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UAE students see California as top choice for pursuing higher education

Dubai: The choice comes as no surprise as California is renowned for the quality of its higher education system. Carian College Advisors, a specialist American education consultancy headquartered in Dubai, has named California as the No. 1 choice of students from the UAE pursuing higher education in the United States, based on the list of clients they served in 2013. Peter Davos, Managing Director, says that the choice comes as no surprise to him as California is renowned for the quality of its higher education system, its attractive climate and excellent quality of life. “California is by far our students’ most popular destination; it is home to some of the world’s top universities, such as Stanford University, Harvey Mudd College, California Institute of Technology, UCLA, UC Berkeley, Pomona College and Claremont McKenna College.

“Stanford University has surpassed Harvard University this year as the most difficult university in t…

Kuwait, Malaysia to strengthen academic cooperation

Kuwait city: Assistant Undersecretary of scholarships and cultural relations affairs at the Ministry of Higher Education Maysara Jassim Al-Falah expressed on Thursday Kuwait's eagerness to boost bilateral cooperation with Malaysia in the educational field, especially in student scholarship exchanges and academic accreditation.

A Kuwaiti joint delegation consisted of Ministry of Higher Education and Ministry of Health paid a visit to Penang Medical College (PMC) in Penang, where they viewed training measures mechanisms at the college, as well as the facilitations and services offered by PMC.
Al-Falah told Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) that the Kuwaiti delegation held several meetings with the college's officials.

She added that the delegation had also visited the college's affiliated hospital and medical center, in which they viewed all departments and health facilities, noting that they met with many students in their training sessions at the college's hospital, and became…

Dispatches from Qatar: finding your feet in a foreign land

Qatar: Six months after moving to Qatar to open UCL's campus in the Middle East, Brett Kershaw talks about building UCL's reputation through outreach projects. I'm now been living in Doha for almost six months. UCL’s Qatar Campus is growing steadily in terms of our staff numbers (17 at last count) and most importantly, we're now beginning to gain wider recognition as an active entity here. There are now just under five months until we enrol our first students, with the admissions process still in full swing. It's somewhat daunting knowing how much work still lies ahead, but very satisfying at the same time to look back on what we've achieved.

So what's been happening? Profile-raising has been high on the agenda over the last couple of months, and it has come in many forms, from participation in exhibitions, to media advertisements, to our social media profiles. Visibility is the key for us now. Even being one of the world's highest ranking institutions …

First graduate university boosts higher education hub

Qatar: Unusually for a Muslim country, Qatar has opened its door to Western-style institutions. In broadcasting, this has meant Al Jazeera. In higher education, it has meant the creation of Education City, which houses Hamad bin Khalifa University, or HBKU, a new all-graduate institution.

Five years ago journalists from around the world were flown to Qatar for the graduation ceremony of the first group of young people to qualify from Education City.

It was a glittering affair and enabled this oil and gas rich state to show off its ambitious experiment – to create an education hub by inviting in the best American universities to run undergraduate courses in Qatar.

The event garnered headlines and interest around the world. The aim was to create an elite educational facility along Ivy League lines and make Qatar the education centre for the Middle East, if not for the Asian sub-continent. This is still the aim, says Prior.

What has happened in the past five years?

The creation of Hamad…

Increasing the quality of education in Oman

Muscat: To increase the quality of educational materials and access to education, over 45 officials and teachers from the Oman Ministry of Education exchanged views and developed a draft Oman National Policy on Open Educational Resources in a meeting held from 19 – 21 November 2013.

Defined as any type of educational materials in the public domain, or released with an open license allowing free use and distribution, Open Educational Resources (OERs) present Ministries of Education with a strategic opportunity to increase the quality of educational materials and using ICT to increase access to education especially for disadvantaged groups.

The intensive 2-day Workshop and 1-day meeting with the Ministry of Education was facilitated by the Oman National OER Support Committee and 2 experts from UNESCO: Mr Fengchun Miao and Mr Abel Caine. The Workshop resulted in the development of the comprehensive draft National OER Policy focussing on key-entry points including textbook production, tea…

Majlis A'Shura's Committee on Education and Scientific Research Hosts Higher Education Undersecretary

Muscat:Majlis A'Shura's Committee on Education and Scientific Research today held its fifth regular meeting of the third annual session (2013/2014) of the seventh term of the Majlis A'Shura, headed by Mohammad bin Rashid al-Qanobi, Head of the Committee.

The Committee hosted Dr. Abdullah bin Mohammad al-Sarmi, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Higher Education to discuss a number of topics dealing with Omani students studying abroad and see at first-hand the efforts and actions undertaken by the Ministry in this regard and to review letters received by the Committee from some Omani students studying in the Republic of Poland and the solutions and proposals taken by the Ministry. Al- Qanobi confirmed that a meeting with the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Higher Education came at the request of the parents of Omani students dispatched to the Republic of Poland and correspondence received by the Head and the members of the Committee by some of the students studying in the…

UK delegation for educational tie-ups in Oman

Muscat: UK Trade & Investment and the Training Gateway are bringing a delegation of UK-based providers of education and corporate training, who are looking for a wide range of partnership opportunities in Oman. The delegation will visit Oman on 10-11 December 2013.

Amanda Selvaratnam of The Training Gateway said “Having brought a delegation to Oman last year and seen what a wealth of opportunities for partnerships are available in Oman, I am delighted to be building on that visit by introducing another group of training providers to explore the exciting opportunities for partnership offered in this wonderful country. ”

The group comprises 25 universities, colleges and private training providers. They offer a diverse range of professional development programmes and HR solutions. This includes courses with industry recognised accreditation, vocational qualifications; programmes for primary, secondary and higher education teachers; specialist English language training; globalisati…