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The British University in Dubai (BUiD) launches new accredited PhD programme

BUiD launched today its third accredited PhD programme, in Computer Science at Dubai Internet City. Mr. Majed Al Suwaidi, Managing Director of Dubai Internet City, Dr. Abdullah al Karam, Chairman of Board of Directors and Director General – KHDA, Dr Ayoub Kazim, Managing Director of TECOM’s Education Cluster, and Mr. Marc Jessel, British Council Country Director attended the launch,. Senior Management along with key employee and faculty members also were at the launch.
Prof. Abdullah Alshamsi, BUiD Vice Chancellor, welcomed the guests and talked about the programme: “The launch of the new PhD programme in Computer Science gives us a sense of pride, especially as it is the first of its kind offered in the UAE. It adds yet another milestone to BUiD’s process of distinguished higher education in the region, under the valued guidance of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research.”

Dr Ayoub Kazim, Managing Director of TECOM’s Education Cluster which incorporates…


Dubai, UAE: Dubai Knowledge Village, part of TECOM Investments, welcomed a high profile delegation from Malta, led by the Maltese Minister for Education and Employment, Hon. Evarist Bartolo. The delegation was received by Dr. Ayoub Kazim, Managing Director of Dubai Knowledge Village (DKV) and Dubai International Academic City (DIAC).

The visit was focused on exchanging expertise and sharing best practices on setting up and running knowledge hubs in the UAE and Malta, and to review the services and facilities offered by DIAC and DKV to its 500-plus business partners covering the training and HRM as well as higher education sectors.

The delegation was composed of high ranking officials from a number of leading organisations within Malta’s education and training industry, including University of Malta; English for Foreign Language Monitoring Board; and Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology. They discussed areas of potential collaboration with educational institutions in the UA…

270 graduate from e-university

Dubai: Some 270 students were honoured yesterday at the second graduation ceremony of the Hamdan Bin Mohammad e-university held at the Cultural and Scientific Association building in Dubai.

Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, attended the ceremony yesterday and handed the graduating students their diplomas.

Sultan Bin Ayoud, one of the graduates, said he was able to balance both his daily duties and studying with the help of the e-university. With classes and books provided electronically at the tips of students’ fingers, one can get a degree while sitting on the beach, he added.

Graduating from Innovation and Change Management, Amal Al Misafiri was also able to balance her duties as a mother of three children, studying for her degree and working as the director of the training department of the Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) in Abu Dhabi.

The university not only accommodates those responsible for families, but als…

Smart Edu Center for Saudi youth

Riyadh: Minister of Electricity and Water Abdullah bin Abdulrahman inaugurated the Smart Educational Center for Saudi youth following the conclusion of the Jeddah Youth Business exhibition at the Jeddah exhibition center here recently. 

The minister expressed his appreciation at the opening of the center saying that it would enable Saudi youth to learn the skills needed to join the field of their choice. “The center will prepare students to gain admission in any university in the country,” he said, adding that over 2 million Saudi students take the high school exams every year.

Ehab Tulab Ahmed Musa, founder of the Smart Educational Center, said the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology has organized more than 300 projects which will be shared on the center’s website to help allay fears of both students and parents about the prospect of booking seats in college or university.

“The center will help eliminate this fear that haunts nearly every family whose members ar…

HE Dr. Rawya Al Busaidi visits Gulf College

Muscat: Her Excellency Dr. Rawya Al Busaidi, Minister of Higher Education, Oman will be visiting Gulf College on the 19th of February 2014, this Wednesday.  

Her Excellency Dr. Rawya Al Busaidi, Minister of Higher Education will be visiting Gulf College on the 19th of February 2014, this Wednesday. The visit will take place as per the plan of series of visits by her Excellency to the Higher Education providers in the Sultanate of Oman.

GCC higher education ministers meet in Riyadh

RIYADH, (KUNA) -- The GCC ministers of higher education and scientific research met here on Wednesday, with Kuwaiti Minister of Education and Higher Education Ahmad Al-Mulaifi attending.
In a keynote speech, Saudi Minister of Higher Education Khalid Al-Ankari boasted that GCC universities have achieved much success on both regional and international levels, which reflect the optimum investment of natural resources in the GCC member states.
He appreciated the integrated efforts of the GCC ministries of higher education in all mutual fields in order to serve the citizens of their countries.
He added that all recommendations made during recent intensive meetings would be in the interest of Gulf young people and would contribute to the promotion of output of educational and research institutions.
On his part, GCC Secretary-General Abdullatif Al-Zayani said all the GCC leaders are very interested in education especially in universities and higher education institutions o…

Monash delegation in Oman

Muscat: A Monash delegation visited Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) in Oman earlier this month to build on existing plans for future academic and research ties between the universities, in the possible establishment of a new tertiary institution, Oman University.

