Most UAE students pass grade 12 CBSE exams

most uae students pass grade 12 cbse exams Most UAE students pass grade 12 CBSE examsDubai, UAE: Around 99 per cent of the 3,962 UAE students who took the grade 12 Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) exams have passed this year.

The CBSE results, which were announced on Thursday, showed that the pass percentage this year was 99.42 per cent.

Out of the 3,962 students who came from 31 Indian schools in the UAE, 23 students received more than 90 per cent.

On the other hand, 23 students failed the examinations this year.

Eighteen-year-old Vineet J Nair who attends Delhi Private School in Dubai scored the highest across of the UAE in the science stream with a 98.2 per cent.

"I started studying from the beginning of the year; I revised daily, attended extra classes and even went to coaching institutes in order to excel in my examinations. I am very happy with the outcome, all my hard work paid off,"

After scoring higher than his twin brother, Nair said his brother, family, friends and teachers are extremely happy and proud of him.

Vineet hopes to study Mechanical engineering in the United States to follow in his father and brother’s footsteps who are engineers.

Sachin Nair, who goes to Indian High School in Dubai, scored the highest on the level of the country in the commerce stream with 97.6 per cent. While Annalie Gracias who also goes to the same school received the highest grade in the arts stream with 96.4 per cent.

Shraddha Ramesh, 17, another CBSE topper who received the second place in the science stream on the level of the UAE with 96.8 per cent said not letting her family down was among the challenges she faced.

"Being the only daughter who is always overachieving, I set the bar really high. They know that I am capable, so to me living up to their expectations was my biggest challenge."

Shraddha hopes to become a computer engineer because it was the subject she scored the highest on in her examinations.

Out of the 31 schools, 21 schools had a 100 per cent passing rate. Among them is Indian High School, Dubai, which sent 499 students - the highest number of candidates represented by a school in Dubai - to take the exams.

When it comes to the science stream in Indian High, out of 216 students 45 per cent of students secured 90 per cent and above, while in the commerce stream, out of 260 students, 26 per cent of students secured 90 per cent and above and in the arts stream, 100 per cent students secured the 70 per cent and above.

Commenting on the grades, CEO of the school, Dr Ashok Kumar said: "It is more gratifying for us, educators, to see our students win big. In their achievements lie our achievements. Their hard work has paid off and they have been worthy of success by all means."

GEMS CBSE schools received a 100 per cent pass rate in the board exam results. Out of 1163 students who appeared for the exam, 21.6 per cent scored an average of 90 per cent. A total of 69.6 per cent of the students scored above 75 per cent and 98.3 per cent of students scored above 60 per cent.

Anaswara Jayakumar who secured 97.6 per cent was the overall topper in GEMS Schools.

A 100 per cent of 114 students who took the exam from the Emirates National School also passed. Out of the 65 students in the science stream, 15 scored above 90 per cent. Students Akshara Sivaprasad and Sneha Susan Sunny received the highest grades in the school with 96 per cent.

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Abu Dhabi students hit the road in eco-car competition

abu dhabi students hit the road in eco car competition Abu Dhabi students hit the road in eco-car competitionAbu Dhabi, UAE: Students from two Abu Dhabi colleges were successful at an international competition to build fuel-efficient cars.

Al Ruwais College and Abu Dhabi Men’s College from the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) placed third and fourth respectively in the Shell Eco-marathon held in Manila.

They competed against more than 100 teams from the Middle East and Asia, but were eventually bested by a Chinese team, which took first place, and a Singaporean team that finished second.

The competition, which Shell has run for the past 28 years, features more than 5,000 students, who are challenged to build the most fuel-efficient single-seater cars possible.

"It let us implement what we learnt in the classroom in a real setting," said Abdulaziz Al Mheiri, a 28-year-old mechatronic engineering student and the team leader of the Al Ruwais College team.

"We found it was very enjoyable. It was a lot of fun, actually."

It took his team more than four months to put their car together, as they constantly improved its design to maximise its range from the single litre of diesel they were permitted to use.

