Emirati schoolchildren to learn English abroad

emirati school children to learn english abroad Emirati schoolchildren to learn English abroadAbu Dhabi, UAE: A total of 500 Emirati schoolchildren from the emirate of Abu Dhabi will soon travel abroad in order to learn English and leadership skills, the Abu Dhabi Education Council (Adec) announced in a statement sent on Sunday.

The pupils, enrolled in Grades 10 and 11, will be headed to the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and Ireland at the end of this month as part of the Summer Abroad programme. The group include 420 boys and 80 girls, and they will return to the UAE on August 30.

“The programme will help pupils improve their academic and personal skills. It will also give them a chance to be self-reliant, and allow them to enhance their English language skills and leadership abilities while interacting with people from other cultures,” said Abdullah Al Shamsi, division manager of general services at the Adec and project manager of Summer Abroad.

The initiative is conducted each year under a generous grant from General Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and chairman of the Adec.

Selected pupils must score 85 per cent or more academically, participate in extracurricular activities and display exemplary behaviour to be selected for Summer Abroad.

This year’s selected participants recently attended orientation workshops, the Adec statement added.

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34 youths trained at Omran and flagship tourism projects

34 youths trained at omran and flagship tourism projects 34 youths trained at Omran and flagship tourism projectsMuscat, Oman: Omran (Oman Tourism Development Company) received 34 trainees in just the first half of this year; including current students and graduates from various higher education institutions in the Sultanate, as part of the Omran Internship Programme, a statement said.

The Programme was developed as part of the Company’s training strategy with the objective of accommodating local talent at the company and its projects and empowering them with the required skills and knowledge to effectively contribute to the labour market.

The objective of the same is to help introduce students to real life work environment and key upcoming mega projects by Omran, where they can benefit from have site visits and interact with industry professional and project manager and help aware the interns about the emerging specialties required in the real estate industry while introducing senior year students to potential employers.

The programme comprised talented students and graduates from a number of prestigious colleges and universities across the Sultanate, including Sultan Qaboos University (SQU), Higher College of Technology (HCT), Caledonian College of Engineering (CCE), German University of Technology Oman (Gutech) and other institutions. The trainees were specialised in various different majors including tourism, engineering, public relations and media.

The Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre (OCEC) team organised an Engineering Mentoring Programme for local young engineers that accommodated 14 trainees for a minimum of 6 weeks over the summer break.

The Engineering students entered from various fields including civil engineering, architecture, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, Information and Communications Technology-ICT, and more.

This first of its kind mentoring programme gave participants the opportunity to actively engage in the iconic large-scale OCEC project undertaken by Omran.

“The youth of our nation and their empowerment through training strategies, is beneficial to the country as a whole”, Ali bin Nasser al Rasbi, Omran’s Chief Operating Officer said, adding, “Our programmes have been incredibly successful and we have as a result, witnessed an increase in the number of trainees in the first half of this year.

Participants have benefited from comprehensive and intensive training programmes within our inclusive training plan, covering the company’s head office as well as major construction projects such the Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre.”

He added that the Omran staff has been greatly helpful and the success of the programme is accredited to them.

“Our staff is very welcoming and enthusiastically took part in this training programme. They shared their time and experiences with the trainees, and demonstrated the company’s commitment towards investing in Omani talent as part of its contribution to the future of the Sultanate.

While some of the more enthusiastic participants got their training programmes extended, others worked on temporary contracts based on the vacancies, either in Omran’s offices or with our consultants and contractors.”

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Supreme Education Council signs MoU with Qatar Leadership Centre

supreme education council signs mou with qatar leadership centre Supreme Education Council signs MoU with Qatar Leadership CentreQatar: Supreme Education Council signs MoU with Qatar Leadership Centre The Supreme Education Council (SEC) yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Qatar Leadership Centre (QLC) to develop and strengthen capacity building of the SEC’s leadership. The MoU was signed by HE Dr Mohamed Abdul Wahed Ali al-Hammadi, Minister of Education and Higher Education and Secretary General of the Supreme Education Council (SEC) and HE Sheikh Abdulla bin Ali al-Thani, managing director and member of the Board of Directors of QLC. Under the memo, QLC will organise a specialised leadership training programme to upgrade the skills of the council’s officials, in order to achieve the SEC’s objectives in line with Qatar National Vision 2030.

“This MoU represents the SEC’s largest training plan since its launch, as the council seeks to ensure that its employees receive the best training courses to promote their skills and improve their performance and career progression,” said HE Dr al-Hammadi. “This MoU is a practical result of the SEC’s calls to invest in education and training, as investing directly in human capital is one of the priorities of the SEC.” “We are pleased that the first institutional programme to be provided by QLC is dedicated to education, one of the most important sectors in the country, which is a key pillar in the empowerment and progress of nations as well as the cornerstone for any social, economic and political evolution and development,” noted HE Sheikh Abdulla bin Ali al-Thani.

“This MoU represents the beginning of joint strategic co-operation with the SEC, one of the most important and prominent government institutions in the country.” HE Sheikh Abdulla added that since its inception in 2008, QLC has been promoting and developing the capacities of national leaders to support Qatar’s vision in all fields through partnerships with international academic institutions specialised in training and leadership development. This MoU is the first of its kind between the SEC and QLC. The SEC is the first government entity to sign an institutional agreement with QLC.

2014-2015 academic year calendar for Independent Schools issued

HE Mohamed Abdul Wahed Ali al-Hammadi, the Minister of Education and Higher Education and Secretary General of the Supreme Education Council (SEC) yesterday issued a ministerial decision, adopting the 2014-2015 Independent Schools Academic Year Calendar. Based on the new Calendar, the new academic year for the staff will start on August 21, while the deadline for the students to enroll in schools will be September 7, 2014. In addition to the start of school, the calendar sets dates for exams and holidays taking place in the academic year of 2014-2015.

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Northwestern Alumni, Faculty and Staff share insights with high school students in Summer Media Institute

northwestern alumni faculty and staff share insights with high school students in summer media institute Northwestern Alumni, Faculty and Staff share insights with high school students in Summer Media InstituteDoha, Qatar: Northwestern University in Qatar’s Summer Media Institute, will this year bring together for the first time NU-Q alumni and 30 local high school students to share insights on several aspects of reporting and filmmaking as well as life at the university and in the workplace.

The two-week program running from August 3-14 is designed to help students understand what makes headlines in human rights, health, politics, and conflict resolution among other social issues.

Now in its fifth year, the institute will also provide students with hands-on training in documentary filmmaking, emphasizing key techniques in cinematography, lighting and editing. Throughout the program, students will interact on a daily basis with NU-Q alumni, faculty and specialist staff to gain a thorough understanding of regional and international media.

“The Summer Media Institute is an opportunity for local, young minds to explore the continuously developing field of media, as well as gain a sense of university life, responsibilities and expectations in the workplace,” said Everette E. Dennis, Dean and CEO of NU-Q.

Dana Atrach, NU-Q alumna and Communications Specialist at Teach For Qatar a local NGO that tackles education challenges–will engage students through a series of workshops focusing on script writing, pre-production and conceptualization. A recent winner of the Best Unproduced Script Based on a Family Drama award at the St. Tropez International Film Festival, Atrach will pass on the insider knowledge of what it takes to succeed on a global scale.

“When I was a student at NU-Q, my screenwriting professor was a huge inspiration to me. She was very passionate about screenwriting, and she instilled the same passion in her students,” said Atrach. “My aim is to emulate her teaching style and hopefully have the same impact on my students as she had on us.”

Joining Atrach, to tell students how to get their films accepted into film festivals will be fellow NU-Q alumnae and founders of Torath Production, Shannon Farhoud, Rana Khaled Al Khatib, Ashlene Ramadan and Melanie Fridgant.

The program also offers a unique opportunity to get expert advice from NU-Q faculty and staff. Christina Paschyn, Lecturer in Residence in the Journalism program will teach how to interview on camera, Chris Adamescu, Production and Broadcast Technical Support Specialist will give a technical overview of production and–of critical importance to college bound students–Leon Braswell, Director of Admissions at NU-Q will give advice on the admission process.

The Summer Media Institute is the first in a series of NU-Q events for the 2014-2015 school year aimed at high school students interested in communications and journalism. Future events include the Qatar Leadership Conference, which is held in collaboration with Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar and THIMUN Qatar, and the THIMUN Qatar Northwestern Film Festival.

At the most recent THIMUN Qatar Northwestern Film Festival, the winning film was Al-Hamali (The Porters), a five-minute documentary produced by Qatari high school student Amal Al-Muftah. The film dramatically and powerfully increased knowledge of an under-exposed issue and brought to light the untold stories of men who go unnoticed every day. Al-Muftah will be joining NU-Q as a first-year student, when fall classes begin August 24.

NU-Q will also be hosting a number of media workshops throughout the year encouraging students to explore the development of investigative reporting and digital media.

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Georgetown guides Qatar’s high school students to university success with GPS

georgetown guides qatars high school students to university success with gps Georgetown guides Qatars high school students to university success with GPSQatar: 40 high school students from 22 different area high schools in Qatar representing 15 different nationalities completed four weeks of intensive preparation for university life through Georgetown University in Qatar’s fifth annual Georgetown Pre-College Summer program, or GPS. The series of full-time classes, which are taught completely in English, cover a full range of topics necessary for university success, including reading, writing, note-taking, research, and presentation skills, two levels of math classes that includes a focus on applying mathematical knowledge to solving economics problems, and library and research skills training and career counseling.

“GU-Q’s uniquely inclusive preparatory program is for students who seek a competitive edge in the university application process as they move into their final years of high school. It’s open to all of Qatar’s future university students, not only those interested in attending Georgetown, and this year we had the most applicants ever, with 96 applications for only 40 spots,” said Jacqui Snell, a student development officer at GU-Q and this year’s GPS coordinator. Practical preparation for SAT standardized testing, a requirement for admission to Georgetown University as well as other top universities in Education City, and worldwide, is another important element in the GPS program. Snell notes that participating students see a marked improvement in their SAT test score through this program, saying, “We test the students at both the beginning and at the end of the four weeks, so we can track just how beneficial this pre-college training is for these promising students.”

The GPS program also allows high school students to get a taste of a GU-Q education through participating in a mini-seminar, a class taught by Georgetown staff that introduces students to the majors offered at GU-Q: Culture and Politics, International Economics, International Politics, and the newly launched International History degree. “The mini seminar enables students to take a class that is directly modeled off what all first year Georgetown students take. This is exciting because it gives the students an even more in-depth look at what university life is like,” explained Snell.

Former GPS student Kareem Malas decided to enroll in GU-Q after taking part in a GPS program. “In the beginning I was skeptical about whether to go to GPS or not. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to spend my summer at some college prep institution. But when I did, it turned out to be one of the most exciting experiences of my life. I never thought we would have that much fun and at the same time prepare ourselves for college.” Kareem also learned a lot about university admissions through workshops, presentations, and individual coaching that gives students insights, skills, and resources necessary to prepare for admission and success at top-caliber American or international universities. “GPS really helped me realize what I wanted to do with my life, and where and how to apply for universities. Without it, my college preparations and applications would have been really difficult.”

Since starting GPS in 2009, 240 local students have taken part in the annual program.

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Marzouki stresses need to mobilise all efforts to reform education system

marzouki stresses need to mobilise all efforts to reform education system Marzouki stresses need to mobilise all efforts to reform education systemCarthage: Caretaker President Moncef Marzouki stressed the need to mobilise all efforts and all energies “to reform the education system and make up for the time lost by Tunisia in promoting its educational policy.”

“Tunisia must make education its priority as soon as the transition period ends, by mobilising all material resources and restoring the prestige of educators and teachers,” said President Marzouki in his speech at a ceremony to celebrate Knowledge Day, held Wednesday at Carthage Palace.

“The different stakeholders in the private and public sectors must also take responsibility in this effort,” he added.

Marzouki also stated that “25 years of dictatorship had ruined the education system,” calling for speeding reform to enable Tunisia “to make the same progress achieved by countries that have relied on a successful educational policy like Indonesia.”

In this context, he emphasised the need to launch practical reforms, after the transition period where all efforts were focusing on building a democratic state,” to establish a successful education policy allowing Tunisia to recover its scientific position and avoid, at the same time, the return of patronage and corruption that caused the collapse of scientific institutions and the degradation of the ranking of universities.”

“The technological revolution is seen as a crucial step in the history of humanity,” he said, calling on Tunisian youth to “make the most of technological progress especially as the young generations have resources and energies needed to push Tunisia ahead.”

During the ceremony, the Caretaker President honoured nearly 50 top students in different educational and vocational training specialties.

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Lebanese University bill finally approved

lebanese university bill finally approved Lebanese University bill finally approvedBeirut, Lebanon: In a marathon session, the Cabinet unanimously approved Thursday the thorny Lebanese University decree, appointing deans to the institution’s council and making contract-based professors full-timers, after years of disputes and struggles over the issue.

The Cabinet also allocated funds to pay salaries to public sector employees.

“The Cabinet agreed to appoint deans for 19 Lebanese University faculties,” Information Minister Ramzi Joreige told reporters after the session. “It also gave the university permission to make candidate professors proposed by Education Minister Elias Bou Saab full-timers.”

It is the first time the government has appointed LU deans since October 2001. Contract professors were last made full-timers in May 2008.

The absence of fully fledged deans over the past decade had prompted the transfer of the powers of the university’s council to the education minister and LU president, crippling the university’s independence and preventing professors from having a say in issues related to the running of the university.

“What happened today is a victory for professors who have been struggling for all these years and it is a victory for the university and the nation,” said Mirvat Ballout, the spokesperson for contract professors. Speaking to The Daily Star, she said that around 1,100 professors would benefit from the decree.

Contract professors have refrained from grading final exams and have been holding weekly protests to pressure the government to make them full-timers, a status that entitles teachers to National Social Security Fund benefits, a salary every month rather than every two years and other perks.

Ballout said the professors would now start correcting the exams and that they would release final grades as soon as possible.

Bou Saab said the approval of the decree was a “victory for the university,” and joined dozens of LU contract professors gathered in the capital’s Riad al-Solh Square to celebrate.

The government has failed on several occasions to approve the LU decree. This breakthrough came after Speaker Nabih Berri held intensified contacts with Kataeb Party leader Amine Gemayel and Free Patriotic Movement head Michel Aoun.

Initially, the Kataeb Party and the FPM had demanded that a Maronite figure loyal to them replace Pierre Yared, the acting dean of the Faculty of Medicine. Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt had insisted instead that Yared, a Greek Catholic, remain in his post.

In the end, a compromise was reached, by which Yared stayed in his post and was made a fully-fledged dean, in return for the PSP allowing the Kataeb Party to choose someone to fill the position of the dean of the Faculty of Tourism and Hotel Management. The Kataeb Party was also allowed to choose two of its followers to fill the academic seats on the LU Council.

The agreement was finalized shortly before the session during a meeting between Prime Minister Tammam Salam, Bou Saab and Economy Minister Alain Hakim, who is from the Kataeb Party.

The Cabinet also agreed to allocate funds to pay salaries for public-sector employees, ending weeks of uncertainty due to differences among ministers over where to get the money from.

Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil, from Berri’s bloc, is insisting Parliament pass a law that will allow the extra-budgetary spending needed by the Cabinet. He was opposed by the March 14 coalition, which argued that public sector employee salaries did not require Parliament’s approval.

Khalil said after the session that a decision had instead been made to pull funds from the Treasury reserve, originally allocated for ministries.

“We are still adhering to the law on the expense of tightening spending in various ministries. There is still a need to go to Parliament to either approve the 2014 budget or a law to allow extra-budgetary spending as soon as possible for the sake of the state and its institutions,” Khalil said.Ministerial sources said the funds would cover salaries for two months and that officials were working on drafting a law that would retroactively legalize extra-budgetary spending of previous governments. The sources also sounded optimistic that the long-awaited salary raise for the public sector would be endorsed by Parliament after the two-day Eid al-Fitr Holiday.

Also Thursday, Cabinet approved a proposal by Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk and Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi to abolish lists of wanted individuals put together based on material gathered from informants.

The move fulfills a key demand of protesters in Tripoli who have claimed that arrests during the spring security crackdown were made based on the lists rather than the legally required judicial arrest warrants.

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First year of smart learning programme a success

first year of smart learning programme a success First year of smart learning programme a successDubai, UAE: Ramadan marks the end of a successful first year for the Mohammad Bin Rashid Smart Learning Programme.

The first half of this year has marked a milestone for the Programme, with the completion of phase I of its programme and its implementation in 123 schools.

A total of 442 classrooms were upgraded with new technology, and 11,548 tablets were distributed, engaging 11,402 grade seven pupils across the UAE. The number of participating public schools for the upcoming academic school year that will join the Programme will grow from 123 to 147, a 20 per cent increase from last year.

“What is remarkable is that in the span of one academic year, participating students reported higher grades after taking part in the MBRSLP,” said Mohammad Ghayeth, Director-General of the smart programme.

Numbers have shown that student and teacher contributions to the online platform doubled between semesters two and three in class contribution, assignments, attendance, exams and efficiency in asking and answering questions. The smart learning curriculum has been well received by teachers for its ease in performing numerous tasks such as collecting data, and adding and updating timetables. It also allows teachers to create flexible online lesson plans that can be shared with students and parents, while reducing paper use and maintaining environmental conservation.

The programme will also provide parents with a direct access to teachers with regular communications about their child’s academic and behavioural performance. The online platform facilitates constant communication eliminating the need to schedule monthly parent meetings.

Acting in line with the UAE’s national vision for educational reform in coordination with the Ministry of Education, the MBRSLP has gained both national and international recognition for the impact of introducing smart learning techniques in public schools for the first time in the UAE. The MBRSLP will build up systematically until reaching all UAE public schools by 2017.

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Texas A&M University at Qatar receives $1.47 million in PDRA research awards

texas am university at qatar receives 147 million in pdra research awards Texas A&M University at Qatar receives $1.47 million in PDRA research awardsQatar: Texas A&M University at Qatar received five Postdoctoral Research Awards (PDRA) recognitions totaling more than $1.47 million from the Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF). The awards will further assist Texas A&M at Qatar’s efforts to seek solutions to Qatar’s most pressing challenges of development and growth through a dynamic research program that responds to needs and develops pragmatic, sustainable and implementable solutions to real-world issues.

PDRA aims to attract and promote the direct involvement of recent Ph.D. holders to engage in further research work in Qatar and to promote human research capabilities inside Qatar. The program supports postdoctoral scholars to work in research groups in Qatar in areas that are of national priority as outlined in the Qatar National Research Strategy. Focus areas include basic and applied research in all fields of natural sciences, engineering and technology, medical and health sciences, agricultural sciences, social sciences and humanities. PDRA consideration is highly competitive, both financially and in the standards of excellence required.

