Carian College Advisors Students Admitted to Top US Universities

stem education in the digital age at iat technological education conference 20141 Carian College Advisors Students Admitted to Top US UniversitiesUS Universities sent out the last of their decision letters this week, ending months of uncertainty for anxious applicants seeking to join the class of 2018 and enroll in American universities this coming fall. With most highly selective universities seeing record numbers of applications and admitting a record low percentage of applicants, competition for entry was very competitive, particularly to the most selective institutions - such as the Ivy League schools - in the US.

Peter Davos, Managing Director of Carian College Advisors, stated "this was another in a series of highly competitive admissions cycles. The number of highly selective and desirable schools in the US remains relatively static, while the number of global applicants grows every year, making acceptances harder to secure."

Dedicated to assisting students in their US university research, preparation, and application endeavors, Carian College Advisors’ comprehensive range of services provides assistance and guidance for the US University application process. A large number of Carian students received considerable merit-based aid, while others were admitted to top academic programs.

"This year, our students secured admission to Stanford, Johns Hopkins, Brown, Columbia, Penn, UCLA, Babson, and the University of Chicago, to name just a few. One of our students was selected as one of only twenty-five John Jay scholars at Columbia University and another was one of only twenty students globally to be accepted into Penn’s VIPER dual-degree program focusing on energy research. Almost all of our students - even those with average SAT scores and grades - received considerable merit-based aid, which is partially a result of our ability to help match them with the right universities that fit their financial, academic, and social needs," added Davos.

All of Carian’s work with students is done one-on-one with its team of American counselors. Applying to US universities is a holistic process, which typically involves the submission of a personal statement, supplemental essays, standardized test scores, academic transcripts, letters of recommendation, summary list of extracurricular activities, description of past summer experiences, and the completion of a college interview, all of which Carian assists with.

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DIAC officials extend activities to China and South Korea

dubai International academic city officials extend activities to china and south korea DIAC officials extend activities to China and South KoreaDubai, UAE: Officials from Dubai International Academic City (DIAC) concluded a tour in Asia that included Chongqing and Zhengzhou in China and Seoul in South Korea. During the tour, the team participated in multiple events and activities aimed at promoting Dubai as a leading education hub in the world and supporting its vision for establishing a knowledge-based economy.

As part of their visit to China, officials from DIAC, lead by Mr Ibrahim Moosa Jamel, Director of Operations, TECOM Investments Education Cluster, participated in the China International Education Exhibition Tour (CIEET), the largest education fair in China. DIAC, who was the only representative of the UAE and MENA region in the exhibition, participated alongside exhibitors from countries like the UK, USA, Australia, France, Canada, Malaysia, China, Turkey and Thailand. This edition marks the first time anyone from the UAE has actually exhibited in any of the CIEET events.

The DIAC team aimed to create awareness among Chinese students of the higher education opportunities in Dubai, and more specifically in DIAC-based universities, through the multiple presentations they offered. It was estimated that during the year 2013 alone, more than 450,000 students pursued their studies overseas, which makes China one of the key markets for the education industry.

Through their participation at CIEET, the DIAC team worked on rectifying a common misperception among Chinese students that the spoken and teaching language in Dubai was Arabic, and hence Chinese students feared that they will not be able to study in Dubai. The team explained that it was actually English, and hence with Dubai’s average cost of living, it was in fact cheaper for the students to study in Dubai than to go to the UK or the USA. The DIAC delegation also noted that the Chinese students were particularly interested in the potential job opportunities in Dubai due to the latest EXPO 2020 win.

The DIAC team also highlighted the international education opportunities in Dubai, as it hosts world-class universities from multiple countries. DIAC is home to 21 of the UAE’s 37 International Branch Campuses from 10 countries, which saves students the effort of having to travel to the US or Europe to obtain an internationally recognized degree. In addition, while certain political conflicts and rising living costs made it difficult to obtain visas to certain countries, Dubai is a viable alternative to high quality international education.

