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Music and theatre school in Muscat

Another window to the music and theatre for students has been opened in Muscat with the inauguration of The Donald and Eloise Bosch Centre for Performing Arts at The American International School of Muscat (TAISM).The Bosch Center for the Performing Arts includes over 4000 square meters of performance and audience space and seating for 522. The development of the school’s campus was designed to accommodate this spacious enhancement to the academic and activity programs. The multi-million dollar, state of the art centre will be used for training school students in music and theatre.
The spacious stage at the theatre, named after Donald and Eloise Bosch in honor of their 50+ years of service to medical and educational institutions in Oman. "They were such humble people who made such a difference in Oman. It makes me proud to be American and to feature that kind of grassroots music,- Willson explained. "I thought it would be ok just this once to do an all-American show,- said …

India turns to Alumni fund

Indian B-schools and Tech colleges are taking a leaf out of their global peers Harvard and Standford universities. It is commonly believed that India lags behind leading American universities in attracting alumni sponsorships.

But now the storyline is changing. Recently, Technology entrepreneur Romesh Wadhwani pledged $5 million for a new bioscience and bioengineering research facility at his alma mater, IIT Bombay. Patu Keswani, BTech from IIT Delhi and Chairman and Managing Director of Lemon Tree Hotels, a chain of full service budget hotels, has committed Rs.20 crore to construct a Research Centre for his alma mater. Vinod Khosla, another distinguished alumnus of IIT Delhi, and Co-founder of Sun Microsystems has contributed $5 million for theSchool of Information Technology.

The Kusuma Trust, a UK-registered charity working in the field of education, made IIT Delhi a grant of £2.8 million towards research facilities for the School of Biological Sciences. Trust's co-founder and …

Arab girl with NASA lessons

Abu Dhabi: Abu Dhabi-hailed Emirati student Ghena Al Hanae is now a more wiser women on space and science. She had experienced all drama behind the NASA lab's new space craft Curiosity Rover, which was build for exploring Mars to find out if life could have existed in this red planet. During the making of Curiosity Rover, a 2.5 billion US dollar project, she was undergoing her internship in NASA. This is one of the specially chosen moments experienced by an Arab student.

Ghena Al Hanae from Abu Dhabi, has recently completed a 16-week placement at the Nasa Lunar Science Institute, hosted by the Ames Research Centre.Nasa Lunar Science institute contributed to the software design, sensor integration and wind-tunnel testing that went into building the Mars exploration satellite rover. Ames Research Centre plays a critical role in virtually all NASA missions in support of America's space and aeronautics programs.

Her next step will be for a eHmaster's in energy-resources eng…

Kerala CM opens Ahalia College of Engineering

Chief Minister Oomen Chandy has inaugurated Ahalia School of Engineering and Technology at Walayar near here in the month of July. Ahalia School of Engineering is one of the educational ventures from the multi-faceted conglomerate Ahalia International Foundation which holds business from Money Exchange to Health Services to Education.

Dubai-based Ahalia International foundation is now a name to be reckoned with in the Education and Health sector of Kerala. Ahalia International Foundation launched its academic, medical, social and industrial initiatives during 2003 in Kerala. This is another engineering college in the self-financing sector of Kerala. Now Kerala has around 120 self-financing engineering colleges.

Ahalia Colllege of Engineering lies in the same campus where Ahalia Health Heritage and Knowledge Village functions which are located at Kanal Pirivu, a non-descript village in Palakkad District bordering Coimbatore. It is in the sprawling campus of 2000 acres which is a mega he…

AUS to observe a unique astronomical event

Sharjah: The Physics Department at American University of Sharjah (AUS), in collaboration with Dubai Astronomy Group, will hold a public observation of a unique astronomical event that happens only twice every century. Astronomy enthusiasts and members of the public are invited to witness the transit of Venus over the face of the Sun on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 from 6:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., at the university’s Main Plaza.

The last time the planet Venus passed over the face of the Sun was in June 2004, and the next time the event will happen is in December 2117. For this very rare event, AUS and Dubai Astronomy Group have organized a public viewing, even though it occurs very early in the day in this part of the world.

There will be a number of telescopes as well as 100 special viewing glasses available for those present, to facilitate and ensure a safe observation of the event, as the sun must never be observed directly by naked eyes or with instruments.

“This is a unique opportunity for p…

UAEU ranks in Top 50 Universities established in the Past 50 Years

According to the QS World University Rankings, the United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) has placed in the top 50 world universities that were founded within the past 50 years, acknowledging the rapid pace of progress within both the United Arab Emirates and its national institution of higher education.
Among the top universities established since 1962, UAEU ranks in position 48, between Aston University, UK, and Griffith University, Australia. Both these universities, and in fact, most other top world universities, were founded earlier than 1976, the year in which the late HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan established UAEU.
Within the Top 50 Under 50 rankings, only eight universities in the world that are younger than UAEU are ranked above UAEU, reflecting the very dynamic growth and ambition to strive for excellence of the institution.
The QS World University Rankings is a ranking of the world’s top 700 universities by Quacquarelli Symonds using a method that has published annually…

University of Dubai plans new campus

Dubai: The University of Dubai (UD) is going to launch a new campus in Dubai. Majid Al Shamsi, Chairman, UD Board of Trustees, unveiled the new plan during the 10th graduation ceremony of the UD at Shaikh Rashid Hall in Dubai World Trade Center. Brand new state-of-the-art campus will be opened at the education capital of Duabi, Dubai International Academic City. 


The design of the new campus is almost completed and it is expected to be fully ready by 2014. Construction for the first phase of the new facility will begin in December 2012. Majid Al Shamsi, Chairman, UD Board of Trustees, said that His Highness Shaikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has granted a plot of land of 3 million square foot at the Academic City to establish a new campus for UD. 


Once completed, it will have buildings for the College of Business Administration, College of Information Technology, College of Law, General Education Department and a stat…

AUS medical invention wins international awards

Sharjah: A medical mobile application to detect sleep apnea developed by engineering students at American University of Sharjah (AUS) is being recognized with numerous awards from both local and international organizations. 
Shamma Al Qassim, Mahdumeta Ganesh, Shaheen Khoja and Meher Zaidi, computer engineering students at the AUS College of Engineering, have designed a phone application that they named Sleep Apnea Monitor (SAM) which helps diagnose and monitor sleep apnea patients by utilizing some of the phone’s built-in features, in a cost-effective and comfortable manner. The application is designed to run on both Windows and Android mobile phones. 
Since its unveiling in March 2012, SAM has won numerous awards including the du Mobile Development Award; second place in the Microsoft Imagine Cup UAE competition; second place in the 7th National Mobile Contest organized by Khalifa University and Khalifa Fund; third place in the IEEE Competition as well as first place in the AUS Colleg…

Omani student was stabbed in US

Newyork: An 18 year old Omani student, Hilal Barwani, was attacked and stabbed in Lexington, US. He is currently under close observation in the intensive care unit of a hospital in that city. 
Sources with knowledge of the incident told that the University of Kentucky student was attacked as he returned to his dormitory after going shopping.Initial reports suggesting the incident occurred after an argument between a group of international students spiralled out of control. The details of the incident are unclear but the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, indicated that Barwani had suffered multiple injuries. He was supposed to be back in Oman soon for his holidays. 
Officials at the University of Kentucky said it appeared to be an stray incident. The university has been in contact with the victim's family. The Omani Embassy in Washington declined to comment on the attack, saying they were still gathering information from authorities in Kentucky. According to the latest st…

SQU's tie- up with National Instrument Corporation

Muscat: As part of long-term plan to excel in the field of instrumentation, Sultan Qaboos University's(SQU) has started joint venture program with National Instruments Corporation (NI), a leading US-based company in instrumentation. With over 5,000 employees and has operations in 41 countries NI is a leading producer of automated test equipment and virtual instrumentation software and headquartered in Austin, Texas. 
This tie-up is part of SQU's policy to build strong links with noted international academic and industrial organisations to strengthen its educational and research programs. 
At the beginning SQU's Electronics & Communication Engineering (ECE) Department has opened LabVIEW academy with the help of NI. SQU's Engineering and science graduates will use LabVIEW software, an advanced graphical development environment. LabVIEW software is used by several prominent universities and established industries to develop graphical user-friendly applications in engine…

