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Bahrain to safeguard quality in higher education

Manama: Bahrain's commitment for safeguarding quality in higher education continues with its busy preparations for the second two day-long International Arab Conference on Quality Assurance in Higher Education (IACQA 2012) which will be held on 4 and 5 April at Sanad Campus. 
While speaking to press to announce the details of the meeting, Dr. Mona Al Zayani, conference chairwoman and University President, said: "There will be 161 researchers from 61 countries taking part in this key conference, who will submit 106 papers". 
Hunderds of educational experts are expected to attend an international conference in Bahrain next month. The International Arab Conference on Quality Assurance in Higher Education (IACQA 2012) is a forum for scientists, researchers, and experts to present their latest research, results, ideas, developments, and applications in all areas of quality assurance in higher education. 
It is being organised by Gulf University."It is important to have qual…

Oman on the way of employable learning

MUSCAT: After the Jasmine revolution, every Arabian country does not like to give unemployment a chance. Oman also wants to save its youth force from the jaw of uncertainties. 
The education survey lately conducted by the Higher Education Minstry points out the disconnect between learning and job. So Dr. Hana Mohammed Amin, Advisor to the Higher Education Minister for Scientific Research and Studies, stressed on the importance of creating employable youngsters from the higher learning centres such as Colleges, Universities and Technical Institutes.Dr. Hana Mohammed Amin was speaking in Majlis Addawla's Education Committee the other day. 
The survey has pointed out the backwardness of the females in the employment sector as most of the Omani jobseekers are women. At the same time, educated Omani youths are placed well in job. The social, economic and family reasons are the major factors behind the Joblessness of women. 
The advisor emphasized on bridging the gap between between highe…

Wanna be a forensic Scientist? What Dubai offers?

Dubai: It used to be that you could only be a Crime Scene Investigator on television, now at Dubai International Academic City (DIAC) you can study a Digital Forensic Science Degree and join an elite team of crime solving scientists upon graduation. 
Forensic Scientists use scientific methods and problem-solving techniques to solve crimes. Using advanced procedures and high-tech equipment, Forensic Scientists collect evidence in order to solve intricate puzzles and assist Police and Government departments. 
Two universities in Dubai International Academic City (DIAC) which offers forensic programmes are American University in the Emirates  and Manipal University Dubai.
Manipal University Dubai offers post-graduate degree only. You can join for MSc in Human Genetics and Forensic Science. This post graduate programme is interdisciplinary, linking together courses in the fields of biology, chemistry, physics, criminal justice, psychology and legal studies. Individual attention is given so t…

ICAEW joins Cass M&A Research Centre

Dubai: One of the world’s leading professional accountancy bodies , ICAEW(Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales), has announced a partnership with the M&A (mergers and acquisitions) Research Centre at Cass Business School
The Corporate Finance Faculty at ICAEW is the latest partner to link up with the centre, which carries out research into the global M&A industry. Under the partnership, ICAEW will help identify and fund new research projects together with the centre’s senior sponsors at AXA Private Equity, Credit Suisse and Ernst & Young. 
David Petrie, Head of Corporate Finance at ICAEW, said: “The Centre is at the cutting edge of academic research in M&A and this tie-up will be of real value to both parties. This strategic partnership is another step in increasing our engagement with corporate finance professionals  throughout their careers in business and practice.” 

Director of the M&A Research Centre, Professor Scott Moeller, said: “We are d…

AUS hosts Knowledge before College initiative

Sharjah: American University of Sharjah (AUS), in collaboration with Mubadara, a universities-youth group, hosted the first edition of the initiative Knowledge Before College March 25–26, 2012. Fifty students from different secondary schools in Sharjah and Dubai participated in the event. 
Students participating in the "Knowledge Before College" (KBC) program attended lectures, participated in curricular and extra-curricular activities, and met with faculty members and officials. They also learned more about preparation for university study, admission requirements, procedures and best practices for selecting majors and study tracks.
“As a leading institution of higher education in the region, one of AUS’ strategic objectives is to launch several initiatives to sustain and develop relationships with the local community, and to meet the high expectations that students and parents have of AUS,” said Ali Shuhaimy, AUS Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management. 
“The 50 students pa…

Warwick B-School eyes on India

After successfully proliferating in the Gulf and China, now India is the new migration point for foreign universities from the West. While heated discussions are going on about the foreign direct investment (FDI) in higher education in India, some business schools from the West has decided to open up their independent campus in India. And the The Warwick Business School, standing 130km from London, is one of the early birds already made up its mind for having a second address in India.
The headquarters in the UK, Warwick B-school is looking at bustling Delhi for its new campus. If everything went right, the Indian campus would offer the same range of courses as that of in UK campus. But Warwick's trump card Masters Business Administration (MBA) will be the cynosure of all its programmes. 

