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Takatuf scholarships announced

Muscat: Takatuf Oman announced 24 International scholarships for 2013. These 24 students were selected from the 60 who successfully completed the Takatuf Scholars Summer Residential Programme. Selected students will be sent to join leading international educational institutions for the 2014-15 academic year.

Takatuf Oman is the human capital solutions provider for Oman Oil Company (OOC) and its group of companies. Out of the total 24, ten students received the Takatuf International Scholarship funded by OOC, nine the Takatuf Oman Oil Refineries & Petroleum Industries Company (ORPIC) Scholarship and five the Takatuf Oman Trading International (OTI) Scholarship.

The ceremony was held under the patronage of Sayyid Dr Fahad bin Al Julanda Al Said, Assistant Secretary General for Innovation Development, The Research Council. As part of the programme, they will spend two years in preparatory or boarding schools followed by four years at university furthering their education, learning a…

Manipal University bags Golden Peacock award

Manipal, (India): Manipal University has bagged the Golden Peacock Environment Management Award 2014. The university has won this award for the third consecutive year.

The award was presented during Golden Peacock Awards Nite at New Delhi on Friday July 11 night during the sixteenth World Congress on Environment Management. The award was received by Manipal University Registrar Dr G.K. Prabhu and director General Services Colonel (Retired) Badrinarayan on behalf of Manipal University from Justice Dr Arijit Pasayat in the presence of Institute of Directors president Lieutenant General (Retired) J S Ahluwalia, Public Enterprises Selection Board chairman Atul Chaturvedi, Yes Bank CEO Rana Kapoor and others.

The Awards Jury comprised chairman former CJI Justice P N Bhagwati, and co-chairman Supreme Court former judge Justice Dr Arijit Pasayat. This is yet another milestone in the pioneering efforts of Manipal University. The award is presented to organizations for successfully managing en…

Second Pakistani University opens in UAE

RAS AL KHAIMAH, (UAE): One more Pakistani University has started its operations in Ras Al Khaimah with a mission to provide good quality affordable education for Pakistani families living in UAE. Name as “Abasyn University”, the new educational platform will offer degree courses to the 800 to 1,000 pupils who comes out of Pakistani high schools in the UAE every year.

Previously Szabist University in Dubai was the only Pakistani university in the emirates. Abasyn’s Ras Al Khaimah centre is its overseas branch campus. As a famed brand in Pakistan, the Abasyn University has campuses in Peshawar and Islamabad. Abasyn University is considered to be more affordable as it charges only Dh1,200 a month. This makes it more affordable than Szabist which charges Dh1,900, and Abasyn is significantly cheaper than other institutions.

On average, university fees in the UAE start at about Dh25,000 a year. However, for anything science or engineering based, costs can rise to more than Dh45,000.The…

Omani youths want to be entrepreneurs

Muscat: New generation Omani youths have more affinity to start their own business than joining as a employee in a company. This fact was revealed in a recently published survey which was done by the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI).

The survey conducted “NCSI” named “Omani Youth Orientation” points out that around 42% of Omani job seekers would like to start their own business, while only 4.5 preferred private sector jobs.

NCSI conducted the survey last month in order to better understand Omani youth orientation in the job market. While 42 per cent of job seekers were willing to start their own businesses, this figure dropped to 28 per cent among higher education students.

The results also showed that Omani youth would rather not work in the private sector. Only 4.5 per cent of the total number of job seekers was willing to do so, as compared to 32 per cent of higher education students.

The survey included questions about the salary range and revealed the avera…

Rs.500 cr for 5 new IITs and IIMs

New Delhi, (India): Finance Minister Arun Jaitley revealed his maiden budget stating that Rs. 500 crore each will be allocated to set up five new IITs and IIMs. Jammu, Chhattisgarh, Goa, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala will be receiving IIT colleges while the IIMs will be set up in Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Bihar, Odisha and Maharashtra.

Andhra Pradesh has been allocated three prestigious national level institutes that are, All India Institute of Medica Sciences (AIIMS), an Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) and an Agriculture University. The three premier institutes are part of the 11 premier institutes promised to residuary Andhra Pradesh in the AP Reorganisations Act.

