16th Session of UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education

Mansoor Al Awar chairs 16th Session of UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education in Moscow

 

UAE, September 23, 2017 – Dr. Mansoor Al Awar, Chancellor of Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University (HBMSU) and Governing Board Chairman of the UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education (IITE), successfully led the 16th Session of the IITE, which was held recently in Moscow. During the meeting, the body discussed and approved the Institute’s Medium-Term Strategy for 2018 to 2021. The new strategy covers the IITE’s new mission and priorities, key action areas and major program activities. The meeting also saw the presentation of a covering the activities of IITE from 2016 to 2017; discussed and Reviewed the Programme Plan for 2018 to 2019.

 

Among the attendees were Anne Coupez, Representative of the Director-General of UNESCO and Igor Ganshin, Director of the International Department of the Russian Federation’s Ministry of Education and Science.

 

 
 

World-class regional program sponsored by the Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Distinguished Academic Performance aims to reshape future of learning in Arab World.

HBMSU and UNESCO inaugurate communications for the forthcoming curriculum diploma initiative
UAE, December 05, 2016 – Marking a first in the Arab World, Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University (HBMSU) has launched the communications for the forthcoming curriculum diploma initiative – International Bureau of Education (IBE) – UNESCOorganized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The one of a kind diploma which is sponsored by the Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Distinguished Academic Performance underscores the university’s commitment to leading efforts to reshape the future of education and learning in the Arab World through innovative methods that keep pace with the requirements of the 21st Century.

The importance of the communications for the forthcoming curriculum diploma initiative – IBE – UNESCO lies in its being an integrated program specifically designed according to the highest international standards and provisions to meet requirements for the development of training and competencies in the curricula of Arab countries. It also involves the adoption of an international module for delivering high-level education characterized by equality, innovation and quality.
Dr. Mansoor Al Awar, Chancellor of HBMSU, explained that the launch of the pioneering program in the region reaffirms the university’s leadership as a global model for exploring the future of education based on creativity, innovation, scientific research and knowledge enrichment. He lauded the efforts of UNESCO and the Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Distinguished Academic Performance in launching this leading initiative that represents a major leap in curricular development, noting that it prepares a qualified generation capable of leading the process of modernization, renovation and innovation process – all of which he said are pillars for accelerating the pace of growth in the Arab World.
Al Awar said: “This unique program is consistent with our ongoing commitment to support the lifelong learning approach and provide the academic community with high-quality programs that expose students to unique experiences that are based on excellence in scientific research and knowledge transfer. This serves our aspiration of addressing challenges and overall development needs in the Arab World through our leadership in the field of smart education.”
“We look forward to meeting the desired objectives of the new diploma – the latest addition to our achievements – by effecting a radical change in higher education and scientific research locally and regionally through the promotion of a culture of smart learning under the leadership of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and HBMSU President, who has tasked us to revolutionize the future of education and learning in the Arab World via innovative methods that are in step with the rapid changes of the knowledge ira,” he added.
For his part, H.E. Sulaiman Al Ansari, CEO of the Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Distinguished Academic Performance, commended the commitment of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, UAE Minister of Finance and patron of the award, to support qualitative projects that improve the efficiency of education and raise its outputs to a level that meets the challenges posed by modernity and contemporary changes. He emphasized that the partnership with a prestigious academic institution such as HBMSU and a global organization such as UNESCO represents a major leap in implementing an academic program that aims to develop curricula and scientific research across the Arab World.
Al Ansari concluded: “The award sponsorship of this international project offers an opportunity to enhance educational excellence in the Arab World, especially as it targets developers of curriculum, education policy-makers and teaching staff who are also the focus of the award on the programs of quality education”.
Preparatory sessions for communications for the forthcoming curriculum diploma initiative – International Bureau of Education (IBE) – UNESCO will continue from December 4 to 15, 2016 at HBMSU’s campus with the participation of several academics and international experts. The program agenda’s various major themes include ‘Curriculum of Smart Education and Custom Learning,’ ‘Technological Integration in the Curriculum,’ ‘An Introduction to Emerging Trends in the Curricula of Arab Countries,’ and ‘Needs Analysis and Dialogue Policy to Change the Curriculum.’ Other modern systems, models and frameworks for designing and developing curricula in Arab countries as well as special sessions on ‘Virtual Learning Environment” (VLE) adopted by HMBSU’ will be featured as well.