In Seoul, South Korea, the team, lead by Dr Ayoub Kazim, Managing Director of DIAC and DKV, presented at the Asia Pacific Association for International Education (APAIE) Annual Conference and Exhibition, one of the most distinguished forums in the Asia-Pacific region that brings together policy makers and education experts from around the world. The event is aimed to activate and reinforce the globalization of higher education.

At the event, Dr Ayoub Kazim gave a presentation titled "Cross-Border Education Cooperation in the UAE - Lessons Learned and Future Considerations". The presentation included a comparison between the education landscapes in the UAE in the past versus now, where the UAE has the highest number of International Branch Campuses in the world. He shared the lessons learned from the UAE’s experience, such as starting small and slow - using the ’incubator concept’ first, and the importance of offering courses demanded by the industry that aren’t commonly offered by other institutions nearby.

Dr Ayoub concluded his presentation with recommendations and future considerations, such as the importance of adopting virtual and smart education, and the importance of borderless education among IBCs in terms of removing the traditional boundaries associated with learning, with initiatives such as blended learning and allowing students to study in multiple institutions at the same time. He also highlighted the opportunities in terms of students, faculty and staff exchange, shared facilities and research collaborations.

This tour came as part of a series of international student events that included countries such as Russia, Kazakhstan, South Africa, Turkey, and London, and will cover the GCC region as well.

Dr Ayoub Kazim said:

"Asia is increasingly important to the UAE with ties strengthening between both markets. Besides promoting Dubai as one of the major educational destinations in the world, we aim, through this tour, to support our academic partners by undertaking recruitment drives such as these to bring new students. Our achievements over recent years underscore our emergence as a leading global hub for higher education and vocational training.

"We will continue to support the development of our partners and students, and by extension, further the progress of the UAE as a diversified, knowledge-based economy. We will also continue to work on further improving the UAE’s global ranking as an education hub, which is currently ranked as the fourth most attractive education destination in the world according to the Workforce Planning study conducted by Deloitte. "

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Canadian University of Dubai looks to Expo 2020 with SAP Alliance

canadian university of dubai looks to expo 2020 with sap alliance Canadian University of Dubai looks to Expo 2020 with SAP AllianceDubai, UAE: Canadian University of Dubai and global business software giant SAP have signed an agreement that aims to provide Dubai with home-grown talent for Expo 2020.

Canadian University of Dubai has signed up for the globally-acclaimed Universities Alliances Programme, which will support the university’s e-business Bachelors Degree programme in developing the next generation of students with hands-on experience and a working knowledge of the industry.

SAP operates in 130 countries and is the world leader in enterprise software and software-related services. Thought leaders and experts in data analytics, cloud computing, mobile and business software from all over the world will visit Canadian University of Dubai to pass on their knowledge to students who in turn will be given internships globally within the company.

Marita Mitschein, Senior Vice-President Strategic Investments, SAP AG, and Managing Director, SAP Training & Development Institute, and Dr Karim Chelli, President of Canadian University of Dubai signed the agreement.

Dr Chelli said: "Giving students the right tools and knowledge to find jobs is at the heart of what we do.

"The link between e-business, e-Government and Expo 2020 is too big an opportunity to miss for students and businesses and this agreement with SAP will enable us to provide a pool of skilled and knowledgeable young people.

"These young professionals will possess both business and local knowledge that cannot be underestimated.

"Agreements like this helps us to bridge the gap between students leaving University and what global companies like SAP need from their employees."

Marita Mitschein, said: "Globally, we have undertaken many e-government and automation projects, so I think we are well equipped to support the Expo 2020 initiative.

"SAP is committed to aligning local education with critical industry needs and we are delighted that Canadian University of Dubai is supporting us in this approach.

"The UAE is one of the leading technology countries in the world," she added. "The young generation here has skipped a couple of decades of technology evolution. Some don’t even know what a desktop is because they are used to iPads, iPhones and Blackberrys. Because of this, you can tap into a different level of creativity and innovation."

