 participants. The CLTHE programme is aligned to the UK Professional Standards Framework and participants are encouraged to apply for Fellowship on completion of the course.

As a further support to developing IAU’s staff’s teaching capacity, Advance HE is currently delivering a number of workshops and keynote speeches to staff at the university, in order to support their Fellowship applications.

IAU now has 74 fellows recognised across all categories, the most in Saudi Arabia, including 1 Principal Fellow and 26 Senior Fellows. There are 451 fellows now recognised across the whole of Saudi Arabia, demonstrating the commitment of the country as a whole to high quality teaching and learning and is the 7th highest number of fellows outside the UK.

Philline Deraney, SFHEA and Deanship of Academic Development at IAU said of the programme: “The CLTHE brought faculty members across university disciplines together to engage in a community of teaching and learning practice. The programme has extended development beyond the 90 participants to facilitating discussions and sharing ideas with colleagues within the wider academic community.”

Kristian Rumble, International Partnerships Manager at Advance HE said: “The continued push from IAU to develop their teaching and learning capacity is something we at Advance HE are extremely supportive of. In line with this we will be delivering a bespoke two-day teaching and learning programme at the institution in the coming months and we hope to continue to work with IAU in the future.”

The Fellowship scheme is increasingly adopted across the world and the milestone of 10,000 Fellowships being awarded outside the UK was reached recently, while we expect to reach 150,000 Fellows worldwide in the near future.

IAU is one of the leading research institutions in Saudi Arabia, with a student population of over 30,000 across 19 colleges. It opened its doors in 1975 with two pioneering colleges, the College of Medicine and the College of Architecture.

The Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education is Advance HE’s flagship teacher development programme, modelled on programmes delivered globally including at institutions in the UK, Africa, Asia, Australasia and Europe. Find out more.


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