AUS helps rebuild Iraq’s higher education

Sharjah: The World Bank and American University of Sharjah (AUS), will host tomorrow, Thursday, May 24, at Lecture Hall A, in the ground floor of the AUs main building, a training course for about 40 senior Iraqi education leaders, on strategic planning and quality assurance in higher education institutions.
The nine-day training course is designed to equip Iraqi university representatives involved in strategic planning and quality assurance with the required skills to improve the quality of education offered by higher learning institutions in Iraq as the country works on rebuilding itself as a unified nation.
The training is in line with AUS’s strategic goal of becoming the leader in higher education in the Middle East by being able to share its expertise with other countries in the region, especially helping its Arab neighbors such as Iraq achieve its potential.
The course will touch on important subjects that include: A Framework for Strategic Planning in Institutions of Higher Educa…

Deputy Ruler inaugurates symposium

Sharjah: Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qassimi, Supreme Council Member, Ruler of Sharjah and President of American University of Sharjah (AUS), a symposium on the Protection of Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis was opened by His Excellency Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Bin Sultan Al Qassimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Sharjah, at the Dr. Sultan Al Qassimi Centre of Gulf Studies, today, May 22.
The three-day regional symposium is hosted in the framework of the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM)’s Architectural-Archaeological Tangible Heritage in the Arab Region (ATHAR) program and the newly established ATHAR Regional Conservation Centre in Sharjah. The symposium will move to the AUS campus tomorrow, May 23 and will conclude at AUS on May 24.
Dr. Zaki Aslan, Director of ATHAR Regional Centre, thanked His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qassimi for his support in estab…

Conference on Islamic banking in Oman

Islamic Banking is going to spur the next big investment drive and a major employment generator in Oman in the upcoming years. So Oman Islamic Banking and Finance Conference to be held at the Grand Hyatt on 5 and 6 June, 2012 are awaited with much anticipation. 
As the key speaker of the conference, Mr. Mohammad Harris' presence will be noted with extreme curiosity. He is one of the pioneers of Islamic Banking in Pakistan and Kenya and having played a key role in establishing the first Islamic banks in the two countries. He is the ideal choice for speaker at Oman Islamic Banking and Finance Conference to be delivering his insights on the Successful implementation of Islamic Banking in Africa. This is happening as part of the initiative by OITE (Oman International Trade and Exhibition) under the theme "Building a Growth for Islamic Banking & Finance" in Oman through improved regulation, innovation, standardization and best practices.
Mr. Harris has worked as Deputy Gene…

Sultan opensAUS symposium

Sharjah: His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qassimi, Supreme Council Member, Ruler of Sharjah and President of American University of Sharjah (AUS) will open at the Dr. Sultan Al Qassimi Centre of Gulf Studies tomorrow, May 22, a three-day regional symposium on the Protection of Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis.
The symposium, the first of its kind in the Arab World, is hosted in the framework of the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM)’s Architectural-Archaeological Tangible Heritage in the Arab Region (ATHAR) program and the newly established ATHAR Regional Conservation Centre in Sharjah. The last two days will be held at AUS.
Leading experts from around the world are attending the symposium. The event includes presentations, discussions, plenary brainstorming sessions and group work divided over three days by theme. The first day addresses the topic “Assessing the damage to Cultural Heritage and evaluatin…

Sharjah Ruler to inaugurate symposium

Sharjah, Sunday, May 20, 2012— Under the patronage and in the presence of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qassimi, Supreme Council Member, Ruler of Sharjah and President of American University of Sharjah (AUS), a three-day regional symposium on the Protection of Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis will be held from May 22–24, 2012, at the Dr. Sultan Al Qassimi Centre of Gulf Studies and AUS.
The symposium is hosted in the framework of the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM)’s Architectural-Archaeological Tangible Heritage in the Arab Region (ATHAR) program and the newly established ATHAR Regional Conservation Centre in Sharjah, UAE.
This symposium, which aims to spread health, social, environmental and safety awareness among students and the general public, will be the first major activity attributed to the centre and is hosted in partnership with the College of Architecture, Art and Design at AUS; Dr. Sult…

