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.



Importance of Workplace Safety

DuPont Middle East highlights importance of workplace safety to students of Khalifa University of Science & Technology – Petroleum Institute


Initiative aims to strengthen awareness on safety procedures and use of personal protective gear


May 02, 2017DuPont Middle East recently held a seminar on workplace safety for students of Petroleum Institute at the Sas Al Nakhl area. The initiative has been designed to raise awareness among students who will soon be pursuing a career in key industries such as oil, gas, mechanical, chemical and petrochemical, where safety risks are higher than in other sectors. The Petroleum Institute is part of the newly-established Khalifa University of Science and Technology.



As part of the company’s community outreach program, DuPont aims to educate future engineers on the importance of safety regulations to ensure the wellbeing of the workforce while also reducing hazards and risks at the workplace. DuPont has expressed its commitment in raising awareness among university students on established safety procedures and the proper use of specialized protective gears or Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).


Karim Dirani, Marketing Communications Specialist at DuPont Protection Solutions, discussed common issues in workplace safety and explained the importance of always wearing the right PPEs. The team also conducted a demonstration of Thermo-Man®, the world’s most advanced life-sized thermal burn injury evaluation system. Since the 1970s, the state-of-the-art device has been used worldwide to test the flame resistance of work clothing materials produced by companies across various industries, including oil and gas, petrochemicals, chemicals, electricity, and fire-fighting services.


Dirani said: “Establishing a culture of safety and instilling the habit of protecting one’s self against known risks in the workplace takes a certain degree of awareness that should start even before students begin working as engineers and professionals. DuPont is fully committed to education as an important platform to build and hone the culture of safety and the university is the ideal setting for them to start understanding the value of workplace safety regulations. The seed of awareness has to start here and I fully appreciate the students of Petroleum Institute, for their high regard to this matter as they do with their future profession.”


Dr. Ali Al Mansoori, Executive Vice President for Academics at Khalifa University of Science and Technology, added: “We laud DuPont’s efforts to enlighten students on the various aspects of workplace safety and regulations – including the protective gears that can be used and how they are manufactured to protect them. This event definitely contributes to their knowledge and awareness of their future workplaces and what they must never forget as soon as they move on to their roles as professionals in their chosen field.”

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, 

Pearson to develop PISA 2018 Student Assessment 21st Century Frameworks for OECD.

Dubai, UAE, 15 December 2014: Pearson, the world’s leading learning company, today announces that it has won a competitive tender by the Organisationfor Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)to develop the Frameworksfor PISA 2018.

The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA)is widely recognized as the benchmark for evaluating education systems worldwide by assessing the skills and knowledge 15-year-old students will need in their further academic education or for joining the workforce. 
PISA is administered every three years inaround 70 participating economies world-wide. Representative national samples of 15-year-olds from these countries took the PISA 2012 test totaling about 510 000 students and representing about 28 million 15-year-olds globally. Similar, if not higher, numbers are expected for PISA 2015 and PISA 2018. From 2015 onward most students will take PISA by computer.
The frameworksdefinewhat will be measured in PISA 2018, how this will be reported and which approach will be chosen for the development of tests and questionnaires.  The main tasks will be to:
·        Redefine reading literacy, taking into account how young people are taught to approach the digital environment including how to recognise credible websites and online documents.
·        Review and where necessary adapt the frameworks for mathematics and science.
·        Develop the student questionnaire framework for the collection of contextual information and the measurement of other education outcomes which may have connections with performance
·        Develop a framework for the measurement of global competence which will assess students’ awareness of the interconnected global world we live and work in and their ability to deal effectively with the resulting demands.
Pearson’s chief executive John Fallon said:
“High quality education is vital to a nation’s economic development and social well-being – and PISA is a key tool by which nations can measure their own educational progress and learn from each other.
“We are developing global benchmarks that, by assessing a wider range of skills, willhelp more young people toprosper in the global economy.  We are very pleased to be supporting the OECD and academic colleagues in this crucial work.”
Head of the PISA programme at the OECD Andreas Schleicher said:
“PISA 2018 has the potential to be the start of a new phase of our international assessments. We can now make much smarter use of technology in how we test young people, and we need global competence as governments around the world seek to equip young people with the skills they need for life and employment.”
Notes to editors
1.      The OECD’s PISA test (www.pisa.oecd.org) is widely recognized as the benchmark for measuring the improvement of education systems worldwide. Between 65 and 74 countries/economies participated in previous cycles of PISA which is run every three years, since 2000.  Representative samples of students are selected at age 15 in each country in order to provide consistency across borders and regions.
The Organization of Economic Co-Operation and Development (www.oecd.org) exist to promote policies that improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world.
2.      Pearson (www.pearson.com) is the world’s leading learning company, providing educational materials, technologies, assessments and related services to teachers and students of all ages.  From pre-school to higher education and professional education, our curriculum materials, digital learning tools and testing programmes help to educate more than 100 million people worldwide. In addition Pearson provides consultancy services to governments to help them improve their educational systems.
Together with the OECD, Pearson has formed international panels of experts in reading, math’s  and science,global competenceand survey design to define and understand what students should be equipped with towards the end of compulsory education in order to deal with the world of work and further education in the 21st century. Pearson had also been granted the framework development for next year’s PISA 2015 for which they elaborated a new interactive approach to understanding and working with science and addressed students’ abilities and strategies to work collaboratively on solving problems.

