Abu Dhabi Science Festival

Held under the patronage of
H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan
H.H. Sheikh Nahyan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan 
inaugurates 7th Abu Dhabi Science Festival
H.E. Al Nuaimi: ‘We look forward to one of the best editions’

 

Albuainain: ‘We anticipate yet another successful event’

November 09, 2017 – Under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, H.H. Sheikh Nahyan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Sports Council has inaugurated the 7th edition of the Abu Dhabi Science Festival (ADSF) at Khalifa Park. Running until November 18, 2017 the festival will feature 71 fun-filled, educating and engaging activities designed to spark the curiosity of children in the disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

 

H.H. Sheikh Nahyan toured Khalifa Park which is hosting ADSF’s activities for the first time alongside returning venue Al Ain Zoo. He was accompanied by H.E. Dr. Ali Al Nuaimi, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK); Mr. Adel Ahmed Albuainain, Chief Executive Officer of Dolphin Energy Limited; Dr. Yousef AlShaiba Alsheryani, Advisor to ADEK’s Chairman; Eng. Sanad Humaid Ahmed, Vice Chairman of ADEK’s Innovation Committee; and other senior officials from the festival’s main sponsors.
During the tour, ADEK’s Chairman emphasized H.H. Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s support in creating an innovative and knowledge based society, one that releases individual potential through engaging youth and the community at large in educational, yet entertaining activities and projects. “It is a privilege to inaugurate ADSF this year in the presence of H.H. Sheikh Nahyan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, which just goes to show the nation’s high aspirations in the development of its youth. It is events such as the ADSF that draws in more enthusiasm towards science, technology and innovation, which could not have been possible to accomplish without our nations prudent and wise guidance, leadership and vision. I want to take the opportunity to express my gratitude towards the endless support we have received from ADEK’s strategic partners, who continue to add credibility, memorable experiences and learning opportunities to our youth.”
Anticipating another successful event, Mr. Albuainain said: “We are very excited about this year’s event and are looking forward to welcoming many thousands of young visitors, along with their teachers and parents over the next 10 days. The new location and the new attractions and activities will help to produce a Festival that will be the best offering yet. The blend of fun, excitement and intrigue is a great way for children to learn about STEM subjects. We hope it will inspire their first steps to a future in either science, technology, engineering or mathematics.”
The award-winning Abu Dhabi Science Festival has been attended by over half a million visitors and supported by more than 50 sponsors since its launch in 2011. More than 40 per cent of the 2017 edition’s content is provided by local science education organizations. Its balanced blend of interactive exhibits, lively workshops and entertaining shows primarily target children aged five years old and above.
ADEK has coordinated with 15 universities and academic and scientific institutions across the UAE to be part of the event. More than 1,000 higher education students are volunteering to present the festival, with a number being ADSF alumni who are best suited to deliver workshops and shows in an engaging and distinctive manner. The organizers of the Edinburgh International Science Festival, one of Europe’s largest science festivals, helped design and develop ADSF 2017’s overall content.
ADEK is organizing the 7th annual Abu Dhabi Science Festival in collaboration with major government and private entities such as Dolphin Energy Limited (Presenting Sponsor), Mubadala and Emirates Transport (Affiliate Sponsors), Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (Content
Sponsor), Abu Dhabi Media (Exclusive Media Partner), Marina Mall and Dalma Mall (Mall Partners) and several local universities.

 

Interested parties can obtain festival information, book workshops and purchase tickets electronically via ADSF’s website, www.abudhabisciencefestival.ae, or through a new downloadable official ‘ADSF’ mobile app. 

‘Champions of Tomorrow’ and ‘Creative Program’ Campaigns

Abu Dhabi Education Council awards winners of Event attended by senior officials, winners & participants & their parents

 

Abu Dhabi, May 16th 2017- The Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) recently concluded its extracurricular activities for the academic year 2016-2017, following the completion of a series of contests and competitions under its ‘Champions of Tomorrow’ and ‘Creative Program’ campaigns.

 

The initiative falls in line with the Council’s continuous effort and commitment to encourage students to participate in various scientific, cultural, artistic and sport activities with the aim to adopt and develop new talents as well as build their competitiveness and excellence.