Dr Ahmad Jaffar, Chair of e-Business Programme within the School of Business, said: "Our program equipped students with holistic business concepts and align it with how current and emerging technology support business operations.

"Students will acquire the fundamentals in applying latest technology to optimize business needs as well as appreciates how governmental agencies provide their services, electronically. Our graduates will be a ready work-force to support the needs of a "Smart City" as envisioned by the esteemed Dubai leaders.

"Adopting a theory-cum-lab pedagogy, students will experience hands-on application of technology to business operations through our simulated Business Enterprise Laboratory. Our collaborations with industry, allows us to progressively update our lab curriculum to align to industrial needs. The aim is to create the next generation of students versed in business knowledge who are tech savvy."

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Survey shows most people want health education in schools

survey shows most people want health education in ksa schools Survey shows most people want health education in schoolsJeddah, Saudi Arabia: About 60 percent of respondents in a recent survey are keen on inclusion of health education with a focus on healthy lifestyle in school curriculums. The survey was conducted by the Healthcare Development Holding Co. in collaboration with the Health Ministry and Tam Development Co. Ltd..

The public opinion was based on the need for children to have awareness of healthy lifestyle from an early age since they can adopt it and stay healthy and combat diseases in later years.

Dr. Faisal Asad, project manager at Tam Development and director general of Health Award, said the public feedback was received following an electronic survey taken up on the issue.

The public also suggested that there should be strategic communication between the Ministries of Health and Education to promote healthy lifestyle and health education with traditional methods that will have a positive effect on the public health sector in Saudi Arabia.

The health award winner, which was also announced simultaneously, will be done in April with Health Minister Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah expected to honor the winner in a ceremony.

According to the website of the award, so far 1,304 people had given suggestions, while 238 projects have also registered for the health award.

He added that till now the number of viewers had touched 132,415 and number of voters 4,753.

He said the health award carries a cash prize of SR500,000, and the 10 best projects will be selected by 30 percent votes of the public through the website, 60 percent on the decision by a jury and 10 percent by the decision of the participants at the awarding ceremony.

The aim of the award in its first edition is to attract 100 projects and 2,000 ideas from people to select the best which can be applied to improve and promote healthy lifestyle as an essential tool for the prevention of many physical, mental and psychological diseases.

He said that the importance of this award is to spread awareness of healthy lifestyle and health projects to make the society a healthy society.

© Arab News 2014

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Zayed University bolsters UAE film industry

zayed university bolsters uae film industry Zayed University bolsters UAE film industryAbu Dhabi, UAE: The UAE has been busy growing its film festivals and supporting both local and international film productions to document the spectacular progress made in a country where filmmaking is still so young.

Hundreds of films from different countries are now ready to compete at the Zayed University Middle East Film Festival (ZUMEFF) in its fifth edition, Zayed University ( ZU ) announced recently.

The festival, which will start in May 6, was a graduation project initiated by two students in 2010, to showcase cinematographic works for students and encourage young filmmakers in the region.

The university has approached schools and universities across the UAE to ensure diverse and large student participation, which has reached 125 students from 18 countries.

"The process of sieving through the films and grading them has been overwhelming. There are a lot of talented Arab directors out there and it is a privilege to shed a light on them. This year, the festival has also accepted submission from students, who are studying abroad," Faisal Saleh Al Za’abi, the head of the film organising committee, said.

The festival will award winners in five categories: best of best, best narrative, best documentary, honorable mentions, and ZUMEFF New York film academy aspiring filmmaker award.

"I am very pleased and happy that we received more than 100 film submissions this year. It makes me especially proud, that we even got some submissions from Arab students in the US, Germany, Italy, Canada and England. It is good to see, that ZUMEFF is now firmly embedded in the film festival scene," Sascha Ritter, assistant professor in communication and media sciences college at ZU , said.