3.      For further information, please contact: Pippa Vaux, Director of Media Relations, Pearson pippa.vaux@pearson.com. 

First forum of its kind to promote creativity and innovation in smart learning.

“Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University” launches “Smart Learning Best Practice Forum 2014”
 University supports transformation to “smart city” model
]UAE, July 14, 2014[ “Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University” has announced the launch of its “Smart Learning Best Practice Forum” for the year 2014. The aim of the forum is to encourage the exchange of best practices in smart learning in educational, academic and training institutions across the world. Moreover, it will promote creativity and innovation in smart learning as an essential factor to ensure successful transformation to “smart city” model. The forum will be held on October 20, 2014 and will include seven trackes namely: “smart learning”, “learner centricity”, “excellence orientation”, “smart partnership”, “technology exploitation”, “resource utilization”, and “process innovation”.

“Smart Learning Best Practice Forum 2014” is the first forum of its kind that encourages the implementation of the best practices in smart learning in educational, academic, and training institutions. It supports the continual growth and development of smart learning including the ability to come up with innovative ideas, evaluate their compatibility with strategic thinking approaches and ensure their implementation rigorously to achieve tangible and intangible benefits. The event is supported by European Learning Industry Group (ELIG), the Swiss Center for Innovations in Learning (SCIL) of St. Gallen’s University, the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE), and the Association of Arab Universities.

The agenda of the forum includes seminars, discussions and the “Smart Learning Best Practice Award” a first-of-its-kind awards that was launched to honor the best practices followed in the educational and training institutions across the world and to ensure the quality of smart learning as a prominent feature of the modern world based on technical innovations. The “Smart Learning Best Practice Award” has seven categories and will be awarded as per the evaluation of an International Jury comprising world-wide International experts and specialists in best practice thinking with smart learning aspects based on unified criteria of Novelty,  Innovativeness, Sustainability, Transferability, Maturity, Implementability and Compatibility. 


 Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University – Dr. Mansoor Al Awar, Chancellor

Dr. Mansoor Al Awar, Chancellor, said: “Smart Learning Best Practice Forum 2014” is launched to support Smart Learning Initiative introduced by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai. It is a solid platform that will enhance the learning experience by adopting the highest standards of Smart Learning to boost education as an essential component of the UAE Vision 2021. Likewise, the Smart Learning Best Practice Award will add value to HBMSU’s efforts to encourage the culture of excellence, creativity and innovation in Smart Learning by honoring and promoting the best practices that keep pace with rapid changes in the digital world.”   