 

The ceremony was held in the presence of many senior officials and was attended by winning students, participants and their parents.

 

During the event, the participating students were commended for showcasing their cultural and artistic talents and excelling in sports. Gold, silver, and bronze medals along with other prizes were given for the first, second and third places, respectively.

The ‘Champions of Tomorrow’ initiative attracted the participation of 75 percent of ADEC students, giving a tremendous boost to the local education system and developing talents according to the highest international standards and practices. The contests established a spirit of competitiveness and excellence among students in various fields, including science, sports, art and culture. On the other hand, the ‘Creative Program’ is an ideal platform to discover the promising talents that can compete in international events. The program has registered 2593 participants from the school year 2016-2017, with an increase of 1503 students compared to last year; 20 per cent of which are from scientific programs, while the art and music programs attracted 30 per cent of students.

 

 

H.E. Mohammed Salem Al Dhaheri, Executive Director of School Operations, ADEC, expressed his delight in the increased participation of students in the ‘Champions of Tomorrow’ and ‘Creative Program’ initiative. He stated that it reflects a great momentum and a high capability to achieve leadership and excellence at the intellectual, scientific, cultural and athletic level. He also mentioned the remarkable success of this current edition of extracurricular activities in emphasizing social and national participation, enhancing the culture of innovation and excellence for the upcoming generation, and boosting the creative abilities in various sectors that will raise the UAE’s name across the world.

 

Mr. Al Dhahiri added: “The ‘Creative Program’ is an important milestone in the process of promoting leadership among students while improving their scientific and creative thinking. This is in line with ADEC’s strategic vision to develop the local education system and strengthen student competencies, while benefiting the local and international community.

 

“The ‘Champions of Tomorrow’ campaign reflects the central role of the program in spreading a culture of physical education to uphold the UAE’s position in regional and international sports events. These successes will help us develop the activities, initiatives and competitions aimed at unleashing creative capacities and skills of youth while providing them with knowledge and competencies with emphasis on social and cultural development in accordance to the strategic objectives of the Abu Dhabi Vision 2030.”

 

The selection of the winning schools was conducted for each educational seminar separately, based on the total score in accordance with the criteria set by the jury. The total number of selected schools were 18 each in Abu Dhabi, the Al Ain Region and the Al Dafrah Region.

Oil and Gas Sectors to Drive Vocational Training in the Gulf.

More technically trained employees needed to sustain region’s growing petrochemical companies.
Abu Dhabi, UAE, 19 November 2013: Education and training providers will meet with some of the world’s largest oil and gas companies at this year’s VTEC MENA Conference, held at Abu Dhabi Polytechnic from the 25th to 27th November. The Conference, which is run by Getenergy, provides an opportunity for representatives of the oil and gas industry to discuss the personnel and training challenges they face in ensuring the long-term viability of their companies.

One of the main difficulties facing the industry is the lack of technically trained personnel available from within the region. The shortage of industry workers arising out of this expansion is being exacerbated by the large percentage of the industry’s global workforce that is approaching retirement age. According to a 2012 International Labour Organisation (ILO) report, the industry is currently suffering from shortages in a wide range of skilled occupations. The report says that almost four out of five oil and gas companies complained that technical skills were a main area of staff shortages.
This global problem is particularly acute in Gulf countries, where oil and gas companies have traditionally relied on an expatriate workforce to meet labour force demands. However, as the global talent pool dries up and expatriate labour becomes increasingly expensive to maintain, these companies are looking to the local workforce to fill more positions across a range of technical areas.
This increased reliance on local talent has many benefits for Gulf countries where youth unemployment rates are significantly higher than base unemployment rates. In addition, many of the skills being learnt by new entrants to the industry are transferable to future employment outside of the oil and gas sectors – helping to fuel the drive in Gulf countries towards more diversified, knowledge-based economies.
However, the up-skilling of local populations presents a major challenge not only for oil and gas companies operating in the GCC, but also for local governments and training providers. VTEC MENA offers an excellent opportunity for the industry to connect with education and training organisations that have the knowledge and experience necessary to help tackle this deep-set skills crisis.
Mark Andrews, the Regional Director of Pearson Qualifications International (PQI), says that vocational training is critical to ensuring the long-term success of the industry.
“The fast growing oil and gas and unconventional energy sectors are driving huge demand for vocationally trained employees throughout the Arab world. It is unsustainable to continue to have key technical functions in these businesses carried out by a transient, expatriate labour force.
“Developing partnerships between large petrochemical companies and training providers is one way in which oil and gas companies can build local talent in their organisations. Investing in the development of nationals working in the industry by providing them with an internationally accredited qualification has shown to be effective in safeguarding the future prosperity of both individuals and the companies in which they work”.
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About Getenergy:
Getenergy is an independent, privately owned, organisation that brings together education providers with national and international upstream oil and gas companies and governments. Getenergy’s mission is to develop human capital for the energy industry.
About Pearson:

