The University of Bahrain (UoB), as reflected in mission and mirrored as a key pillar in its strategic plan, strives to provide sustainable continuous professional development (CPD). In light of such pursuit, the Unit for Teaching Excellence and Leadership (UTEL), as a vibrant house of expertise established in 2016, is committed to serve a diverse academic community by means of augmenting the academic development of faculty at the University of Bahrain and other national, regional and international and institutions through transferring knowledge, extending and sharing research-based innovative teaching practices, and fostering leadership skills among faculty development coined with the mission to enhance the teaching-learning process and promote academic excellence of faculty notwithstanding their nationalities, gender, or academic ranks. This endeavor is accomplished through the provision of evidence-informed accredited faculty development programs and bespoke workshops that facilitate responsively for pedagogical competence, life-long learning, and sustained practice change culture with customized instruction and training offered all year long to the participants of these programs, UoB faculty members and members of the diverse academic community inside and outside the Kingdom of Bahrain.
The plethora of the continuous professional development (CPD) programs and certificates UTEL has been offering since 2006 have been carefully created, thoroughly developed, and consistently updated to quality assure the delivery and assessment of these faculty professional development programs and to meet the expectations of our stakeholders and partners.
In recognition of the quality of the teaching excellence at the UTEL, the three English-mediated CPD programs offered have been accredited by the UK Advance HE (formerly known as UK Higher Education Academy), namely Postgraduate Certificate of Academic Practice (PCAP) program, Continuous Professional Development (CPD) program, and New to Teaching in Bahrain (NTB) program. During the academic year 2020-2021, the UTEL is proudly offering for the first time in the region an Arabic version of the Continuous Professional Development (CPD) program in collaboration with Advance HE, from which these programs’ participants receive renowned recognition in the form of fellowship or associate fellowship.
The UTEL also endeavors to build and develop the academic leadership capacity and capabilities of local, regional, and international higher education institutions’ affiliates through its strand of the academic leadership program (ALP) aligned to the Professional Standards Framework for teaching and supporting learning in higher education (PSF).
By means of the professional employment of all of these endeavors, the UTEL wishes to continue serving the local and global academic community towards the fulfillment of its vision to become a regional leading unit fostering an integrated culture that recognizes the prerequisite for academic excellence and leadership.
Dr. Diana Aljahromi
Director, Unit of Teaching Excellence and Leadership