Mr. Malik Althuwaynee, currently serves as the CEO of Alliance Management Consultancy, earned his Bachelor and Master’s Degrees in translation and cultural studies from Mosul University (Iraq) and American University of Sharjah. His career started in 1991 when he established AlUmara House for Translation and Publication in Baghdad. Since then he translated into Arabic 15 books covering the most readable subjects of politics, economics, history, and parapsychology and written by some of the world’s most prominent figures and writers including the late American president Nixon in his Beyond Peace, the former American Secretary of State Henry Kissinger in Diplomacy (a university and college reference for students of politics and diplomacy), Colin Wilson in the Strange Powers: The Sixth Sense, Paul Kennedy in his famous 800-page book The Rise and Fall of Great Powers(a college and university reference for students of history, politics, and diplomacy), and many others.
Mr. Althuwaynee’s proposal to his PhD is: Managing A poly-system of Higher Education in the 21st Century: The Case of the United Arab Emirates. Thesis: How does a country like the UAE blend different higher education systems together into a national system that meets its strategic planning in a global context?
In the field of qualifications systems, since joining the team of Abu Dhabi-based Qualifications Framework Project in 2008, he participated in the development of a fit-for-purpose UAE Qualifications System that can ably assist in fulfilling the social and economic vision of the country. Among his key responsibilities are:
• coordinating with strategic and key stakeholders and collaborating with colleagues in the development and implementation of the inaugural national qualifications framework for the UAE (QFEmirates), and submitting and gaining approval by the Board of Trustees of the National Qualifications Authority (NQA) 20 February 2012 its national application, and by the UAE Federal Cabinet, approved September 2013.
• Leading the GCC Technical Team to develop the Gulf Qualifications Framework (GQF). The work started Mid 2013 and required a comprehensive study of the GCC education and training systems, labour markets, and the strategic vision of every individual country. The technical work incorporated as well an agreement on the architecture, number of levels, statements of learning outcomes, number of strands, and key definitions. The work completed and approved in May 2014.
• Leading the NQA Technical Team for the Referencing between the UAE NQF and the UK Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) and the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ). The work provides the level of correspondence of the learning outcomes of the UAE National Qualifications Framework (NQF), the UK Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) and the FHEQ, and the conclusion of referencing between the three frameworks. It presents as well a brief overview of the UAE education and training system, and the objectives, structure and implementation of the NQF. Further, the referencing methodology followed was both holistic and transparent, aiming to make accurate judgments about the extent to which the different levels of the NQF and the QCF and FHEQ are compatible and to show how relevant decisions have been arrived at. To obtain validity and reliability, an individual cross-referencing methods was followed as fit for purpose wherein the factors that define levels in the NQF compared to the matched ones on the QCF and FHEQ.
• Leading the NQA Technical Team for the Mapping between the UAE NQF and the NZQF. The work provides the level of correspondence of the learning outcomes of the UAE National Qualifications Framework (NQF), the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF), and the conclusion of referencing between the three frameworks. It presents as well a brief overview of the UAE education and training system, and the objectives, structure and implementation of the NQF.