Participation in “Smart Learning Best Practice Forum 2014” and Smart Learning Best Practice Award is open to any individual or team involved in Smart Learning practices from any educational or training institutions around the world. Individuals or institutions willing to participate in the forum may register by completing the free application form available on the university’s website: www.hbmsu.ac.ae, and institutions that seeks to establish itself as a smart learning institution can apply for any of the awards’ categories by submitting the award application form to the e-TQM Institute before the 1st of September, 2014.

HBMeU’s Board of Governors underlines need to take practical steps to promote e-Learning in Arab World .

April 3, 2013
The Board of Governors of Hamdan Bin Mohammed e-University(HBMeU) recently concluded its third annual meeting for the academic year 2012/2013, addressing a wide range of topics related to the University’s vision of promoting a culture of e-Learning and total quality management across the Arab World. The minutes of the previous meeting were also reviewed.

During the meeting, the Board called upon the University’s administration to pursue the last meeting’s recommendations to encourage Arab ministries of higher education to adopt the e-Learning concept, as well as the programs offered by the University. It further underlined the need for the University’s administration to conduct a comprehensive study on the Arab market, in addition to tapping new markets and raising awareness about the programs offered by the University.

The Board of Governors also touched upon HBMeU’s involvement with the initiative of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to make Dubai the world capital of Islamic economy. 

PTE Academic test gives universities increased confidence in the English language skills of new students.


The test also provides assurance to universities that the students they are admitting can effectively communicate in the English language in an academic environment and will have a higher chance of academic success. PTE Academic score reports show the achievements of test takers in the four key communication skills, listening, reading, speaking and writing, as well as the enabling skills of grammar, oral fluency, pronunciation, spelling, vocabulary and written discourse. Test takers are provided with information on their performance on each section of the test so that they can improve their skills in specific areas if needed.
PTE Academic has been a popular choice among students around the world who need to take an English language test, because of the test’s fast turnaround times – from booking the test to receiving results – and because it prepares students to use their English skills in an academic setting.
The accreditation of PTE Academic by the MoHESR will allow universities to employ an English language test that streamlines and enhances the admissions process and assists university staff in making faster and better-informed decisions about the students they admit.
Pearson’s PTE Academic test has achieved esteem amongst learning institutions around the world because of its reliability, objectivity, relevance and importantly, its security. Pearson’s state-of-the-art biometrics ensure the security of the entire testing process. Score reports are viewed and downloaded via Pearson’s secure online verification system and only score reports viewed via Pearson’s online website are guaranteed to be authentic. Security features of PTE Academic are the latest available, and include palm vein scanning, the use of electronic signatures and CCTV recording throughout the testing process.
Pearson is known throughout the Gulf region for its commitment to providing the very latest in learning technology that is relevant to the needs of learners in this part of the world. Pearson’s regional president, Ms Christine Ozden said of the MoHESR approval of the test:
“Pearson is delighted that the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research has recognised the benefits of PTE Academic. The accreditation of the test will allow hopeful university entrants throughout the UAE to undergo a test that is known around the world for its fairness, ease of use, reliable results and advanced security measures, which are some of the most sophisticated on offer. I am proud to say that the test also has significant advantages for the universities who rely on it to determine who they allow into their institutions. These universities can be confident that they are using a test that has been utilised by some of the world’s most prestigious learning institutions and government agencies”.
About PTE Academic
PTE Academic is owned and administered by Pearson, the world’s largest learning company, which is made up of some of the globe’s best known and respected education brands including Dorling Kindersley, Penguin, Edexcel and the Financial Times.
PTE Academic is accepted by the UK Border Agency for Tiers 1, 2 and 4 and spouse visa applications and by the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) for student visa applications. PTE Academic is endorsed by the prestigious Graduate Management Admission Council® (GMAC®), owner of the Graduate Management Admission Test® (GMAT®). 
Globally, approximately 3,000 renowned colleges, universities, training providers and professional associations accept PTE Academic scores, and the test is recognised by 95 percent of higher education institutions in the United Kingdom. PTE Academic is accepted by the UK Border Agency and by the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship
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Euronews learning world : Oiling the wheels of education in the Middle East ( Video)

http://www.euronews.com/ Education and developing human capacities lie at the heart of some Gulf countries plans for sustainable, knowledge-oriented economies. But in real terms, how does that translate?