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Pearson launches new Global English Language Teacher Award in the Middle East.

Award will recognise teachers in the region who go ‘above and beyond’.

UAE: Pearson ELT has launched a new award to celebrate inspirational teachers. The global Award will showcase teachers from the Middle East, and around the world, who have implemented innovative ways of teaching in their classrooms leading to improved learning outcomes; from the big innovations to the everyday.

Pearson expects to see a great response from the Middle East, where teachers are adopting new digital tools, implementing new ideas and coming up with innovative solutions that improve outcomes for their learners. With a growing recognition of the importance of English language skills, the Award recognises the crucial role that teachers from all walks of English teaching play.
English language is a major educational growth area right across the Middle East, as English language skills are increasingly seen by employers as an important way in which to grow business in a global environment. As a result, quality English language teachers are in demand, and this award will help to identify those teachers who excel in their role.
Sue Mainey, Director of Marketing for Pearson in the Middle East said; “English language is an important aspect of all levels of education, as it is a means through which individuals can progress their learning, as well as their prospects of career success. It is therefore critical that we have a body of first-class English language teachers available to schools, colleges and universities, so that our region’s learners are given the best prospects of success. This award will pay homage to those teachers who go above and beyond and who are helping to raise standards across the profession”.
Entries will be judged by a panel of experts from within the ELT community who will be looking for examples of best practice and innovative approaches to improving learner outcomes. Five inspiring teachers will each win an all-expenses paid trip to the forthcoming IATEFL or TESOL conferences where they will enjoy the opportunity to hear the latest theories and exchange ideas with fellow professionals from all sectors of ELT.
In addition, a People’s Choice winner will be selected by a public vote from the entries submitted. The winner will receive 20 Kindles for their class pre-loaded with a selection of Pearson English Readers. Teachers can self-submit entries or nominate colleagues for the award from now until 1 January 2017 via the Pearson ELT website. The winners will be announced on 25 January 2017.
Giles Grant, Senior Vice President ELT at Pearson said; “Behind every successful learner there’s a teacher providing fuel and encouragement along the way. This new award will celebrate teachers from all walks of English teaching, particularly those implementing new ideas, adapting tools or creating their own solutions to improve the learner experience“.
Visit Pearson ELT for more information on the Pearson ELT Global Teacher Award.
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Pearson launches “Intelligence Unleashed: An Argument for AI in Education” in Middle East.

NEW PAPER PUBLISHED BY PEARSON MAKES THE CASE FOR WHY WE MUST MAKE ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IN MIDDLE EAST EDUCATION MORE SERIOUSLY
10th July, 2016
DUBAI, RIYADH: In a world where digital tools support virtually every part of our lives, why is it that the full power of such tools has yet to be unleashed to those who might benefit most – educators and learners? In the latest of its series of publications concerning digital learning, Intelligence Unleashed: An Argument for AI in Education, Pearson, in collaboration with the UCL Knowledge Lab, maps out how artificial intelligence in education (AIEd) can be used to create learning tools that are more efficient, flexible and inclusive than those currently available; tools that will help learners in the Middle East prepare for an economy that is swiftly being reshaped by digital technologies.

