Womens job preferences after graduation Glowork survey

womens job preferences after graduation glowork survey Womens job preferences after graduation Glowork surveyRiyadh, Saudi Arabia: A recent study released by Glowork, the leading organization for women employment in the region highlights female’s perceptions before graduation. A total of 2000 women from 10 universities Kingdom-wide were surveyed.

There were some interesting statistics revealed as it was broken down by city. 49% of women in Riyadh expected to work in a supervisor or manager level when graduating, it was much higher in Dammam with 70% of women expecting the same.

When it came to factors that influence women selecting their majors and education, in Riyadh 71% mentioned their own personal interest helped them in selecting their majors, in Dammam 27% mentioned they selected their majors based on the labor market needs and the same response was received from women In Jeddah.

Another aspect surveyed were what factors influenced women’s career choices when it came to selecting the job after graduation. In Jeddah only 4% mentioned that salary was a major influence in selecting a job with 61% mentioning that professional development at a company was important to them. In Dammam 33% mentioned they would follow their passion when it came to assisting them in choosing their right career.

The most interesting statistics came from seeing where women wanted to work when they graduate. In Riyadh 34% of women want to work for government entities whilst in Dammam 51% of women want to work in the private sector and the most interesting response is 33% of women in Jeddah prefer to be entrepreneurs than to work in government or the private sector.

“This study showcases how each region differentiates from one another” said Khalid Alkhudair the CEO and Founder of Glowork. “I believe it is down to education and lifestyle, as we can see in Jeddah women have more of a tendency to become job creators than to work which is great and I think that’s due to the great practicality that universities in Jeddah are enlisting in their students. The issue regarding women’s high expectations after graduation I believe also falls under an area where we need to develop more part time jobs and internship programs at universities for women to understand the complexity of the workplace.

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Slight changes expected to minimum admission score at universities

slight changes expected to minimum admission score at universities Slight changes expected to minimum admission score at universitiesAmman, Jordan: The Higher Education Council (HEC) will meet on Sunday to discuss possible changes to the minimum admission score to the Kingdom’s public and private universities, Higher Education Minister Labib Khadra said Wednesday.

Khadra said the council will review the results of the General Secondary Education Certificate Examination (Tawjihi) that were announced on Tuesday, and based on that will decided the admission mechanism.

In an interview with The Jordan Times, the minister said although the council will not implement the proposal suggested last month of raising the minimum score for admission in public and private universities by 5 marks, the rates will not remain the same.

“There will be slight changes to the minimum admission score,” Khadra told The Jordan Times, noting that the rate will be announced following Sunday’s meeting.

Last month, the HEC decided to raise the minimum score for admission to public universities from 65 to 70 and at private universities from 60 to 65, starting with the 2015-2016 academic year.

But activists and lawmakers objected to the decision, prompting the government to refer the new admission criteria to the council for further examination.

Another HEC meeting will be held on Thursday where council members will meet with Education Minister Mohammad Thneibat and the secretary general of the Civil Service Bureau.

This meeting will discuss university specialties that are not in demand in the job market, with the aim of reducing the number of students accepted in them and to decide on the number of students to be admitted for the upcoming academic year in majors demanded by the labour market.

In addition, the minister said the final number of seats for the 2015-2016 academic year will be decided on Sunday.

Earlier this week, the Kingdom’s public universities said they can admit some 31,000 students for the next academic year. The number does not include students to be accepted at the German-Jordanian University (GJU), to which applications are directly submitted.


Exceptions at the Kingdom’s higher education institutions will not be “touched” especially the Royal makruma that allocates seats for children of military personnel and teachers, Khadra stressed.

He added that there have been recent news reports claiming that the ministry will review the makruma seats, “but this is baseless.”

However, the minister noted that the HEC will review the mechanism related to the exceptions allocated for “underprivileged” schools.

Khadra said that there are some schools in Amman equipped with very qualified teachers and the required facilities but are still classified as “underprivileged”, which “makes no sense”.