Last year, the team put its car through its paces at the Yas Marina Circuit. During the trial, the car travelled 180 kilometres on a litre of fuel, but on the day of the competition in Manila it managed only 151km. The shorter distance was put down to a rougher road surface.

"For us to represent our country at a worldwide event was a great achievement," Mr Al Mheiri said.

"Now with the car, this shows us that we have capability in engineering in the UAE. That was always the main goal – to bring the name of the UAE to the world. Now we will start new modifications to the car. We are also working on an electric car as well."

Mr Al Mheiri, who is a full-time staffer at the college, said: "People need to work hard and believe in themselves and they can excel."

Dr Tayeb Kamali, HCT’s vice chancellor, said the Shell Eco-marathon competition had provided its students with the opportunity to build fuel-efficient cars in the UAE.

He said that skill would be an essential one in helping the country to develop a sustainable economy, while providing students with the practical skills and knowledge that were part of HCT’s philosophy of learning by doing.

"It is a proud moment to see the wonderful result achieved in this contest [and] to see this continue the way it has in changing lives and inspiring so many students worldwide," he said.

Both teams are well on their way to developing concepts for next year’s Shell Eco-marathon and they will be joined by other universities from across the UAE and the region.

"We are very proud of the students, not because of what we give them, but because of what they take out of this," said Andrew Vaughan, Shell’s vice president for Abu Dhabi and Kuwait.

"It is about innovation. This can lead to a smarter and a more sustainable future. The eco-marathon is about teamwork, it is about personal development in technical development and management. The students from Abu Dhabi have shown the world that they can compete on a global level."

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Dubai parents worry over changes to school starting age

dubai parents worry over changes to school starting age Dubai parents worry over changes to school starting ageDubai, UAE: Parents are worried that their children could lose out on a year’s education after new rules extended the cut-off ages for children to be enrolled in pre-kindergarten or kindergarten 1, also known as the foundation stages.

Several schools, particularly those following the UK curriculum, are in talks with Dubai’s education regulator, the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), to be exempted.

Earlier this month, KHDA announced the cut-off date for schools starting their academic year this September had changed to December 31, while cut-off dates for schools starting in April next year had been pushed back to July.

This means that children who are three years old by December 31 can be registered in FS1, or pre-kindergarten, and a child who is four years old by the end of December can start FS2 or KG1 the same academic year instead of waiting until next year. Effectively, some children will start school at least three months earlier than before.

"A lot of parents are concerned that the new ruling doesn’t give a clear idea of what’s changed," said Sanam Siddique, mother of a one-year-old and founder of the Facebook group Dubai Schools Guide for Parents.

"KHDA’s announcement gives only partially complete information. Parents are extremely worried that their offer of admission will be retracted or their children will be suddenly moved to a different grade level than they expected. There are examples of an FS1 child skipping FS2 and being put in year 1."

She said previously children born between September 15 and December 30 had to wait another year to start school. "Whereas now with the new age cut-off, these children will go to school a year earlier than expected. This means those parents who have not registered for the 2014-2015 academic year are worried if they will get admission."

Another parent, who planned to enrol her child in FS1 in the 2016 academic year, said she was worried that she might already have missed registration, which usually opens as early as two years before the school’s start date.

"My son was born in November 2012," said Renad El Ashy, a member of the nearly 4,000-strong Facebook parents group.

"He is supposed to join FS1 in 2016-2017. But, as per the new rule, he could enrol in 2015. The registrations are already complete for the 2015 academic year and he won’t be able to get admission."

She said some schools told her they were not affected by the new rule.

"I was mostly worried I’d missed the deadline. Some mothers register at schools when they are pregnant. Waiting lists are very long. But some schools said they had not changed their cut-off dates."

Dubai British School is among them.

"We are seeking further clarification from KHDA," said Dawn Rennie, admissions officer at the school, where the age cut-off date is August 31.

"We started accepting applications for September 2014 in January 2013. We have already closed registrations.

"If the cut-off is December, it will pose a problem for students going back to the UK or overseas for further education in the British curriculum."