Ever since India spoke of opening its doors to foreign universities, several top institutions have considered coming to its shores, but few have actually taken a step. The Schulich School of Busine…

Indian schools to hike fees by 25%

MUSCAT: The nineteen Indian Schools in the Sultanate have decided to hike their tuition fees by 25 per cent from the new academic level onwards. The new decision, allegedly controversial, has been notified by the Board of Directors governing the schools in the country.
“We have given green signal to the initiative as we were quite convinced of the need of finding income sources for meeting the increasing overhead expenses such as salaries and for funding the infrastructure development in each school”, Tony George Alexander, Chairman, Indian Schools Board of Directors said. 
"Those schools like Indian School Darsait (ISD) which have had a hike last year will not be considering the increase this year and the percentage of increase is the discretion of the respective schools depending on their need of additional funds”- he added while clarifying on the new move. 
The Indian School Muscat (ISM) where the largest of Indian students are pursuing education from pre-primary till higher sec…

UOWD honours 326 graduates at 21st Convocation

Dubai : University of Wollongong in Dubai honoured 326 graduates and postgraduates from 36 nationalities in the 21st convocation takes place recently.
The Convocation was attended by His Excellency Pablo Kang, Australian Ambassador to UAE, UOWD President Professor Ghassan Aouad, faculty members of the university, and parents and family members of graduating students. H.H. Sheikh Majed Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Culture and Art Authority was the guest of honour. 
In his welcome address, Professor Aouad said, “When UOWD was established almost 20 years ago, we were convinced of our role in contributing to the prosperity of the UAE and Dubai in particular, and today we provide the evidence in playing a leading role in the education of its human capital. Over the past 19 years, we have been helping this ocean to escape, by offering a high-quality Australian-based education in the UAE – to nearly 6,000 graduates, of whom more than 1,000 are Emiratis.”
His Excellency …

AUS celebrates 14th Global Day

Sharjah: Two-day long 14th annual Global Day festival of AmericanUniversity of Sharjah (AUS) was held at Sharjah campus. The Festival was inaugurated by Sheikh Sultan Bin Ahmed Bin Sultan Al Qassimi, Chairman of Sharjah Media Corporation. 
Themed “Peace throughout the World,” the annual festival seeks to spread peace and depict how diverse cultures in AUS unite and celebrate together. The event was organized by the Office of Student Affairs’ Student Development and Organizations Department and features four main attractions: the World Bazaar, the Children’s Corner, the Food Fair and cultural performances. 
The World Bazaar, set up across the AUS Main Plaza, is a mix of pavilions depicting the cultural heritage of various nationalities represented on campus. Among the pavilions were those representing the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Armenia, Pakistan, Lebanon, Bangladesh, Palestine, Libya, India, Sudan and Egypt. 
Colorful cultural performances were held in the Main Auditorium as well as …

UOWD Team Develops "ipurse"

Dubai: Is there any way to find out your personal belongings such as mobile phone, camera, laptop and keys, if you lost it? A Dubai-based university's research team has developed a mobile platform to relocate the missed belongings. 
A team from University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD) has developed a mobile-based software to find out the lost belongings by making use of radio frequency identification(RFID) and near field communication(NFC) technologies. They named this as "ipurse". 
The new mobile platform was developed by Dr. Mohamed Wafta, Asst. Professor in UOWD's department of computer science and engineering. Two students Rashida Dharuwala and Manprabhjot Kaur also helped him in his research endeavour. The project has already received interest from International companies that are keen finding ways to commercialize the invention. The project is now waiting for a patent recognition.
 The invention was initiated from a real need of the campus students. The research s…

MCBS, Oman offers BS Airport Management

Muscat: If you have a passion for Airport Management, you need not fly overseas to realize your dream. A college in Oman offers entry into this professional career. Modern College of Business and Science (MCBS) provides program to the students with a non-flying professional career option within the aviation industry.
The students will study the successful introduction and ongoing management of airport operations. The program offers additional business subjects which are designed to increase the opportunities for employment within diverse management fields. This program provides students with the knowledge and skills required to deal with management problems in the aviation-related industries through exploring the inter-dependence between air-transport and logistics operations. 
All students willing to graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Airport Management are required to successfully complete a total of at least 120 credit hours with a cumulative GPA of 2.0. Students are required to co…

Beware of fake degrees from India…

Indian higher education scenario is turning into more and more vibrant year after year. Though excellence in higher education proliferates and reaches new highs, the fake degree business also thrives.

Lately, AICTE (All India Council of Technical Education), the accreditation body of Government of India which approves technical colleges in India has unearthed an array of fake institutions which churn out fake degrees into the education market. AICTE says India's capital city, Delhi, has highest number of illegal technical institutes and fake management degree business.