Thus, he explained, the classification of these schools will be reviewed, as this exception should be given to schools in the badia and other remote areas where the quality of education still needs to be improved.

Law amendme nts

The minister also revealed that both the higher education and the universities laws are in the process of being amended to include developments in the sector.

One of the updates is concerned with the appointment of university presidents and another is related to the HEC.

Khadra said committees will be formed to evaluate a university president’s performance and the improvements at the institute during his/her term to recommend renewing his/her term or not.

The current mechanism for appointing presidents for any of the Kingdom’s universities is through applications that are reviewed by the HEC.

One of the proposed modifications to the Higher Education Law is introducing an article that prevents a member of the HEC from applying for the presidency of any university while in office.

This proposal, according to Khadra, is to ensure transparency when nominating a university president or when filling any other administrative post.

Sino-Jordanian University

Meanwhile, the minister noted that the agreement to establish the planned Sino-Jordanian technical university is expected to be signed in September.

He explained that admission to this university will be through direct applications and students will study for five years, two of which will be in China with the Chinese government covering the cost.

The first year in China will be academic and the second will focus on practical training.

Until the premises of the planned university is ready to accept students, a temporary building will be allocated for it as of the 2016-2017 scholastic year, according to Khadra.

The minister also noted that the HEC welcomes any initiative by universities wishing to accept students in a certain subject outside the unified admission list, but the council cannot force universities to do that.

At present, only GJU accepts students outside the admission list. In addition, admission to the specialties of physical education and fine arts in other universities has to be by direct application and through competition.

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Scholarship boost for London Business School

 Scholarship boost for London Business SchoolDubai, UAE: Members of London Business School’s alumni community and regional business leaders in the Middle East have pledged a total of 3.4m AED(£600K) to strengthen the School’sglobal scholarshipoffering, as well as the growth of its research and business education programmes.

Four six-figure gifts from the region, donated as part of the School’s first ever fundraising campaign to raise £100m, will boost the School’s growth. They will be largely dedicated to the introduction of new scholarships and support for the School’s research programme.

Donors includeUnited Arab Emirates (UAE) nationalMuna Al Gurg, Dubai-based husband and wife Navin and Monica Valrani, Al-Dabbagh Group, whose CEO Amr Al-Dabbagh is a governor of the School, and Kuwaiti businessman Ahmad Alhomaizi.

Meredith Pierce Hunter, Director of Development and Alumni Relations, London Business School, said: “We are very grateful to our Middle Eastern donors for their generosity andunwavering commitment to the School. The Campaign is essential for our ambition to grow. These donations will provide opportunities for the next generation of business leaders to make a significant impact.

“We are proud the donations have come from this dynamic and exciting region to which we have been committed for almost a decade through our Dubai Centre, Executive MBA and Executive Education programmes.”

MunaEasaAl Gurg (Executive MBA 2009) is Director of Retail at the Easa Saleh Al Gurg Group and Chairwoman of the Young Arab Leaders UAE. Her donation will see the introduction of the Muna Al Gurg Scholarship, which will support students studying on the School’sMBA and Executive MBA programmes.

“An MBA from London Business School gave me the opportunity to grow personally and professionally,” says MunaEasa Al Gurg. “It empowered me to succeed in the next chapter of my career. I hope this scholarship offers a similar opportunity to other business leaders as they strive to reach their full potential.”

NavinValrani (Executive MBA 2013), CEO at the Engineering Services Cluster of the Al Shirawi Group, and his wife Monica Valrani, CEO of Ladybird nurseries in Dubai, madetheir donation earlier this year. Mr and MrsValrani’sdonation will support Indian women of exceptional merit, whose intent is to return to India to use the skills acquired at London Business School.

“For too long far too many women from the Indian subcontinent have not been given the opportunity to pursue the kind of education I had at London Business School,” says NavinValrani. “The Monica and NavinValrani Scholarship fund at LBS intends to give such opportunities to female students from India.”