Films, scripts, storyboards, and posters will be archived in the National Film Archive at ZU for future generations of filmmakers, students and researchers, who want to conduct research or even learn moreabout the development of Emirati cinema.

The archive is the first in the gulf and one of the few in the entire Middle East region.

"Since the film industry in the UAE is still in its early stages, it is critical that we act now to make sure that we do not lose any of the important parts of the local film community’s development," David Oldenkamp, assistant professor, instruction and reference librarian at ZU , told Gulf News.

"One of the main functions of the national library is to collect, document and preserve the Emirati culture record and this extends beyond books, newspapers, government publications and includes things like feature and documentary films," he said.

"No archive or library is ever complete; however, we are excited to continue our work to collect, document, and preserve the historical and future film productions of the UAE," David added.

In 2013, the festival screened over 40 films from 20 universities and different 8 countries.

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Parents urged to keep an eye out for speech, language delays

parents urged to keep an eye out for speech language delays Parents urged to keep an eye out for speech, language delaysAbu Dhabi, UAE: In a multicultural nation where the medium of instruction at school is a second language to most children, it is especially important to distinguish between developmental delays and lack of familiarity with a new language.

Children may take their time picking up English, which is a second language for the vast majority of schoolchildren in the UAE, but the delay can also stem from language and speech disorders, said Nannette Wicker, executive director and occupational therapist at Kids First Medical Centre.

"Such developmental delays need to be treated as early as possible so that they do not hold the child back academically," Wicker said on Monday.

Children who face such developmental concerns are often unable to follow their teacher’s instructions. Parents may, however, take this lightly and believe the cause to be their child’s familiarity with English.

"Over the last three years, we have found that about 40 per cent of the children we see need to be monitored for developmental delays. Unfortunately, many schools don’t yet have language and speech counsellors to point out such concerns among children, and parents are also unaware of the need to seek medical help early," Wicker said.

She was speaking on the sidelines of the AbilitiesME exhibition and conference in the capital, which is showcasing technologies and services for people with special needs.

Internationally, about 16 to 21 per cent of kindergarten pupils, and up to 12 per cent of primary school pupils, experience speech and language disorders and delay. About 9 per cent of children face speech disorders alone, while 7 per cent experience language development concerns.

Wicker recommended screening children as soon as they show any warning signs, including disruptive behaviour, lack of eye contact and communication skills, and educating parents and teachers about the need to look for language concerns.

Kids First provides counselling and support services to about 1,300 children in Dubai, and will open a similar facility in Abu Dhabi later this year.

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Indian and Pakistani schools to follow own itinerary

indian and pakistani schools to follow own itinerary Indian and Pakistani schools to follow own itineraryDubai, UAE: Schools that follow Indian and Pakistani curriculums in the UAE are exempt from the unified calendar for the 2014/15 academic year, said Marwan Al Sawaleh, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Education.

In line with the Ministerial Decision 165, 2014, the Ministry of Education announced earlier this week that school and university working hours will be unified to help families spend time together.

The decree said all students will start school for the academic year 2014/15 on August 31 and end on June 25, 2015. Staff and faculty of schools and universities will start on August 24, 2014 and end the year on July 9, 2015.

The decision includes all universities, adult learning centres, public schools and private school, except those that follow the Indian and Pakistani curriculums, said Al Sawaleh.

"Since Indian and Pakistani schools follow a completely different academic calendar that starts in April, they are not covered by this decision."

Gulf News spoke to authorities who said they will follow the unified calendar.

Mohammad Ahmad Darwish, Chief of Regulations and Permits Commission at the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), said all schools will operate under a unified calendar for the 2014/15 academic year, in accordance with Ministerial Decision 165, 2014.

"The changes, which were issued on March 23, have been communicated to schools by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority. All schools must commit and update their calendar accordingly by April 3, 2014," said Darwish.

Abu Dhabi Education Council (Adec) has also said it will follow the Ministry of Education directives for the number of school days in 2014-2015.

