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Sports management course offered

Abu Dhabi: The International Centre for Sport Studies (CIES) has signed an agreement with Abu Dhabi Sports Council (ADSC) and Paris Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi (PSUAD) to launch a programme in sports management.
The first edition of the programme will start in September at Sorbonne University.
The programme will allow students from the UAE and other GCC countries to acquire fundamental tools in the field of sport management and offer them opportunity to attend conference given by international experts.
“Students, who will join the programme, will benefit from top-level education and training in sport management. The programme will also feature a number of guests to share their experience in an international learning environment,” Eric Fouache, vice chancellor of PSUAD, said. PSUAD is the fifteenth university to join Fifa/CIES International University Network

6th Conference on e-Learning Excellence in the Middle East

Sharjah education show from January 29

Sharjah: 60 exhibitors to take part in Great India Education Fair to be held alongside the show.
Strong growth in higher education will continue to provide students with a bigger choice of courses every year. A prominent fixture on the UAE’s education calendar, the International Education Show (IES) in Sharjah will field a larger delegation of universities and schools this year.
Hosted at the Sharjah Expo Centre from January 29 to February 1, the four-day show has registered a 31 per cent rise in the number of exhibitors with nearly 150 institutions signing up for the event.
An additional 60 exhibitors from India will also be taking part in the Great India Education Fair which is being held for the second consecutive year featuring international boarding schools, universities and colleges from India.

With the UAE Cabinet approving 21 per cent of its total budget allocation of Dh46 billion for the education sector in 2014, it becom…

Sharjah Ruler attends AUS graduation

Sharjah :  His Highness Dr. Shaikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah and President of American University of Sharjah (AUS), yesterday presented certificates to 516 graduates from the American University of Sharjah.

Dr Shaikh Sultan congratulated the graduates and extended his thanks to the members of the Board of Trustees, university professors, management and all employees for their continued efforts which resulted in attaining prestige for the university.
Shaikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Sharjah. was present on the occasion.
In a statement during the graduation ceremony, Dr Shaikh Sultan said that AUS will bolster cooperation with international varsities.
The university is strengthening cooperation ties and exchanging of experiences in education, research and development with renowned global educational institutions in higher education field,” said Dr Shaikh Sultan.

Sharjah Ruler …

Palestine thanks Oman for support

Muscat: His Highness Sayyid Fahd bin Mahmoud Al Said, Deputy Prime Minister for the Council of Ministers on 6 January 2014 received Dr Ali Abu Zuhri, Minister of Education and Higher Education in the State of Palestine.

During the meeting, the Palestinian minister conveyed the greetings and best wishes of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said, the government and wished Omani people further progress. He also expressed the Palestinian president's utmost appreciation for the great and continuous support for the Palestinian cause from the Sultanate.

The minister stressed his country's pride and appreciation of the remarkable progress being witnessed by the Sultanate and the comprehensive renaissance achieved at all levels, thanks to the enlightened leadership of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said.

Welcoming the guest and his accompanying delegation, Sayyid Fahd stressed the importance of educational march in the Sultanate and its importance …

100 outstanding students honoured

Abu Dhabi: It was Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan’s quote -“A country’s greatest investment lies in building generations of educated and knowledgeable youth”-that Sultan Abdo Al Ameri, a 24-year-old Emirati graduate, used as motivation during his three-year academic journey in the US.

“I achieved 97.9 per cent in grade 12 at Ghantoot School in Bani Yas. I was selected to receive a Khalifa Bin Zayed Scholarship and continue my undergraduate studies at Ohio University in electrical and computer engineering,” Al Ameri, a government employee, told Gulf News.

Al Ameri, who faced some difficulties in adapting to the new culture and environment abroad, said, “I have worked hard to complete my undergraduate studies in less than four years. Professors were very helpful, respectful and they offered every possible support. Now I am looking forward to having at least a couple of years of work experience before starting my masters.”

Al Ameri was one of the 100 outstanding students selected…

Iraq to set up 19 new colleges and 36 new departments

Baghdad: Iraq’s Ministry of Higher Education has announced the establishment of 19 new colleges and 36 departments within its state and provincial universities.

According to the deputy minister of higher education, Salam Hassan, the new colleges and departments will be in Baghdad, al-Mustansiriyah and Al-Nahrain Universities, as well as in universities in Mosul, Basra, Babil, Wasit, Muthanna, Dhi Qar, Tikrit, Kufa, Kirkuk, Al-Qadissiya, Maysan, Al-Qassim and Samarra.

With the addition of these colleges and departments, the ministry plans to increase scientific specializations within the higher education sector and improve the country’s higher education to be on par with modern higher education in developed countries.

Deputy Minister Salam Hassan also added that new faculties such as the environment and genetic engineering, as well as various branches of the humanities will feature scientific specializations that are new to the Iraqi universities.

