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UAE hosts highest number of International Branch Campuses worldwide

Posted on 13/05/2012

A report released by the Observatory's Global Forum 2012 showed that the UAE hosts the highest number of International Branch Campuses (IBCs) of universities worldwide. The report also showed that the country's 37 IBCs make up a world share of 19per cent. The Forum held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from 24-26 April, built its discussion around its report titled 'International Branch Campuses: Data and Developments' released in January 2012. The event featured plenary presentations, seminars and ...  >>MORE

UAE University improves ranking among world's top 500 colleges

Posted on 13/05/2012

UAE University, the country's first national university, has improved its standing among the world's top 500 universities, a new report shows. The UAEU, which has nine faculties and 12,500 students enrolled in the fall 2011/2012 programme, has improved its global ranking from 378 last year to 338 this year in the QS Top 500 Universities listing this year. A research-based university, UAEU provides research solutions to support the UAE and, through its global partners, the wider world. The ...  >>MORE

Schools to swap books for iPads

Posted on 10/05/2012

Where students once carried laptops and stacks of books, they will now need only one slim tablet, announced the Institute of Applied Technology (IAT) on the closing day of the Transforming Education Summit (TES), hosted by Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) under the patronage of General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and Chairman of ADEC. "IAT has completed making all arrangements for the academic year 2012-2013 ...  >>MORE

UAE students design strongest bridges

Posted on 09/05/2012

First-year College of Engineering students at American University of Sharjah (AUS) put their skills to the test to build the strongest possible bridge out of dried spaghetti as part of a class project competition, said a press statement on Tuesday. The Seventh NGN 110 Competition saw over 175 freshman students, randomly divided into 35 groups of up to five students each, compete to build a bridge using spaghetti, sticks and glue. The bridges were to be no more than 250 grams and 35 ...  >>MORE

Teachers must be better quality, better pay

Posted on 09/05/2012

The quality of teaching staff and better pay are key to ensuring educational excellence for children, international education experts said in the capital yesterday. While this drive to improve the skills of teachers in public schools has been undertaken by the Abu Dhabi Education Council (Adec) over the last three years, a review of teaching standards in private schools is also currently being conducted in the capital, Dr Mugheer Al Khaili, Adec's director general, told Gulf News. "The ...  >>MORE

Zayed University's new archaeology courses prepare students for careers

Posted on 06/05/2012

Emirati students now have an opportunity to learn about their heritage by sifting through ancient pottery on new field archaeology courses now on offer at Zayed University. The archaeological methods and knowledge are being offered at the university's Department of Archaeology. The course aims to provide insight into pottery study methodologies as well as help students discover and understand the rich heritage of the UAE. "Pottery is essential for archaeology, as it helps students analyse ...  >>MORE

Ideas take wing as students compete to build drones

Posted on 29/04/2012

Emirati engineering students gained practical experience at a different level last week while testing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) they built on their own during a nationwide Higher Colleges of Technology competition. Male and female students divided into nine teams from across 17 campuses applied their mathematical and scientific knowledge to build and fly their creations. "This is an engineering design project where students design, build, test and pilot remote-controlled UAVs," said ...  >>MORE

UAE to be a 'centre of excellence' for Arabic language

Posted on 24/04/2012

His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, on Monday announced an integrated strategy to establish the UAE as a global 'centre of excellence' for Arabic language. The announcement was made at the opening session of the first Mohammad Bin Rashid Policies Council, a new channel of communications with the community and a platform for creative and innovative ideas. Underlining the 2,000-year heritage of Arabic, Sheikh ...  >>MORE

New York University Abu Dhabi opens region's first Neuroscience of Language Research Laboratory

Posted on 24/04/2012

New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) yesterday opened its Neuroscience of Language Laboratory, featuring a state-of-the-art Magneto-encephalography (MEG) machine that will enable researchers to better understand the type of brain activity associated with various cognitive processes. The laboratory aims to advance scientific knowledge on how humans neurologically process language - from the basic level of constructing words from their root forms, to the more complex task of composing ...  >>MORE

Education Ministry unifies academic calendar of public and private schools

Posted on 16/04/2012

In order to coordinate the school working days, summer and winter holidays as well as semesters followed by institutions of higher education during next academic year, the Ministry of Education has issued an ordinance unifying the academic calendar of the public and private schools for 2012/2013. The decision taken jointly with the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, will also unify the school calendar with the semesters and holidays of universities and colleges across the ...  >>MORE

Mohammed bin Rashid launches new education initiative

Posted on 11/04/2012

Vice-President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum stressed yesterday that the basic development of education is an essential part of Vision 2021 and is a national necessity for sustainable development as the road towards a better future for the UAE begins from the school. He asserted that the government will continue to move forward on the same principle the UAE followed during the last forty years proving its success. It is the ...  >>MORE

UAEU launches cloud computing system in effort to create ‘paperless’ campus

Posted on 09/04/2012

The United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) has successfully deployed the first cloud computing system, an Arrive Systems green technology by Visionaire, Dubai's homegrown ICT and Intelligent Building Management Company. The new system architecture at UAEU is the first integrated educational system of its size in the region, equipping the campus with a reliable cloud network that promotes educational standardisation, unified communications and green technology. In a bid to keep pace with ...  >>MORE

Sultan lauds university’s achievements

Posted on 08/04/2012

His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohamed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Sharjah Ruler and Chairman of the University of Sharjah lauded the feats achieved by the University of Sharjah throughout the past 15 years by cooperation of all its staffs and administrations, as well as the students and graduates. This came during his attendance of the ceremony of the 2nd Alumni Association of the university which was held on Saturday evening at the headquarter of the university. - Emirates ...  >>MORE

Paris-Sorbonne Abu Dhabi academics present new Atlas on the Gulf Region

Posted on 29/03/2012

Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi announces the unveiling of the Atlas of the Gulf Countries through a lecture entitled The Arab Gulf Behind the Stereotypes, on Sunday, 1 April 2012, 5pm at the (ADIBF2012) Abu Dhabi International Book Fair "discussion sofa". The authors, Prof. Philippe Cadene, Professor of Geography, and Dr. Brigitte Dumortier, Head of the Department of Geography and Planning, both faculty members of Sorbonne Abu Dhabi will be present and speaking at this occasion. ...  >>MORE

NASA to train UAE students next week

Posted on 28/03/2012

Thirty five UAE's students from different high schools are joining, next week for the first time, an intensive training program in Aerospace Engineering at Houston School, Lead Aerospace Engineer at NASA - Johnson Space Centre in the United States. In a statement to Emirates News Agency (WAM), Hussain Al Ansari, CEO of Space Ed-Ventures and Vice President at Arab Youth Venture Foundation said that all the necessary arrangements have been completed for the Emirati students to join Houston ...  >>MORE

Zayed University to establish an outstanding Institute of Arabic language

Posted on 28/03/2012

Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research and President of Zayed University, said that the achievements of the University since its establishment are abundant and growing, emphasising on the University's ambitious, promising and active participation in the process of comprehensive development in the country. He pointed out that Zayed University is looking forward to a successful future, God willing, stressing the need to exert effort, and provide ...  >>MORE

Academic is first Emirati on US leadership scheme

Posted on 26/03/2012

An academic from Ras Al Khaimah was yesterday named the first Emirati to be sent to the United States on a fast-track university leadership course. Dr Ali Al Mansouri said it was a "privilege" - but added that he was only too aware of the weight of responsibility on him. At just 35, he is already associate director of the Higher Colleges of Technology in RAK, and heads the Emiratisation programme. All three federal universities - HCT, Zayed University and UAE University - have signed a ...  >>MORE

Nahyan bin Mubarak: Women can lead other people toward worthy goals

Posted on 25/03/2012

Sheikh Nahyan Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Chancellor of the Higher Colleges, delivered the keynote address at the last day of Insight Dubai International Conference 2012, hosted and organised by Dubai Women's College (DWC). Sheikh Nahyan addressed a diverse audience of 130 students from 30 countries along with Dr. Tayeb Kamali, Vice Chancellor of the Higher Colleges of Technology Dr. Howard Reed, Director of DWC and other distinguished ...  >>MORE

In an interview with US magazine: Nahyan bin Mubarak hails UAE's attention to higher education

Posted on 11/03/2012

Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan has stressed that the UAE's wise policy, the pillars of which were laid down by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and are sustained by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, as well as the country's prudent governance in its pursuit of higher education have yielded important gains which are reflected in the distinguished position the country has carved among the nations. In ...  >>MORE

Nahyan bin Mubarak opens UAE's first Confucius Institute at Zayed University

Posted on 08/03/2012

Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, President of the Zayed University Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan officially opened today the Confucius Institute for Chinese Language at the Zayed Campus in Khalifa City in Abu Dhabi. A number of Sheikhs, diplomats and Chinese dignitaries joined the students and faculty members at the opening ceremony. The institute, named after the great Chinese philosopher, is the latest to come to the UAE. The institute promoted by Hanban, the ...  >>MORE

Technology, innovation to drive UAE education

Posted on 01/03/2012

The UAE has a unique opportunity to take advantage of advances in technology to further its educational goals, Minister of Education Humaid Mohammed Al Qattami told delegates at the fifth annual Global Education Forum (GEF) in Dubai. The forum gathers together leading global experts in education to discuss the core theme: "Teaching and Learning in the Era of Knowledge and Technology.” In his opening keynote address, delivered to a packed auditorium at the Dubai World Trade Centre, the ...  >>MORE

UAE education initiative: Textbooks online

Posted on 29/02/2012

Setting the trend of digital learning in the country, the Ministry of Education (MoE) on Tuesday unveiled a new smart application on Apple's app store during the 5th GESS exhibition. The app, which will be available soon on both iPhone and iPad, will have all the books that are part of MoE curriculum schools from Grade One to Grade Ten. The books that are downloaded can be accessed any time to study, with various smart functions aiding students. "We have designed the app keeping in mind ...  >>MORE

First Minister of Scotland meets with UAE students from Dundee's Al-Maktoum College

Posted on 27/02/2012

The First Minister of Scotland, The Right Honourable Alex Salmond, met with students from Dundee's Al-Maktoum College at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh, and spoke about the ever strengthening relationship between Scotland and the UAE in the education sector. The First Minister said: "Today's meeting has built upon the discussions I had with H. H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, patron of the Al-Maktoum College, and Mirza Al Sayegh, Chairman of the College Board of Directors, during ...  >>MORE

Nahyan bin Mubarak: Care for human wealth is the secret of UAE's success

Posted on 26/02/2012

Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan said that the secret of UAE's success is its attention to education and the development of the human element, providing equal opportunity to every citizen in the country. In an interview on Friday with the Russian television 'TV Centre', one of the three national satellite channels of the Russian Federation, Sheikh Nahyan told the TV reporter Lionid M, who is touring the country at the invitation of the ...  >>MORE

Zayed University contributing to Abu Dhabi's arts and culture

Posted on 26/02/2012

Now in its fourteenth year, Zayed University is in a period of self-study, reflection and transformation. Its recently completed Dh3.7 billion campus in Abu Dhabi has provided the impetus for the institution to move forward in new directions. "A year-and-a-half ago Sheikh Nahyan [Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research and president of Zayed University] asked us to think about what the next decade should be about," said ZU provost Dr Larry Wilson. He ...  >>MORE

Nahyan opens new learning facilities at Al Ain HCT

Posted on 14/02/2012

Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research and Chancellor of Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT), opened yesterday the model teaching hall and new library at the pedagogy department as part of expansions in Al Ain HCT. The teaching facility was fitted with the most advanced teaching methods and a collection of children toys to train female students on how to teach pre-school children in a school-like environment. The new library houses about ...  >>MORE

ADWC launches mobile app for students

Posted on 19/01/2012

The Higher Colleges of Technology's Abu Dhabi Women's College announced the launch of its Mufakkiraty (My Mobile Organiser) mobile organising application for students. This application is the first of many planned mobile technological advances to streamline communications, both inside and outside of the college. ADWC strives to utilise cutting-edge technology to enhance the student learning experience. In the spirit of this, this application was developed for iOS devices and allows students ...  >>MORE

ALHOSN University enters a new year

Posted on 09/01/2012

ALHOSN University, an Abu Dhabi–based private educational institution dedicated to ‘global knowledge with a local vision,' entered a new year in its march to progress inspired by its achievements in 2011 that included a string of key partnerships, various awards and impressive contributions to society. ALHOSN's software engineering students did themselves and their school proud by winning the 6th Mobile Application Contest (MAC) for their SAWACAE Mobile Software Application for Water ...  >>MORE

Knowledge Without Borders Project launched on first day of back to school

Posted on 09/01/2012

Knowledge Without Borders is planning to provide a library of Arabic books to 22,000- 24,000 families in the emirate of Sharjah over the course of this year. The move comes in line with the intensive concern of the organising committee of knowledge without borders to spread its main goal which is to encourage parents and children to spend more time reading and, with this aim in mind. Knowledge without Borders aims to further cement Sharjah's reputation as the Cultural Capital, through ...  >>MORE

311,791 students in Abu Dhabi are back to school, says ADEC

Posted on 08/01/2012

The 2nd school trimester begins next Sunday for 311,791 students and 31,097 staff members across public and private schools in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, the Abu Dhabi Education Council, or ADEC, said in a press release. Schools have already finalised all necessary preparations including the availability of new textbooks to receive students. Mohammed Salem Al Dhaheri, ADEC's Executive Director of School Operations said that schools are ready to start the 2nd trimester following the end of ...  >>MORE

ADEC opens five new schools at beginning of Trimester 2

Posted on 03/01/2012

Five new schools will open at the beginning of the 2nd trimester, which is due to start on January 8th 2012, the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) announced yesterday. The new schools are located in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Al Khatem, Al Towayya and Al Khazna. The first two Cycle one (C1) mixed-gender schools embodying the 3rd model of future schools is due to open at the beginning of the academic school year 2012/2013 by the ADEC. One school is located in Khalifa City "A" and the other in ...  >>MORE

Nahyan Mubarak Al Nahyan signs agreement with ATCUAE and University of Ulster

Posted on 28/12/2011

Minister of higher education and scientific research Sheikh Nahayan Mubarak Al Nahayan signed a memorandum of understanding considered to be the first of its kind in the country with ATCUAE and university of Ulster on Monday. The agreement will allow college students to obtain certificates, higher diplomas, masters and PhD's in sports management. This step goes in parallel with the UAE vision to further enhance scientific research and the development of UAE nationals in all aspects of ...  >>MORE

HCT garden plants seeds of knowledge

Posted on 19/12/2011

Until recently, Noof Al Zayoudi had never contemplated getting her hands dirty with gardening. "My grandfather has a farm but I didn't know anything about farming," said Noof, 19, a student at the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) in Fujairah. That changed with her introduction to the college's greenhouse, where she joined a group of female first and second-year English-language students in growing organic herbs, flowers and vegetables. "Now I have my own vegetables to take care of," ...  >>MORE

Former U.S President Bill Clinton opens GEMS American Academy Abu Dhabi

Posted on 14/12/2011

President Bill Clinton, the 42nd President of the United States, on Tuesday opened GEMS American Academy - Abu Dhabi, in presence of Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research and Humaid Mohammed Al Khathami, UAE Minister of Education. On this occasion, President Clinton said, "I often think that the education of even one child who otherwise would not have the opportunity to get a world class education, may be worth to the future of the ...  >>MORE

Nahyan, University of Dublin sign agreement

Posted on 16/11/2011

Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, President of Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) signed on yesterday during inauguration of festival of thinkers, an agreement with Professor Brian MacCraith, President of University of Dublin. According to the agreement, the two parties will explore future opportunities to organise the festival of thinkers in Europe. HCT will provide assistance to University of Dublin in all the organisational aspects ...  >>MORE

Representative of UNESCO in Islamabad hails donation of UAE President to implement projects in Pakistan

Posted on 30/10/2011

Islamabad - Abdullah Khalifa Al Ghafli, Director of UAE Assistance Project to Pakistan, has stressed that the UAE under leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has been keen to support the education sector at all levels in Pakistan. He said, by doing so the UAE seeks to provide appropriate education environment to the students in Pakistan to keep pace with the advanced education system. Al Ghafli added the UAE focuses on upgrading the basic education worldwide ...  >>MORE

UAE is committed to have high quality, content educational system: UAE tells UNESCO

Posted on 30/10/2011

Paris - The UAE is committed to have a high quality and content education system that is responsive to modern technology and whose output caters for local labour market demands and helps build knowledge-based community. UAE Minister of Education Humaid Mohammed Obaid Al Qattami outlined in his address before the 36th session of UNESCO's General Conference here how the UAE - since its establishment in 2 December 1971 - had resolved to turn the impossible into possible, the possible into ...  >>MORE

