‘Selfie Look’ for S P Jain’s new Mumbai Campus

selfie look for s p jains new mumbai campus ‘Selfie Look’ for S P Jain’s new Mumbai CampusS P Jain’s newly launched fourth campus in Mumbai, following Dubai, Singapore & Sydney gets a one-of-a-kind look, thanks to Mumbai-based architect Rajesh Patel. He is also the creative mind behind all of the S P Jain’s international campuses, including the award-winning Sydney campus.

The entire look of the Mumbai Campus has been derived from the global ‘selfie’ phenomenon. The look, termed the ‘Selfie Look’, draws on unique features that S P Jain aspires to reflect — modern, authentic and casual. Unpolished surfaces, cement floors, open ceilings blend seamlessly with modern designs, colour and lights, giving the campus a 21st century look.

The S P Jain Mumbai campus is unique in more than just its design. It is the most technologically advanced campus across the country. Its digitally-enhanced classrooms or what we call the ‘learning centres’ are equipped with ‘look at me ’cameras, touch screen whiteboards, high definition inter- classrooms and inter-campus video conferencing facilities. S P Jain is re-designing education by being the first to use these facilities not simply as solutions, but as enablers of change and innovation in the classroom.

A distinctive highlight of the new Mumbai campus is its Simulation Centre, the first-of-its-kind in any business school in the world. Just as simulators train pilots in a safe environment on the ground, the Centre will enable students to learn about complex business situations and sharpen their real-world and decision-making skills using advanced multimedia simulations. These Simulation Centres are practicing grounds for students to test their business mettle in a safe learning environment helping them refine their skills and prepare for a global business career.

The six glass-enclosed Student Break-Out Rooms are available for students to meet and discuss real-world business issues, and promote decision-making through peer learning. The ability to plug in their laptops into the facility and project their presentations in a television screen allows them to present their case studies in a business-like format preparing them for a corporate business career.

The Boardroom, tucked behind the Break-Out Rooms, trains the mind to make the most effective decisions in a complex and uncertain business world. Seamlessly fast internet connections in these rooms facilitate uninterrupted meetings that can be conducted across the global campuses in Singapore, Dubai and Sydney with fellow counterparts.

Complete with a world-class cafeteria and executive lounge, students and visitors to the campus can treat themselves to international food and speciality coffees.

About S P Jain School of Global Management:
S P Jain is an Australian business school with campuses in Dubai, Mumbai, Singapore and Sydney. The School offers multi-city undergraduate and postgraduate business degrees with a motive of crafting business leaders for the 21st century workplace. S P Jain was ranked #19 in the world in the Forbes Best International Business School Rankings 2013. UK’s Financial Times ranked the school’s MBA program, in 2011 and 2012, in its Top 100 Global MBA Rankings. The high rankings and accreditations vindicate S P Jain’s rapid rise as one of the world’s top business schools.

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Scholarship students won’t have to look for jobs

scholarship students wont have to look for jobs Scholarship students wont have to look for jobsRiyadh: The Ministry of Commerce and Industry has teamed up with the Ministry of Education for the “Your Job and Scholarship” program.

The goal is to allow 1,000 Saudi students to take up courses in engineering for the industrial sector.

With the latest addition, the number of scholarships within the third phase of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Scholarship has now reached 43,600, according to Education Minister Azzam Al-Dakhil.

Saudi students under this new scheme will not have to look for jobs when they return; they will be immediately absorbed by these state organizations.

This ambitious program provides scholarships for the Kingdom’s nationals abroad with certain profession specifications based on government needs.

Al-Dakhil said this year’s program will cover various degrees such as bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs in 479 courses and specialties. Recently, 10,000 places for the first year have been opened for applications.

Earlier, the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency, Saudi Arabian Airlines and the Ministry of Health inked similar partnerships based on these organizations’ manpower needs.

Al-Dakhil recently concluded a similar pact with the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) to grant 600 students scholarships abroad in airport security, aerial surveillance and monitoring and aviation safety. A similar partnership was concluded between the Ministry of Social Affairs to allocate 1,000 grants for social welfare-related jobs for rehabilitation of the disabled.

“It is a new scheme under which the Education Ministry will grant scholarships to Saudi students based on market needs and employ them when they return home on completing the course,” said Al-Dakhil.