Investing in human resources is at the core of some Gulf countries’ economic strategies. They believe that education is a must in order to develop knowledge-based economies. This week on Learning World, we looked at some higher education and training programmes in Abu Dhabi, Qatar and Bahrain.

*Abu Dhabi: the Sorbonne moves abroad*

Does getting into an elite university always mean moving far away? In Abu Dhabi the education council acknowledges that domestic universities have poor international rankings – so they’re looking at importing best practice from other universities around the world.

For hundreds of years, Paris has been the only destination for anyone dreaming of studying at the Sorbonne University, one of the world’s most prestigious and ancient institutions. But since 2009, the Sorbonne has also been based in Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates.

A special invitation by the Emirates government, this university is part of a strategic national plan to raise higher education to international standards.

Eric Fouache is the Director of the Sorbonne in Abu Dhabi. “There’s a real wish to form an elite in the UAE to replace working foreigners who currently hold the positions of responsibility”, he told euronews. “Our university, like all the other universities, will form this elite. We’ll do it the French way, which is a little bit different. The second point is that in developing the economy, the UAE wants to create a real platform of access to international education here in the Middle East. So it’s also an economic operation”.

The UAE wants to finance a francophone university in a country dominated mainly by anglophone education and they’ve encouraged the Sorbonne to bring typically the same experience it has back in France. This includes a mixed campus with the same curricula, a French diploma and even teachers, who fly all the way over from Paris to give intensive courses.

Jacob Schmitz is a History professor at the Sorbonne and says there are difficulties on both sides. “We have to teach to a public which is not exactly the same as we have back in France, so that is a challenge which means we must in a certain way find ways to relate to what people here want to hear. And there’s another challenge which people do not really talk about, which is the challenge for us in France. The French education system hasn’t changed much and these new experiences abroad actually bring us a lot of new knowledge, a lot of new blood”.

The Sorbonne in Abu Dhab does not just offer its famous humanities and social studies, law and other subjects in collaboration with Paris’ Descartes University. It has also developed a masters in History of Art and Museum Studies to address the Emirate’s ambition to become a cultural hub. It has also built partnerships with local institutions like the Khalifa University. In turn the Khalifa University is trying to improve their quality of education, but this hasn’t yet raised enough trust among local students, who still favour foreign campuses.

And the students seem to be impressed. “The teachers, the experience, the curriculum and the system they have is by far way more professional, way more experienced than other universities here in this country”, one girl told euronews.

In total, 700 students from 65 different nationalities study at the Sorbonne campus. It’s a reflection of the country itself, which has a big number of expatriates. It’s also a good opportunity for the Sorbonne to implement its motto at the Abu Dhabi campus – “a bridge between civilisations”.

*Qatar researches its way forward*

Branches of foreign universities are also popular in Qatar, which has set itself the ambitious goal of becoming a world leader in scientific research. Qatar is one of the top five countries when it comes to spending on innovation.

Of Qatar’s GDP, 2.8 percent goes toward scientific research and a national research strategy was announced at the end of 2012. The country is doing its best to develop scientific research and human capacity to extend its economy beyond hydrocarbon resources. But to implement its vision, Qatar is working at even lower levels in educational institutions.

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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.
About ALHOSN University:
ALHOSN University is a leading private university dedicated to high-quality, value-based education under the slogan “Global Knowledge with Local Vision.” The Abu Dhabi-based institution is owned and supported by the Abu Dhabi Holding Company and is fully accredited by the UAE Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research.
ALHOSN University manages accredited programs (12 undergraduate and 7 graduate) in three faculties, all of which were developed by top North American educational experts. Undergraduate academic degrees are offered as four-year programs and taught in English, except for the Arabic education component.
The University’s City Campus includes the Men’s Campus, the Women’s Campus, the Engineering Lab Building, the Library Building, and the Lectures Building, all located at the heart of Abu Dhabi. A main campus with world-class, state-of-the-art facilities will soon be constructed. ALHOSN is open to students from all nationalities.

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

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

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