Graduate and Postgraduate Conference 2013
"Graduate and Postgraduate Programs in Education in Arab Universities: Quality and Added Value"
November 1 & 2, 2013
Lebanese American University (LAU)
Under the patronage of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education in Lebanon, the conference titled "Graduate and Postgraduate Programs in Education in Arab Universities: Quality and Added Value" is co-organized on the 1st and 2nd of November 2013, by the Arab Educational Information Network - Shamaa and the Lebanese Association for Educational Studies (LAES) and hosted by the Lebanese American University.
The conference's objective is to provide a platform for educational researchers to present their perspectives on the current state of research studies in graduate programs in education and to raise questions regarding the quality of these studies. Papers presented will be subject to peer review process to be eligible for publication in the refereed conference proceedings.
We hope that the conference and its proceedings would highlight the current trends and issues in educational research at the graduate and post graduate levels in the Arab world, and would contribute to further developing their development.
Your participation is highly appreciated,
The Organizational Committee
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Date and Venue
Friday November 1 from 9:00 am to 18:00 pm
Saturday November 2 from 9:00 to 13:30 pm
Lebanese American University, Beirut, Lebanon
Supporters & Sponsors
Under the Patronage of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education in Lebanon
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Who Should Attend
- Professors of education in the Arab world.
- Students of education in Arab universities.
- People interested in programs of education in the Arab world.
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