Centre For General Studies - Faculty Members

Welcome to the RUW Centre for General Studies. We are looking forward to working with you over the next year to ensure your success.

Ms.Norhan Ahmed Abdel-Rahman
Centre for General Studies

Telephone: +973 1776 44 07

Ms. Norhan Ahmed Abdel-Rahman has been a Lecturer at RUW since 2013. She has been appointed in the capacity of Director of The Centre for General Studies.  Ms. Norhan has received her MA in TESOL from the American University in Cairo. She has been teaching adult English learners in the region for more than seven years. She is a dedicated instructor who strives to meet the needs of her students and accommodate their different learning styles. Her classes are very student-centered and she has an excellent rapport with her students creating an atmosphere of respect and support. In addition to teaching, Ms. Norhan has been involved in conducting research. Her passion for teaching makes her interested in research and education quality assurance. She has presented a number of research papers in international conferences; TESOL Arabia 2015, TESOL international 2016 and RUW conference on “Women and Society” 2016.  

Mr. Parsa Zoqaqi
Director, Quality Assurance & Accreditation Unit
Centre for General Studies

Telephone: +973 17764406

Parsa Zoqaqi is the Director of Quality Assurance & Accreditation Unit at Royal University for Women (RUW). He has a graduate degree in English Translation from Azad University and a Post Graduate degree in TESOL from University of Southern Queensland. Parsa is currently the head of the KPI architecture team and is involved in the monitoring of the RUW performance through a Balanced Scorecard System. He also chaired the Strategic Planning Committee developing the university’s Strategic Plan.


In the realm of education, Parsa has over 20 years of teaching experience, teaching English, Leadership, and Communication Skills, and has designed and implemented a variety of curricula at Higher Education institutions.   He also has extensive teacher training experience running workshops on course design, classroom management, KPI development, and leadership. Moreover, he has held various educational management positions in major institutions in the region. Parsa joined RUW in 2005.

Dr. Humam Elagha, PhD
Assistant Professor
Centre for General Studies

Telephone: Tel: +973 1776 4469
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Dr. Humam Elagha earned his Ph.D. degree in Management Information Systems in 2011 from the University of Banking and Financial Sciences in the Kingdom of Jordan. He received his Master’s and Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from Eastern Mediterranean University in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus in 2002 and 2000 respectively. With more than fifteen years of academic experience in the field of Information Technology in teaching and research, the majority of Dr. Elagha’s experience has taken place at many universities in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Palestine, and Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC). Dr. Elagha has joined the Royal University for Women in August 2012 as Assistant Professor in the College of Information Technology and as Assistant Professor in the Centre for General Studies since September 2017. Dr. Elagha's current research interests lie in the areas of Information Systems Management and IT Governance. He is an active researcher and has published more than 15 publications in international journals and conferences. Despite his busy career in higher education, Dr. Elagha makes time to be involved with professional associations and community organizations such as Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) and IT Governance Institute (ITG).

Dr. Abdulraheem ShaheenDr. Abdulraheem Shaheen
Assistant Professor
Centre For General Studies

Telephone: +973 1776 4497

BA in Arabic Language Studies - Al Azhar University – Egypt
Postgraduate Diploma - University College of Bahrain

MA in Education - St. Joseph University - Lebanon
PhD in Educational Citizenship - St Joseph University – Lebanon

A native of Bahrain, Dr. Shaheen graduated from the Faculty of Arabic Language at Al-Azhar University in Cairo in 1979. Dr. Shaheen went on to serve at the Ministry of Education as a teacher of Arabic Language at the Secondary level. After ten years of teaching he joined the Department of Curriculum Development of Arabic Language and worked there for seven years where he trained and supervised more than 60 teachers. In 1992, he joined the Department of Special Education in Bahrain. He was later made responsible for the recruitment of teachers in private educational institutions and directed the Arabic language instruction in private schools. In 2002, Dr. Shaheen was promoted as the Head of the Educational Research Development Centre. He received his PhD in 2008 in Educational Citizenship.

Mr. Sami Dagash, MSc
Registrar / Lecturer
Centre For General Studies

Telephone: +973 1776 4483

Mr. Sami Mohamed Dagash received his BSc degree in Computer Science from Al Zaytoonah University in Jordan and obtained his Master's degree in Computer Science from the University of Science (USM) Penang, Malaysia. From 2008-2011, Mr. Sami worked as a Lecturer in Computer Science at the University College of Bahrain where he coordinated the Internship-practicum programme and taught many IT courses. He has a particular interest in Object-Oriented Programming, Web Design, and Visual Programming. Prior to taking up his academic positions he worked alongside IT Project Managers as a Business Development Manager in a specialized IT Company located in Kuwait. Mr. Sami joined the College of Information Technology at the Royal University for Women in September, 2011.

Dr. Ashlee Stetser
Assistant Professor
Centre For General Studies


Dr. Ashlee Stetser graduated from Oxford University, Vermont Law School, Norwich University and the College of New Jersey.  She holds a Juris Doctor cum laude, with a concentration in International Comparative Law.  Her research focuses on the application of international law to human rights and her Oxford dissertation explored human rights and the interplay of resource management and domestic institutions in a number of Asian jurisdictions.  She also holds two Masters degrees, one in Diplomacy, and another in International Conflict Management.

Dr. Ashlee Stetser formerly taught at Boston University and at Oxford Summer Institute.  She has served at the U.S-Asia Partnership for Environmental Law, has undertaken legal research for a number of USAID projects on legislative reform, and has monitored trial proceedings at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia.  She has published and spoken internationally on international law, international human rights law, comparative human rights, and women and conflict resolution, and was editor of the Cambodia Law and Policy Journal.   She was elected to the Board of Trustees of Vermont Law School, was managing editor of the Vermont Law Review, and was awarded both the President’s Leadership Award and the Women’s Law Group Phenomenal Woman’s Award. She is a presidential appointee to the Vermont Law School Alumni Association’s Board of Directors. 

Amy Owen
Centre of General Studies


Ms. Amy Owen is a lecturer for the Centre of General Studies at the Royal University for Women. She is a graduate from West Virginia University, located in the United States of America, and has degrees in International Relations with focus on the Middle-East and North Africa, as well as in TESOL and Linguistics. During her time as an undergraduate, Ms. Amy Owen served as an intern for the Intensive English Program of WVU, teaching international students English, American Culture, and Study Skills before they enter the university as full-time students. She also served as an undergraduate TA for several Arabic literature and language courses, including Modern Arabic Literature, Arab Women Writers, and beginner and intermediate level language courses.

Ms. Amy Owen was also president of the Arabic Studies Student Organization at WVU for several years. During that time, she collaborated with many Middle-Eastern organizations on campus to facilitate cultural awareness and foster friendships between the exceptionally diverse group of students present at the university. In 2015, she was inducted into the Students Advocates Organization and was recognized for her role on campus.


 After completing her first degree in 2015, she was offered an Arabic Teaching Assistantship, and was awarded a fully-funded scholarship to pursue her graduate studies in the Department of World Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics at WVU. Ms. Amy Owen completed her graduate studies in 2017 and was awarded with the “Outstanding GTA Award” upon graduating. This award is given to one Graduate Assistant in the college per year for distinguished performance in graduate courses, as well as in teaching.