ISB enters into the Middle East

Indian School of Business (ISB), a premier b-school of India and 20th place in Financial Times ranking for Global MBA, is set to enter into the Middle-east higher education market. ISB will start their plan with executive education programs at the beginning. The focus of the program is to groom senior and middle management in the Middle East as a first stage of testing the higher education market.
All programs will be controlled by the Centre for Executive Education (CEE) at ISB.The Indian School of Business (ISB) signed an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Bahwan CyberTek (BCT) Group of Oman, to provide executive education courses in the Middle East. Under the agreement, the Centre for Executive Education (CEE) at ISB would deliver executive education courses focused at grooming senior and middle management in the Middle East. 
An agreement has been signed between the senior director of CEE, ISB- Ramanathan Hariharan and director & CEO of Bahwan CyberTek Group (BCT)- S. D…

Omani student presents paper in Vienna

Muscat: Students of the Department of Applied Geosciences attended the European Geosciences Union EGU 2012 in Vienna. About 11,000 international researchers participated in the conference. Kawthar Al Quraishi, a fourth year student of BSc Applied Geosciences at GUtech, gave a presentation on her research paper for the bachelor thesis titled: 'Late Quaternary delta evolution on an uplifted coastal area Wadi Haida Sultanate of Oman, Arabian Peninsula'. 
The conference is one of the largest congregations of geo researchers worldwide. The students were quite motivated to attend this conference at which they were able to discuss the results of their research papers with an international audience.
Professor Dr Goesta Hoffmann, Associate Professor at the Department of Applied Geosciences at GUtech was the supervisor of Kawther's BSc thesis.Kawther's study is integrated in the research project 'Short and long-term environmental changes along the coastline of Oman (Arabian Pen…

Four AUS students win Shaikh Khalifa Scholarships

Sharjah: Four outstanding students at American University of Sharjah (AUS) have won the prestigious Sheikh Khalifa Scholarships for the upcoming academic year, university officials announced, yesterday, May 9.
The winners of the 2012–2013 Sheikh Khalifa Scholarships were: Shiham Syed, College of Arts and Sciences; Juhi Chanchalani, School of Business and Management; Waleed Hijazi College of Engineering; Shaima Rizvi College of Architecture, Art and Design.
Annually, AUS students who excel academically and show individual leadership skills and distinguished societal service, as well as other non-curricula merits, win the Sheikh Khalifa scholarship. Each college nominates students for the award and an academic panel chooses the winners.
The scholarship funds come from the revenues of a Dhs.10 million donation by His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, to AUS during a visit to the Sharjah University City in 2005.
AUS Chancellor Dr. Peter Heath expressed his gra…

Dr Bob Kelly enlightens on how to cope in a crisis

London: Dr Bob Kelly gave students at his alma mater an insider’s perspective on the banking crisis in an informal speech yesterday afternoon. The former CEO of BNY Mellon returned to Cass Business School, part of City University London, to address the students and field questions on the financial crisis and the financial services sector.
Kelly gave a detailed analysis of his understanding of what triggered the crisis, (the retail property boom of the 1990’s) and shared his learnings and experiences with the attentive audience. He outlined his regard for stress tests, “stress tests are awesome”, and warned the students “never to rely on ratings agencies.”
Commenting on the plans to ring fence wholesale and retail banking Kelly said: “I’m ok with ring fencing wholesale and retail banking, subject to learning the details.” He went on to explain to the students his preference for traditional retail banks saying, “I am not a huge fan of wholesale banking as earnings are more volatile due to…

AUS students head for Cannes

Sharjah: Short films by nine students from American University of Sharjah (AUS) have been accepted into the Short Film Corner at the 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival. Also accepted is a film by College of Architecture, Art and Design (CAAD) professor Jack Swanstrom, making it an even ten films that have been accepted from AUS at the prestigious film festival taking place between May 16–26, 2012.
Considered a meeting place for professionals from around the world, the Short Film Corner is more of a showcase than a competition, though entries are selected by a committee. Through it participants can meet prominent filmmakers, exchange ideas in a professional area, promote their films and attend workshops and conferences.
According to CAAD professor, Jack Swanstrom, whose film Bu Qtair has also been accepted into the corner, "The College of Architecture, Art and Design and the Department of Design have always strongly supported independent and student voices in regional cinema and I thi…