King's Academy, May 22, 2007 – The King’s Academy campus has changed considerably in the one and a half years since Crown Prince of Bahrain His Royal Highness Sheikh Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa last visited the school. On his campus tour on May 21, Sheikh Salman expressed satisfaction with the progress made in readying the school for its August opening and said he hoped to return once students arrive on campus and the school is fully functioning.
Sheikh Salman is both a major benefactor of King’s Academy—he has endowed the Sheikh Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa Distinguished Chair in the Theory and Practice of Knowledge—and an honorary trustee of King’s Academy. On his visit to the school, which came on the heels of his attendance of the World Economic Forum (WEF) at the Dead Sea, Sheikh Salman was accompanied by King’s Academy Headmaster Eric Widmer and by Trustee George “Gig” Faux.
The Sheikh Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa Distinguished Chair in the Theory and Practice of Knowledge is held by Dr. Meera Viswanathan. This senior faculty chair will head up questions of epistemology and pedagogy across the curriculum, developing cross-disciplinary programs that integrate critical thinking and learning into the classroom, facilitating integration of new pedagogical approaches in all of fields of study and creating ongoing training seminars and workshops for faculty.