ICDL GCC Foundation supports 2014 Safer Internet Day.

Reiterates concern about safety of cyber citizens as part of celebration
]UAE, February 10, 2014[The ICDL GCC Foundation, an organisation that promotes digital skills and cyber safety across the Gulf region and Iraq, has extended its support to the “2014 Safer Internet Day”, an annual global campaign promoting the safe and responsible use of online technology, especially among youth. This year’s event will be celebrated in over 100 countries tomorrow, February 11, 2014, under the theme ‘Let’s create a better internet together.’ It will focus on the online domain, which has emerged the latest and the best medium for information, communication and entertainment, and will discuss the roles and responsibilities of internet users in creating a safer cyber world.

As a staunch advocate of cyber safety, ICDL GCC Foundation continuously conducts campaigns on safe Internet etiquettes, digital safety education and appropriate online behavior. It has recently launched Cyber Safety Workshops targeting law enforcement, government, educational, teachers, parents and youth across the GCC. The Foundation has also distributed to students among many schools in the region free guidebooks on 101 tips on Internet etiquettes and the responsible use of social media and other smart technologies. The pocket guide, which was distributed for example in UAE in cooperation with the Ministry of Interior’s Child Protection Center, was aimed at educating children along with their parents and teachers about cyber safety. 
Jamil Ezzo, Director General of ICDL GCC Foundation, said: “Our increasing reliance on Internet in our daily life has spurred considerable growth in cyber crimes, with children and youth the most vulnerable group to these threats. ICDL has always championed greater awareness on cyber safety and advocated for the implementation of stringent laws to the concerned authorities. By supporting “Safer Internet Day 2014”, we reiterate our concern for the safety of cyber citizens. Through our workshops and programs, which we organize on a regular basis, we strive to empower all Internet users, particularly children, in the region with Internet best practices to avoid all forms of cyber threats.”
Safer Internet Day is organized by Insafe, a network of European Safer Internet Centers, to encourage safe and positive use of the internet and digital technologies. It started in 2004 as an initiative of the EU Safe Boarders project and gradually gained popularity across the globe. Now in its 11thedition, Safer Internet Day is expected to be celebrated by over 10 million people worldwide.  For more information, log on to: http://www.saferinternetday.org.

ICDL GCC Foundation has been spearheading regional initiatives to place IT security and cyber-safety at the top of government agendas across the region. It has been supporting a wide scale implementation of awareness programs including skills validation through training and international certification programs centering on IT Security, Cyber Safety and the effective, safe, responsible and mindful use of Social Media. The Foundation continues to collaborate closely with the concerned authorities and experts to further elevate the level of awareness among the public.

ALHOSN University receives delegation from Association of Arab Universities (AARU).

February 10, 2014
Al Hosn University recently received a delegation from the Association of Arab Universities (AARU). Established in 1964, AARU is an organisation working within the framework of the Arab League. Its objective is to support and connect universities in the Arab world with a view towards raising the quality of higher education.

The delegation included Prof. Sultan Abuorabi Al Adwan, Secretary General of the Association of Arab Universities; Prof. Mustafa Idris Al Basher, Assistant Secretary;  Prof. Abdelrahim Mohamed Al Amin, President of Alghurair University; and Ms. Manal Ahmed Al Sharairi, Association of Arab Universities.
The delegation was welcomed by H.E. Prof. Munther Talal Momany, Vice Chancellor and CEO of Al Hosn, Dr. Adel Khelifi, Provost for Academic Affairs, Dr. Marco Savic, Provost for Quality Assurance and Development, and Deans and Department Heads of the university’s various faculties. This was followed by an extensive tour of the university and its facilities. Later that evening the group had an opportunity to do some sightseeing with a visit to Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque and a short tour of Abu Dhabi city.
On day two of the visit Prof. Sultan Abuorabi Al Adwan honoured Al Hosn Staff and faculty along with VIP guests at an open lecture delivered at the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry headquarters. Titled “Higher Education and Scientific Research in the Arab World,” the lecture provided interesting insights on the history of Arab education, its present status, and the challenges it faces.  An interactive question and answer session where the audience actively participated and expressed their views followed.

Lunch was served afterwards at the Chamber and provided delegates and members of the audience an  opportunity to mingle and chat. The visit has further strengthened and enhanced the relationship between Al Hosn and the Association.