The Locations of the proposed 11 premier institutes in all three regions (circuits) of AP are as follows: All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), national Institute of Information Technology (NIT), national institute of Disaster management (NIDM), Indan Institute of Management (IIM), International Institute of Inf…

DIFC partners with Dar Al Sharia to offer Islamic finance

            Course will help people working in DIFC grasp basics on the subject

Dubai, (UAE): Dubai International Financial Centre Authority (DIFC Authority) has partnered with Dar Al Sharia Limited-DIFC - Dubai Islamic Bank's (DIB) Sharia advisory arm - to offer free short course on Islamic finance.

The new DIFC move is in line with the noble initiative taken by HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE Ruler of Dubai last year to promote Dubai as the international hub for Islamic economy and finance which has created enormous interest in local and international financial circles. 

Elaborating the move, Chirag Shah, Chief Strategy and Business Development Officer at DIFC Authority said "keeping in view Dubai's aim to attain the coveted status within the shortest possible time, the urge amongst the banking and finance professionals to learn the basics of Islamic finance is growing stronger. However, in this fast-paced world, it is d…

AUS is now an official IELTS test venue in Sharjah

AUS signs IELTS agreement with the British Council 

Sharjah, (UAE): American University of Sharjah (AUS) has recently signed an agreement with the British Council making the university an official IELTS test venue in Sharjah. Around 1,000-2,000 test takers are expected to register for IELTS test services during the first year.

The agreement was signed by Ali Shuhaimy, AUS Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management, and Nick Godfrey, Regional Examinations Manager for the British Council, Middle East South. Also present at the signing ceremony were senior officials from AUS and the British Council.

Nick Godfrey praised AUS on the occasion and said, “American University of Sharjah has earned a reputation throughout the region for its academic excellence. It is recognized as a leading educational institution in the Gulf, serving students from the Middle East and from around the world. The reputation of AUS is a perfect fit for British Council’s global language proficiency test IELTS.” He fur…

AUS MBA ranked the best in the Middle East

Sharjah, (UAE): The American University of Sharjah (AUS) MBA program is ranked the best in the Middle East region, as per a recent QS Global Business Schools Report. The rank was based on the demands of international employers for MBA graduates.

The ranking, published by, is unique in that it highlights the value of MBA programs based on employer demands of MBA graduates. It was based on over 4,000 responses from recruiters that hire MBA graduates. In addition to the top ranking in the Middle East, the AUS MBA came third when Africa was added to the Middle East.

According to Dr. Patrick McClelland, Director of the MBA Program at the AUS School of Business Administration (SBA), “We are pleased that our MBA program has been recognized as the first in the Middle East among international employers in terms of the attractiveness of its graduates.”

He said, “Our MBA students are prepared to identify, analyze and understand the interrelationships among business organizations …

Global Engineering degree from Manipal: Register

Delhi, (India): Manipal International University, Malaysia offering Global Engineering B-Tech and this is the golden opportunity to participate in a Spot Admission event at Delhi on 11 July, 2014.
The School of Science and Engineering at Manipal International University (MIU) aims to be at the forefront of scientific and technical education and research in the south-east asian region.

The School of Science and Engineering will focus on 6 core disciplines, each of which will be offered over a period of 4 years (8 semesters).

• Bachelors of Civil Engineering (Hons)
• Bachelors of Chemical Engineering (Hons)
• Bachelors of Computer Engineering (Hons)
• Bachelors of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (Hons)
• Bachelors of Electronics Engineering (Communication) (Hons)
• Bachelors of Mechanical Engineering (Hons)

COURSE FEE (4 YEARS): Malaysian Ringgit:70,300* or INR: 12,90,000 approx. The total cost of program including all expenses is estimated between INR 26 Lakh…

Private education facing hurdles in Qatar: report

Doha, (Qatar): Qatar’s tough regulations and high set-up costs are discouraging private firms from opening schools here, a new education report has found. This eye-opening data was revealed by investment bank Alpen Capital’s latest GCC Education Industry Report.

Another gap points out by the report is that there is a dearth of capacity to meet demand for quality education in Qatar.

