Under the auspices of Professor Dr. Abdelaziz Konsowa, President of Alexandria University, the activities of the second international conference of the Department of Educational Administration and Education Policies at the Faculty of Education were concluded. The conference took place two days ago at the faculty’s headquarters under the title: “Leadership of Educational Institutions: Contemporary Visions and Directions”, with the participation of faculty members in Egyptian universities, and several education leaders in Alexandria.
Dr. Mohamed Anwar Farrag, Dean of the Faculty of Education, indicated that the conference provided an opportunity for dialogue and the presentation of scientific papers and research that contributed to the addition of many ideas, and urged researchers to think and explore new topics in educational leadership. He explained that the recommendations of the conference included themes related to the development of scientific research in the field of educational leadership, and another related to the qualification of educational leaders in the light of some contemporary leadership trends.
Dr. Mohamed Khamis Harb, Head of the Department of Educational Administration and Education Policies at the Faculty and Chairman of the Conference, indicated that the concluding recommendations of the conference included the need to pay attention to inter-studies in the field of educational leadership and to focus on generating new fields of knowledge, such as leadership psychology, digital leadership, school curriculum leadership, leadership of learning communities, green leadership, and leadership education. This requires reshaping the research maps of the educational administration departments at the faculties of education in Egyptian and Arab universities to include those studies in them, directing postgraduate students to adhere to these maps and research them.
He added that the recommendations included directing researchers to work on the transfer of educational policies, focusing on the fact that the main goal of transfer is to reform educational institutions, setting a strategy for qualifying educational leaders before and during service in light of the quality standards of educational leadership, provided that this strategy is announced through the official media of the Ministry of Education, in which all concerned parties, stakeholders and leaders at all administrative levels participate. In addition, activating the advisory role of the faculties of education as houses of expertise for educational leaders, and for future managers to acquire new skills to develop themselves professionally, work with others, use effective dialogue, successful negotiation, and decision-making skills, and dealing with individuals and groups. Finally, the formation of a committee chaired by the Head of the Department of Educational Administration and Education Policies, which includes representatives of academic leaders in the faculties of education, as well as representatives of senior leaders in the Ministry of Education’s general office, middle leaders in educational departments and executive leaders in schools, to publish recommendations in all education institutions and departments and follow up on what has been achieved, to be presented at the third conference next year.