ALHOSN University joins Tamaiaz & Falak Tayyeb Award to promote student engagement

Prof. Sabouni recommends addition of new category for engineering projects
January 27, 2013
ALHOSN University has joined a consortium comprising 11 public and private universities for the nomination of best student’s project and research study under an initiative launched by the Board of Trustees of the Tamaiaz & Falak Tayyeb Award. It is the only Abu Dhabi-based private university to take part in the initiative.

 In a press conference held recently, Prof. Abdul Rahim Sabouni, Vice Chancellor and CEO of ALHOSN University, proposed the addition of a new category dedicated  o engineering projects before the Award’s Board of Trustees. the Tamaiaz & Falak Tayyeb Award requires every participating university to submit not less than 20 outstanding projects or research work  in addition to projects submitted individually by students. The university with the most number of projects and studies will be awarded special honors.
Participating universities include UAE University, Zayed University, University of Sharjah, Ajman University of Science and Technology, Khalifa University of Science and Technology, Dubai Higher Colleges of Technology (Male and Female Campuses), Dubai University, American University of Sharjah, Emirates Institute for Banking and Financial Studies (EIBFS), and ALHOSN University. Prof. Sabouni lauded the organizers of the Award and noted the extraordinary efforts of H.H. Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashed Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, to promote student excellence. He also underlined ALHOSN’s great success and commitment in the past seven years to bring the dreams of national students and graduates to fruition.
“Although this is the first time that ALHOSN University is taking part in the Tamaiaz & Falak Tayyeb Award, we have been staying abreast of the remarkable achievements of the Award in the past years. The Award had been instrumental in fueling students’ desire to achieve excellence and self-fulfillment. I would like to take this opportunity to propose before the Board of Trustees to add a new category that covers engineering projects,” said Prof . Sabouni.
The Tamaiaz & Falak Tayyeb Award was launched in 2007 to encourage UAE Nationals who are senior students or recent graduates of governmental or private universities to excel in their academic and professional lives. It aims to boost competitiveness and creativity, encourage the pursuit of higher education degrees in UAE universities, and increase readiness to enter the workforce and participate in the new economy. The Award spans several categories, including Marketing, Communication and Media; Design, Photography and Film; Leadership & Management; Accounting, Banking & Finance; Society and the Environment; Technology, Inventions, and Entrepreneurship; and Business and Commerce.
Named after the famous ALHOSN Palace in Abu Dhabi, ALHOSN University was founded in 2005 by the Abu Dhabi Holding Company to address the growing demand for high-quality educational institutions in the UAE. It offers 12 undergraduate and 7 graduate programs under the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the Faculty of Business, and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences to students of all nationalities as well as those with special needs.
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About ALHOSN University:
ALHOSN University is a leading private university dedicated to high-quality, value-based education under the slogan “Global Knowledge with Local Vision.” The Abu Dhabi-based institution is owned and supported by the Abu Dhabi Holding Company and is fully accredited by the UAE Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research.
ALHOSN University manages accredited programs (12 undergraduate and 7 graduate) in three faculties, all of which were developed by top North American educational experts. Undergraduate academic degrees are offered as four-year programs and taught in English, except for the Arabic education component.
The University’s City Campus includes the Men’s Campus, the Women’s Campus, the Engineering Lab Building, the Library Building, and the Lectures Building, all located at the heart of Abu Dhabi. A main campus with world-class, state-of-the-art facilities will soon be constructed. ALHOSN is open to students from all nationalities.

Middle East’s first-of-its-kind initiative targets more than 2 million learners.

HBMeU launches Social Online Learning initiative through Facebook
January 21, 2013
In line with the directives and under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and President of Hamdan Bin Mohammed e-University (HBMeU), to drive the adoption of online learning among the youth, HBMeU has announced yesterday (Sunday, January 20, 2013) the official launch of its Social Online Learning (SOL) initiative through the social networking site Facebook. The move is part of the University’s strategy to expand its core academic offerings to include competitively-priced social online learning services that feature training courses in math, science, information technology, English language, business skills and leadership for learners of all ages. The initiative was launched during the HBMeU Board of Governors meeting at the Dubai Police Officers Club, in the presence of senior government officials and high-profile academic and business personalities.