Kuwaiti Ahmad Alhomaizi(Executive MBA 2010),Director of Veritas Capital Limited,has made an unrestricted gift to support the School’s growth over the next five years.

A fourth donation from the Jeddah-based Al-Dabbagh Group, whose CEO Amr Al-Dabbagh is a governor of the School, will support research at theSchool’s Deloitte Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (DIIE). The gift will fund action-based,micro-entrepreneurship research in developing countries. The research will look at the economic and social impact micro-entrepreneurs can have on the livesof individuals, households and communities, living with poverty.

The School’s first comprehensive fundraising campaign was launched in September 2013 to raise £100m. More than £90m has been raised to date and London Business School’s worldwide alumni have given nearly 68,000 volunteering hours. The Campaign is to fund the development of Old Marylebone Town Hall in London, attract world class faculty, double the School’s scholarships offering, invest in the latest technology, and develop an unrestricted fund in support of the School’s strategic priorities.

Ranked second in the Financial Times GlobalMBA Ranking 2015, London Business School runs seven degree programmes, including a full-time MBA, Masters in Finance, Masters in Management, Executive MBAs (EMBA) in London and Dubai and EMBA-Global degrees with Columbia Business School and Hong Kong University.

London Business School has had a strong presence for nine years in the Middle East, where it has its regional base at the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC). The School’s Dubai Centre runs an Executive MBA (EMBA), a two-year programme which provides students with the opportunity to work and study simultaneously, allowing them to apply their newly acquired business knowledge immediately in the workplace. The School also offers a range of executive education programmes in the region.

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UD and Swiss Education Council Discuss Career Opportunities

ud and swiss education council discuss career opportunities UD and Swiss Education Council Discuss Career OpportunitiesDubai, UAE: University of Dubai (UD) conducted a focus group discussion on ‘Career Opportunities in the Hospitality and Tourism Industry’ at Dubai Chamber. The event which was co-hosted by the Swiss Educational Council was moderated by UD Communications Manager Mr. Hikmat Beaini. Several Industry experts, faculty members and students participated in the discussion.

The main objective of the focus groupwas to shed a light upon important topics such as the latest developments in the tourism and hospitality industry, as well as services, facilities and technologies related to these sectors. It also drew attention towards career opportunities in the global hospitality industry, and offered insights on related educational possibilities in colleges, curriculum and accreditations.

Leading the discussion, Dr. Ananth Rao, Director of the MBA/PhD programme at University of Dubai, said: “Educational tourism is an essential part of the growing smart tourism industry. University of Dubai is committed to develop the necessary programmes to advance Smart Tourism and Hospitality in UAE.”Dr. Rao said that University of Dubai’s strategic approach is aligned to Dubai’s aim to become a ‘smart city’, and in this direction the university will create a structured academic process that will contribute to increasing efficiencies in the global tourism sector. He stated that the University is developing a special Smart Tourism and Hospitality programme to support Dubai’s vision to become a world class tourism destination.

Dr. Fauz Gataby, Director, International Development at the Swiss Education Council, stated that tourism contributes to about 9.8 per cent of the world GDP generating US$7.6 trillion and providing employment opportunities for 227 million people. Citing World Travel & Tourism Council figures, he pointed out that one in 11 jobs on the planet are in the hospitality and tourism sector, and forecast 74 million new jobs in the industry. Educational tourism has emerged as one of the niche segments in the global tourism sector, Dr. Gataby added.

Dr Gataby also confirmed that the employability and career opportunities of hospitality graduates are well beyond graduates from the traditional higher education pathway. He added that most of the leading hospitality and tourism organization recruit fresh graduates from renowned Swiss Hospitality institutions.

Switzerland is known to be the birth place of hospitality education. Students are selected and enrolled based on their passion for hospitality, and the education is founded on a unique platform that combination of practical with academic foundation.

