Research Leadership and Creating Capacity in Research/ARELEN


Workshop on

Research Leadership and Creating Capacity in Research

12-13 October 2015

This workshop on Research Leadership and Creating Capacity of Research will help attendants have a better understanding of research issues. Subjects that will be covered include: How to become a research leader, the art and science of doing research, creating a strong research culture in Universities in the Arab World, how to maximise our chances of producing strong research papers and research bids. In addition, the workshop will cover a topic related to developing Key Performance Indicators for Research. It will also address the development of research strategies and how to deal with change. This is in addition to the principles of research ethics and a structure within which these principles can be implemented.

This workshop is useful to senior and middle managers who are dealing with research planning and management in Arab Universities and other organisations that have a research budget and research aspirations.

The programme will be delivered under “Arab European Network for Higher Education – ARELEN” in association with

·         Association of Arab Universities – Jordan

·         Applied Science University – Kingdom of Bahrain

·         Cardiff  Metropolitan University – United Kingdom



An online form is available for registration from If you need any further information or assistance, please contact Prof. Zedan (


Workshop on

Research Leadership and Creating Capacity in Research


12-13 October 2015



12 October 2015

8.00 – 8:10                  Welcome and Introduction

Prof. Waheeb AlKhaja (Managing Director of Board of Directors)

8:10 – 8:20                  Welcome

                                    Prof. Sultan Abu Orabi (Secretary General of AArU)

8:20 – 8:30                  Welcome

                                    Mr. Aboubaker Fathala (Cardiff Metropolitan University)

8:30 -9:30                   Keynote Address: “The HEC Research Strategy”

Prof. Riyad Hamzah (Secretary General of the Higher Education Council, Kingdom of Bahrain)

9:30 – 9:45                  Coffee/Tea Break

9:45 – 10:45                The Art and Science of Doing Research

                                    Prof. Ghassan Aouad (President of Applied Science University)    

10:45 – 12:00              Workshop I: Creating Research Capacity and Strategies

                                    Prof. Ghassan Aouad (President of Applied Science University)

12:00 – 13:00              Lunch

13:00 – 13:45              The Impact of Doing Research

                                    Prof. Hussein Zedan (Dean of Research and Graduate Studies)

13:45 – 15:00              Workshop II: Research Impact and Innovation: Principles and Implementation

                                    Prof. Hussein Zedan (Dean of Research and Graduate Studies)

19:00 – 23:00              Workshop Reception and Dinner


13 October 2015


8.00 – 9:15                  Workshop III: Research Publications

Prof. Ghassan Aouad (President of Applied Science University)

9:15 – 10:30                Workshop IV: PhD Supervision

Prof. Ghassan Aouad (President of Applied Science University)

10:30 – 10:45              Tea/Coffee Break

10:45 -12:00               Workshop VI: Funding, and the Costing of, Research

Prof. Hussein Zedan (Dean of Research and Graduate Studies)

12:00 – 13:00              Lunch

13:00 -14:15               Workshop VII: Building a Teaching-Research Partnership

Prof. Hussein Zedan (Dean of Research and Graduate Studies)

14:15 -15:30               Workshop VIII: Research Ethics: Principles and Design

Prof. Hussein Zedan (Dean of Research and Graduate Studies)

15:30 – 16:00              Closing Session and the Way Forward

Prof. Ghassan Aouad (President of Applied Science University

 Workshop Leaders

Professor Ghassan Aouad

           President of Applied Science University


Professor Ghassan Aouad is the President of the University. Prior to this he was Vice President for Academic Affairs at Gulf University for Science & Technology (GUST) based in Kuwait. Prior to joining GUST he was the President of the University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD). During his time at UOWD, he led the development of the Strategic Plan 2013-2018 and the preparation of the documentation for the institution licensure renewal and the University achieved an increase of 13% in student recruitment. Prior to his role at UOWD, he was the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation and Dean of the College of Science and Technology at the University of Salford in the UK.


During his time in Salford, Professor Aouad successfully supervised 24 PhD students, externally examined 52 PhD students, authored 3 major research books and co-authored one book, generated more than £10M in research funding as Principal Investigator and £8M as Co-Investigator, published 92 papers in top rated refereed journals, delivered more than 50 keynote speeches and invited lectures, and presented his work in more than 42 countries.

He joined the University of Salford in 1992 as a Research Fellow and has progressed through to the role of Pro Vice Chancellor Research and Innovation and Dean of the College of Science & Technology before he left in December 2011.

Prior to joining Salford, he spent five years in the Department of Civil and Building Engineering of Loughborough University (sponsored by Hariri Foundation), where he obtained his MSc in Construction (1987) and his PhD entitled Integrated Planning Systems for the Construction Industry (1991).

Professor Aouad was appointed as Vice President of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) in March 2010 and became President in June 2014. The Chartered Institute of Building is the world’s largest and most influential professional body for construction management and leadership established in 1834 with a membership of 45,000 from across the globe. Professor Aouad is the first ever president with a Middle Eastern background.

Professor Aouad was named as one of the top ten academic leaders shaping executive education in the Middle East by the Middle East Economic Digest, please follow the below link to read full article:

Recently, he was appointed as International Reviewer (ELIR: Enhanced Learning Institutional Review, QAA Scotland). In addition he sat on the REF (Research Excellence Framework) sub-panel 16: Architecture, Built Environment and Planning. REF is in charge of assessing national research in the UK.

Professor Hussein Zedan

Dean of Research and Graduate Students         


Professor Hussein Zedan is the Dean of Research and Graduate Studies at Applied Science University (Kingdom of Bahrain) with over 30 years experience as an academic, consultant and practitioner in Computer Science, and IT industry.


He was graduated from Bristol University with a PhD in Mathematics and has worked there as both a Research Scientist and a Lecturer. This is followed by academic career in Oxford University (as a Research Fellow and University Lecturer), the University of York (as a Reader, a Professor, HoD and a PVC-Research) and De Montfort University where he set up one of the largest R&D institute, known as Software Technology Research Laboratory as well as the Technical Director of a University Technology Centre (UTC) in Software Evolution, which is funded by Software Migration Ltd. (SML).


Prof. Zedan’s work on the formal specification, verification, validation and analysis of computing and information systems, in particular those used in (time, safety, mission, financial)-critical applications, has gained him an excellent national and international reputation in the field. He has published 4 books and over 240 technical papers and articles in highly reputable journals and

international conferences.


Prof. Zedan’s  long-term aim is to build a coherent set of conceptual frameworks and methods for the engineering, re-engineering and assessment of computing and information systems. Central to his objective is to narrow the gap between theoreticians and pragmatic practitioners by promoting and developing tools to assess the development of such systems.


Professor Zedan’s principal areas of technical expertise are: software engineering techniques involving object technology; rapid application development (RAD) and component-based development; Software testing and modelling (UML); business process re-engineering and requirements engineering; IT strategy and architecture (including Information Systems definitions and technical specifications); client/server and distributed systems; database systems (relational and object-oriented); formal Semantics, Compositionality Theory, Co-design and Co-Simulation for real-time and critical systems; Grid technology; (Service, feature)-based technology; Computer Security, Trust and Critical Systems; Computational Creativity and Context Aware System.

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