Any higher education institution from across the globe whether a university, college of technical institute offering academic degrees can apply for the award. Entries should be completed by a senior administrative of the institution. No nominations are accepted to the award.

No, all submissions must be made by the institution itself, the award does not accept nominations by others.

In each cycle and institution can apply for only one category. It may apply for other categories in other cycles.

The inaugural cycle of the awards for 2022 will open for entries on the 3rd of January, 2022 and will close on the 10th of February, 2022 at 20:00 GMT Time.  emphasizes on long term partnerships and collaborations established to maximize its potential for community engagement.

All applications are evaluated through a two-stage process based on the selection criteria of each award. An Assessment Committee and Jury comprising high level international experts in the filed of higher education will act as judges and committee members.

Shortlisted institutions will be invited to a 15-20 minutes meeting/ presentation with the jury members. The format and expectations from the meeting will be communicated at least 5 days prior to the scheduled session.  considers innovative approaches adopted by the institution to achieve real impact and how it can both sustain and grow its research.

Once you have submitted your entry you will receive an email confirming your institution name, the nominee and the category you have entered. If you do not receive your confirmation email, please contact

The winners will be announced on the 1st of March, 2022 and recognized for the inaugural cycle during the opening ceremony on the 23rd of March, 2022 in Dubai, UAE during the opening of the 5th MENA Higher Education Leadership Forum.

Two representatives from each winning institutions will receive complimentary registration to the 5th MENA Higher Education Leadership Forum.