Ms Rennie, whose school wrote to KHDA 10 days ago, said enrolling children before they were prepared to start school could be detrimental.

"Children shouldn’t be put in a grade that is challenging for them. Schools should be allowed to make educational decisions in the best interests of children and to ensure that they don’t fall off the line," she said.

Jumeirah English Speaking School said it was also in talks with the KHDA.

However, the authority said all schools would have to abide by the new rule.

"It is for all schools in Dubai without exception," said Kalthoom Al Balooshi, director of institutional development at KHDA.

"Any schools violating the rules will be notified and asked to make changes accordingly."

Mrs Al Balooshi said students would not have to skip grades: "The rules only affect new admissions. Existing students will not be forced to move grades."

She added: "According to the new admission policy announced by the Government, students should start school (kindergarten) at the age of four. KHDA understands that certain curricula, for example UK, will start providing education from the age of three.

"Those schools will still be able to offer these classes, provided they can prove the education is of a high quality and that pre-primary is a recognised part of their curriculum."

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GE underlines commitment to empower women through GE Day at Effat University

ge underlines commitment to empower women through ge day at effat university GE underlines commitment to empower women through GE Day at Effat UniversityJeddah, Saudi Arabia: GE organised a ’GE Day’ at the all-female Effat University in Jeddah to support students with their future career, build leadership skills, and encourage knowledge transfer, while presenting diverse career opportunities for talented students within the organization. The one-day event was organized as part of GE’s commitment to further strengthen Saudi human capital development and to encourage more Saudi women to pursue rewarding career responsibilities within GE’s diverse businesses.

Hisham Albahkali, GE’s President & CEO for Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, said: "We are thankful to Effat University for the opportunity to organise GE Day at Effat, which highlights our commitment to support Saudi youth talent. Through GE Day, we placed the emphasis on building the leadership skills of the students. We also highlighted the opportunities that are available for female students, especially with the launch of the first all-female shared service center in Riyadh. Today, GE is an employer of choice for Saudi professionals and through initiatives such as GE Day, we are reaching out to the student community to be part of our diverse operations in the Kingdom."

Dr. Haifa Jamal Al-Lail, President of Effat University , said: "Fostering academic-industry linkages is an important commitment of Effat University to further support our student community. GE Day is a strong example of how the private sector can work with our students, and provide them insights into the career opportunities within the company. The topics of discussion also enabled in building their personal and professional skills."

A number of interactive sessions led by GE’s senior managers were held as part of GE Day at Effat University . These sessions discussed the future outlook of the students, their job aspirations, skillsets, interpersonal communication skills, and social media engagement. Special focus was placed on strengthening the leadership skills of the students and highlighting the importance of localized innovation.

GE’s managers provided an overview of the company’s vision, and operations in the Kingdom covering healthcare, power & water, oil & gas, aviation, energy management, and lighting sectors. They also shed light on factors that should be taken into consideration when candidates are exploring interview opportunities, in addition to the career opportunities within GE and its credentials as one of the Top 3 ’employers of choice’ in the Kingdom.

GE also organized a panel discussion on ’Imagination at Work’ led by GE that included a faculty member of Effat University , GE business leader and student representatives. The discussion was centered on the right skills for a new job, the benefits of collaboration between universities and corporate entities, and how to get the GE experience without being employed at the organization.

Other aspects that were discussed included the career opportunities for female engineers at the GE Manufacturing Technology Center in Dammam which already employs 2 Saudi female engineers in the workshop and is looking to expand its workforce to include more Saudi female engineers. GE also provides 60 Saudi university students with academic scholarships each year. Educational scholarships are provided to 30 students of the King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM), while 30 scholarships are provided exclusively to female students from various universities in the Kingdom including the University of Dammam.

GE’s managers also talked about the Saudi GE Innovation Center in Dhahran Techno-Valley. Aimed at fostering homegrown innovation, the 2,200 sq. meter center works closely with customers on addressing the Kingdom’s priorities in creating more energy efficient and affordable healthcare solutions.