The paper addresses a number of important and provocative questions that hold pertinence for policy makers, educators, parents and students throughout the Middle East region as it rapidly takes up emerging digital innovations. Such questions include: How can teachers and learners benefit from AIEd right now? How might learner outcomes be improved by AIEd in the very near future? And, how can AIEd contribute to systemic challenges facing the education sector at large?
The authors, led by Professor Rose Luckin and Wayne Holmes of the UCL Knowledge Lab, highlight existing and emergent technology that could be leveraged to address some of the most intractable issues in education, many of which are felt acutely here in the Middle East, such as achievement gaps. For example, technology available today could be applied to support student learning at a scale previously unimaginable by providing one-on-one tutoring to every student, in every subject. Existing technologies also have the capacity to provide intelligent support to learners working in a group, and to create authentic virtual learning environments where students have the right support, at the right time, to tackle real-life problems and puzzles.
Pushing the bounds of practice and theory, the paper considers a future where teaching and learning is supported by the thoughtful application of AIEd. Imagine lifelong learning companions powered by AI that can accompany and support individual learners throughout their studies – in and beyond school – or new forms of assessment that measure learning while it is taking place, shaping the learning experience in real time.
Ultimately, the tools of AIEd help respond to the new innovation imperative in education – the need, in a jobs market re-shaped by technology, to help learners achieve at higher levels, and in a wider set of skills, than any education system has managed to date. However, that vision isn’t possible without deliberate efforts to elevate the conversation about AIEd.
“AI is already impacting education. To fully benefit from what AIEd has to offer, we must involve teachers, parents and learners to ensure that AIEd tools are grounded in learning, and that they deliver what is genuinely needed. We call for a radical change in the way that AIEd is currently funded, to break away from the today’s siloed and inefficient environment. It is our hope that this work will spark a positive and proactive debate,” commented Rose Luckin, Professor of Learner Centred Design from the UCL Knowledge Lab.
In their recommendations, the authors hone in on three critical forces that must be managed as the future of AIEd in the Middle East emerges: involving teachers, students and parents in co-designing new tools so that AIEd addresses real needs of the classroom and other learning environments; embedding proven pedagogical techniques in the design of new AIEd-powered edtech products; and creating smart demand for commercial grade AIEd products that work.
Karim Daoud, Managing Director of Pearson in the Middle East said, “Countries in the GCC like to be ahead of the game when it comes to education, with many in the sector keen to embrace the latest and most innovative learning technologies available. Therefore, I think that it is likely that AIEd will have a great role to play in the future of education in this region. Equipping the large and growing population of young people in the region with an education that welcomes the role of AI and uses it to the advantage of learners is important, and this paper sets out ways in which this can be achieved”.
Sir Michael Barber, Chief Education Adviser at Pearson said, “There is no doubt that AI will significantly influence what we teach and learn, as well as how we do it. The challenge is to ensure that it truly supports teachers, learners, and their parents. Many important decisions will need to be made as these technologies develop, mature, and scale; this paper offers some concrete options that will allow us to realize the potential of AIEd at the system level.”
This paper is published as part of the Open Ideas at Pearson series. The series features some of the best minds in education – from teachers and technologists, to researchers and big thinkers – to bring their ideas and insights to a wider audience. Future pieces on digital learning will feature topics including adaptive learning and how we can build efficacy into learning technologies.
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About Pearson
Pearson is the world’s learning company, with expertise in educational courseware and assessment, and a range of teaching and learning services powered by technology.
Our mission is to help people make progress through access to better learning. We believe that learning opens up opportunities, creating fulfilling careers and better lives.
About the UCL Knowledge Lab
The UCL Knowledge Lab (previously known as the London Knowledge Lab) is an interdisciplinary research centre at the UCL Institute of Education, University College London.
Our mission is both to understand and to design ways in which new digital technologies can support and transform learning and teaching throughout the life course, at home and at work.
We start from the belief that new technologies, when we fully exploit their possibilities, will change not only the ways we learn, but what we learn, as well as how we work, how we collaborate, and how we communicate. Based on research and evidence, we are devising new pedagogies, implementing innovative digital systems, developing new areas of knowledge, and informing policymakers and educational stakeholders.
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Quality & Business Management Conference explores prospects of employing innovation in supporting knowledge-based economy.

