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Sharjah Art Foundation announces details of the second Sharjah Biennial 13

posted on 26/04/2017

The Sharjah Art Foundation has announced the details of the second Sharjah Biennial 13: Tamawuj, SB13. Taking place in various locations across Istanbul, 'Bahar', or Spring, is the second of four SB13 off-site projects centred around the keywords water, crops, earth and culinary.

SB13 curator Christine Tohme has invited Zeynep Oz to be the interlocutor who researches and dialogues with the keyword ‘crops'. Oz has conceived and organised a programme of commissioned exhibitions and performances to be presented from 13th May to 10th June 2017, which coincide with Turkey's Hidirellez festival, a celebration of the arrival of spring and revival of nature.

Oz's intervention follows the life cycle of seeds, exploring questions of dormancy and latency as well as states of pauses in our lives and sleep, and connects this cycle to a wider examination of the psychological, institutional and cultural. Seed dormancy, when seeds remain inert due to unsuitable germination conditions, is defined as arrested growth, a temporary halt, a state of rest and a period of waiting. A vital mechanism for enhancing the probability of survival, dormancy ensures the temporal and spatial dispersal of seeds as they wait for their turn to awake.

Inspired by the crucial significance of timing in the processes of seed dormancy, Bahar explores the suspension of activity and the different stages and implications of sleep. The question of whether seeds will remain dormant or people inactive, or whether a source of energy will spur growth or awaken the development process is critical.

Taking place from January 2016 to January 2018, Sharjah Biennial 13: Tamawuj encompasses exhibitions, projects and educational programmes in five locations, expanding the biennial structure across space and time. Curated by Christine Tohme, tamawuj is an Arabic word that suggests the rising and falling of waves, a flowing, swelling, surging or fluctuation, or a wavy, undulating appearance, outline or form.

Tamawuj also seeks to mobilise ongoing conversations. Four interlocutors in as many cities organise projects around keywords that are integral to SB13's conceptual framework. Kader Attia investigated water in Dakar in January 2017, Zeynep Oz considers crops in Istanbul on 13th May, Lara Khaldi will study earth in Ramallah on 10th August, and Ashkal Alwan is to reflect on the culinary in Beirut on 15th October 2017.


Dubai Tourism champions vocational education with the launch of Dubai College Of Tourism

posted on 26/04/2017

Dubai's Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, also known as Dubai Tourism, has announced the launch of the Dubai College of Tourism, DCT, an institution dedicated to training the next generation of tourism professionals and providing school leavers with an alternative option for further education, that bridges the gap between in-house training and a full bachelor's degree. The Government backed vocational college will be accepting its first batch of students in September 2017.

DCT's mandate is to educate and empower future leaders, entrepreneurs and employees of Dubai's expanding tourism industry, ensuring a steady pipeline of highly trained hospitality professionals for the city.

The opening of the institution is in line with Dubai Tourism's strategy, that aims to welcome 20 million visitors to the city by 2020. In addition, the college will also serve as the base to develop and roll out training and industry on-boarding programmes that encourage young UAE Nationals to be part of the city's evolving tourism sector.

DCT's focus on vocational led education addresses the need to increase the number of technical education options across the emirate, to help students specialise in a particular trade.

The college's practical and flexible vocational courses are focused around five core faculties, tourism, events, hospitality, retail and culinary arts, and have been designed to help young people learn various trade and soft skills from established professionals in the industry.

The educational programmes will be accredited by Dubai's Knowledge and Human Development Authority, KHDA, and DCT has also partnered with Australian vocational educational experts TAFE SA, whose advisors will be providing curriculum development support and teacher training expertise.

Essa bin Hadher, General Manager of DCT, said, "Developing a knowledgeable and well-rounded hospitality workforce that delivers exceptional customer service is key to Dubai's rapidly expanding tourism industry. Supported by the Government, Dubai College of Tourism is dedicated to delivering ‘best-in-class' vocational educational programmes that will develop key skills, provide practical on-the-job experience and ensure we meet the needs of both learners and employers."

"The college's strong relationships with industry stakeholders, many of whom are members of our Advisory Board, will mean that we are best positioned to help our students find jobs after they have completed their training. We will nurture and hone the talent of Dubai's young people, both expat and Emirati, who want to study, work and succeed in the city they have grown up in and call home," he added.

DCT will be welcoming its first intake of students in the college's ‘Introduction to the Tourism Industry' programme in September 2017. Individual and in-depth certificate and diploma courses for each faculty will be introduced from January 2018 onwards.

DCT is now accepting applications for the September 2017 ‘Introduction to the Tourism Industry' programme via the college's website.


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