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Dean of ADU’s appointed to world-renowned AACSB Accreditation Committee

dean of adus appointed to world renowned aacsb accreditation committee Dean of ADUs appointed to world renowned AACSB Accreditation CommitteeUAE: In a further boost to the university’s international credentials, the Dean of Abu Dhabi University ‘s College of Business Administration, Dr Jacob Chacko, has been appointed to the Initial Accreditation Committee of the prestigious Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). The 100-year old association is the global accrediting body for business schools, and the appointment follows on the heels of the AACSB’s recent accreditation of all the College’s programs in February 2015 — a rare distinction that is enjoyed by less than 5% of the world’s business schools.

Dr Chacko’s appointment is recognition for 16 years of service to the AACSB, and as a member of the Initial Accreditation Committeehe will play a pivotal role in reviewing institutions’ self-evaluation reports. He will also offer insights on peer review reports weighing the merits of business schools worldwide that are vying for final accreditation.

Congratulating Dr Chacko on his appointment, Chairman of the ADU Executive Board, His Excellency Ali Saeed Bin Harmal Al Dhaheri commented: “We are immensely proud and honored to congratulate one of our veteran academics, Dr Jacob Chacko, who has been rewarded for over a decade and a half of distinguished service for the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Combined with the College of Business Administration’s international accreditation, these milestones will inspire our students and educators to make their mark on the world stage.”

On a regional level, Dr Chacko has been appointed as a member of the AACSB-MENA Advisory Council for three years, where he will contribute recommendations and reviews of AACSB activities across the Middle East and North Africa.

Elaborating on the significance of his appointment, Dr Jacob Chacko explained: “Thisis not just a personal honor, but a shared triumph for the College of Business Administration and Abu Dhabi University . We are significantly elevating our regional and global status, considering that the AACSB has about 1,000 member schools in the MENA region alone. I feel tremendously privileged to be entrusted with the role of helping to enrich the AACSB’s regional initiatives, and I will both gain and share insights with internationally respected academics at the very highest level.”

The appointment is only the latest in a string of international recognitions for ADU , which includethe College of Engineering receiving accreditation from theEngineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET for three Engineering programs.

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Children in conflict zones need $2.3 billion to go to school-UNESCO

children in conflict zones need usd23b to go to school Children in conflict zones need $2.3 billion to go to school UNESCOLondon: The 34 million children who are out of school in conflict-affected countries need $2.3 billion to get them all schooling, ten times the amount education currently receives in aid, the United Nations’ education agency UNESCO said on Monday.

“Returning to school may be the only flicker of hope and normality for many children and youths in countries engulfed in crises,” said UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova. “Education must be seen as part of the first response when crisis hits.”

A suggested target in place since 2011 is that four percent of humanitarian aid be directed to education, but last year education received just two percent of aid, a UNESCO statement said.

“Present targets are hugely insufficient and diverting attention from the true needs of children and youth on the ground,” Aaron Benavot, director of UNESCO’s Education for All Global Monitoring Report (EFA GMR) said.

Children and adolescents in conflict-affected countries, particularly girls, are far more likely to be out of school than their counterparts in other countries, the EFA GMR said in the statement.

Even if the four percent target had been met in 2013, 15.5 million children and youths would still have had no humanitarian help with education, UNESCO said.

Just four percent of education appeals worldwide received half of all humanitarian funding for education, the report said, with Chad and the Congo faring particularly badly. Haiti, Sudan and the countries affected by the 2005 Asian tsunami did well.

“Media attention unfairly prioritizes some countries over others,” UNESCO said, adding that many appeals did not cover all those in need.

In 2013, 21 million people in conflict areas needed help with education, eight million of them were included in appeals, but just three million got help when funding was distributed, UNESCO said.

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Axiom Observes Growth in Technology-Driven Education Across all Academic Levels in GCC

axiom observes growth in technology driven education across all academic levels in gcc Axiom Observes Growth in Technology Driven Education Across all Academic Levels in GCCDubai, UAE: The region’s leading mobile reseller, axiom , believes tablets are aiding students across all academic levels in the GCC, with institutional implementations increasing.

A study by the International Data Corporation (IDC), in association with Intel, conducted earlier this year, indicated a rise in the demand for tablets for educational purposes across the Middle East.

The use of mobile technology in education has been an imperative subject among industry leaders over recent years. Professionals in the education sector across the Middle East are increasingly recognizing that, while the traditional blackboards, notebooks, and textbooks may have been ideal in previous years, it is important for this generation to learn in ways that will help them with life after school.

“The latest technology is being deployed across all industries in the region making it crucial that students are familiar with technology from an early age,” said Faisal Al Bannai, CEO of axiom . “Furthermore, with the incorporation of tablets in classrooms, students can have instant access to the latest news, statistics, and information on virtually everything at their fingertips.”

