The newly named institute welcomes the president of Effat University of Saudia Arabia, Haifa Reda Jamal Al-Lail, to discuss “Entrepreneurship, women & the Middle East” at 1 p.m. in Sage Hall’s Ramin Parlor
January 27, 2011
The newly named Entrepreneurship and Innovation Institute at Johnson is excited to welcome Haifa Reda Jamal Al-Lail, the president of Effat University and first university for women in Saudia Arabia for what will surely be a fascinating discussion.
The lecture will be held in Sage Hall’s Ramin Parlor at 1 p.m.
Dr. Haifa has been involved in education reform in Saudi Arabia since 1991 and her work was recognized in 2005 when she was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, as part of the 1,000 PeaceWomen campaign, a global movement to recognize women’s nvolvement in peace and social justice work. The movement is nowalled PeaceWomen Across the Globe and is working to make women’s roles as peace builders more visible, recognized and better supported globally.
“Female awareness of education is increasing in Saudi Arabia and women are now wanting to take advantage of the greater opportunities there are for them in education,” says Dr. Haifa.
Two years ago the Saudi Arabian government introduced educational reforms aimed at enhancing the Islamic values of students and promoting moderation and respect for others’ opinions. The reforms are also aimed at addressing skills shortages – such as scientific qualifications – in the labor market.
Dr. Haifa says the reforms are designed to balance Saudi and Islamic culture with a more international approach. “The aim of the College is to produce female leaders for our society,” she says. “We are developing a more liberal philosophy of education that suits our Saudi and Islamic culture.”