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Education officials from Bahrain visit Lawrence Tech

Release Date: February 6, 2008

Southfield, Mich. Two officials of the Ministry of Education in the Kingdom of Bahrain visited Lawrence Technological University this week as part of a cooperative relationship that could lead to greater educational opportunities in the Arabian Peninsula country.

Dr. Muna Albalooshi of the Accreditation and Licensing Directorate and Dr. Haya AlMannai of the Evaluation and Follow-up Directorate spent two days at Lawrence Tech as part of a visit to the United States to learn more about the accreditation process for higher education.

The two education officials met with Lawrence Tech President Lewis N. Walker, Provost Maria Vaz, three academic deans and several faculty members. They also learned about several degree programs offered at Lawrence Tech.

Bahrain established its university system in 1986, and there are 14 public and private institutions of higher learning in the country. Since there has been a rapid growth of education opportunities available to its citizens, the Ministry of Education plans to implement an accreditation process that will ensure that high educational standards are maintained.

Last month Walker and Vaz traveled to Bahrain to meet with the Minister of Education Majed AlNaimi and other officials of the Education Ministry. They discussed the possibility of offering Lawrence Tech degree programs in Bahrain in engineering, computer science, architecture and management.

“We look forward to a long-term partnership with the Ministry of Education of Bahrain in the future, so we are glad to share our knowledge of the accreditation process,” Walker said. “We also hope that Drs. Albalooshi and AlMannai gained a better appreciation for the degree programs that we offer here and could offer in their country.”

Lawrence Tech currently has academic agreements with universities in Egypt, Jordan and Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates.

“We are now more aware of the different academic programs at Lawrence Tech and have gained insights into programs that we could cooperate on in the future,” Dr. Albalooshi said.

Lawrence Technological University,, offers more than 60 undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degree programs in Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Management. Founded in 1932, the 4,500-student, private university pioneered evening classes 75 years ago, and today has a growing number of weekend and online programs. Lawrence Tech’s 102-acre campus is in Southfield, with education centers in Lansing, Livonia, Clinton Township, Traverse City and Petoskey. Lawrence Tech also offers programs with partner universities in Canada, Mexico, Europe and Asia.