Speaker: John Scott
Date: 16th May 2013
Where: Room 2.26, GSoE
John Scott will talk about the bold initiative led by the Crown Prince, Prince Salman and the Economic Development Board (EDB) to transform tertiary education in Bahrain. In the four years prior to the uprisings in 2010 Bahrain Polytechnic was mandated to provide education built on world-class models.
A concept of a universal curriculum built on problem-based learning was developed to provide students and employers with three transcripts from
• Academic Performance and skill,
• Profile as determined by the Effective Lifelong Learning Inventory [ELLI] and
• Graduate profile in terms of Employability Skills
The seminar will explore the educational rationale and the development work that led to the introduction of the Employability Skills Graduate Profile in Bahrain and will outline the model that was implemented.
John Scott was appointed the founding CEO of Bahrain Polytechnic from its inception in 2008 until his resignation in March 2012. He was responsible for the New Zealand led proposal, which won the contract in late 2006, and developed the educational pedagogy that underpinned the design of the polytechnic both educationally and physically. He began his career as a primary school teacher before moving into the secondary school system as a counsellor in 1976. In 1978 he became a tutor and counsellor in the Community College System in New Zealand before being appointed the founding Director/CEO of Wanganui Community Polytechnic in 1983 and then CEO of Christchurch Polytechnic (CPIT) in 1993, a position he held until “retiring” in 2006 and moving to his position in Bahrain. After 27 years leading tertiary educational institutions, he currently works as an educational consultant.