25th & 26th of April, 2017 | Novotel Deira City Center, Dubai-UAE
Governance is the means through which organizations are formally organized and managed and is considered one of the most challenging and debated aspects of Higher Education . This two day ‘hands-on’ program aims at exposing participants with the principles, theories and practices of good governance in the specific context of Higher Education; with the ultimate goal of assisting them with the design, development and implementation of successful governance frameworks and strategies that are aligned with different stakeholders’ needs and requirements including those of accreditation agencies and regulatory bodies.
Participants will explore latest developments and trends in the field and will consider different governance models available that may apply to both private and public universities and colleges . Attendees will discuss key concepts, methodologies, approaches, challenges and factors influencing governance of the 21st century university. Stakeholders’ engagement including considering the role of faculty members and students in governance will be discussed in details. The program will further examine the relationship between governance and management including considering the role of the board and how both should work together on driving the institution. The relationship between quality, risk management and governance will be investigated and discussed during the second day of the program. Ethical consideration will be tackled as an important aspect of governance. The program leader will also share various exsistig models strategies through which institutional governance may be periodically assessed and reviewed to ensure it continues to be effective and efficient.
Throughout the program participants will engaged in individual and group activities; presented with cases studies and will be invited to share their experiences and learn from one another.
This program is geared towards members of the Higher Education Executive Management from among University Vice Presidents, Chief Academic Officers, Deans, and Directors of Academic Support, Student Affairs and Administrative units involved in institutional governance. In addition, the program is relevant to all those in charge of overseeing governance arrangements within their respective universities and colleges including Directors, Managers and staff members working in Institutional Effectiveness & QA Offices.
Session 1 – Governance in Higher Education: Definitions, Context and Models
The first introductory session will begin with an overview of governance in higher education and will explore the changing patterns of governance. It will explore why governance matters today more than ever and will discuss the key principles and issues around it. What are the challenges that must be addressed by governance structures, processes and roles, and how are these to be interpreted within different kinds of higher education institution, with their specific missions.
Various models and structures of governance will be explored including looking at the differences in governance between private and public institutions
How do we resolve the tensions, internally, between efficiency and quality on the one hand, and agility and innovation on the other? And finally how what various accreditation agencies’ standards requires from HEIs in terms of governance.
Session 2 – Governance versus Management: Understanding the Difference
The focus of this session will be on closely examining the difference between management and governance and the role of Senior Management versus that of the governing body. The role of governing body and terms of references for engaging them as required by various accrediting agencies and considering good international practices. Committees and structures to support management and governing bodies. The session will also consider the crucial elements for creating effective partnership between management and governing bodies.
Session 3 – What Constitutes Good Governance?
This session will investigate what are the key principles of good governance? What are good models? What is shared governance? Who are the stakeholders and how they are involved? What about student and faculty participation in governance?
How should we address the tension between autonomy and accountability? Democracy and delegation?
Session 4 – Level, Structure and Mechanisms
In this session we will consider levels, structures, mechanisms and best practices of good governance. What different levels and dimensions of governance are appropriate in higher education institutions? What does the institution look like from the perspective of management, faculties, departments, and individuals? How do these different perspectives relate to appropriate structures and mechanisms at different levels, functions and units of the institution?
Session 5 – Governance, Quality and Compliance
In this fifth session we will look at the relationship between governance and quality – both externally and internally driven – and how governance and quality relate to change management? What is the relationship between quality assurance and enhancement processes and governance? What is the impact of external regulation on governance models? How does governance support change processes? What is the impact of good governance on institutional performance? How would we measure the effectiveness of institutional governance systems?
Explore the relationships between governance and the areas of leadership, strategic planning, change management, and risk. Special consideration to compliance and developing institutional compliance frameworks
Session 6 – Governance and Ethics
This session will explore the role of Values, guiding principles and ethical behavior. How to ensure that values are shared and inculcated?
Session 7 – Governance Effectiveness
In this last session we will explore how we can assess the efficiency and effectiveness of our governance; various models and cases studies will be examined. We also will explore some of the common challenges facing governance and how these can be overcome. Final thought would be on reflecting on what we have learnt and action planning.