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UOWD Faculty honoured with global award

Wednesday, 27 January, 2016

Dr Zeenath Khan, an Instructor at the University of Wollongong in Dubai’s Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences, has recently been selected as one of the world’s top twenty-four educators for promoting academic integrity and student engagement in their institutions by Turnitin, the company behind a system used by more than 10,000 academic institutions across the globe for originality checking, online grading and peer review.

Dr Zeenath Khan was one of the winners of the company’s Global Innovation Awards, a contest which saw over 400 educators and technology administrators nominated from over 50 countries. Winners and finalists were chosen through a selection process of interview and review by an international panel of academics that focused on three categories: overall innovation, academic integrity and student engagement.

Dr Khan was praised by the judges for her doctoral thesis, which focused on e-cheating and technology, and her efforts in initiating a range of approaches to promote academic integrity with her students and the wider academic community, including regular workshops on the subject matter for undergraduate students, school students and teachers in the region. Dr Khan has also redesigned aspects of her assessment practice and uses innovative methods to promote good practice within her teaching.

Commenting on the win, Dr Khan said: “It’s an honour to be presented with an Academic Integrity Award for my efforts in promoting innovative ways to combat academic dishonesty. As a new and swiftly growing education hub, Dubai faces a number of unique challenges in this area. I am dedicated to raising awareness of plagiarism and the steps that can be taken to combat it at all levels – from schools to universities. Turnitin is a great tool in this respect.”

Dr Khan is chairing the International Conference on Academic Integrity which is taking place at the University of Wollongong in Dubai from 26-28 March 2016. Interested parties can find out more at: