University of Dubai Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center to open in January

entrepreneurship and innovation center to open in january University of Dubai Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center to open in JanuaryDubai, UAE: University of Dubai has announced plans to open its ‘Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center’ in January 2015. The project which has been undertaken in partnership with San Diego State University’s Center for Information Convergence & Strategy (CICS), aims to provide an incubator environment for innovation and research.

The center will provide opportunities for students and researchers to work on innovative projects with the support of experts based on ground realities, and contribute to the UAE’s sustainable economic development.

Dr. Eesa M. Bastaki, President of University of Dubai , said the research center represents a quantum leap for the university in the academic sector in the UAE, and comes within the framework of the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, to make universities into innovation centers that can contribute to the development of services that meet international best standards.

“Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center will see research work undertaken in various sectors, including health, information technology and even trade. Our goal is to maintain the quality of research and its application in various sectors, and we are keen to maintain the distinct creativity of projects away from stereotypes,” said Dr Bastaki.

As an incubator for innovation, the center will provide innovative solutions, both for domestic consumption and for export, benefiting both the private and public sectors.

Akshay Pottathil, Director of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center, said the solutions provided by the center will exceed the commercial products launched in sectors such as healthcare and finance. It will therefore provide a strong platform for long term sustainable economic development and create new sources of income, diversifying from traditional sources such as oil and gas.

He said the center’s areas of focus are tourism, healthcare, security, information technology, trade and finance. He also pointed out that the center will be open for research projects to everyone and not just to the students of the University of Dubai .

Pottathil called all government and private agencies to submit their projects to the center to take advantage of the technical solutions it provides, and contribute to development through collective action.

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QF Partners with International Schools Services to Host Qatar’s 1st Teacher Recruitment Fair

partners with international schools services to host qatars first teacher recruitment fair QF Partners with International Schools Services to Host Qatars 1st Teacher Recruitment FairDoha, Qatar: Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF) has held its first teacher recruitment fair to promote professional opportunities at educational institutions in Qatar and across the region.

The Doha International Recruitment Fair brought together over 150 potential candidates and more than 35 local and international schools to discuss future career opportunities. Designed to match international educators with fresh roles, the fair was hosted by QF in association with International Schools Services (ISS), one of the world’s leading recruitment organisations for teachers.

In line with Qatar Foundation ‘s mission to unlock human potential and nurture the next generation of educators to inspire young people with a desire for learning, the Doha International Recruitment Conference supported the Qatar National Vision 2030’s commitment to world-class education and the transition to a knowledge economy.

ISS hosts such events in selected cities around the world and this was the first to be held in Qatar. In total, there were 120 registered members of ISS from Qatar and abroad, as well as over 30 walk-in candidates, who had the opportunity to speak with representatives of regional educational establishments.

The array of academic establishments came from across Qatar, Bahrain, Saudia Arabia, the UAE, Jordan, and Pakistan. Qatar Foundation Academies were especially well represented at the fair by Qatar Leadership Academy, Awsaj Academy, the Academic Bridge Program, Qatar Academy , Qatar Academy Al Wakra, Qatar Academy Al Khor, Qatar Academy Sidra and Qatar Academy Msheireb.

Buthaina Al Nuaimi, Associate Vice-President of Education at Qatar Foundation , said about the strategic partnership with ISS: “Education is one of Qatar Foundation ‘s three strategic pillars and it is dedicated to driving excellence in learning, teaching and leadership through its centres, academic institutes, and many other platforms.

“The high level of interest from local educators demonstrates the passion for sharing knowledge with the next generation. We were especially pleased with attendees’ interest in the range of pre-university education institutions at Qatar which cater for many different ages and specialisms aimed at supporting pupils.

“Qatar Foundation is delighted to partner with the internationally-recognised organisation ISS for educational outreach and recruitment. Teachers and teaching are central to improving student outcomes, and Qatar Foundation remains committed to collaborations that will deliver a modern world-class educational system,” she added.

Bruce McWilliams, Vice President of ISS, talked about the value placed by International Schools Services on the partnership with QF to establish the recruitment fair. “ISS was honoured to work with an organisation as prestigious as Qatar Foundation to present an event that drew many educators seeking positions in quality schools based in the Gulf region,” he said.

“The senior administration of International Schools Services hopes to continue the partnership with Qatar Foundation for years to come, in order to further the goal of enhancing and promoting education in Qatar as outlined in the country’s 2030 vision. The result was a fantastic event that will continue to grow in the coming years, and play an important role in bringing outstanding educators to the schools of Qatar and the Gulf region.”

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HBMSU Chancellor delivers lecture in Saudi Arabia future of higher education

hbmsu chancellor delivers lecture in saudi arabia on quality future of higher education HBMSU Chancellor delivers lecture in Saudi Arabia future of higher educationUAE: Dr. Mansoor Al Awar, Chancellor of Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University (HBMSU) and Chairman of the Governing Board of the UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education (IITE), delivered a lecture titled ‘Quality and Future of Higher Education’ in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in his capacity as a visiting professor of the UNESCO Chair for Quality in Higher Education at Al-Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud Islamic University. Dr. Al Awar’s discussions revolved around three main themes, namely ‘The Essence of Quality in Higher Education Institutions,’ ‘Quality of Smart Education,’ and ‘Quality Scale in Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University.’

Dr. Al awar delivered his lecture before an audience of 850 elite academicians including Dr. Mohammed Bin Ibrahim Bin Abdullah Al-Zakri, Professor of UNESCO Chair for Quality in Higher Education at Al-Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud Islamic University; deans and faculty members of Quality and Development Faculty, Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences and Faculty of Social Sciences; and postgraduates and professors of research chairs from the university.

Dr. Al Awar said quality has become strategically important as an integrated framework aimed at developing the higher education system in line with the Gulf region’s accelerated efforts to transform into a knowledge-based economy. He pointed out that higher educational institutions are in dire need of adopting a comprehensive quality management system to meet the students’ current and future aspirations.

In addition, he said smart education has become an essential pillar in ensuring a better future. He noted that HBMSU, in particular, focuses on promoting the ‘Total Quality Management’ concept, enriching knowledge, and strengthening creativity, innovation and excellent culture and scientific research in the Arab World through smart learning. He added that the provision of an integrated learning environment, along with accredited academic programs of highest quality standards, will enable higher educational institutions to keep pace with rapid technological development and successive changes in today’s digital age. This leads to building qualified generations capable of leading growth and development processes.

Dr. Al Awar concluded: “It is an honor to be invited by Al-Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud Islamic University and deliver a lecture as a visiting professor of the UNESCO Chair for Quality in Higher Education. It is my pleasure to meet the university’s elite group of professors, academic figures and graduate students, who are known for their contributions to scientific research and who are providers of best academic services and graduate studies in Saudi Arabia.”

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GHEDEX – Global Higher Education Exhibition 2015

The Global Higher Education Exhibition, GHEDEX is the first UFI (Global Association of the exhibition industry in Arabia) approved event in the Sultanate of Oman. GHEDEX is held annually, under the auspices of the Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) & is organized by OITE Trade Fairs. The current scenario in Oman sees the level of higher education going up and students displaying continuous interest in enrollment options. In light of this trend, GHEDEX puts the spotlight on higher education through participating accredited local/regional/ national/international universities and colleges who showcase their programmes to more than 18,000 visitors from Oman and the Gulf region.

Omani & expatriate students seeking quality education and opportunities for evolvement through internships and related career planning programmes will find GHEDEX to be a lucrative opportunity to pursue their higher education goals.

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HBMSU issues directives to classify Higher Ed institutions

hbmsu issues directives to classify higher ed institutions HBMSU issues directives to classify Higher Ed institutionsUAE: During its first regular meeting for the Academic Year 2014-2015, the Board of Governors of the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University (HBMSU) discussed the new system for the national classification of higher education institutions in the UAE. The discussions focused on the new system’s framework and general features in a bid to position HBMSU at the forefront of the leading higher educational institutions. The members called for strong commitment towards the implementation of the plan’s objectives in order to reach a new level of educational excellence.

On the progress of HBMSU’s activities and initiatives, the Board of Governors commended the online Executive Master’s in Business Administration (EMBA) in Islamic Banking and Finance recently launched by H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minster of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. The EMBA was unveiled during the 10th World Islamic Economic Forum at the Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre’s stand.

The Board of Governors also praised the HBMSU Smart Campus platform launched by H.E. Lieutenant General Dahi Khalfan Tamim, Deputy Chairman of Police and Dubai General Security and Chairman of HBMSU Board of Governors. The HBMSU Smart Campus is one of the key pillars in promoting smart education in the country through the use and integration of modern technology into learning.

During the meeting, the Board of Governors took a closer look at HBMSU’s achievements at the academic and scientific research levels. The members highlighted the visits of H.E. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, and H.E. Hussein Al Hammadi, UAE Minister of Education, both of whom were briefed about the initiatives and leading applications undertaken by HBMSU to promote smart education. The separate visits took place in a bid to strengthen the cooperation between HBMSU and other educational and academic institutions in the UAE.

The Board of Governors commended as well the holding of ‘Smart Learning Best Practice Forum 2014,’ a first-of-its-kind event aimed at providing a strong base to ensure the integration of best practices into smart learning. The members also stressed the importance of ‘Smart Learning Best Practice Award 2014′ in promoting excellence and leadership among prominent institutions that have shown superiority in implementing best international practices to ensure smart learning’s continuous growth and development.

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University of Dubai underlines its outstanding position with top 10 achievements of 2014

university of dubai underlines its outstanding position with top 10 achievements of 2014 University of Dubai underlines its outstanding position with top 10 achievements of 2014Dubai, UAE: University of Dubai has described the year gone by as a period of great achievements and major initiatives, which have helped enhance its position as one of the pioneering universities in the UAE.

“As one of the leading higher education institutions in the United Arab Emirates, the University of Dubai has made remarkable strides in 2014. The University of Dubai is committed to excellence in the field of knowledge transfer. The recent achievements reflect the success of the university’s sustained efforts to support the development of higher education in the UAE and the region,” said Dr. Eesa M. Bastaki, President of the university.

Identifying its top 10 achievements of 2014, the university stated that in April it became one of the 85 business schools which have extended their AACSB accreditation in business. AACSB International is the longest serving global accrediting body for business schools that offer undergraduate, masters and doctorate degrees in business and accounting.

In the month of May, IBM and the University of Dubai announced a plan to establish a Smarter Cities Institute. The center has been conceptualized as a venue for businesses, universities and city-administrators to develop and test solutions for future urban demands and Smart City challenges.

In the same month, the University announced the ground-breaking for its new premises located at Dubai Academic City. The ground-breaking ceremony took place in the presence of H.E. Abdul Rahman Saif Al Ghurair, Chairman of Dubai Chamber. The month of May also marked the 15th year of the university’s operation, which it celebrated with 12th graduation ceremony of 111 students at the Cultural and Scientific Association in Dubai. The ceremony was celebrated under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai.

The University of Dubai Alumni Association organized charity ‘Suhoor’ in June to support financially challenged students. The event, under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Majid bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, raised AED 500,000.
In August, University of Dubai launched its PhD program in Business Administration with 17 students in first batch of which 15 were Emiratis. The university also celebrated the awarding of the British Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM-UK) Level 5 and Level 7 programs, making it the first university in the Middle East to offer these certifications to its graduates of the Bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management, and MBA in Leadership & Human Resources Management.

In the month of November, the University of Dubai and San Diego State University announced a joint project to establish a Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation (CEI). CEI is a research, innovation and consultancy center that works in partnership with San Diego State University’s Center for Information Convergence & Strategy (CICS). The Center offers a platform for students, alumni, and faculty to network and develop their start-up ideas and support entrepreneurs through all steps of the entrepreneurial process. Projects under consideration range from healthcare, health informatics, law enforcement, security, trade, education and public policy.

In December, the University announced that it has been ranked along with nine other universities from the UAE among the top 50 universities in the first QS University Rankings Arab Region report. During the month, the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM), the accredited professional Human Resources organization in USA, acknowledged that University of Dubai ‘s BBA-HRM Program “Fully Aligns with SHRM’s HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates”. With this acknowledgment, it has now become possible for University of Dubai ‘s BBA-HRM graduates to directly apply for the SHRM professional examination and certification.

SHRM certification (similar to ILM Level 5) is equally and highly valued by the employers globally and therefore University of Dubai HRM graduates command premium in the industry. Throughout the world, 365 programs in 268 educational institutions have been acknowledged by SHRM as being in alignment with its suggested guides and Templates.

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Students get a feel of the UAE heritage

students get a feel of the uae heritage Students get a feel of the UAE heritageAbu Dhabi, UAE: Hundreds of school students arrived at noon on Monday at the 8th Al Dhafra Festival, taking place in the Western Region’s Madinat Zayed.

About 15 buses, packed with young Emirati students from all over the UAE, entered the festival ground to experience the Bedouin culture. Accompanied by their teachers, the schoolgirls toured the main sights of the festival, many of them experiencing for the first time the traditional Bedouin lifestyle.

“My generation is used to shopping malls. I know about traditional markets — my grandmother often talks about them — but I’ve never really experienced a proper one. The souq here is quite different from any shopping centres in Dubai,” said Shamsa Al Ali, a 15-year-old student from Dubai.

Preserving Emirati culture and heritage and passing it on to the younger generation are one of the main purposes of Al Dhafra Festival, which is now in its eight year.

Organised by the Cultural Programmes and Heritage Festivals Committee – Abu Dhabi from December 20 to January 1, the festival takes place in the desert surroundings of Madinat Zayed, in the Western Region of Abu Dhabi, on the borders of the mighty Rub Al Khali desert, once the harsh homeland of Bedouin tribes, who used to cross it on camel-back in search of water and food.

The hardship of those days only exists in stories nowadays, but the love of camels, desert and old traditions endured, being reflected in all activities happening at Al Dhafra Festival. Altogether, there are 15 competitions at the festival, apart from the main camel beauty one, all related to Emirati culture and heritage.

Given the shortage of time, the schoolgirls only got to visit the camel beauty competition and the souq. “Sadly, we only had 10 minutes with the camels, but I loved it. I would recommend the festival to anyone, of any age or nationality. If you love the desert or, generally, nature, and if you love animals, especially camels, you cannot miss this festival,” said Mariam Salem, 16-year-old student, who travelled all the way from Ajman.

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Minister of Education briefed on HBMSU’s qualitative initiatives towards ‘smart’ learning

uae minister of education briefed on hbmsus qualitative initiatives towards smart learning Minister of Education briefed on HBMSUs qualitative initiatives towards smart learningUAE: H.E. Hussein Al Hammadi, UAE Minister of Education, has recently been briefed on the qualitative initiatives undertaken by Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University (HBMSU) to enrich the knowledge and entrench the culture of creativity, innovation and scientific research through ‘Smart Learning.’ The qualitative initiatives complement the university’s drive towards ‘smart’ transformation in line with the vision and directives of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and President of the University.

H.E. Al Hammadi was briefed during his visit to HBMSU campus to identify the features of the integrated learning environment that are available for the university’s learners and accredited academic programs that effectively respond to the successive variables and keep pace with technological development as one of the most distinctive features of the 21st century. The Minister of Education, accompanied by Dr. Mansoor Al Awar, HBMSU Chancellor, and number of faculty and administrative members, toured the university and checked its diverse facilities. During the tour, he was also briefed on the ‘Virtual Classroom,’ which is considered a turnaround in terms of enhancing the flexibility and quality of ‘Smart Learning.’

H.E. Al Hammadi commended HBMSU’s achievement of becoming one of the leading educational institutions in the region in a record time. He also praised the University for being the first specialized educational institution to realize early about the rapid changes taking place globally in the field of information and communications technology, education, and knowledge and have become an important part of its educational courses.

Adding further, H.E. Al Hammadi said: “The distinctive administrative and educational practices, modern educational facilities, elite academics and specialists, group of scheduled courses, and means of advanced teaching have made HBMSU a model for a modern educational institution. It represents a perfect academic destination for learners, scholars and researchers who are looking forward to the future and better job opportunities.”

On his part, Dr. Mansoor Al Awar shared that the visit of H.E. Al Hammadi complements the leading position that HBMSU has achieved–being one of the best models for smart learning in the Arab World. He emphasized that the university is keen to provide an advanced learning environment and develop an overall portfolio of academic programs based on innovative teaching methods and best international practices adopted in various fields of knowledge. Such an environment will also support the governmental orientation towards the optimal investment in human resources.