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Education Key to Reducing Youth Unemployment.

 International experts agree education levels and employment rates closely linked
Dubai, UAE, 28 September 2013: Pearson, the world’s largest education company, welcomes the findings of the Organisation for Economic Development (OCED) 2013 Education at a Glance report, which examines the relationship between an education, employment and earnings.

Education at a Glance 2013 found that 15 to 29 year olds have been hit particularly hard by the global recession, with unemployment amongst this group averaging 16 per cent in OECD countries. This international trend is also reflected in the Gulf region, where youth unemployment rates are also higher than overall unemployment rates.
Pearson’s Regional Director for Qualifications, Mark Andrews, believes that education can play a role in reversing the youth unemployment trend in the region. Mr Andrews points to the findings of the OECD report that education has a huge impact on employability, and that the global economic crisis has strengthened this impact even further. He says:
“Research Pearson has undertaken in the UAE, Qatar and Saudi Arabia demonstrates the link between an individual’s education level and their chances of finding meaningful, well paid work. Anecdotal evidence from local employers shows there are many positions in the region that cannot be filled because applicants for these positions do not have the requisite skills. This comes at a time when youth unemployment rates in the region are at record highs. Therefore we can assume that by better equipping young job seekers with the skills and qualifications in demand by employers, the youth unemployment rate can be reduced”.
In 2012 Pearson undertook a massive international project entitled the Learning Curve to better understand the factors that contribute to a country’s educational performance and effectiveness of its workforce. It is hoped that the Learning Curve research will help governments and education providers make more informed decisions about where to best invest resources to produce better outcomes for both individuals and wider society.   
The Learning Curve report indicated that although notoriously difficult to quantify, governments in most countries recognise a link between the knowledge and skills with which young people enter the workforce and long-term economic competitiveness. Education seems to correlate with a host of personal benefits, from longer life to higher income. At a national level, too, education and income appear to go together. Finding the type of education that leads to the best economic outcomes, however, is far from straightforward.
Mr Andrews is quick to point out that there is no single solution for better labour market outcomes, and that the type of education an individual receives can have an effect on their employability.
“Our industry consultation and statistical research has also shown us that there is a wide gap between the number of young people graduating with vocational qualifications and the needs of employers across a number of industries including hospitality and tourism, construction, retail and telecommunications. This is in a large part due to the negative perception vocational education has in this region. However, this perception needs to change if we want to reduce youth unemployment here, and lessen the skills gap. What many people do not appreciate is a vocational qualification can lead to a high salary and job security”.
The OECD’s Education at a Glance report also found the role strong vocational qualifications can play in enhancing an individual’s employment prospects. The study found that countries with a higher-than-average proportion of graduates from vocational programmes were able to keep the increases in unemployment rates among this age group to below 8 per cent points while countries where less than 25% of young adults graduate from vocational education, saw increases in unemployment rates of 12 per cent.
Mr Andrews says that there are lessons to be learnt from the OECD report for the Gulf region.
“Countries all around the world are trying hard to overcome the challenges brought on by the global recession. One key lesson we have learnt from the economic crisis is that new, innovative, educational solutions will help young people enter the workplace more easily and contribute more effectively. A first class vocational qualification gives learners the skills they need for career success in the 21st century and vocational education can also help economies and countries recover from the severe economic stresses of recent years”.

