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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HBMSU launches Innovation Arabia 8 with participation of international experts.

Under the Patronage of Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and President of the University
  
·       Farouk El-Baz discusses ‘Essence of Management: How best leadership practices inspire organizational excellence’
·       Conference to include high-level discussions to find creative and innovative solutions for Arab World’s sustainable development

[UAE, February 16, 2015] – Under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and President of the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University (HBMSU), H.E. Lieutenant General Dahi Khalfan Tamim, Chairman of the University’s Board of Governers opened today (Monday, February 16, 2015), the 8thedition of the Innovation Arabia 8 conference. The event features the high-level participation of the most prominent international experts, decision makers, and academics. Organized by HBMSU, the conference focuses on exploring the latest concepts and effective solutions that meet the needs of the Arab region’s overall development under four major tracks – Quality and Business Management, Health and Environment, e-Learning Excellence, and Islamic Banking and Finance.
The Innovation Arabia 8 conference, which is being held under the theme ‘Innovate, Collaborate and Differentiate: Honoring the Past, Treasuring the Present, and Shaping the Future,’ commenced its first session with discussions by the Committee of Experts. It was an interactive platform to explore innovative ideas to support the efforts to establish a firm ground to boost creativity to adopt knowledge economies in the Arab World. The concurrent sessions discussed a series of vital topics, including ‘Quality and Business Management: Exploring Synergies Leading Towards Innovation,’ ‘Promoting Innovative Health and Environmental Interventions,’ ‘Instructional Design and Technologies Towards Smart Learning,’ and ‘Islamic Banking and Finance: Carving an Edge for Competitive Advantage.’ 
The agenda for the first day included a keynote address by Dr. Farouk El-Baz, Director of the Center for Remote Sensing at Boston University, USA, about the ‘Essence of Management: How best leadership practices inspire organizational excellence.’ It covered Dr. El Baz’s observations of the best management practices in varied international organizations, including NASA, the Smithsonian Institution, Itek Corporation, and Boston University.
Participants were also addressed by Dr. Talal Abu-Ghazaleh, Founder and Chairman of Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Organization and Head of the International Advisory Board of the Conference and Professor Nabil Baydoun, Vise Chancellor for HBMSU’s Enterprise and University Advancement and President of the Innovation Arabia 8 conference.
The agenda of the second and third days will include addresses by elite of international, regional and local speakers, including Rudolf Strohmeier, Deputy Director-General of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research and Innovation who will discuss ‘Drivers for Sustainable Innovation Ecosystems’ and Gregory Watson, Former President of the International Academy for Quality who will deliver an address on ‘Insight Into Quality Management: From Hindsight to Foresight.’ In addition, the conference will also feature a discussion by Eng. Sobhi Batterjee, Founder, President and CEO of Saudi German Hospitals Group about ‘Leveraging Information Technology in Healthcare Industry.’ The list of keynote speakers also includes H.E. Hussain Al Qemzi, Chief Executive of Noor Investment Group and Noor Bank, and Dr. Alan Bruce, CEO and Director of Universal Learning Systems and Vice President of European Distance and e-Learning Network.
H.E. Lieutenant General Dahi Khalfan Tamim, Chairman of the University’s Board of Governers, said: “Innovation Arabia 8 is an ideal platform to enhance the international and regional cooperation in the field of innovation which is a mainstay towards a better tomorrow. The participation of the top-notch global academics, scholars and experts reflects the eminent reputation of the conference and strong confidence in HBMSU as a leading institution in promoting the quality of e-Learning and developing the culture of innovation and scientific research in the Arab World. We are confident that the high-level discussions will result in a group of innovative solutions for a sustainable development in the Arab world.”      
H.E. Lieutenant General Dahi Khalfan Tamim concluded: “HBMSU is committed to provide the synergies in order to explore new horizons to drive the economic and social development in the region through innovative means to meet the future requirements. Our focus is in line with our efforts to effectively contribute to the success of ‘Dubai Innovation Partners’ initiative that was launched by H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum in order to improve the quality of life for the current and future generations.”   
The opening of Innovation Arabia 8 also includes the announcement of the winners for the ‘Feigenbaum Leadership Excellence Award.’ This year’s awardees include H.E. Dr. Mubarak Saad Al Ahbabi, Chairman of the Department of the President’s Affairs UAE, under the category of ‘Exceptionals;’ Mohammed Humaid Al Marri, Assistant CEO for Finance and Support Services, Mohammed Bin Rashid Housing Establishment, UAE, under the ‘Accomplishers’ categtory and Dr. Reem Osman, Chief Executive Officor, Saudi German Hospital – Dubai for the ‘Women Leaders’ category.
The winners of El-Baz Award for Excellence in Organizational Sustainability were honored in recognition of their success in their commitment towards social responsibility and development of organizational excellence. The list of winners includes the Dubai Municipality’s Drainage and Irrigation Network Department, and Emirates National Oil Company Ltd. (ENOC).
As part of its efforts to encourage research, innovation and leadership in ‘Total Quality Management,’ HBMSU granted Dr. Noor Al Maaitah, Assistant Professor at the Mutah University with The Harrington Award for the ‘Best PhD Thesis in Total Quality Management.’ The reward has a high importance of being a specific initiative in recognition of the effective contributions to disseminating the total quality management concepts in all parts of the world and enhancing the related scientific research.
The three-day conference of Innovation Arabia 8 will also discuss a series of policies and strategies present leading academic researches under its four major tracks. The agenda will also include holding interactive seminars, awards program, and meetings with prominent academics, decision makers, researchers, experts, representatives of international organizations, government agencies, and private sector organizations to discuss the latest emerging trends and major challenges in the current and coming days and develop appropriate solutions that meet the overall development needs in the Arab region.

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