According to data provided by the All India Council for Technical Education ( AICTE), as many as 75 institutes in Delhi are enrolling students under technical programmes without its approval. And more than half of them offer degree or diploma programmes in management studies. Maharashtra falls just behind Delhi in the dubious degree biz. Both, Delhi and Maharashtra, together account for 45 per cent of all the tota…

AUS celebrates 15 years

Sharjah: American University of Sharjah (AUS) has started its 15th anniversary celebration by honouring its staff, especially those who have been employed at the university since 1997. The ceremony was held recently at the university’s Main Plaza and was attended by more than 400 AUS staff. 
Founded in 1997 by His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qassimi, Member of the Supreme Council, Ruler of Sharjah and President of AUS, as a non-profit, independent, coeducational institution of higher education based on the American model, AUS has earned a fortunate reputation throughout the region for its academic excellence and multicultural campus life. 
“We are here to honor your efforts in making this university, our AUS, what it is today. We are delighted to celebrate how each of you has contributed to AUS earning such a great reputation throughout the UAE and the wider region,” said Dr. Peter Heath, AUS Chancellor. 
In his opening remarks, Chancellor Heath said, “In truth, this univ…

Job: Faculty Position in Computer Science, Turkey

The School of Engineering at Ozyegin University invites applications for faculty positions at all levels in Computer Science.
A Ph.D. degree in Computer Science is required. We are particularly interested in applicants in the security area, with expertise in topics including, but not restricted to, information/computer security & trust, secure systems network security, privacy, security in web and human interfaces, usable security. Applicants must have a strong commitment to conduct applied as well as theoretical research, to teach at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and to evelop and maintain active collaboration with industry. An outstanding track record of research and teaching accomplishments is expected.
Özye?in University is a private (foundation) university located in Istanbul, at the crossroads of Europe and Asia. The language of education is English. Interested candidates are encouraged to visit our website http://www.ozyegin.edu.tr, to learn more. 
Candidates sho…

Doctorate from India for Bank Muscat CEO

Muscat: An Indian University has conferred an honorary doctorate on the Chief Executive Officer of Bank Muscat, the leading financial provider in the Sultanate of Oman, in a glittering ceremony. Honorary Doctorate conferred on AbdulRazak Ali Issa, chief executive officer, BankMuscat, considering his significant contributions to both the banking sector in Oman and the GCC region.
Doctorate was awarded by Hindustan University in the southern Indian city of Chennai. The Hindustan University (previously known as Hindustan College of Engineering) is one of the prestigious universities of India and a leader in South India. University is renowned for its scholastic merit, extremely competent and experienced faculty, first-rate infrastructure facilities for both curricular and non-curricular activities and recreation and sports facilities. 
The ceremony took place on the occasion of the second convocation of Hindustan University. He also presided the function as the guest of honour. Bank Mus…

Government accelerates Omanisation process

MUSCAT : The Oman Government continues its journey on the mission of securing more jobs for the Omani youths. Now the Ministry of Manpower, which deals with human resources development activities of the country, has chalked out a comprehensive plan to put unemployed Omani youths back into career path. 
A four-pronged Omanisation programmes has begun to put in place to eradicate the specter of unemployment and to replace the foreign labours. Employ the professionally qualified job-seekers by referring them to the available job openings in the private sectors, train the new professionally qualified job-seekers, give a second chance for previously employed jobless youngsters and provide entrepreneurial opportunities for the professionals and craftsmen are the strategies currently in place. Entrepreneurs will get a financial aid of upto RO 50,000 through Sanad offices to start their own ventures. 
The ministry will open employment services at general directorates in various wilayats and gov…

How to earn a seat in Indian B-schools?

Lately, one more competitive test for B-school admission is over and its result is out. Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) results were announced by All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE), an official government body which conducts CMAT. 
CMAT top rankers will get admissions to 4,000 colleges in India that offer MBA and 500 colleges which run postgraduate diploma in management programme. Set up in November 1945, AICTE is a national level body with statutory authority for maintenance of norms and standards, quality assurance, monitoring and evaluation of technical education in India. 
CMAT result contain the total marks as well as the all Indian rank (AIR) obtained by the candidates in the exam. Applicants need to log on to the CMAT website with their username and password to see their rank. 
Vijay Kalyan Jha from New Delhi has topped the first edition of CMAT. Sujitkumar Birendranath from Mumbai and Kushagra Rajul Rahul from Rajkot have secured rank 2 and 3 respectively. A…

CORE education turns its eye on higher education in Gulf

CORE Education & Technologies Ltd., the Global education solutions provider, announced its foray into higher education sector in the Middle East in partnership with the Government of Ras Al Khaimah and the Birla Institute of Technology, Ranchi (BIT), a premier engineering institute of India.
With this venture, CORE is establishing its Academic Learning Centre at Ras Al Khaimah Free Trade Zone (RAZ FTZ) in an agreement with BIT (Birla Institute of Technology), Ranchi, offering programs in engineering, architecture and also in business administration. CORE Education & Technologies Ltd. also plans to launch an executive MBA programme in this academic year in collaboration with a leading international university at the RAK campus. 
Earlier, Birla Institute of Technology had a campus in Ras Al Khaima. This campus is now facilitating by Core Education and Technologies, Teaching services provider, who is a also a licensee of Ras Al Khaima Free Trade Zone Authority of Govt. of Ras Al Kh…