As the influx of expats will trigger population rise rapidly as part of the several mega-infrastructure projects ahead of the 2022 World Cup and eventually the competition will be fierce for highly coveted school places. The report forecasts that the number of pupils enrolling in private schools in Qatar will rise by between 30 to 40 percent in the next five years.

This rise in demand for places is partly due to the increasing expat population, but also comes as the average Qatari family decides to spend more on children’s education, and utilizes the expanding voucher program to place their kids in private sc…

Education sector in GCC poised for robust growth

Sameena Ahmad, Managing Director at Alpen Capital.
Sanjay Vig, Managing Director at Alpen Capital.
Dubai, (UAE): Alpen Capital today announced the publication of its GCC Education Industry report. By focusing on the growth potential of the respective GCC member nations, the report presents an outlook for the pre-primary, schooling (primary and secondary), and tertiary segments of the education sector.

“All segments of the GCC education sector is poised for consistent growth in the future driven by growing focus on quality education, increasing population, increased private sector participation and strategic plans of various governments in the region to improve the education system through reform programs”, says Sameena Ahmad, Managing Director at Alpen Capital.

Industry outlook

Alpen Capital in its GCC Education industry report expects the total number of students in the GCC region to grow from an estimated 10.2 million in 2011 to 11.6 million in 2016, registering a CAGR of 2.7%. Growth i…

Oman marches on in Education: Report

Muscat, (Oman): Oman is moving on a growth trajectory in case of Education without any slip, according to a report published by ALPEN Capital, an investment bank headquartered in Dubai. The report also praises Oman Government’s decision to increase its focus on education as it happens at a time when Oman’s private sector is struggling to fill vacancies, despite high unemployment in many regions.

Education and training were awarded US$3.38bn or ten per cent of all projected state spending in Oman’s 2013 budget report, which was announced in January 2014.This, was 25 per cent more in real terms than last year.

In its latest Vision 2020 document as well Oman has reiterated its commitment towards further development of the education sector, preparing students for industry as well as higher education. The government of Oman has identified education as the foundation for building the country’s intellectual capital.

These factors were revealed in Alpen Capital's GCC Education Industry Rep…

Why You Should Not Opt For IIT Bombay

This article is written by IITians in theblog

If asked to compare IIT Bombay to IIT Delhi, most students say that the difference is negligible. Both are in metropolitan cities with good options for hostels, PG accommodations, food and entertainment. Cultural activities are equally good as is the faculty and study methodology. Even placements at the two IITS are amongst the best in the country. Yet figures indicate that the top JEE rank holders prefer Computer Science Engineering at IIT Mumbai rather than IIT Delhi. But, we are here to tell you when and why you can avoid IIT Mumbai.

Mumbai IIT was earlier placed in the suburbs, away from the crowds, giving IITians the space and peace to pursue their career goals. Today the area in Powai is surrounded by high rise building, malls and traffic snarls, bringing with it all the clatter and patter of a metropolitan hub. Just like the population and popularity of Powai and its neighbouring areas has grown, so has the quality of education at thi…

Top choices: IIT-Bombay & Computer Science

Mumbai, (India): Admissions to India’s best engineering colleges reveals that IIT-Bombay was the first choice of the brilliant students. And as a branch, best brains of India has gone for Computer science.

Joint Entrance Exam(JEE) Advanced is considered as India’s most competitive entrance exam to select best brains for engineering studies. India’s pride and world-renowned Tech-centres, Indian Institute of Technologies (IITs) are usually the first choice of the toppers of JEE Advanced. This year out of total 16 IITs, IIT-Bombay was the first choice of top rankers of JEE-advanced list. 58 of the top 100 rankers joined with IIT-Bombay. IIT-Bombay is generally known as the Mecca of Technical education in India.