The Social Online Learning initiative (SOL) embodies the crucial role of HBMeU in shaping the future of education and learning through creativity and innovation, while significantly contributing to the sustainable social and human development in the region and around the world.
Implemented through a strategic partnership with Global Learning S.A.R.L, a specialist in modern learning methods and techniques, the initiative follows an integrated concept that promotes world-class contemporary learning for UAE-based learners of different nationalities and age groups by offering a convenient learning environment characterized by diversity and quality. It provides learners with an innovative social online learning experience through interactive communication with the best faculty who are keen to provide all needed support and academic guidance. As part of efforts to adapt best international learning practices to local needs, HBMeU further revealed that the online content will also be made available in Arabic language, to reach as many learners as possible in the Arab world and therefore help create positive changes in different local communities.
In line with HBMeU’s commitment to ensure the success of the initiative and reach a broader segment of learners of all ages and social status in the best and fastest way possible, a number of strategic agreements have been signed during a recent conference with prominent local and regional institutions. Aiming to leverage the existing human resources and customer base of the partner institutions to provide the best e-learning service to the community, the agreements were signed with Zein Group, Emirates NBD, Sharjah Islamic Bank, Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank and ARAMEX among others. The e-learning service initially targets more than 2 million casual learners, while HBMeU aims to eventually expand the scope of the service by signing more strategic agreements with major enterprises, including mobile service operators and banking institutions in the Middle East, Africa and South and West Asia.
H.E. Lieutenant General Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, Dubai Police Chief and Chairman of HBMeU’s Board of Governors, underlined the importance of the Social Online Learning initiative (SOL) to serve as the first e-learning platform based on Facebook in the Middle East. He pointed out that the initiative provides e-learning services through the learner’s personal account on Facebook, and is conducted in accordance with the highest standards of excellence and quality. Learners who complete the program will receive certificates, while enjoying a wide range of incentives such as affordable costs, easy payment plans, as well as academic support provided by a specialized contact centre.
Lieutenant General Dahi Khalfan said: “The new initiative is inspired by the vision of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, aiming to achieve a real change in education, which is a crucial component in the UAE Vision 2021. The new initiative’s role is not limited to education only; it combines educational and social goals, which are primarily based on promoting social responsibility, encouraging the young generation to responsibly use various practical resources on the internet, and reinforcing the culture of e-learning among the youth. This is all in line with the directions of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and President HBMeU, to reach out to all young people in the UAE, the Arab world, Africa and Asia.”
“Under the directives of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, we constantly strive to inculcate the culture of learning among the young generation, encouraging them to take advantage of the full benefits of advanced online learning services by participating in leading initiatives such as the Social Online Learning initiative (SOL) and the University’s platform at Kidzania. We look forward to continuing the hard work as we move on to the succeeding phases of the initiative and draw nearer to our ultimate goal of reaching out to the largest number of learners possible,” concluded Lieutenant General Dahi Khalfan.
HBMeU will be offering learners an extensive range of lessons including more than 1,200 online lessons in math, sciences, and IT for grades 4-12, based on the best international curricula. The new social online learning service also includes more than 75 online sessions in business skills for adult learners under 10 categories of soft skills, including Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Communication, Talent Development, Marketing and Operation Management, HR Management and Islamic Banking, among others. There are also more than 600 online lessons in English language for all age groups from 3-4 years to adults, based on Cambridge curricula and exams.
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Student population in GCC to reach 11.3 million by 2020, driving demand for broader academic programs

GETEX Spring 2013 will be the show’s silver jubilee edition as the primary catalyst connecting Arab students to educators from the world over
January 7, 2013
 The total number of students in the GCC is projected to reach 11.3 million by 2020, further intensifying the demand for high-quality education programs and establishing the region as one of the top destinations for leading academic institutions from around the world. The UAE’s USD 7.31 billion education market is propelling growth within the region’s education sector, with reassuringly aggressive government education spending that has reached a new high of AED 9.9 billion from AED 4.6 billion in 2011.

GETEX Spring 2013, which marks the 25th edition of the most powerful and result-driven forum for student recruitment in the Middle East and Asia, will again gather thousands of education stakeholders, provide them with a dedicated networking platform, allowing students to meet with education providers and chart out further learning options.
This silver jubilee edition of GETEX will feature exclusive segments that broadly cater to varying student profiles, including General Education, Higher Education, Vocational & Occupational Training as well as Professional Development categories. Moreover, areas such as Sports Education, Education Tourism, Education Resources and Supplies, and Education Technology Showcase will also be highlighted to deliver a well-rounded approach towards education.
Anselm Godinho, Managing Director, International Conferences and Exhibitions (IC&E), organizer of the event, commented: “As we celebrate over a quarter of a century’s service to the region’s education landscape, GETEX Spring reaffirms its commitment to promote academic excellence, backed by the tremendous support of our strategic partners, exhibitors and visitors each year. In keeping with its mandate, GETEX Spring has in store new and innovative offerings which will reflect the groundbreaking shifts in patterns and trends that we are witnessing in the global education marketplace.”
“We have worked on incorporating new segments that create an opportunity for learners to experience next-generation education, while helping expand the breadth of choices to address a much broader range of academic requirements and preferences. The number of students in the region will dramatically increase over the next few years and this is a great opportunity for GETEX to help build up the strong foundations that will ensure high level of excellence in the academic sector for many years to come,” he added.
GETEX Spring 2013 will run from 17th to 19thApril at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.