The IDC study reported that all the institutions surveyed had the intention of increasing device utilization to 100% within 12-24 months with most institutions having adapted a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) approach. Other institutions provide devices that are pre-installed with relevant settings, apps and reading material in efforts to produce industry-ready graduates, in line with the regions vision of becoming an educational hub.

The GCC has taken the lead in the region, with a number of technology-driven education initiatives, including the UAE’s Smart Learning Initiative, launched in 2012, that aims to provide tablets to students at all K-12 government schools by the year 2017.

In fulfilling the Qatar National Vision 2030, the Supreme Education Council’s e-Bag project in Qatar aims to provide tablets to every student and teacher in the country in the hope of producing more fun and rewarding learning experiences and reducing the weight of heavy school bags.

“Today’s students are increasingly integrating the use of technology in many aspects of life, including in social and entertainment contexts. They are familiar with numerous devices and are more engaged when using them, making it a natural transition to use in education,” Al Bannai said.

The use of tablets in classrooms has also facilitated the teaching process for educationalists in numerous ways. There are now thousands of apps and e-books exclusively developed for use in education, providing interactive and engaging learning techniques that can be used both within classroom settings and at home.

In addition to providing effective and efficient learning modules, the use of tablets in classrooms has also proven to help educators manage classrooms of varying cognitive levels more effectively. This is especially true for children with cognitive or behavioral challenges such as autism, dyslexia or vision impairment, with the availability of many apps accommodating specific special needs.

“The use of tablets in classrooms provides teachers with several methods of delivering information, including colorful imagery, video content, and bite-sized text, that will increase student engagement and retention levels,” Al Bannai said. “One of the main concerns of educators in the Middle East is the misuse of the devices during school hours; however, this issue can be easily prevented by adjusting device settings in ways that best fit an institution’s objectives.”

With a number of education-specific tablets in the market, leading educational institutes in the region have shown eagerness to embrace the paradigm shift toward technology-driven education, taking the school learning experience outside classroom walls.

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Masdar ties up with MIT for research on cyber security

masdar ties up with mit for research on cyber security Masdar ties up with MIT for research on cyber securityAbu Dhabi, UAE: The Masdar Institute of Science and Technology has recently collaborated with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to advance cyber security research in the UAE.

The ultimate objective of the study is to ensure better cyber security on critical infrastructure sites in the UAE and globally, by using an innovative approach to assess potential vulnerabilities against cyber-attacks on critical infrastructure.

Using Abu Dhabi’s power system as a case study, the research will undertake a multi-layered methodology, which will ensure the development of a knowledge map of the power system and its shortcomings.

“Through Masdar Institute’s ongoing research efforts, greater emphasis is being placed on the protection of critical infrastructure sites by enhancing cyber security. The collaboration with MIT will also help to identify competency gaps, generate critical mass between the faculty and develop human capital in the niche area of cyber security,” said Dr. Fred Moavenzadeh, president, Masdar Institute.

The collaboration will see Masdar Institute and MIT undertake research involving Abu Dhabi’s power system and will focus on using a novel and comprehensive approach to identify and assess the different sources of cyber gaps in a critical infrastructure system.

The research will also investigate the significance of each of these challenges to the integrity of the physical system. This collaboration is a project of the MIT Technology and Development Programme.

“Our research aims to contribute to the development of cyber security as an emerging field of scientific inquiry. To date, there have been few robust scientific investigations that provide comprehensive evidence on the sources and consequences of cyber security. The over-arching goal of the project is to analyse and define the science behind cyber security in an effort to provide substantial and concrete scientific data related to the weaknesses of critical infrastructure and how to better protect them,” said Dr. Sameh El Khatib, assistant professor at Masdar Institute’s Department of Engineering Systems and Management, and one of the principal investigators of the project.

The project is due to run for two years. At the end of this two year period, it is hoped that data from the comprehensive analysis of Abu Dhabi’s power system could be compared against data from the projects running concurrently in New York and Singapore to develop a comprehensive knowledge map, capable of being applied to critical infrastructure worldwide.

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KAMCO supports INJAZ Kuwait’s national education programs

kamco supports injaz kuwaits national education programs KAMCO supports INJAZ Kuwaits national education programsKuwait City: KAMCO Investment Company – a leading investment company with one of the largest AUMs in the region, and a winner of the prestigious Kuwait Asset Manager of the Year Award 2015 – has partnered with INJAZ Kuwait to support national youth educational programs. The program includes training, educating and preparing students for their future professions.