HBMSU to launch Innovation Arabia 9 – Annual Congress 2016 in March
UAE, February 27, 2016 – Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University (HBMSU) has commenced preparations to launch Quality and Business Management Conference under the theme ‘Business Innovation: Imperative for Knowledge Economy.’ This will take place on the sidelines of the ‘Innovation Arabia 9 – Annual Congress 2016, which will be held with the theme ‘Accelerating Innovation Towards Sustainable Economy’ under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and President of the University. To be held from March 7 to 9, 2016, the strategically important event strengthens Dubai’s efforts to lead the march in deploying, transferring, producing and localizing knowledge in the Arab countries and the world.

Currently, all eyes are on ‘Quality and Business Management Conference’ as a world-class platform that will open up new horizons for decision makers, policy makers, thought leaders, entrepreneurs, researchers and academics to explore individual, organizational and contextual powers to enhance the quality and stimulate innovation. The upcoming event is expected to contribute in determining the best ways to apply quality and innovative practices to strengthen the position of the Arab region on the international map. This will be done through a series of extended discussions that will focus on the most important issues, including ‘Excellence in Government Services,’ ‘Entrepreneurship,’ ‘Innovation and Quality,’ and ‘Islamic Banking and Finance’ and their direct and indirect effects on innovation and sustainable development, regionally and internationally.
Dr. Mansoor Al Awar, Chancellor of HBMSU, explained that the importance of ‘Quality and Business Management Conference’ comes from its focus on identifying effective strategies to enhance the quality concepts and stimulate innovation as a solid foundation to start the process of building a solid and integrated economy that is based on knowledge, excellence and innovation.
Dr. Al Awar pointed out that the upcoming event represents an important addition to the tireless efforts that aim to enrich the knowledge and meet the urgent need for innovative and unique solutions. He further emphasized the need to invest widely in quality and innovation to enable governments and business community, enhance competitive advantages, accelerate the pace of economic growth, and achieve sustainable social development in the Arab World and the MENA region.
“The UAE has realized early the importance of investing in innovation as the best way to build a knowledge-based, competitive economy and accomplish the ambitious aspirations to become one of the world’s most developed countries by 2021. Today, the nation is taking advanced steps on the path to leadership, backed by the insightful vision and right guidance of the wise leadership, which has laid a strong foundation to achieve ‘smart’ transformation and attain a leading global standing in terms of innovation, Islamic economics, and government excellence. In this event, which is scheduled on the sidelines of ‘Innovation Arabia 9,’ we seek to support this strategic direction by activating the channels of knowledge transfer and exchange expertise to showcase the best practices in innovation and quality to support the overall development and create a better future for generations to come,” concluded Dr. Al Awar.
‘Quality and Business Management Conference 2016’ consist of four main themes, including ‘Quality Management,’ ‘Business and Management,’ ‘Public Management & Government Service Excellence,’ and ‘Islamic Economics, Finance and Banking.’ The panel discussions and extensive seminars are expected to witness discussions on vital topics related to quality and business management, such as ‘Quality Management in e-Services,’ ‘Intelligent Quality Tools and Methods,’ ‘Investing in Human Resources,’ ‘Creativity … the Heart & Soul of Innovation,’ ‘Green Marketing,’ ‘the Race for National Competitiveness,’ ‘Government as the Engine of Innovation,’ and ‘Innovation as a National Value.’ The event will also highlight the success stories of innovation in the public sector, as well as exchange the views on ‘Bridging the Gap between Theory and Practice,’ ‘Risk Management in Islamic Financial Institutions,’ and ‘The Role of Governments and Central Banks in Promoting Islamic Banking and Finance Services,’ among others.

