We welcome you all to the Effat – QS in conversation! This is a seminar jointly organised by Effat University and QS Asia. While you may all know about QS, let me tell you about Effat University. Effat University is the first private non-profit female university established in Jeddah and one of the forward-looking universities for women in Saudi Arabia and the Middle East!
Effat University was founded in 1999 by HRH Princess Effat Al Thunayan Al Saud, the wife of late King Faisal Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud (God rest their souls). Seen as the founding mother of female education in the Kingdom, Queen Effat (as she was affectionately known) broke new grounds by establishing the first school for girls known as Dar Al-Hanan School in 1955 and later the first private educational institution for female education in Saudi Arabia, Effat College, which became Effat University in 2009. The legacy of Queen Effat and her passion for education lives on in Effat University till today. This can be seen in Effat University’s passion to offer educational opportunities and learning experiences that are unique to empower women to become future leaders and agents of positive change in their society, and beyond. For instance, Effat University is the first educational institution in the kingdom to offer females programs in Architecture, Computer and Electrical Engineering, Entrepreneurship, Visual and Digital Production, Operations and Information Management, Product Design, Masters in Islamic Financial Management, and Masters in Energy Engineering. We are also very proud of our diverse international faculty and academic and industrial partners for each of our 13 undergraduate programs and 4 master degrees, which offer our students a very rich learning experience. These sustained partnerships provide our female students opportunities to help them excel professionally in the market place nationally and internationally. Hence, the employment rates of our students is 60% and the level of satisfaction of employers of our alumnae based on regular surveys is usually around 90% and above!
Since its establishment in 1999, Effat University has ambitiously pursued internationalisation and over the years has succeeded in embracing major international activities, ranging from attending and hosting international conferences and exhibitions of higher education, supporting recruitment of international scholars, offering scholarships to study abroad programs and sustaining over 15 partnerships with top ranking universities around the world. This has given Effat University a significant position in the Arab region and the whole wide world. Effat University watched and followed carefully theenormous growth of the international migration of knowledge/scholars over the last fifteen years. Effat also understood how migrant scholars became a reality for policy makers in educational and non-educational institutions all over the world.
Taking pride of Effat’s international connections with major institutions all over the world and assuming the important role of serving the international community, Effat University partnered with QS and chose to consider “University Rankings and International Migrant Scholars” as a theme for the 2018 in Conversation seminar. The seminar’s theme is meant to evoke the widely shared goals of creating secure and sustained conditions for nations sending and receiving migrant scholars; promoting safe, legal migration options; and developing immigration and integration policies that benefit sending and receiving countries and allowing newcomers to lead productive and secure lives.
At Effat University, we always think out of the box and that is why we are considered one of the leading and forward-looking educational institutions in the region. The idea of organising QS in conversation in London instead of Jeddah is a case in point. It is meant to bring Effat University closer to a diverse global audience who share with it a passion for education in general, and for internationalisation in particular, to discuss and promote diverse ideas on securing and sustaining conditions for migrant scholars. This aims to benefit educational institutions sending and receiving migrant scholars and attracting more scholars to lead productive and enriching experiences.
Your participation and contribution at this seminar is highly appreciated and I very much look forward to meeting you all at the QS in conversation.
Dr Haifa Reda Jamal Allail