Mohammed bin Zayed tours Zayed University's new campus in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 27/10/2011

General His Highness Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, yesterday visited the new Zayed University Campus in Abu Dhabi's Khalifa City B. Sheikh Mohammad, who was accompanied by Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minster of Higher Education and Scientific Research '&' President of Zayed University, was greeted by Dr Sulaiman Musa Al Jassem, Vice President of the University and a number of officials. Sheikh ...  >>MORE

UAE to address UNESCO general conference in Paris

Posted on 25/10/2011

Humaid Mohammed Obaid Al Qattami, Minister of Education, will lead the UAE's delegation to the UNESCO's 36th General Conference will be convened from 25 October to 10 November in Paris. He will deliver the UAE address before thousands of educators and academic and cultural personalities. In pre-departure statement, the minister said the UAE had made significant achievements towards attaining objectives stated by the Dakar Declaration 2000-2015. The six international goals are : ...  >>MORE

UAE seeks internationally accredited colleges, says Nahyan bin Mubarak

Posted on 24/10/2011

Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research said here yesterday that the UAE plans to get international accreditation for its universities and colleges. He added that this can be achieved through upgrading academic and research standard, and exchanging expertise with other universities and colleges worldwide. Sheikh Nahyan was addressing the World Business Leaders' Conference, organised by The Business School for the World (INSEAD) in cooperation ...  >>MORE

WHO to collaborate with UAE University department

Posted on 10/10/2011

Advanced nutritional research will be conducted by the UAE University's Department of Nutrition and Health after the World Health Organisation (WHO) named the department as its collaborating centre in the region, the university has announced. The department, which is a part of the university's Faculty of Food and Agriculture, will also facilitate the WHO in training and outreach programmes. The collaboration centre, first of its kind in the Gulf, will deal with issues related to health and ...  >>MORE

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UAE hosts highest number of International Branch Campuses worldwide


UAE University improves ranking among world's top 500 colleges


Schools to swap books for iPads


UAE students design strongest bridges


Teachers must be better quality, better pay


Zayed University's new archaeology courses prepare students for careers


Ideas take wing as students compete to build drones


UAE to be a 'centre of excellence' for Arabic language


New York University Abu Dhabi opens region's first Neuroscience of Language Research Laboratory


Education Ministry unifies academic calendar of public and private schools


Mohammed bin Rashid launches new education initiative


UAEU launches cloud computing system in effort to create ‘paperless’ campus


Sultan lauds university’s achievements


Paris-Sorbonne Abu Dhabi academics present new Atlas on the Gulf Region


NASA to train UAE students next week


Zayed University to establish an outstanding Institute of Arabic language


Academic is first Emirati on US leadership scheme


Nahyan bin Mubarak: Women can lead other people toward worthy goals


In an interview with US magazine: Nahyan bin Mubarak hails UAE's attention to higher education


Nahyan bin Mubarak opens UAE's first Confucius Institute at Zayed University


Technology, innovation to drive UAE education


UAE education initiative: Textbooks online


First Minister of Scotland meets with UAE students from Dundee's Al-Maktoum College


Nahyan bin Mubarak: Care for human wealth is the secret of UAE's success


Zayed University contributing to Abu Dhabi's arts and culture


Nahyan opens new learning facilities at Al Ain HCT


ADWC launches mobile app for students


ALHOSN University enters a new year


Knowledge Without Borders Project launched on first day of back to school


311,791 students in Abu Dhabi are back to school, says ADEC


ADEC opens five new schools at beginning of Trimester 2


Nahyan Mubarak Al Nahyan signs agreement with ATCUAE and University of Ulster


HCT garden plants seeds of knowledge


Former U.S President Bill Clinton opens GEMS American Academy Abu Dhabi


Nahyan, University of Dublin sign agreement


Representative of UNESCO in Islamabad hails donation of UAE President to implement projects in Pakistan


UAE is committed to have high quality, content educational system: UAE tells UNESCO


Mohammed bin Zayed tours Zayed University's new campus in Abu Dhabi


UAE to address UNESCO general conference in Paris


UAE seeks internationally accredited colleges, says Nahyan bin Mubarak


WHO to collaborate with UAE University department