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Major development to provide educational institutions in the Middle East with access to Ellucian training courses

Banner® by Ellucian Student Information System’ fulfills the requirements of a smart learning environment
Simultaneously HBMSU announces the launch of the first Ellucian Banner training center in the Middle East to help other institutions develop Smarter Information Systems for Learners using Banner® by Ellucian
UAE, October 24, 2015 – Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University (HBMSU) recently signed agreement with Ellucian Inc

. to launch the first official Ellucian Banner training center in the Middle East in co-operation with Ellucian, helping Banner users to develop smarter Information Systems for Learners. The facility will be based on the campus of HBMSU that will serve as Ellucian’s first Authorized Global Training Partner. Simultaneously, HBMSU also launched the latest version of Banner® internally to continue the development of providing exemplary services to students, faculty and staff. The co-operative launching of the Ellucian training center is of strategic importance as it sets solid foundations for providing quality classroom based vocational training through the use of the Banner® system. Banner® is the Student Information System (SIS) of choice for major  universities in the UAE,  KSA and other Gulf countries.

Dr. Mansoor Al Awar, Chancellor of HBMSU and Mathew Boice, Vice President of Ellucian, during the signing ceremony.


The Ellucian Training Center will be a key facility within HBMSU’s campus and represents a major development in helping educational institutions in the Middle East to access the best Banner® training services. The Training Center will enable academicians, faculty, administrative officials and IT teams to effectively use Banner® to improve operating performance levels. It also supports ongoing Emiratization efforts by working with local institutions and universities in training UAE Nationals on core SIS functions using the Banner® suite in all administrative processes ranging from Strategic Management and Records Handling to Learners Recruitment, Admissions, Registration, and Academic Advising.
During the official launch, HBMSU revealed that it’s highly innovative applications fulfill the requirements of the ‘smart’ learning environment and are able to be integrated with the Banner®. These applications include many new features, such as a personal and unified identification code for learners, additional options that support the use of ATMs, bank checks and electronic wallets to pay tuition fees, Academic Advising services, notifications via SMS and e-mail, as well as interface compatibility with smartphones and tablets.
Dr. Mansoor Al Awar, Chancellor of HBMSU was pleased with the signing of the MoU with Ellucian, explaining that it will bring about a radical shift in Banner®-related professional training. H.E. Dhahi Khalfa   pointed out that by choosing HBMSU to host the training center, Ellucian affirms the high international confidence that this joint venture brings. He added that the selection of the University reflects the advanced levels it has achieved as an educational institution that is re-shaping the future of teaching and learning and the development of human resources qualified to lead the transformation into an integrated knowledge-based economy and the building of a better future for the Arab World.
Al Awar added: “We are delighted with the success of our Banner project and our ability to leverage our existing proven applications and their integration with the Banner® Student Information System. The applications have features tailored to the character and uniqueness of our smart environment, which keeps pace with the rapid changes of the 21st century. The use of the new Banner® system is in line with our ongoing commitment to adopt the most advanced technological innovations in support of our tireless endeavors to enhance operational efficiency, the quality of performance, and service excellence. HBMSU’s cooperation with Ellucian on the Banner® Student Information System is an important motivation for us to continue consolidating our leadership as a first-class global training hub in various fields related to educational technology”.
Mathew Boice, Vice President, Ellucian, emphasized the importance of strategic cooperation with HBMSU in launching the Banner® Training Center  in response to the remarkable growth in demand for the Banner® solution over the past few years, particularly in Gulf states which are witnessing rapid economic development, strong interest in developing the education sector, and a growing focus on building knowledge-based economies. He commended HBMSU’s regional leadership in smart technology – enabled education, pointing out that it is the ideal partner for expanding the adoption of the Banner® system in educational institutions across the Middle East, one of the fastest growing education markets in the world.
He noted that HBMSU is “walking the walk” by itself adopting Banner® to serve students that are studying in a technology centric and mixed mode learning environment.  
Boice said: “The latest version of Banner®, has high training demand due to the new users. In addition, we have countries like the UAE helping their own citizens develop their skills on the latest technologies. These factors combine to create a significant demand for skilling and training. This exciting partnership with HBMSU facilitates the development of locally-grown Banner® expertise for addressing this gap in terms of the optimal use of the Banner® system and enabling higher education institutions to better serve their students and learners.”