Dr. Mark H. Weichold, dean and CEO of Texas A&M at Qatar, said, “Encouraging new and unique research talent is the key to innovation, and Qatar is supporting this development of new knowledge with the PDRA. Texas A&M at Qatar is proud to receive these recognitions for its postdoctoral researchers and to be able to create solutions to challenges of development and growth that further positively impact the State of Qatar’s people, its communities and its future.”

Dr. Eyad Masad, assistant dean of research and graduate studies, said, “PDRA is a unique and novel program that aims to attract talented young researchers to pursue advantageous research opportunities in Qatar. Texas A&M at Qatar is pleased with these five awards, and we are grateful to QNRF’s significant support.”

PDRA Cycle 1 Projects awarded to Texas A&M at Qatar:
Dr. Andre Zuber, Modeling CO2 Storage in Aquifers and Deep Oceans with the Q-Electro lattice Equation of State,
PI: Dr. Marcelo Castier;

Dr. Ilaria Menapace ,Microstructural Characterization of Warm Mix Asphalts with Emphasis on Aging and Moisture Damage for Application in the State of Qatar,
PI: Dr. Eyad Masad;

Dr. Rajesh Kumar Raju, Computational Design of an Efficient Cascade Catalytic Scheme for the Conversion of CO2 to Methanol,
PI: Dr. Ed Brothers;

Mr. Imran Shafique Ansari, Efficient Spectrum Utilization Using Mixed RF/FSO Technology,
PI: Dr. Khalid Ali Qaraqe;

Dr. Mohamed Gharib, Design of Passive and Semi-active Impact Dampers for Vibration Suppression in Oil/Gas Offshore Platforms,
PI: Dr. Mansour Karkoub.

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QNRF awards scientific proposals from Qatar university

qnrf awards scientific proposals from qatar university QNRF awards scientific proposals from Qatar universityDoha, Qatar: Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF), a centre of Qatar Foundation Research and Development (QF R&D), has awarded funding to two research proposals titled “The Garbled Computer: Towards Computing Without Seeing” and “Adapted Cognitive Behavioural Approach To Addressing Overweight Among Qatari Youth”, which is the continuation of a pilot-study.

The two proposals, both from Qatar University, were awarded funds as part of the National Priorities Research Program – Exceptional Proposals (NPRP-EP), which offers additional resources beyond those available under the NPRP.

QNRF’s Executive Director, Dr Abdul Sattar Al-Taie, said, “The NPRP-EP funding program gives the opportunity to top notch researchers to submit research proposals with exceptional scientific merits and benefits to Qatar while aligning with the Qatar National Research Strategy.”

Dr Al-Taie added that the majority of the NPRP conditions apply to this programme, with a few amendments such as requirements for lead investigators to have secured an increased number of publications and that they reside in Qatar for the duration of the project. There are also increases in the amount of effort and budget that are to be expended inside Qatar. “We think these are reasonable conditions given the size of the investment that QNRF is prepared to make,” he continued.

“The Garbled Computer” or “GC” research project aims at developing a new, secure, computer model which could possibly allow the use of sensitive data on untrusted platforms without any security risks. For instance, the GC should be able to use standard data cloud services without revealing any confidential information or the nature of the data.

The second award follows the successful evaluation of a one-year pilot study from where the research team can now go on to investigate increasing obesity levels among local youth for a further two years. The objective of this research project is to address the problem by promoting healthy dietary habits in overweight and obese children between the ages of 9 and 12, while also developing their social and emotional ability to accept these changes. The study will also enlist family involvement to motivate family members and help maintain optimum weight in the long run.

Dr Abdulnasser Al-Ansari, Deputy Executive Director at QNRF, commented, “QNRF’s rigorous peer review process ensures that only top quality, original research projects that address the needs of Qatar and which give Qatar a comparative advantage in the region are funded. I am confident that the awarded research proposals will have a big impact on Qatar, the region and the world whilst making a significant impact in the field of ICT and medical and health sciences.

For more information about QNRF’s NPRP-EP and QNRF’s other funding programmes, visit: www.qnrf.org

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