With three offices and six facilities, Saudi Arabia accounts for the largest GE workforce in the Middle East with over 1,400 employees driving the healthcare, transportation, power, oil & gas, water, and aviation businesses. More than 500 GE turbines currently generate over 50 per cent of Saudi’s electricity, and the company’s advanced technology supports the production of 180 million liters clean water daily, delivered to the country’s remotest corners.

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Little kids with big hearts wash cars to help pet centre

little kids with big hearts wash cars to help pet centre Little kids with big hearts wash cars to help pet centreDubai, UAE: Age is definitely no bar to making a difference to your community. And four students of Dubai International Academy (DIA) have proven just that.

As part of their International Baccalaureate (IB) studies at DIA, Blake Ellevsen, Richa Rao-Pandit, Jenna Karoliina and Sofiya Mars raised money for Dubai Dogs Trust, a non-profit organization to help abandoned and stray dogs find homes.

Bracing the heat, these four third graders carried a mop, brush, a sponge and soap to clean cars and porches last week in the Emirates Living community.

Love for pets

"I love dogs and I have always wanted to do something for the rescue efforts of stray and abandoned dogs in the UAE. Last year I sold my toys to collect money for the Dubai Dogs Trust. This year, my friends and I wanted to do something different and therefore decided to wash cars and porches around Meadows and The Lakes," said Australian Blake Ellevsen.

"We initially started off by cleaning cars, but soon it started getting tough for us as the cars were too big for us. So we changed our strategy and asked people if we could clean their porches instead. It was real fun," said Blake.

The children charged Dh15 per wash and after working tirelessly for four hours from 3.30 to 7.30pm they managed to collect Dh675.

Indian expatriate Richa Rao-Pandit said the experience taught her some valuable lessons. "I now know earning money does not come easy and cleaning is not an easy job at all. I love my mother even more now as I understand the hard work she does to keep our house in order," she said.

Finnish student Jenna Karoliina said the car-washing job was exhausting, but worth it. "It was hard, but fun. I love pets and care for them and I was happy to do the job as it was for rescuing stray animals."

Other DIA students took up other initiatives. "The IB primary programme incorporates an action component where students apply their learning to the real world.

"Over the past six weeks, students have worked in groups to identify a local or global issue. They have done due research and identified areas in which they can make a positive impact on their community through direction action," said Julian Wilcock, primary principal of the school.

"This year the students took up around 30 causes, including saving animals from abuse, improving worker conditions, the use and abuse of antibiotics, littering and car safety," he said.

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UAE school children compete in information technology challenge

uae schoolchildren compete in information technology challenge UAE school children compete in information technology challengeAbu Dhabi, UAE:The five-month outreach programme, UAE Cyber Quest 2014, concluded with a two-day competition that ended on Wednesday. The competition featured 10 teams from three high schools in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain competing in a series of information-technology and cyber-security challenges.

Only four teams progressed through to the final day of the competition, which was held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Centre. Students from Al Hosn School in the capital emerged as the winners. Students from Al Maqam School and Al Dahma School finished second and third respectively.

"The success of the first edition certainly bodes well for the programme’s future and we look forward to engaging with even more schools right across the country for Cyber Quest UAE 2015," said Dr Zayed Al Otaiba, executive director of talent development at National Electronic Security Authority (Nesa).

"The feedback we received from the teachers, parents and of course the pupils themselves has been positive and we have certainly succeeded in our mission to place information security front and centre of the UAE education agenda," he said.

Dr Najla Al Naqbi, eLearning Manager at the Abu Dhabi Education Council, said the competition had shown that young Emiratis were technology savvy and had a strong interest in digital systems.

"This ability, coupled with a genuine enthusiasm for ICT, comes as welcome news for the future of our nation as we collectively look to accelerate the development of a UAE digital economy," she said.

The organisers confirmed that next year’s edition of the programme would include additional schools from across the UAE.