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Teens have few options for pre-college work experience in UAE

teens have few options for pre college work experience in uae Teens have few options for pre college work experience in UAEDubai, UAE: Few employment and internship opportunities available to teenagers may be putting them at a disadvantage when it comes to applying for colleges or universities overseas, experts and parents say.

Students who are not able to secure co-ops, internships or even part-time summer jobs also miss out on developing good work ethics, professional communications and other character-building skills that colleges and future employers look for in a well-rounded individual.

“There is definitely a disadvantage because if you are an admissions person and you have three students, two of whom have those kinds of experiences and one who doesn’t, naturally you would favour a person with that kind of exposure – given all other things being the same,” said Rema Menon, owner of Counselling Point, an education consulting firm that helps students apply to universities at home and abroad.

In 2011, the Ministry of Labour introduced new laws allowing national and expatriate students to work part-time, with some restrictions, beginning at age 15. In order to be employed, the teenagers must provide a medical certificate proving they are fit to work and get permission from their parents. Teenagers aged 18 and over must apply for a part-time work permit, which carry a more rigorous and costly application process.

But while it is legal to hire these young workers, the opportunities open to them are few.

“It is very limited,” Mrs Menon said. “Every time I have students who are interested, we approach certain companies and we ask and they say there are some repercussions, there are certain policies and unless we have the government approval, we can’t do that. It is an impediment.”

Sometimes the only way to get a student’s foot in the door – even for an unpaid co-op, internship or apprenticeship – is by coaxing a relative or family friend to give the teenager a chance. “Very rarely, it’s through, as they say, wasta. You know somebody and they have their own company or they know somebody,” she said.

Sunita Mirchandani, a mother of two sons who works as a lead adviser for education and training at the British Embassy, said it should not be this difficult for teenagers to get work experience.

“There should be more opportunities for internships and apprenticeships at the school level, particularly in sectors that the UAE needs skilled workers,” she said.

“There should be a drive to link academics with industry.

“It is important to have graduates who are ready for the work environment. Since a very large proportion of the population is expatriate, it is extremely important to encourage internships and apprenticeships in schools across different curricula, so that students can make the right career choices and the UAE can have graduates who have the skills needed for the job market.”

Unlike in many western countries where teenagers look forward to and are encouraged to get part-time jobs, here it is “out of the ordinary”, Mrs Menon said.

The student work culture “needs to be cultivated”, said Beth Ann Rupp, a consultant with EduEval Educational Consultancy, which is working on developing a programme to integrate students in the workplace.

“One of the main challenges with internships is when there isn’t a person coordinating them, a person who advocates for both the students’ learning experience and the employer’s interests,” Mrs Rupp said. “There needs to be someone to connect and support both sides for meaningful results.”

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SAUDI TVTC to open 67 colleges in 4 years

saudi tvtc to open 67 colleges in 4 years SAUDI TVTC to open 67 colleges in 4 yearsA top official of the Technical and Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC) said here on Thursday that TVTC will be opening another 67 colleges to accommodate 150,000 applicants for technical training which will include 38 colleges for boys and 29 for girls.

Commenting on the new budget, TVTC Gov. Ali Al-Gafis said that the SR5.27 billion allotted this year for the TVTC projects will help in the implementation of construction projects.

It will also boost their operational performance while attracting international agencies for independent operation of the new colleges.

Al-Ghafis expressed appreciation to the Kingdom’s leadership for its generous support in providing all possible avenues for citizens to play their role in creating economic growth.

He reposed his confidence in the new budget allocated for TVTC which not only provides services to the government facilities, but also extends to strategic partnerships with international training institutions specialized in the field of practical training, with high efficiency that will help the rehabilitation of Saudi national cadres to meet the needs of the labor market.

“TVTC will be launching new development projects in March as part of its “Capacity Building” program. It aims to improve the performance of all technical colleges by encouraging innovation in technical and vocational training expertise” he said.

He added: “It will also work to enhance skills training for employees at these colleges that would reflect positively on the training process and meet the needs of the Saudi labor market for a trained national work force.”

According to him, TVTC has implemented various development programs, including electronic training, a system based on modern training methods to deliver information to the trainee online in order to build interactive training available everywhere and anytime, and promoting the concept of “self-training, “which is one of the leading initiatives of the enterprise.

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