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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.

The Emirates Institute for Banking and Financial Studies organizes special workshop for GCC banking institutions.

Successful event reinforces cooperative ties between banking institutions in the region
November 14, 2012
The Emirates Institute for Banking and Financial Studies (EIBFS), the sole provider of specialized knowledge and enhanced learning experiences for the UAE banking and financial sector, successfully hosted a two-day workshop that specifically catered to directors and senior officials of banking institutions across the GCC region’s banking and finance segment. The program, which was held recently at the Al Meydan Hotel in Dubai, saw the attendance of more than (5) participants coming from leading banks in the region. The move is part of EIBFS continuing commitment to provide the banking segment with strategic and relevant training programs and courses.

Highlights of the event included key speeches and presentations made by industry leaders like Dr. Jomaan Bin Abdullah Al Wigdani, Director General, Saudi Institute for Banking; Dr. Yacoub Al Rifai, Director, Institute of Banking Studies in Kuwait; Gary Murray, Director, Bahrain Institute of Banking and Finance and Anis Allwati, General Director, College of Banking and Financial Studies in the Sultanate of Oman.
“We are very pleased at the overwhelming turnout of this event, ably meeting the set objective of strengthening cooperation among GCC banks and facilitating the exchange of experiences, best practices and information through the many activities we held within the workshop. The exciting two-day program proved to be a strategic venue to discuss timely issues and at the same time develop solutions for human resources development challenges and how to further the development of GCC nationals who have chosen banking as a professional career. We would also like to thank the industry leaders who came and shared their insights with us as the participants surely learned from them and are now ready to put their newfound knowledge to use,” concluded Jamal Al Jasmi, General Manager of the Emirates Institute for Banking and Financial Studies (EIBFS).
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About the Emirates Institute for Banking and Financial Studies (EIBFS)
The Emirates Institute for Banking and Financial Studies (EIBFS) is the UAE’s sole provider of specialized knowledge and enhanced learning experiences for the local banking and finance sector. Established in 1983, the institution offers a wide range of both training and academic programs that have been developed to meet the needs of the country’s banking, insurance and finance sectors. Bolstered by its vision to become a leading institution that provides world-class education and training in banking and finance at local, regional and international levels, EIBFS has also forged strategic partnership with leading international institutions abroad. With campuses located in Sharjah, Dubai and Abu Dhabi, the institution continues to remain true to its three-fold objective of raising the standard of performance of the banking workforce; qualify UAE nationals for successful careers in the industry and strengthen the country’s pool of skilled nationals.   

Number of UAE students going to UK for higher education is rising, despite tightened visa regulations.

EDUKEX 2012 set to highlight UK’s continuing reputation as a preferred higher education destination
Dubai, UAE, 8th November 2012: The number of students going to UK universities from the UAE has been rising since 2002, despite that the constraints of tightened visa regulations. According to the latest data released by British Council, the United Kingdom’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities, there were 3,145 UAE students studying in the UK for 2011 academic year, which represents an increase of 126 per cent over 2002.