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Dubai school cancels grade 10 class

dubai school cancels grade 10 class Dubai school cancels grade 10 classDubai, UAE: Parents of grade nine pupils are struggling to find seats after GEMS Winchester School in Dubai announced that it will not be offering grade 10 classes next year.

The school, which is located in Oud Metha, did offer affected pupils seats in two other GEMS schools - Winchester School in Sharjah and The Westminster School in Al Ghusais. But parents declined, saying that one school is too far and the other almost shut down in 2012.

"All that I can think about is finding a school. I have been running around ever since I received the circular on Thursday," said Gauhar Niass, whose grade nine daughter is affected.

Niass said she will not be accepting the options because she lives in Ras Al Khor and the alternatives are too far away.

"On Sunday I visited five different schools looking for a seat, but all admissions have closed since March," she said.

The school announced via a circular sent to parents on Thursday that it will no longer be offering grade 10 classes after they were refused permission to do so by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA).

Mohammad Darwish, Chief of Regulations and Permits Commission at the KHDA, said for a school to be granted permission to expand, it must be rated at least ‘Good’ by the Dubai School Inspection Bureau (DSIB), but GEMS Winchester was rated ‘Acceptable’ in DSIB’s 2013-14 report.

"The school was given recommendations for improvement before addition of grades could be granted. KHDA will consider approving the addition of the next grades only after the school’s performance has improved," said Darwish

Another parent, J. Khan, whose daughter goes to GEMS Winchester, believes parents should have been informed earlier so that they could look for other schools.

"We live in Al Khail. Our children’s school is in Oud Metha. So why would they choose schools that are in or next to Sharjah? They should have informed us before admissions closed or provided us with better options."

Talking about the options that the parents were given, a GEMS spokesperson said they were provided with the most suitable alternatives.

"The schools, which were offered as an option by GEMS, were chosen because they are the most appropriate and will have the least interruption to their education since they offer the same curriculum they have been studying and they also have available seats."

The GEMS spokesperson said the school received KHDA’s final decision last week and were surprised by the decision. The spokesperson also said the re-enrolment fees will be transferred to the GEMS schools which the students will be transferred to or the amount can be refunded.

Raza R., who has a daughter in grade nine at GEMS Winchester, said since he lives on Shaikh Zayed Road, The Westminster School in Al Ghusais is a more realistic option but he does have some concerns.

"The school announced in 2012 that it would close down in 2014. It almost closed down. How do I know this won’t happen again? The school should have informed us earlier so we could find alternatives, not after it took our admission fees," he said.

Jagdesh Kumar, father of a daughter affected by the decision, said having to move one of his three children to a different school is going to be inconvenient.

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Saudi business women like to invest in education

saudi businesswomen like to invest in education Saudi business women like to invest in educationSaudi Arabia: About 47 percent of Saudi businesswomen contribute significantly to the field of education.

Moleha Al-Qahtani, an investor who was able to obtain financing five years ago to open a school that received several awards, said: "Investing in this sector is an investment in human capital and a contribution to building the community."

She said education is one of the main sectors that attracts Saudi businesswomen for investment because of the lack of restrictions. While there are some obstacles and many challenges in this sector, it is possible to overcome them. "Investment in the sector needs our contribution, and the most important objective of such investment should not be financial gain," she said.

She added that her My Rights of Childhood project aims to promote development and change. Another project accepts and educates children who suffer from minor problems, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder to enhance their skills development, because they are often not accepted in general education schools and there is difficulty in registering them in the disability centers.

Alia Al-Essa, another investor, said she believes that the percentage of default in the educational sector is about 20 percent due to investors having little background in the sector.

With the increase in the number of businesswomen investing in the education sector in the past two years, it is essential for women investors to have experience in order to avoid having their projects fail in the first year.

She said private education projects in particular are facing several obstacles due to Saudization and the lack of local experienced cadres, as well as the inability to pay salaries that have been set by the state, which are about SR5,600. She said these obstacles led to the closure of many schools in the Kingdom.

She explained that more and more women are investing in the education sector, but she feared that these investments might collide with investment constraints, including the requirements of the Ministries of Education and Municipal and Rural Affairs, which change on daily basis and need clear laws.