The Ellucian Training Center at HBMSU will provide Banner®training courses in both Arabic and English. The first courses are scheduled to begin in early 2016. Under the terms of the Agreement, Ellucian will promote the Training Centre to Banner clients across the region and will provide the Ellucian certified training materials. HBMSU has been authorized to use Ellucian’s own cloud-based Banner virtual lab training environment. The University will provide world-class teaching and training facilities, as well as Certified Ellucian Trainers, 

BRITISH COUNCIL TO HOST ‘UK BUSINESS & FINANCE’ TOUR SHOWCASING PROGRAMMES OF 11 UK UNIVERSITIES.

UK universities rated among the best in Europe in helping graduates grab high-paying jobs in finance reveals a recent study

Dubai, UAE, 8 September 2015: In response to the increasing numbers of UAE students studying business and finance, the British Council, the United Kingdom’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities, will be holding the UAE Business and Finance Study Tour

on September 14 at Towers Rotana Hotel, Dubai. Business and Finance are the most popular subjects for UAE students who choose to study in the UK, with 975 choosing these subjects in 2013-14.

British universities were recently revealed to be among the best in Europe for opening doors to high-paying jobs in finance according to a recent study by Emolument. The survey – which ranked European universities – was based on the salaries of 700 London finance professionals who graduated post 2011, including those who graduated in BA, BSc and Masters degrees.
UK business and finance courses have an excellent track record, with UK graduates frequently becoming top earners in their fields and this study is just one more indication of that. In the UK, higher and further education is all about giving you inspiration to develop your knowledge and skills, freedom to be creative, and confidenceto help you achieve your best. A UK business or finance qualification is also respected by employers and academics worldwide,” said Marc Jessel, British Council Country Director.
Most British business students join the workforce after only three years of study, which is a factor we know appeals to many UAE students, who are searching for a world class education in business and finance studies,” he explained.
The UAE Business and Finance Study Tour will provide students in the UAE with a platform to meet representatives from 11 UK universities and colleges and gain valuable insights into the specifics of different programmes on offer. Representatives from UK institutions will be talking to visitors about the UK’s wide range of business and finance courses and degree options, as well as entry requirements for studying in the UK and what student life in the UK is like. 

The tour also offers a unique opportunity for students to meet some of the most renowned business and finance education providers from the UK, and to find out about the many opportunities – from networking to tailored career advice – that UK institutions provide alongside their world-class degrees.
This tour will make it simpler for students in the UAE faced with an abundance of choices to define what type of UK course and qualification suits them. With the right qualification, these students will be able to return to the UAE with the necessary skills to contribute to the economy and drive growth and innovation across the business and finance sectors.
Participants in the tour include University of Salford, Coventry University, Liverpool John Moores University, Northumbria University, Oxford International Education Group, Queen Mary University of London, Staffordshire University, The University of Law, The University of Sheffield, University of Kent and University of Southampton.
English is the global language of business and finance. More and more UAE organisations now recognise its value in creating a globally competitive workforce. As the world’s leading English proficiency test, IELTS has helped millions of people worldwide access employment opportunities in finance and business,” added Nick Godfrey, Country Examinations Manager, British Council UAE.
As a world authority in the English language, the British Council aims to contribute to the economic development of businesses in the region through its English teaching and assessment services.

British Council IELTS is the Gold Sponsor of this year’s Business and Finance Study Tour. 