"Adec, the ministry and KHDA worked together to produce this calendar, which will apply to all public and private schools as well as higher education institutions with regard to holidays," said an authority spokesperson.

Among the major changes that came with the decree are the addition of ten extra school days and the deduction of one week from the first semester break.

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Lower House endorses higher education law

lower house endorses higher education law Lower House endorses higher education lawAmman, Jordan: The Lower House on Wednesday gave boards of trustees at public universities the power to recommend three candidates for university president, of which the Higher Education Council must appoint one.

The move was proposed by former Lower House Speaker Abdul Karim Dughmi during Wednesday’s session to discuss the temporary higher education and scientific research law.

Deputies also supported a suggestion that bans cooperation between local universities and their Israeli counterparts or any joint scientific research projects with them.

The bill, which was endorsed by the Lower House, will now be sent to the Senate for discussion and approval.

Also on Wednesday, a new coalition was officially launched, naming MP Mustafa Amawi, who heads the 17-MP Islamic Centrist Party (ICP) bloc, as its leader.

The new group brings together the ICP and the 18-MP Watan (Homeland) blocs to form a coalition of 35 members, according to Amawi.

Another bloc, National Union (15 MPs), was planning to join the coalition, but needs more time to decide, he said, noting that the new grouping will hold a meeting next week to name its executive office members.

Lower House Speaker Atef Tarawneh, who leads the Watan bloc, is a member of this coalition.

During Wednesday’s session, 17 MPs submitted a request to the Permanent Office of the Lower House calling for increasing the salaries of soldiers with ranks of warrant officer and below. The signatories said holders of these ranks receive low incomes and face difficult living conditions.

© Jordan Times 2014

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HCT Charts Future Success with Inaugural Industry Advisory Council Meeting

hct charts future success with inaugural industry advisory council meeting HCT Charts Future Success with Inaugural Industry Advisory Council MeetingAbu Dhabi, UAE: : The Higher Colleges of Technology ( HCT ) is embarking on a detailed strategy to chart its future direction and continued success by hosting its inaugural Industry Advisory Council meeting this week.

The event, which saw Presidents, CEOs and top executives from 58 of the UAE’s leading companies and government entities covering all major business and industry sectors attend the HCT -Abu Dhabi Men’s College, was hosted by H.E. Mohammad Omran Al Shamsi, Chancellor of the Higher Colleges of Technology .

The corporations and entities represent the sectors of Oil & Gas, Media, Communications, Insurance, Hospitals and Health Care, Government, Mubadala, Large Conglomerate Groups and Banking. The inaugural Industry Advisory Council members are as follows:

Al Hilal Etisalat UAE Dubai SME Insurance Authority UAE Mubadala Petroleum

Bank of Yahsat General Civil Aviation Authority Bin Hamoodah Group Advanced Technology Investment Co (ATIC)

Citi UAE Hughes Network Systems Al Noor Hospital Abu Dhabi Media Company Masdar

Dubai Islamic Bank ADPC (Ports) NMC Dubai Media Inc. ADNOC

Emirates NBD Ajman Municipality Emirates Aluminium Media Zone Authority-Abu Dhabi (TwoFour54) Crescent Petroleum

First Gulf Bank DP World Julphar (RAK) Sharjah Media Corporation Shell UAE

HSBC UAE Dubai Water & Electricity Authority Synaxis Readymix Sky News Arabia Total

NBAD Etihad Airways Turbine Services & Solutions Mubadala Technip France

RAK Bank Etihad Rail Unibeton Readymix Mubadala Aerospace, Communications Technology & Defense Systems Thuraya

Standard Chartered Fujairah Port Abu Dhabi National Insurance Company Mubadala Healthcare Tawazun Precision Industries

Dubai Sat - EIAST Tawazun Abu Dhabi National Takaful Co. PSC Mubadala GE Capital Mubadala Real Estate & Infrastructure


A hallmark of HCT ’s teaching and learning model is to offer young Emirati men and women throughout the UAE a wide range of work-oriented programmes that are developed in close collaboration with industry, government, business and community stakeholders.