She identified the main problems as obtaining a license, which requires more than two years, insufficient funding, Saudization requirements, and the lack of Saudi cadres who do not have enough experience and training.

Salem Bajajh, professor of accounting at the University of Taif, said that a lot of parents are interested in investing in the education of their children, as they realize that that the economic returns of their children’s education is high in the long term.

He said a lot of Saudi parents send their children abroad despite high tuition fees in order to teach them different languages. "Most countries have preceded us in investing in human capital and thus have achieved great success," he said, and stressed the need to take advantage of these international experiences, noting that the Kingdom has made national human resource development one of the pillars of basic development.

In light of an urgent need to focus on education and training at the present time, the King Abdullah Project for the development of public education allocated SR12 billion over five years, as part of a new strategy for education, to cover four points: improving the public learning environment, teacher training, curriculum development and extra-curricular activities.

Sarah Al-Eissa of the Department of Private Education in the Eastern Province, said during a meeting held in the Asharqia Chamber recently that investment in the education sector received the support and attention of the Ministry of Education.

The meeting discussed the launch of several projects, including the "educational coupons project" in private schools as one of the new projects implemented by the ministry. The project involves the purchase of classroom seats in private schools for a scholarship provided by the state, similar to what is happening in the higher education field in Saudi Arabia and in a number of other countries.

She said that the ministry is considering the mechanisms of the educational coupons project, noting that there are many factors that control the distribution of these coupons.

The ministry wants to support private education, so it is studying the distribution of these coupons to gifted students, special education students and orphans.

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Sheikh Abdullah praises “bright future” at Think Science competition awards

sheikh abdullah praises bright future at think science competition awards Sheikh Abdullah praises "bright future" at Think Science competition awardsAbu Dhabi, UAE: A self-cooling jacket, recycled plastic developed to harness sunlight for energy and a better designed transmission system.

These were just a few of the winning projects at the Think Science competition awards ceremony on Tuesday.

Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, Minister of Foreign Affairs and chairman of the Emirates Foundation, honoured 60 high school and university students for their innovations and ideas in the fields of science and technology at Zayed University.

"The creativity and intelligence of these young scientists is a testament of the accomplishments of the UAE as a nation," Sheikh Abdullah said. "We are proud of the milestones the country has achieved in encouraging and empowering our young talent in the fields of science and technology."

Sheikh Abdullah added: "You are the bright future, and we see in you the ability to embody the vision of Sheikh Zayed, may the Almighty rest his soul, in being knowledgeable citizens who are able to contribute effectively to the nation’s progress and development."

More than 7,000 students competed in nine categories for schools and three categories for universities including electrical engineering, non-conventional energy, smart and safety systems and sustainable energy.

The list of categories are specifically designed to be relevant to and enhance the local economy, said Clare Woodcraft, chief executive of the Emirates Foundation. "These fields are not obscure and can be applied to the UAE’s current industry and its development."

Ms Woodcraft said the most important aspect of the competition was to get Emirati youth to realise how technology is used, why it is relevant, and how they can be involved in shaping the future.

"When science and technology is taught in formal academic institutions, often young people don’t see the relevance to their daily lives and to their future. Young people are passively consuming technology and we want them to become active consumers of it, to learn about it and apply it."

She added that interest in the programme had noticeably increased this year, not only among the students but also the organisations sponsoring the event.

"Interest in the event from our corporate sponsors is increasing as they see opportunity for spotting talent and the message is getting out to youth in the UAE that growth in this country is coming about through science and technology.

"If you want an inspiring career, science and technology should be a priority."

Winning the sustainable energy section as well as the overall prize in the high school categories were Abhishek Patankar, Mohammed Ishaq Khan, and Daksh Varyani for their Solar-Plastic Fuel project.

They were able to shape recycled plastic into a disk that concentrated the sun’s rays so it could heat up liquid or gas to convert to energy.

"We combined two technologies we found online and were able to achieve temperatures of up to 600°F," Mohammed said.