Ms. Danah F. Al Jasem, Head of Marketing at KAMCO, expressed the importance of supporting educational programs to the company. He emphasized the impact of INJAZ’s presence in the local community, adding that INJAZ’s initiative falls in line with KAMCO ‘s goals and social responsibility program to help enhance the skills of future generations.

“KAMCO will spare no effort in providing experience and resources to support students in their educational journey,” Al Jasem said.

She added, “KAMCO welcomes fresh graduates into finance-related departments and other fields. Within these departments, the graduates will get hands on experience and training on how to perform effectively, while maintaining a strong work ethic.”

KAMCO is an active sponsor and participant in various career fairs targeting fresh graduates. These fairs help expose KAMCO to young talented candidates who fit the company’s criteria. Moreover, KAMCO has also sponsored achievement ceremonies to congratulate those who have completed their CFA certification. This is yet another expression of KAMCO ‘s corporate social responsibility to support and focus on education and national youth development.

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Encouraging young Emiratis to get involved with the UN

encouraging young emiratis to get involved with the un Encouraging young Emiratis to get involved with the UNAbu Dhabi, UAE: Emiratis are vastly under-represented among United Nations’ staff because they believe pay is too low and educational requirements too high.

Weyakum is aiming to change that. The UAE social enterprise hopes to spur more Emiratis into joining the UN’s Young Professionals Programme, a recruiting initiative aimed at graduates under 32 years old.

More than 40,000 candidates apply each year to start a career with the UN through the programme, but few are Emirati.

“The UAE has always been selected as a participating country because we are severely under quota,” said Ameera Amir, the founder of Weyakum, or With You.

“I attended talks and heard discussions about how Emiratis would never be interested for a number of reasons, which included misconceptions about the UN’s pay scale as well as the educational requirements at the UN.”

The programme consists of an entrance examination and professional development, and each year countries underrepresented in the UN are invited to take part.

“The fact that the programme provides all candidates with a fair opportunity was intriguing, as I believe there are so many Emiratis who could participate as qualified individuals without being given preferential treatment,” Ms Amir said.

“I believed that all these misconceptions could be easily eliminated through awareness sessions and that is precisely what I sought to do in summer 2014.”

Ms Amir conducted a nationwide awareness programme to give all Emiratis a fair chance to participate. The group helped with writing resumes and cover letters to make sure their applications fit with requirements.

“Regardless of whether they get accepted or not, this was a big step for us all,” she said.

“The candidates were happy about the training they received with regards to how one should approach these sort of applications, write strong cover letters and tailor resumes to fit the job requirement, as they have used their acquired skill set to apply for other jobs.”

Heba Al Hashmi, 26, has applied to the UN programme through Weyakum.

“I did my bachelor’s in international studies and I’ve always wanted to make a difference in the world and work for the UN but I wasn’t sure how to do that,” Ms Al Hashmi said.

“Through Weyakum and Ameera I learnt the ropes and I hope to be selected for the coming year. Hopefully, more Emiratis will apply too.”

John Ericson, of the UN’s office of human resources management, was full of praise for Ms Amir’s work.

“The UN is seeking to increase the number of Emiratis working for the organisation,” Mr Ericson said. “One way to join the UN is to take the Young Professionals Programme recruitment examination.

“In this regard, we highly appreciate the efforts made by Weyakum, under the leadership of Ms Ameera Amir, to attract, inform and encourage qualified young Emiratis to participate in the YPP.

“Her efforts have been instrumental in increasing the number of persons from the UAE who applied for the examination in 2014 and we are grateful for her continued efforts to encourage more Emiratis to participate in 2015.”

Weyakum’s mission is to empower and equip Emiratis with the right skills needed to succeed in their professional lives, in line with the Government’s Vision 2021 to invest in providing a more diversified and competitive Emirati workforce.

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Abu Dhabi City Municipality receives university summer interns

abu dhabi city municipality receives university summer interns Abu Dhabi City Municipality receives university summer internsAbu Dhabi, UAE: The Abu Dhabi City Municipality has received a group of students from universities, colleges and institutes who joined the new summer internship of the Municipality 2015 held under the theme: Ambitious planning, performance and creativity and Time efficiency.

The program epitomizes the unlimited support accorded by Abu Dhabi Government to citizens through fostering community- oriented development programs aimed enriching the skills of students and grooming them to lead development projects towards more prosperity. It will also open new knowledge horizons for inductees and foster a generation well aware of its responsibilities and capable of steering the development drive in all directions.