Highlighting tourism as a booming sector, the focus group pointed to estimates by United Nations World Tourism Organisation that by 2030 there would by 1.8 billion tourists worldwide. This would translate to US $ 7.5 billion of tourism revenue to the UAE economy by 2016 with 98 million passengers passing through Dubai Airports. It revealed that the remarkable growth would be reflected across the region as the Middle East benefits from $49 billion in tourism revenue.

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Saudi Arabia gets ahead in e-learning curve

saudi arabia gets ahead in elearning curve Saudi Arabia gets ahead in e learning curveLast year, a five-year SR80bn ($21.3bn) plan was approved to develop Saudi Arabia’s education sector, in addition to the annual allocation to the Ministry of Education. As part of the plan, 25,000 teachers will be trained overseas and resources are to be allocated to improve the online capabilities of educational institutions and promote e-learning.

The government’s ongoing commitment to education was underlined in the budget for 2015, when it received a quarter of the total government spending allocation, or SR217bn ($57.8bn), up 3% on last year’s allocation.

E-learning drive
Governments, private schools and corporations are also moving to adopt a digital approach to education. In the Middle East, revenues in this segment are expected to rise from $443m in 2013 to $560.7m by 2016, according to a report by electronic education solutions provider Docebo. The e-learning market in the region is set to expand by 8.2% annually as governments invest heavily to support the initiative.

Saudi Arabia in particular sees digitalised education as a means to reach more citizens and broaden their knowledge base. Ten years ago the government created the National Centre for e-Learning and Distance Learning (NCEL) which is tasked with implementing the national plan to develop e-learning in the Kingdom.

“The government has taken a comprehensive approach to the e-government rollout by emphasising e-services, e-commerce, and e-learning,” the centre’s general manager, Abdullah Al Megren, told OBG. “Creating an entire online library accessible to all Saudi students, both throughout the Kingdom and overseas, has been a great step in the right direction. This is giving students equal opportunities of access regardless of location.”

University education in particular has received a boost in recent years, according to Abdullah Al Mosa, president of online higher learning institute the Saudi Electronic University. “E-learning is now growing faster than ever before in the Kingdom, especially with a greater emphasis being placed on the sector’s development by the ministry itself,” Al Mosa told OBG.

Initiatives include working with partner universities as well as developing up to a quarter of courses online. “We are also seeing that local universities are working with their foreign counterparts in developing suitable e-learning curricula, such as our relationships with Colorado State and Franklin University in the US.”

Opportunities and challenges
Technology and solution providers also see significant potential for growth in the Saudi educational sector. In a recent interview with local media, Mohammed Al Abbadi, general manager at Cisco Systems Saudi Arabia, said education offered one of the greatest opportunities for growth. “By partnering with educational institutions, government administrations and community-based organisations, we are delivering ICT education through effective in-classroom learning combined with innovative cloud-based curriculums,” he said in June.

One of the challenges faced by Saudi Arabia is ensuring its educators have the necessary skills to use the new technology. This is less of an issue in fully compartmentalised packages, such as many of those utilised in the corporate world where learning can be conducted fully online. However, in schools where there is more interaction between educators and students and where learning makes use of digital tools rather than being online, ensuring teacher quality will be of the utmost importance.

Academics agree that improving support mechanisms for teachers as well as providing a professional support base for e-learning is imperative in the Kingdom. “Organisational support, in the form of incentives, was found crucial to motivating faculty members to engage in distance education,” according to a paper entitled “E-learning in Saudi Arabia: Past, Present and Future” by the Near and Middle Eastern Journal of Research in Education. “There is a need for qualified teachers and instructors who can understand and implement the technology to deliver quality output”.

To answer this challenge, the state-operated Tatweer Company for Educational Services (T4EDU) has stepped up its teacher development programmes. In conjunction with educational services provider Pearson, T4EDU is working to sharpen the focus on training educators who in turn will provide courses to teachers on the latest developments in teaching science, technology, engineering and maths. Some of those digital tools are already in place, while others – in particular software packages and the policies for their use – are still being developed.