ICDL Arabia is recognized by Ministry of Interior for raising awareness on cyber safety among children,

UAE, June 13, 2015 ICDL Arabia, the governing body and certification authority of the ICDL certificate program in Egypt, GCC States and Iraq, has been honored by the Ministry of Interior (Child Protection Center) during an event organized to recognize individual and institutional endeavors towards the safety of children.

The organization has taken on Cyber Safety as an integral part of its mission and was presented with a plaque in appreciation for exhibiting outstanding efforts in spreading awareness about cyber safety among the youth. Held at the Abu Dhabi Police Headquarters, the event was attended by senior officials and decision makers representing various departments in Abu Dhabi government and UAE ministries.

As an active supporter of IT security and cyber safety, ICDL Arabia has collaborated with several government organizations and private institutions to raise awareness about internet safety and the responsible use of various social media platforms. Moreover, it has launched several initiatives for school children about safe internet etiquette, digital safety education, appropriate online behavior, and cyber crimes.

 “It is a tremendous honor to receive this recognition from the Ministry of Interior as we strongly feel that it is the duty of every individual and institution, private or public, to protect children from the threats lurking on cyber space. ICDL Arabia remains focused on spreading awareness about the safe and secure use of the Internet and social media and is currently working hand-in-hand with the concerned authorities to educate society in general and children in particular about the mindful use of modern technologies. Rest assured, we will continue with our efforts to launch more initiatives so that the youth can enjoy the benefits of the Internet and social media without any having to face the risks and threats swarming all over the Internet,” concluded Jamil Ezzo.

GCC poised to increase use of ‘smart’ devices in classrooms to 100 per cent by 2017

GCC education sector’s IT investment total to USD 616 million
  
UAE, March 9, 2015 According to a recent study, the GCC’s education sector is set to increase the use of ‘smart’ devices for teaching and learning purposes to 100 percent by 2017. ICDL Arabia, the governing body and certification authority for the ICDL certificate program in Egypt, GCC States and Iraq, has welcomed this move, stating that the increased use of information and communications technology (ICT) will help in delivering quality education and raising the bar in line with international standards.

The GCC education sector witnessed investment in the region of USD 616 million, accounting for nearly 2.3 per cent of total investments, and is expected to grow at an annual rate of the GCC 10.4 per cent between 2013 and 2017. This is at par with global IT investment in the education sector which is set at 2.5 per cent or USD 51 billion. Over 90 per cent of the region’s educational institutions utilize laptops and tablets in order to transform from a teacher to a learner -centric learning approach.
Jamil Ezzo, Director General, ICDL Arabia, said: “ICDL Arabia commends the GCC education sector’s move towards ‘smart’ literacy to ensure a more informative and interactive way of learning. The use of ICT technology in schools and educational institutions will also mean an increased utilization of ‘smart’ devices for transfer of knowledge from teachers to students. Such a move should be supported by appropriate training programs of teachers for a successful transition so that they quickly adapt to the new changes in their educational environment and curriculum.”  
Nationwide, the UAE Ministry of Education has expanded its programme to bring ‘smart’ learning to classrooms for the 2014-2015Academic Year, providing almost 25,000 students with tablets. Nearly 123 more schools will be integrated under the three-year programme which has been allocated a budget of AED 253 million and will conclude in September 2015. The government has plans to integrate all its 440 public schools with ‘smart’ technology by 2020. Qatar, on the other hand, has earmarked USD 7.2 billion for its education sector in 2014 with a 100 per cent increase for the next five years. Lastly, Kuwait’s expenditure on education is expected to touch USD 8.3 billion by 2016.
ICDL has worked closely with a number of educational and vocational standards authorities across the world and designed a certification program specifically for educators so that they are able to employ mobile devices in the class room. The program offers a range of skills involving smart devices such as smart boards, projectors, personal computers and tablets. In addition, the new ICDL skills program combines skills in IT Security and Online Collaboration so that teachers can guide students on the safe and secure use of modern devices and social media.

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