Mason Appoints Vice President for Ras Al Khaimah Campus

Posted: February 28, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Sharon Siverts
Sharon Siverts

Sharon Siverts, formerly director of the agency responsible for overseeing the quality of private higher education in the United Arab Emirates, has been appointed vice president for Mason’s Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) Campus.

Siverts, a renowned educationalist, has been in the field of academic administration for more than 25 years. Having served both in the United States and internationally, she has a wealth of experience in higher education and academic administration. In her previous work with the Commission for Academic Accreditation, Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, she oversaw the licensing and accreditation of academic programs in higher education.

A former fellow in academic administration for the American Council on Education, Siverts holds a doctorate in teacher education from the Pennsylvania State University. She also earned a master of science and bachelor of science from Ohio University in teacher education. Her areas of special interest include educational development and reform, particularly related to teacher education and higher education in developing countries.

Siverts is an international speaker and writer on international education, quality assurance and accreditation, family and consumer sciences, teaching and learning, curriculum and evaluation, higher education and teacher training.

She has held leadership roles internationally, including program specialist on teacher education for UNESCO in Paris; vice chancellor for the University of Botswana; and vice chancellor for Kampala International University.

During her time working in the United States, Siverts held a number of academic and administrative posts at various universities and was national president of four professional associations. She also held leadership roles with the Association of Commonwealth Universities, the International Association of University Presidents and the International Association of Universities.

Currently, Mason RAK offers three undergraduate programs: a BS in Business Administration, BS in Electronics and Communications Engineering and a BS in Biology. An English Language Foundation program is also offered. A new campus is under construction and slated to open in August 2008.

Siverts, who is based at the Mason RAK Campus, can be contacted at ssiverts@gmu.edu or by phone at 971 7 2210500.

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