A paper written by Professor Alan Garfield, chair of the computer graphics and interactive media department at the University of Dubuque, was selected to be presented at the Fifth International Conference on Teaching, Education, and Learning in London, England. The conference was held on September 21.
The conference, one of the leading international forums, attracts educators who are committed to teaching international students at their home universities. Garfield, along with his spouse, Phyllis Garfield, director of international studies at UD, has presented at other international conferences, but not on the specific topic of Saudi student success.
The paper, 15 Strategies to Saudi Academic Success, was presented at the prestigious Imperial College, the UK’s top-rated research university, located in the Knightsbridge area of London. “Obviously, I was honored to have been chosen,” said Garfield “and I was most excited to hear what other faculty and administrators thought about my proposals.”
According to figures reported by the Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission in Washington, DC, there are about 120,000 Saudi students in US universities this year. The UK expects to have 10,000 Saudi students. “There are very real cultural differences between the West and Saudi Arabia, as you might expect,” says Garfield. “In a similar way, there are differences in educational philosophies and outcomes. As educators, it is our responsibility to be caringly intrusive so that these students, like all students, can be successful in their studies.” Garfield plans to publish his findings.