To ensure that its programmes are aligned to both current and emerging needs of the UAE’s economy, HCT has formed an Industry Advisory Council (IAC), comprised of top executives of leading companies and organisations from around the nation. The first IAC will work for a term of three years and provide HCT with strategic high-level advice on the following issues:

  • Academic programme offerings
  • Graduate outcomes sought by industry stakeholders
  • Industry-linked curriculum initiatives such as work experience, internships and graduation projects
  • Emerging technologies and practices that should be included in HCT ’s curriculum
  • Employment and entrepreneurship opportunities for HCT graduates

His Excellency Mohammad Omran Al Shamsi, Chancellor of the Higher Colleges of Technology , warmly welcomed all of the participants to the HCT ’s inaugural Industry Advisory Council. "It is very pleasing to see over fifty CEOs and other top executives from many different industries and employment sectors here to help chart HCT ’s future and its success over the next three years," His Excellency said.

"You represent critical sectors in which HCT ’s offers professional programmes - from energy, manufacturing, technology, telecom, banking, healthcare, aviation, and construction. By making this important commitment to the Higher Colleges of Technology you are showing that you strongly believe in our students and their capabilities to make important contributions to the future success of the United Arab Emirates. We thank you for such a strong and willing dedicated to have HCT students succeed in their future endeavours," he added.

After being welcomed by the Chancellor, the programme for the IAC meeting included an explanation of HCT Learning by Doing Model by Dr. Tayeb Kamali, HCT Vice Chancellor, as well as an overview of HCT ’s academic programmes and how they are linked to the core principle of Learning by Doing and also the philosophy that they must be work-relevant courses which meet the needs of the UAE’s economy.

The day also included a presentation by HCT final-year Bachelor student Hamad Dheyab on the Best M-Government Service Award App Competition, where he showcased unique examples of LBD projects from the mGovernment competition. It was very pleasing to hear that Hamad’s team, who created the Biladi portal App, won the first prize from the UAE Ministry of Interior.

The Best M-Government Service Award presentation was followed by a Report on HCT Employer Outreach Business Partnerships by Ms Khulood Al Mualla, HCT Chief Human Resources Officer. The event concluded with the IAC members participating in an enthusiastic and fruitful roundtable discussion entitled Industry & Academia: Opportunities for Collaboration.

The roundtable saw business and industry participants discuss with their HCT counterparts what academic institutions and the private sector can do to ensure that graduates have the skills, capacity and ability to successfully enter the workplace. From those discussions an action plan will be developed to help nurture such graduates.

His Excellency Mohammad Omran Al Shamsi further stated that the ongoing input from the industry executives was vital to the HCT ’s creation of highly skilled and trained graduates; and to its contributions to the UAE economy through critical Emiratisation initiatives.

"Throughout its 26-year history the HCT has prided itself on offering programmes which are relevant to the UAE economy and which give HCT graduates the skills to go directly into the workplace in the field of their choice," His Excellency said.

" HCT continues to serve the needs of business and industry by ensuring our programmes meet those sectors’ needs and by having constant and meaningful partnerships and collaborations with leaders such as those present at this meeting. It has been people like those members here today who have advised HCT over the years on what the ideal graduate has in terms of skills, knowledge, attitude and training.

"As a result of these interactions HCT has become very successful at developing top graduates to date and we want to continue these partnerships and dialogues as we strive to become the UAE’s number-one ranked applied and technical learning institution," he added.

"We are very proud of the 65,000 qualifications we have awarded to our graduates and we eagerly look forward to creating more Emirati success stories through our associations with all the Industry Advisory Council members," the Chancellor concluded.