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Ministry of Higher Education guides students

ministry of higher education holds meeting Ministry of Higher Education guides studentsAbu Dhabi, UAE: The Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research has advised students to attend licensed and accredited institutions to ensure attestation of their certificates.

Saif Rashed Al Mazroui, Advisor to the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, stressed the need to ensure that the institution the students wish to attend is licensed by the Ministry and that the specialty they wish to study is accredited in the State to ensure attestation of their certificates.

He also explained that the Commission of Academic Accreditation in the Ministry evaluates the programmes periodically by external evaluator teams to ensure the integrity of the educational programmes offered at those institutions and their conformity with the scientific levels, and to ensure achieving the complete quality standards for these programmes.

Saif Rashed Al Mazroui clarified that enrollment of the student in an accredited academic programme by the Ministry, ensures the Ministry?s attestation of the certificate obtained after the student?s graduation, and it is required by the federal institutions and many local employers for recruitment or recognition of the attested certificate as the basis for promotion, scholarships abroad for higher degrees.

He stressed that the certificates issued by the institutions that operate without a license from the Ministry will not be considered for equivalency or attestation.

He advised students to refer to the Ministry’s website http://www.mohesr.ae for the list of licensed higher education institutions and their accredited programmes within the State. For those wishing to study in universities abroad, they must obtain a certificate of No Objection, to ensure equivalency of their certificates.

He also warned of the emergence of the phenomenon of buying certificates through websites, saying that these fake qualifications will not be attested or accredited, and whoever tries to obtain these certificates will bear the financial consequences, in addition to potentially being held accountable.

Dr. Badr Aboul-Ela, Director of the Commission of Academic Accreditation, pointed out that the accreditation of educational programmes in private higher education institutions licensed by the Ministry, is subject to a number of scientific standards used by prestigious institutions in the world, these include programme objectives, learning outcomes, curriculum and its content, and the educational environment which is taught in, as well as the scientific and educational facilities and learning resources, in addition to qualifications of faculty members and their scientific levels, and other teaching methods and techniques used, as well as linking the programme to the needs of the labor market.

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Lebanon hopes to enroll more Syrian students in public schools

lebanon hopes to enroll more syrian students in public schools Lebanon hopes to enroll more Syrian students in public schoolsThe Lebanese government hopes to to enroll 200,000 Syrian students in Lebanese public schools this year, Education Minister Elias Bou Saab said Wednesday.

“Last year 104,000 Syrian refugee students were taught in Lebanese schools. This year we are aiming to double the number of Syrian children in our public schools to 200,000 students, subject to the funding we receive,” he said.

A “management team” from the Education Ministry has been tasked with overseeing a scaled-up enrollment effort this September.

U.K. Minister of State for International Development Desmond Swayne Wednesday met with Bou Saab and congratulated the Lebanese authorities on their integration of Syrian students into the national school system.

The U.K. has been one of the main supporters of Lebanon’s education system in the wake of the Syrian refugee crisis, contributing $93 million in aid over the past five years.

At a joint news conference with Bou Saab, Swayne announced “an additional $15 million for this school year to help fill the remaining finance gaps.”

Bou Saab said that a lack of adequate financing has proved “the biggest constraint [to] … providing education to children last year.”

Ross Mountain, the U.N.’s outgoing resident and humanitarian coordinator in Lebanon, encouraged the international community to follow the United Kingdom’s lead in funding education for vulnerable populations in the country.

“We urge the international community to continue investing in education for all vulnerable children, not only to protect children’s futures, but also as protection against the growing risks of abuses and exploitation.”

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Schedule of tests for new academic year announced

schedule of tests for academic year announced Schedule of tests for new academic year announcedRiyadh, Saudi Arabia: The National Center for Assessment in Higher Education (Qiyas) has announced the dates of tests for male and female students for the new academic year.