Top rankers choose the four-year BTech degrees in computer science at IIT-Bombay. The list for the computer science branch at IIT-B ended with the all India rank 75. Computer Science emerged as the most popular course among the top rankers with out of top 10 rankers, nine opted fo…

NTEC Scholarships in New Zealand

New Delhi, (India): Highly reputed colleges Ntec and IPC, in Auckland and Palmerston North have announced highly attractive scholarships for higher education for students of merit for programs in business, IT, Hospitality Management & international studies - at levels 5,6,7,8 & 9. 
Excellent environment for study & further prospects are prevalent in NZ presently. The colleges in subject have reputation of high standard which scores high therefore on student satisfaction: on coursework, facilities, faculty commitment, & industry liasoning and finally giving everyone a true sense of Kiwi experience.

Students with 10+2 / Degree qualification with at least 60% marks are urged to make use of these privileges offered.

Further details can be had from Ntec College Coordinator @ 9966166654 or through mail at Authorised Signatory R S Prasad Grow With Media 9959890011.

National Tertiary Education Consortium (Ntec) is a New Zealand consortium of four t…

Get a global engineering degree from MIU

Manipal, (India): The School of Science and Engineering at Manipal International University (MIU) aims to be at the forefront of scientific and technical education and research in the south-east asian region.

MIU is an innovative, global, multidisciplinary university focused on professional academic programmes with the goal of producing innovative, entrepreneurial and highly productive graduates who will make an impact in industry, government, academia and other sectors.

At the core of the university lies a deep understanding of the challenges the world faces in the 21st century. MIU is committed to preparing its students to engage and confront the global problems they will face. Thus, the university has adopted a multidisciplinary approach to each of the programmes it offers.

The school of Science and Engineering at MIU, Malaysia

Manipal International University (MIU) a member of the Manipal Global Education Group, is a fully-fledged Malaysian university offering multidisciplinary progr…

“CRANLEIGH ABU DHABI”- the biggest school is ready

Abu Dhabi, (UAE): Cranleigh Abu Dhabi, the first and the biggest boarding school in UAE, is to be opened by September 2014. This is possible by the starting of its last stage construction job by the Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC) on last week.

The construction of three main buildings- a junior school, a science building and an indoor sports centre has already completed. The Abu Dhabi branch of Cranleigh School will be located on seven hectares of the Saadiyat Island, making it the largest campus in the country. It will accommodate more than 1,600 students aged three to 18 years.

"We are proud to have forged this partnership with one of the UK's most well-established educational institutions. Cranleigh Abu Dhabi will aim to provide a first-class academic education, not only for the residents of Saadiyat but for the wider community of Abu Dhabi." -said Mubarak Hamad Al Muhair, the managing director of TDIC.

The school's campus will be located in the Cu…

Chinese and Russian MBBS' get a breather in India

UP, (India): Now the taboo against the Chinese and Russian MBBS’ is getting removed slowly as some Indian state Governments are taking positive response towards these MBBS degrees. Recently Uttar Pradesh, India’s biggest fourth state, has given green signal to “made in India” and “made in Russia” doctors by appointing them as doctors in the State health clinics.

Akilesh Yadav, Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, has also decided to appoint Indian students who completed MBBS in China and Russia on large-scale in the health sub-centres, primary health centres and community health centres of the rural UP.

What prompts Uttar Pradesh government to take such decision is that MBBS doctors from Indian medical colleges have hardly any interest in the Provincial Medical Services (PMS) of the state. The state government has also chalked out a plan to give a short-term training of allopathic medicines to the ayurvedic, homeopathic and Unani doctors and appoint them in rural hospitals.

Akhilesh Yadav…

UK branch campuses in Gulf are not good always

Dubai, (UAE): Many of the British universitie’ branch campuses in the UAE are not up to mark, says the Quality Assurance Agency(QAA), education regulator in the UK. The agency reveals this shocking face in a report published recently.

The report said that only two British Universities’ branch campuses in UAE are keeping the proper standard which the same UK Universities maintains at Britain. The report said only Heriot-Watt and Middlesex University “are readily recognisable as branch campuses in including the range of facilities a student would expect of a campus in the UK, even if in some areas such facilities are provided at a lower level”. So a branch campus should match the supportive environment and range of facilities offered to students based in the home university.

The reports warn against the misleading the students into believing campus life would be similar to that in the UK. From the survey, the agency found out the fact that many other institutions offer just one course an…