Dr Tayeb Kamali, Vice Chancellor of the Higher Colleges of Technology , said the IAC meeting was vital for the growth of the Higher Colleges of Technology , which "is committed to designing and delivering programmes of the highest international standards following the ’Learning by Doing’ philosophy of applied education".

"This Industry Advisory Council meeting is a wonderful collaboration between academia and industry in the United Arab Emirates and is strong proof that our nation is a leading, innovation-driven economy as a result of fostering initiatives such as this meeting which facilitate closer cooperation between sectors," Dr Kamali said.

"The Higher Colleges of Technology is focused on providing our students with the best possible educational experiences across a broad range of industry-relevant programmes. By working closely with our distinguished partners in the Advisory Council we will continue to deliver industry-relevant programmes and empower our graduates with the knowledge, skills and confidence to contribute effectively to the nation and its growing economy; to reach their full potential; to making important contributions to their communities; and to ultimately lead them to successful future careers," he added.

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UAEU Organizes a Teacher Recruitment Forum in Cooperation with the MoE

uaeu organizes a teacher recruitment forum in cooperation with the ministry of education UAEU Organizes a Teacher Recruitment Forum in Cooperation with the MoEUAE: The College of Education at United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) , in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, organized its 3rd Master’s of Education Recruitment Forum on Tuesday 25thMarch 2014 at the Jumeirah Hilton Hotel in Dubai. The forum was attended by Khawla Ibrahim Al Mualla, Assistant Undersecretary for Educational Policies at the Ministry of Education, Professor Steven Bossert, Dean of the College of Education, Dr. Ali Al Naqbi, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Scientific Research as well as faculty members, education professionals, teachers, supervisors and students.

Khawla Ibrahim Al Mualla stressed that the Ministry of Education places great importance on such informative gatherings of higher education faculty, staff and students, especially when organized by a prestigious university such as the UAEU. She further stressed and praised the partnership between the UAEU and the Ministry of Education which is aimed at developing and improving the performance of teachers and administrators in the education sector.

She added that such forums complement the strategic plan of the Ministry of Education who are focused on the provision of a sustainable and professional educational environment. Through enrollment in such courses as the UAEU’s Master’s and Doctoral programs teachers, mentors and administrative staff can enhance the provision of education throughout the UAE by developing their own professional capabilities. Therefore, these programs play a vital role in encouraging professional development and further specialization among those working in the education sector. She urged educators to enroll in such beneficial programs without delay and to give this significant educational opportunity top priority, whilst recognizing the need to reorganize some aspects of family life and working schedules to accommodate this excellent chance to develop their professional and educational potential.

Dr. Hala El Howeris, Coordinator of the Master’s Programs, gave a presentation outlining the Master’s programs on offer. The College of Education offers three internationally accredited programs which received accreditation in 2005 and again in 2010. These courses are a Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction (including Islamic studies, social studies, science, mathematics, English and Arabic); a Master’s in Educational Leadership and a Master’s in Special Education. These programs are delivered to international quality standards and to meet the requirements of the UAE’s unique educational context. The College of Education seeks to produce graduates who not only have advanced pedagogic capabilities, but can also conduct research in order to pinpoint future developments and trends in the field of education and to implement these innovations.

Dr. El Howeris discussed the admission requirements for these programs. Students are required to have a Bachelor of Education Degree, or equivalent, from a university accredited by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research in the UAE. Graduates of other disciplines, without a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, must have a cumulative GPA average of at least 3 (out of 4), or equivalent, in their undergraduate degree and achieve a band 6 in the IELTS exam; 79 (from a possible 80) on the TOEFL iBT exam or get 550 in the TOFEL PBT exam. Additionally they would require three letters of academic recommendation.

Students must take 36 credit hours of classes where the language of instruction is English. There are also Arabic language courses and there is a choice of writing the final thesis in Arabic or English.

The event offered the attendees an opportunity to take part in an open discussion and to ask any questions they might have had. It was also possible to enroll on the spot and thus register for a Master’s degree with the University on the same day.

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