These figures were released on the sidelines of the 13th edition of the Education UK Exhibition ‘EDUKEX 2012’ which is organized by British Council from November 11 to 13. The one-day Abu Dhabi event will be opened by the British Ambassador to the UAE, Dominic Jermey CVO, OBE,  on November 11 in Beach Rotana Hotel, while the Dubai event will be inaugurated by British Consul General in Dubai, Edward Hobart, on November 12 in Al Murooj Rotana Hotel.
Lara Khouri, Education UK Marketing Manager British Council UAE. 
Lara Khouri, Education UK Marketing Manager, British Council UAE said: “The remarkable 126 percent rise in the number of students compared with 2002 figures demonstrates that the UK education system enjoys a high reputation among UAE students  as a gateway to acquiring skills that would enable them to compete effectively in the global market.”
EDUKEX 2012 offers an ideal opportunity for visitors to learn about English language courses, vocational courses and higher education courses offered by a large number of UK universities. The show is part of the British Council’s initiative to enhance cultural and educational relations between the UAE and UK by helping create a knowledge-based economy.
Khouri added that the main objective of EDUKEX was to raise awareness of the quality of UK education and the extensive choice of courses on offer at every academic level by world-renowned universities.
At this year’s event, more than 50 UK universities and specialist colleges will showcase a wide range of bachelors and masters courses, as well as foundation-year courses.
This show is a one-of-a-kind platform for UK’s distinguished educational providers to open their doors and direct students to the best educational programmes as per their capabilities and preferences. The show gathers representatives from UK institutions who will be on hand to talk about courses and degree options, entry requirements and studying in the UK.
She added: “Besides encouraging a positive perception of the UK as a place to study, this event aims to provide UK institutions with a targeted market-driven audience to whom they may promote their courses.  The exhibition will also raise the quality of enquires by guiding students on what issues they need to consider when visiting EDUKEX. It gives information on UK qualifications, entry requirements and modes of study.”
She added: “This annual event provides students in the UAE with the opportunity to meet representatives from a number universities and colleges in the UK with a view to further developing their education. In addition to universities and colleges, the UK Border Agency and British Council colleagues will also be present to answer visa-related and IELTS queries.”
“We expect over 1,500 visitors to attend the show and interact with exhibitors, some of whom will also be making presentations on various pathways to entry to a UK programme on November 11 in Abu Dhabi and on November 12 and 13 in Dubai,” Khouri concluded.

NAJAH attendees impressed by ALHOSN University’s US & Ministry-accredited programs

Employers & educational partners at Middle East’s largest education & career event agree on importance of international certification
Participants at the recently held 2012 edition of NAJAH, the largest education, training and career fair in the Middle East, agreed that the international certification of schools was a key factor in recruitment and networking decisions.

Several of them were impressed with the programs offered by Abu Dhabi–based ALHOSN University, which recently earned accreditation from the prestigious Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc. (ABET), a US accreditor of college and university programs in applied sciences, computing, engineering and technology. ALHOSN is the first private university in Abu Dhabi to receive ABET accreditation for its Civil Engineering program and the only one in the entire UAE to be officially recognized by ABET for its Industrial and Software Engineering programs.

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Aside from the international accolade, all of ALHOSN’s 12 undergraduate and 7 graduate programs under the Faculties of Arts and Social Sciences, Business, and Engineering and Applied Sciences also enjoy full accreditation from the UAE Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research. ALHOSN’s philosophy of ‘global knowledge with local vision’ also made a strong impression among potential employers and educational partners attending NAJAH 2012.
“Quality is foremost in mind among employers and educational partners. It is thus very advantageous for our students and our university that we have secured international accreditations from well-reputed organizations such as ABET, which is a testament to the high quality of education we deliver. Moreover, the endorsement of the UAE Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research proves that we have complied with the stringent regulatory requirements of the national educational system. Certifications provide our students with a competitive edge as they seek the best professional opportunities available in the job market,” said Prof. Abdul Rahim Sabouni, Vice Chancellor, ALHOSN University.
ALHOSN University was named after Abu Dhabi’s historic ALHOSN Palace and founded in 2005 by the Abu Dhabi Holding Company. It accepts students of all nationalities as well as youths with special needs. The university is known for its holistic approach to education and its nurturing of technical and engineering talents.
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About ALHOSN University:
ALHOSN University is a leading private university dedicated to high-quality, value-based education under the motto “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 degree.
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. ALHOSN admits students from all nationalities.

ALHOSN University addresses challenges faced by Al Gharbia’s education sector at 2012 Universities Fair, Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Western region’s specialized industries require strong alignment with education
April 23, 2012
ALHOSN University, a leading Abu Dhabi-based university dedicated to high-quality, value-based education,recently participated in the 2012 Universities Fair – Al Gharbia to discuss the major challenges faced by the region’s education sector.
The two-day fair began in Madinat Zayed City and then proceeded to Al Gayathi City. Participants included almost 30 universities and 1,148 students who listened to the Western Region Development Council’s explanation of its Strategy Map. A Higher Education overview of Al Gharbia and the broader Abu Dhabi market was also presented.

