Private Higher Education Institutions in Kuwait are relatively nascent with the oldest being around for just over a decade. Nonetheless, they are reshaping the higher education scene in the country by providing an alternative dynamic educational experience. With this potential educational experience come great challenges.
SPHERE, the Symposia for Private Higher Education – Road to Excellence, were started in an attempt to address the challenges facing this sector and provide a road map to better serve its goals. The SPHERE series were originally designed as a biennial event co-organized by the Australian College of Kuwait (ACK) and the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Science (KFAS). The activities within SPHERE draw on the exchange of knowledge and expertise using presentations by speakers renowned in the field and round-table discussions on international best practices in higher education.
The theme for each SPHERE symposium sheds light on a particular challenge facing the private higher education. SPHERE 2015 was the first symposium; it addressed “Opportunities & Challenges”. The theme for SPHERE 2017 symposium revolved around the role of research and development in enhancing the mission of Private Higher Education Institutions in Kuwait.
The evolution in educational technology has presented a pedagogical paradigm shift where e-learning has become an integral component. That is why this year’s topic will cover “E-Learning”.