The Monash delegation, comprising Professor Abid Khan and Dr Nizar Farjou of the Office of the Vice-Chancellor (Global Engagement), met with Her Highness Dr Muna Bint Fahd Al Said, SQU Assistant Vice-Chancellor for External Cooperation.

Their discussions focused on identifying areas for collaborative research and the possibility of co-supervision of Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students from Oman and staff development. SQU also suggested a visit by a team of Monash researchers to SQU to identify areas for collaborative research development.

This visit builds on a previous visit to SQU and the Oman Research Council by Vice-Chancellor Ed Byrne in March 2013, at the invitation of His Excellency Dr Abdullah Mohammed Al-Sarmi…

University of Wollongong ranked among world's top 25 young universities

Dubai: The University of Wollongong (UOW) has been ranked among the top 25 young universities in the world under the QS University Ranking System.

For the second consecutive year, UOW features in the QS Top 50 under-50 list, which ranks the best universities in the world under the age of 50. The 2013/2014 ranking places UOW in 22nd position, moving up from 24th place last year.
Basing its academic curriculum and teaching practices on those of UOW Australia, the University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD) reflects these strong international credentials. All degrees offered by UOWD are quality assured by UOW, and UOWD graduates have the option to exchange their degree for a UOW testamur after successfully completing a program of study in Dubai.
UOW Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Wellings hailed the ranking as a reflection of the institution's position in the top 2 per cent of universities worldwide and its continuing ambition to strive for excellence.
Professor Wellings said, …

Nuclear Energy labs in Sharjah

Sharjah: The University of Sharjah has announced that three nuclear energy laboratories worth Dh7 million will be set up in the university, with the aim of preparing highly qualified human cadres specialised in nuclear power. 
The first ever integrated laboratory for students of the undergraduate programme in nuclear engineering will be opened in September, while the other two labs will be opened later, Dr Waleed Mutawalli, Coordinator of the Nuclear Engineering Programme at the university, said.

The UAE is set to open its first power plant in 2017, one year after the graduation of the first batch of graduates with bachelor’s degree in nuclear engineering from the University of Sharjah, he added.

Dr Mutawalli said the first laboratory to be opened in September will coincide with the beginning of the first semester of the 2014-2015 academic year. The first and second labs will be specialised in handling and measuring radioactive materials, while the third one will be for fourth year …

CCE to Collaborate with Schneider Electric Company

Muscat: Caledonian College of Engineering in Oman (CCE) has entered into a partnership with Schneider Electric Company by signing an agreement for cooperation between the two institutions. This was formally carried out at a ceremony on the 29th January, 2014 at the college’s Al Hail campus, Seeb in Muscat. Schneider Electric, the headquarters of which is in France, is a global specialist in energy management and maintains a leading position in power and control worldwide.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two institutions covers student placement, student internship and training and development opportunities in the fields of electric engineering and allied fields. Provision is also made for CCE graduate students to pursue internship and research projects at Schneider. Through this co-operation, CCE and Schneider Electric Company will work together in covering, developing and delivering custom-made training courses, together with skill development activities, serving t…

Younger Indians tend to be good at spelling

Dubai: Spelling champions in the UAE are becoming younger and younger and they have one thing in common — they’re of Indian origin just like in spelling competitions in the US.

This year’s UAE Champion is an eighth grader while the second runner-up is a seventh grader, beating 10th graders in the competition.
“I’ve seen the students grow in terms of how they approach spelling over the past three years. We had to exhaust a lot of the out-of-list words. The study list is easy for them and we exhausted those. And then we went out of the list. And even those, there were a lot of words that they got,” Mirle Shivshankar, a US-based Indian-American spelling coach and judge at the third Danube Spelling Bee Champion, told Gulf News.
Shivshankar is the father of Kavya, the 2009 Scripps National Spelling Bee champion in the US who visited Dubai on Saturday to be the ‘pronouncer’ of the words at the event.
In recent years, Indian-Americans have dominated the national competition i…


Dubai, UAE: Amity University broke ground for its new state-of-the-art campus at Dubai International Academic City (DIAC).The new campus is set to become a centre of excellence for the research community and a hub for leading academics in the region.

The ceremony was attended by His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Emirates Chairman Board of Trustees of Al Jalila Foundation, His Excellency Dr. Abdullah Al Karam, Director General of Knowledge and Human Development Authority, Dr. Ayoub Kazim, Managing Director of TECOM Investments’ Education Cluster and Mr. Atul Chauhan, Chancellor of Amity University.

The university will accommodate a total of 5,000 students at full capacity and will be the largest private university campus spanning 700,000 sq ft space in DIAC. The campus will incorporate hi-tech laboratories and the latest technology for the University’s Departments of Engineering, Management, Hospitality and Forens…