The summer training program reflects the vision of the municipal system aimed at qualifying national cadres and cementing the bonds with educational institutions with a view to forging integration between theoretical and practical streams; which will be to the benefit of students. It also echoes the commitment of the municipal system to the community and its development.

The Municipality welcomed students and urged them to avail the opportunity to enhance their abilities, attain experience and come with essential knowhow that helps them take key posts through the induction workshop held at the beginning of the training period.

The courses held by the Municipality have proved attractive to students in clear demonstration of the support of Abu Dhabi government to citizens and empowering students. The Municipality is seeking to establish a solid base of cooperation and interaction with local educational institutions with the aim of polishing the skills of students under a set of comprehensive summer training modules delivered in a perfect training environment. The Municipality is utilizing all resources to upgrade the training process through adopting new techniques in dealing with trainees, considering them part of the Department; which has underlined the success of the summer internship programs delivered.

This year the training program started on 14 June and ends on 16 August and is tailored towards equipping trainees with complementary practical skills and polishing their academic knowhow. It will this contribute to improving the quality of graduates and their specialization, besides actively contributing to building a sustainable strategy to nurture a potent generation capable of responding to the needs of development.

The Municipality has also unleashed a presentations contest to motivate university students in the program to come with distinguished initiatives and offered an award to the best presentation about any of the municipal projects during the ceremony held at the end of the training period.

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Sharjah Centre for Astronomy and Space opens to public on July 2

sharjah centre for astronomy and space opens to public Sharjah Centre for Astronomy and Space opens to public on July 2Sharjah, UAE: Those keen on developments to do with space exploration and astronomy can look forward to experiencing first-hand the scientific theories that have helped shape our understanding of the universe at the Sharjah Centre for Astronomy and Space Sciences when it opens to the public on July 2.

The centre was built on the instructions of His Highness Dr Shaikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, to promote and develop education about astronomy and space sciences in the Arab world.

A tour of the two-storey centre located in the University City in Sharjah starts with an educational exhibition that provides visitors with a hands-on learning experience through game-like models.

The exhibition is divided into four sections that highlight the principles of astronomy and physics, early understanding of light behaviour and spectrum, and the formation of the universe to name a few.

The highlight of the centre is its high-tech planetarium that takes the audience through a journey through the cosmos to explore the constellations, the planets and the brightest of stars.

Marwan Anwar Shwaiki, the Planetarium’s manager, said that the planetarium — with a dome spanning a diameter of more than 18 metres — is equipped with a set of high-precision digital projectors and the most advanced MegaStar projector, which can display nearly 10 million celestial bodies. The planetarium can accommodate more than 200 visitors at a time.

In addition to eight other space-related documentaries, the planetarium also displays a short movie titled Deen Al Qayyimah (That is the Correct Religion), which is authored by Shaikh Sultan himself under a title borrowed from a verse in the Quran.

The documentary tells the story of how the universe was created by Allah at the moment of the Big Bang.

Abdul Dayem Kaheel, a visitor at the exhibition and creator of Kaheel7.com website, one the biggest websites on astronomy in the Islamic context with information drawn from it translated into nine languages, commended the 360-degree movie.

“My love for astronomy started from the Quran. God orders us to study astronomy as well as other sciences,” he said. “The space and astronomy centre is one of Shaikh Sultan’s many great cultural developments. I believe that Islamic scholars should come here to learn about astronomy to understand the Quran better.”


Shwaiki said the facility will also be used for research by students from the University of Sharjah.

“We have an astronomical lab that can be used by secondary schools and university students to learn astrophysics. We will also have a space lab for students from the University of Sharjah to build satellites,” he said.

Shwaiki said the centre hopes to create space technology to keep pace with the UAE’s national agenda. He added that he expects the research centre to be functional next year as a course on space technology is introduced in the University of Sharjah.

An astronomical observatory at the complex houses a telescopic system comprising a reflecting telescope of 450 mm diameter connected with a refracting telescope of 180 mm diameter, both devices mounted on one base.

The system is connected to an electronic control network that posts the acquired data on the internet to enable users to access it anywhere in the world. The observatory also has a high-precision spectroscope that enables a research team to study unique phenomena such as unstable and double stars and formulate mathematical models for them.

Academically, the observatory plays a significant role in teaching astronomy and astrophysics to university students, with the programme seeing consistently higher enrolment every semester.

The centre is surrounded by lush green areas that will be open to the public to unwind. Giant structures modelled on the planets of the solar system are spread around the park with the centre’s golden dome representing the sun.

Other public facilities include the Universe in Holy Quran Exhibition, a galactic cafeteria and a souvenir shop.

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