A QS Showcase profile of Dr Haifa Jamal Al-Lail, president of Effat University
“My personal philosophy is founded on a commitment to women’s empowerment and a belief that the role of women in leadership must always include the unfettered determination to confront all challenges with an aim of expanding her influence and inspiring others.”
Dr Haifa Jamal Al-Lail
Dr Haifa Jamal Al-Lail is the president of Effat University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Dr Haifa Jamal Allail joined Effat University in 1998 and began her tenure as president in 2009. Prior to that she served as the first dean of the Girls’ Campus in King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia, and the dean of Effat College from 2000 to 2008.
She was awarded a PhD in public policy from the University of Southern California, and is a distinguished leader, a respected academic and a renowned advocate of youth engagement.
Her personal philosophy is founded on a commitment to women’s empowerment and a belief that the role of women in leadership must always include the unfettered determination to confront all challenges with an aim of expanding her influence and inspiring others.
Professionally motivated to take success even higher, Dr Haifa’s aim is to continually enhance Effat University’s international standing, and under her leadership Effat has built relationships and agreements with the world’s finest institutions and universities such as Georgetown, Syracuse, Carnegie Mellon, Duke, Auburn, Tisch School, Western Sydney, and Tokai University.
Dr Haifa supports liberal arts education that is being implemented at Effat University, following the American style education system. Effat University is recognised internationally as a leader in the American approach to education in the region, assuring every student the breadth and depth of knowledge required to develop the student’s personality academically. This is also delivered with a considerable attention to respect to traditions, respect to others and with a high level of integrity and transparency to develop the learner socially, ethically and personally. Dr Haifa also believes that the learner must also enjoy learning in healthy environment in small classes, and using collaborative methods of teaching and learning that encourage freedom of expression and innovation to graduate holistic leaders that will have a real impact on their surroundings.
Dr Haifa’s wider vision for the future of women’s higher education in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is based on a holistic and practical approach that takes education beyond the classroom to enrich the knowledge of its students and nourish their spirits.
To achieve this, she has developed Effat University as a place where opportunity flourishes and provides its students with the support, guidance and freedom they need to achieve their potential in an ideal lifestyle environment where students develop into responsible members of Saudi society and citizens of the world.
She is the author of several articles and has also delivered many keynote speeches on women’s education in the Middle East, women and change, entrepreneurship and business.
Dr Haifa is a winner of the 1,000 Women for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005. She is also the recipient of many other awards such as the Innovation Award, Saudi Sayidaty, Queen Effat’s Distinction Award, Leading Woman CEO, Distinguished Arab Woman Award, World Family Summit Award, and the Distinguished Arabian Woman Award. Dr Haifa continues to work towards enhancing women’s education throughout Saudi Arabia.