Ibrahim Rasheed, director for public relations and communications, said the center has completed the preparation of the examination paper for academic year 1437-1438.

He added that the center has also specified the types of tests and dates of registration period, adding that it took into account holidays and feasts.

The center offers tests for a number of government agencies such as the Education Ministry, Civil Service and the King Abdul Aziz and his Companions Foundation for the Gifted and Creativity (Mawhiba).

The center offers a range of tests including the educational progress of student applicants to universities such as occupational tests.

He noted that the center provides an opportunity to perform tests via computer through permanent offices spread over cities in the Kingdom, including the headquarters in the Saudi capital, Effat University in Jeddah , King Saud University, King Abdulaziz University, Madinah University, King Faisal University, University of Tabuk, among others.

He stressed that the center is keen to meet the needs of students outside the Kingdom and allows testing for them in the United States, Canada, Germany, United Kingdom , Australia, and Turkey.

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Permanent home for 20 Dubai orphans

permanent home for 20 dubai orphans Permanent home for 20 Dubai orphansDubai, UAE: Orphans in Dubai have been offered hope of a brighter future through the Family Village in Al Warqa, which is seeking permanent homes for 20 children.

The facility is the first of its kind in Dubai and has grown since 2012, when a plea for help on Twitter was sent to Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, to create a permanent village for orphans.

Vulnerable youngsters between 2 and 12 years old have been taken in by the Awqaf & Minors Affairs Foundation, which also cares for 2,547 other minors in Dubai.

Tayeb Abdulrahman Al Rais is secretary general of the foundation and has become the orphanage’s father figure.

“This group of children has nowhere to go and no one to turn to,” he said. “In any society in the world, if these kids are not looked after properly they lose their way and become lost. They become the number one target for sexual predators, or used for drug trafficking or terrorism. They are vulnerable and have nothing else in their lives.”

Surrogate mothers, fathers and aunts have been employed by the orphanage to care for them until they can be found a permanent home.

“These mothers have the same role as any other mother in a family home, to look after the children from the time they wake up until the time they go to bed,” Mr Al Rais said.

“We had to create their role because it didn’t exist before, it was a new job description.

“These men and women have gone through strict psychological and psychometric tests and been trained by the Dubai Women’s Association. Some of them are natural parents.”

Parents have to be between 35 and 50. Most are single but they are committed to caring for the children and work three and a half days a week, sharing the parenting role with an aunt, so the child has continuous care.

The model is based around the SOS Children’s Village International that has been providing similar care for 60 years.

Sameera Ali, who has six children of her own, has begun working at the village as a mother. She said: “I was dreaming of this kind of work, as I love being a mother to all children.

“I have three children at the orphanage, it was hard to leave them when I went on holiday, so I know it will be very difficult when they find families.”

Afra Al Shamsi is a mother to five orphaned children.

“I have lots of nephews and nieces so I had an idea of what parenting is like,” she said. “In the beginning they need love and care and to know someone is looking after them.”

The village is supported by charitable donations from across the UAE. Its hope is to become self-sufficient within three years by renting out vacant villas on site.

The children are from all over the country – and from different nationalities. Older boys share rooms in groups of three, the same model used by SOS to help prevent bullying and isolation.

Younger children have their own play areas on the ground floor where there is a kitchen, large performance room and a games room for older children.

Sharia states that the orphanage’s responsibility ends when the children reach 21.

Abdullah Rahma, 36, adopted a son who is now 19. Mr Rahma has taken up a father role at the orphanage. “It was easy for me to see these children as my own and give them the care they need,” he said. “I don’t see it as a job. I try to give them what they need as a normal father would.

“There are challenges, like when they ask me where their real parents are. I can’t answer them but I try to comfort them.

“It will be hard to see them leave when the time comes, but I will be happy for their future.”

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