This initiative looks to restor…

Indian Education Exhibition 2014 in Kuwait

Kuwait City: Indian Education Exhibition 2014, being held at the Holiday Inn in Kuwait on 24 and 25 January, is a one-stop information event for learning about the variety of professional and vocational courses that NRI and Kuwait students can pursue in reputed institutions of higher learning in India. Students, along with their parents will get an opportunity to personally interact with college administrators and professors, to know about the variety of educational programs available in India

The exhibition displays attractive options available to NRI and other students from Kuwait and beyond to obtain undergraduate and post-graduate degrees in various disciplines, including medicine, engineering, business management, marketing and communications, arts and science, hospitality & hotel management and Allied Health Sciences.

This exhibition will have nearly 20 leading Indian Exhibitors with more than 75 institutions under them, offering over 200 programs. Some of the leading insti…

Starring Saudi student Saeed collects awards for his research

Riyadh: Award-winning paper Impact of web technologies on student-expert power relationship now wins an Excellence Award from the Saudi Cultural Bureau in the UK. THE internet, with its vast quantity of instantly available information, has had a massive impact on Higher Education. Now a Saudi-born researcher at the University of Huddersfield is investigating how the Web is altering the traditional relationship between students and their lecturers.

It is research that has global implications, and Saeed Alshahrani, who has been completing his PhD at Huddersfield, has earned a string of awards for his work.

The latest is an Excellence Award, bestowed annually by the Saudi Cultural Bureau in the UK. Saeed also earned an award for the best paper delivered at the Clute Institute in Florida, during an international conference held in March 2013. His paper, entitled Impact of web technologies on student-expert power relationship has been published by the journal Contemporary Issues in Ed…

Wary of high divorce rates, Saudi girls wed education!

Riyadh: The Kingdom’s soaring divorce rates have forced young Saudi girls to opt for pursuing higher education rather than getting married at an early age.

Divorce cases increased to more than 30,000 in 2012, averaging 82 divorces per day, or three divorces an hour.

The study, conducted by the economic research unit at Al-Eqtisadiah newspaper, showed that there are 2.5 divorce cases for every 1,000 men above 15.

“Divorce rates in the Kingdom are alarmingly high. To put an end to that, young couples must attend marriage counseling sessions before getting married,” says Dr. Aliyah Hani Hashim, a Jeddah-based marriage counselor.

“Having a certificate from a marriage counselor prior to getting married should be made obligatory. This will ensure a better understanding of the responsibilities spouses have toward one another,” she said.

Hashim adds that the rate of divorce among youth is definitely on the increase and that many couples are getting divorced after only one or two years of marriage.

MSU invites papers for edu conference

Dubai: Michigan State University in Dubai is pleased to announce the call for papers for: The 2nd Dubai International Conference in Higher Education: Sustaining Success Through Innovation .


Sustaining success in the rapidly changing arena of Higher Education is a global challenge. Bringing creativity and innovation to the way we educate today is of the utmost importance. The aim of this international conference is to provide for all those closely connected with Higher Education, a forum for sharing experience and expertise in creating innovative and successful learning, teaching, research and outreach environments fit for Higher Education in the 21st century.

All submissions will be peer reviewed and acceptance will be based on quality, relevance, and originality. Presenters will be given the opportunity to have their submissions included in the on-line conference proceedings. Early registration for this two-day event is advised.

Date: 19-20 January 2014

The Open University and The Arab Open University Partnership Conference

Kuwait City: The Partnership Conference is a bi-annual event which offers both universities an opportunity to share their futurestrategic priorities, curriculum developments and to discuss further areas of collaboration.

This year the Partnership Conference will be held on 8th & 9th January 2014 in Kuwait. Professor Musa Mihsein, PVC Academic and Dr Sharon Ding, Academic Director, will lead an Open University delegation of nine senior academics spanning the Faculties of Arts, Business, English Language, Maths Computing & Technology and Heath & Social Care.

Since 2002, the Arab Open University is an Approved Institution of the Open University delivering OU Validation Awards across seven branches in seven Arab countries; Kuwait, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Oman to more than 46,000 students.

For more information about the partnership, please contact; Jane Gill,

UAE: Hot Spot for Higher Studies

Dubai: In a recent survey conducted by Dubai International Academic City and Deloitte, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) ranked the fourth most attractive education destination in the world for students looking to pursue their studies abroad. This was achieved by beating China, Singapore and Australia. The UAE was found to be the favourite study destination for many.

A set of companies across the Middle East, Africa, Asia and 2,400 students were surveyed. Stating that the UAE is “recognised for its strength in science, finance, economics and management,” about 60% of the corporate entities interviewed stated that Dubai’s position as a centre of higher education was ‘good’ or ‘excellent.’

Opening up opportunities for universities in the UAE to develop stronger linkages with a vast student pool that needs high-quality education, Dubai, as a centre of education, appears to be the strongest in countries such as India. Student enrolment up
According to a new report released by Dubai’s Knowledge …