Educational institutions play a proactive role not only in the transfer of knowledge and ethics, but also in the advancement and empowerment of societies. Foundation programs within the framework of their respective universities represent a practical dimension for the role of educational institutions and are shaped and designed according to the needs and challenges of the time. Hence, the foundation program is considered a significant phase in the lives of students, as it is a transitional period from school to college, including the atmosphere, regulations, methods of assessment, etc.

    The English Language Center’s first international conference “Foundation Programs in Higher Education: Gateway to Success” is an excellent opportunity for individuals and institutions running a foundation year. It is envisaged to be a platform to learn about the challenges facing practitioners in this area. It will also present the different trends affecting the design and execution of these programs as well as the opportunities offered by related trends to improve foundation programs in order to prepare students for the different majors at university level. In addition, it will shed light on the soft (transferable) skills and competencies university students need to succeed in the college classroom. The conference will also explore links between foundation programs and higher education through the exchange of experience and best practices.

    Who Should Attend?

    Decision makers involved in the design and execution of foundation programs
    Heads of departments responsible for foundation programs
    Educators involved in the delivery of foundation programs around the world


     The Conference will address the following issues in relation to foundation programs:

    • Challenges facing the design and execution of foundation programs
    • Emerging trends affecting foundation programs around the world
    • Cultivating soft skills in students
    • Best practices in teaching
    • Testing and assessment


    Types of Submissions

    Interactive Workshop (50 min.)

    Academic Research Papers (20 min. + 10 min. Q&A)

    PhD Research Colloquium (20 min. + 10 min. Q&A)

    Case Study Submissions (20 min. + 10 min. Q&A)


    Important Dates 

    • Deadline for Abstract Submission
      1st March 2018

    • Notification of Abstract Acceptance
      within 5 Working Days of receipt

    • Deadline for Paper Submission
      22nd March 2018

    • Deadline for Online Registration
      29th March 2018

    • Onsite Registration
      31st March 2018


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    Contact Us

    English Language Center,
    University of Bahrain,
    Zallaq, Bahrain


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