His teammate, Abhishek, said they had worked for more than six months on the project but receiving the award from Sheikh Abdullah was worth all the effort.

The winning team want to take their project further and are planning to approach Masdar Institute of Science and Technology in a month or so.

Taking part in the event for the second year with their winning project in the transportation high school category were Aisha Al Ali, 17, Noha Khalid Babalghoum, 18, and Mira Al Ansaari, 17, from the Dubai National School.

"We realised that road accidents are a major problem of the society so we started looking for a solution for the problems," said Mira, who consulted with her father, a police officer in Dubai.

Their project consists of a surveillance system sensor that automatically contacts the authorities when a vehicle is involved in accident.

The students were not only proud of their achievements but also the fact that a significant number of female students were involved in the competition.

"With a lot of Emirati girls participating it shows they want to prove women can be better than men," said Aisha.

The all-female team said it was just a matter of time before women were the majority in the science and technology fields in the UAE. "We receive the same education and we can give the same effort that men give, if not more," said Mira.

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Polish Ambassador Discusses Academic Cooperation with Sorbonne Abu Dhabi

polish ambassador discusses academic cooperation with sorbonne abu dhabi Polish Ambassador Discusses Academic Cooperation with Sorbonne Abu DhabiAbu Dhabi, UAE: Paris Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi hosted, at the university’s ReemIslan campus H.E. Prof. Adam Krzymowski , Ambassador of the Republic of Poland to The United Arab Emirates. H.E. Prof. Adam Krzymowski was received by Dr. Fatima Al Shamsi Paris - Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Administrative Affairs, Dr. Fabien Chareix, Paris - Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Academic Affairs, and a number of university officers. The two parties explored cooperation between Sorbonne Abu Dhabi and Polish universities, with special emphasis on graduate studies.

The meeting touched on areas of cooperation between Sorbonne Abu Dhabi and Polish academic and educational institutions and centers. H.E. Prof. Krzymowski underscored the need for collaboration that serves education and research in both countries, noting the importance of academic exchange, graduate student training, and research on development.

H.E. Prof. Krzymowski said he was delighted by his visit to Sorbonne Abu Dhabi and expressed his admiration for the university and its study programs, facilities and library, not to mention Sorbonne Abu Dhabi’s academic and technological infrastructure. One of the key measures of development is a country’s investment in education and culture, he said, and the UAE has positioned itself as a leader in the field. H.E Prof. Krzymowski also presented the range of academic programs offered by Polish universities and modes for joint cooperation.He added that a Memorandum of Understanding will be signed soon between Government of Poland and Government of the United Arab Emirates on Co-operation in the field of Higher Education and Scientific Research.

H.E Prof. Krzymowski commended the strategic vision of the UAE leadership and its attention to education and educators, as it recognized the criticality of education and its role in sustainable development and building bridges of academic, cultural and human communication between the people of the UAE and the world. H.E Prof. Krzymowski applauded the accomplishments and achievements of the UAE over such a short period of time, which is owed to the judicious insight of HRH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, across the board.

Dr. Fatima Al-Shamsi welcomed Mr. Krzymowski, stressing PSUAD’s determination to build solid ties with all embassies and cultural missions to the UAE, given the university’s keenness to ensure effective academic cooperation and provide the best support and follow-up to students. Dr. Al-Shamsi remarked that Sorbonne Abu Dhabi’s world-class programs reflect the leadership’s preoccupation with education and its patronage of the continued development of the educational system.

that Sorbonne Abu Dhabi is proud, she said, to currently be home to students from over 75 different nationalities, and welcomed all interested Polish nationals to join the that Sorbonne Abu Dhabi student body. Dr. Al-Shamsi affirmed that the visit will strengthen bilateral relations between PSUAD and its Polish counterparts.

During the meeting, the that Sorbonne Abu Dhabi delegation presented an overview of the university’s inception, Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, and its community engagement. that Sorbonne Abu Dhabi is keen to foster relationships with other universities across the world towards promoting joint collaboration, they concluded.

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