ALHOSN agreed that there was a significant lack of awareness on Al Gharbia’s development plans. The university also shared concerns over the lack of education and career advisory services, the high number of student drop-outs and the lack of scholarship programs as well as sponsorship to education programs. Another challenge tackled was the irrelevance of existing education programs. ALHOSN noted that its philosophy of ‘global knowledge with local vision’ suited Al Gharbia’s efforts to expand its educational domain and broaden its commercial base without compromising its unique cultural heritage.

“Al Gharbia is home to seven major cities and is turning into a tourism hub due to its diverse wildlife and beautiful geography. It offers a lot of economic and business potential. But while the WRDC is doing an excellent job advancing the area’s development, more still needs to be done especially in the educational front. Through our world-class curriculum and our focus on meeting actual industry requirements, ALHOSN University aims to play an important part in helping the youths of Al Gharbia reach their full potential and contribute to their community’s accelerated growth,” said Prof. Abdul Rahim Sabouni, Vice Chancellor & CEO, ALHOSN University.
Named after Abu Dhabi’s historic ALHOSN Palace, ALHOSN University was founded in 2005 by the Abu Dhabi Holding Company in response to growing local demand for high-quality, value-based educational institutions. It currently offers 12 undergraduate and 7 graduate programs under the Faculties of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Business, and Arts and Social Sciences. ALHOSN accepts students of all nationalities and also accommodates youths with special needs. All its programs are accredited by the UAE Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research.
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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.
For further information, please contact:
Wafa Mousa
Marketing & Events Manager
Marketing & Public Relations Department, ALHOSN University
Tel: 02 407 0700
Dir: 02 407 0747
Fax: 02 407 0782

ALHOSN University to share world-class academic platform at Dubai’s GETEX Spring 2012


‘ALHOSN@-a-Glance’ seminar to advocate ‘global knowledge with local vision’
ALHOSN University, a leading Abu Dhabi-based university dedicated to high-quality, value-based education, will be showcasing its academic programs and community-focused initiatives during GETEX Spring 2012, the latest edition of the Gulf’s largest education fair running from April 19 to 21, 2012 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.

An exclusive seminar titled ‘ALHOSN@-a-Glance’ will be conducted by ALHOSN on the first day at 6:30 p.m. The university will present its philosophy of ‘global knowledge with local vision’ and explain how its world-class curricula prepared by North American educators are well-suited for the region’s evolving job markets. Representatives will also touch on ALHOSN’s various advocacies such as increasing female enrollment in technical programs and molding socially-responsible citizens.

Interested students are invited to visit ALHOSN’s stand at GETEX Spring 2012 to learn more about the university’s various offerings.
“As the region’s leading educational event, GETEX offers an ideal platform for ALHOSN University to show how its programs, activities, and facilities can help cultivate the country’s future leaders. During our seminar we will discuss how we instill global knowledge while fostering pride in national identity. We will also draw focus on how we encourage students to pursue personal growth and remember to give back to the community,” said Prof. Abdul Rahim Sabouni, Vice Chancellor and CEO, ALHOSN University.
GETEX Spring 2012 will occupy 14,000 square meters of prime exhibition space and host over 500 exhibitors offering more than 2,500 study and training options in over 40 countries. It will focus on General, Higher and Vocational Education and Training and Professional Development and feature the Global EdTech Forum, a conference dedicated to learning and educational technology. This year’s edition will be held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research. Admission is free of charge. More event details are available at http://www.mygetex.com.
 Named after Abu Dhabi’s historic ALHOSN Palace, ALHOSN University was founded in 2005 by the Abu Dhabi Holding Company in response to growing local demand for high-quality, value-based educational institutions. It currently offers 12 undergraduate and 7 graduate programs under the Faculties of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Business, and Arts and Social Sciences. ALHOSN accepts students of all nationalities and also accommodates youths with special needs. All its programs are accredited by the UAE Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research.
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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.
For further information, please contact:
Wafa Mousa
Marketing & Events Manager
Marketing & Public Relations Department, ALHOSN University
Tel: 02 407 0700
Dir: 02 407 0747
Fax: 02 407 0782