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UAE launches a knowledge revolution

Posted on 03/10/2012

Public schools across the UAE are to put in place advanced electronic infrastructure complete with fourth-generation, high-speed networks in a concerted effort to strengthen the overall standard of learning and complement standard curriculums. The use of the latest technology in education was the dominant theme at the third annual conference of the Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) titled ‘Information Technology and the Future of Education in the UAE.' The ultimate ...  >>MORE

Fulbright Academy meet held in Capital

Posted on 02/10/2012

The seventh annual conference of Fulbright Academy of Science and Technology was opened by Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research in Abu Dhabi on September 30. The conference took place for the first time in the UAE and was held in partnership with Higher Colleges of Technologies. The focuses were on sustainable cities and sustainable development. "We are pleased to host the seventh annual international conference of the Fulbright Academy of ...  >>MORE

Sultan orders commencement of AUS projects

Posted on 02/10/2012

Supreme Council Member, Ruler of Sharjah and President of American University of Sharjah (AUS) His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi approved several projects for AUS including four multi-storeyed car parks, a sports pavilion, a six-lane Olympic running track and all the necessary facilities for the sports teams and administration. Sheikh Sultan instructed on Monday the immediate start of several AUS development projects, as part of the university's efforts to meet increasing ...  >>MORE

Broader range of PhD areas offered to KU students

Posted on 01/10/2012

Five new specialisations under the PhD in engineering programme have been approved by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Khalifa University announced on Saturday. The new PhD specialisations comprise mechanical, aerospace, nuclear, biomedical engineering and robotics. More than 1,220 students are currently enrolled at Khalifa University (KU), with more than 80 per cent of its students being Emirati. KU has a total of 22 PhD students, with expectations to increase this ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi University awarded 'Inspirational Company' of the Bizz Awards 2012

Posted on 27/09/2012

Abu Dhabi University has recently been awarded the recognition of "Inspirational Company" at the Bizz Awards 2012. Organised by the World Confederation of Businesses (WORLDCOB), the prestigious Bizz award recognises companies and organisations for innovation, business excellence and outstanding management performance, making Abu Dhabi University the only higher education institution to ever receive the Bizz award in the Middle East region. The announcement was made during a ceremony held in ...  >>MORE

UAE to launch global consulting firm to provide services to education sector: Nahyan

Posted on 25/09/2012

The UAE is planning to establish an international firm to offer consultancy services to the education sector in the country and beyond, Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, unveiled yesterday. Speaking at the scientific forum on Ipad applications in e-learning in attendance of Vice President of Education - Apple, John Couch, Sheikh Nahyan said the consulting house will represent Zayed University and Higher Colleges of Technology and will be ...  >>MORE

UAE Vice President launches "Mohammed bin Rashid Initiative for Smart Learning"

Posted on 24/09/2012

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, has launched the"Mohammed bin Rashid Initiative for Smart Learning" within the country's higher education sector. Also present were H.H. Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs and Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher ...  >>MORE

ZU Early Childhood Learning Centre to open next February

Posted on 17/09/2012

A new early learning centre will be open by Zayed University (ZU) next February in Khalifa City, Abu Dhabi, to serve for toddlers with course in both Arabic and English. The Early Childhood Learning Centre (ECLC) will seek excellence in the care and education of young children between 6 months and 4 years with full-time highly experienced teaching staff and caretakers. A special environment supportive of language development, cognitive social-emotional growth, motor and skills and innovation ...  >>MORE

NYU Abu Dhabi welcomes 151 students from 66 Countries

Posted on 11/09/2012

NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) has welcomed 151 of the world's most talented students from 66 countries around the globe to the University's undergraduate programme as its Class of 2016. In total, 208 students were admitted from 15,520 applicants, making it one of the most selective higher education programmes in the world. (An additional three students admitted to the Class of ‘16 will begin their studies in the fall of 2013.) The Class of 2016 student body saw a significant increase of UAE ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Police distribute school bags

Posted on 11/09/2012

Abu Dhabi Police have distributed school bags to students from needy families in 50 schools. The bags were distributed as part of Abu Dhabi Police's "back to school” campaign organised by the Department of Social Support at Abu Dhabi Police. The department visited 50 schools in the emirate, distributed school bags, and also held lectures for students on how to prepare for the new school year. – Emirates News Agency, WAM ...  >>MORE

Education basis for progress: Vice President

Posted on 10/09/2012

Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum visited on Sunday morning a number of schools in the emirates of Umm Al Qaiwain and Ajman. The visit marks the keenness of Sheikh Mohammed to share with the students their pleasure on the commencement of the new academic year. He was accompanied during the tour by Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai; Sheikh Maktoum Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al ...  >>MORE

GEMS Education partners with World Economic Forum

Posted on 04/09/2012

A private school has become the first company in the UAE to become a Global Growth Company ‘Partner' as part of the World Economic Forum. GEMS Education has joined 23 other ‘partner' companies worldwide which are members of the forum. GEMS Education is the only kindergarten to Grade 12 private education provider in the world to be a member of the World Economic Forum. Sunny Varkey, Founder and Chairman of GEMS Education, said: "We look forward to contributing, in a meaningful way, to ...  >>MORE

Arab language panel discusses action plan

Posted on 03/09/2012

His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, received the chairman and members of the Arabic Language Charter Development Committee on Sunday at the Emirates Towers in Dubai. Last year, Sheikh Mohammad had ordered the formation of an international committee of experts to promote Arabic as the language of science and technology. During the meeting attended by Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown ...  >>MORE

Infrastructure at Abu Dhabi public schools revamped

Posted on 03/09/2012

When the 2012-2013 academic year begins on September 9, thousands of pupils will attend classes at public schools that have been refurbished or built to support advanced methods of learning, senior education officials announced in the capital yesterday. Dr Mugheer Khamis Al Khaili, director general at the Abu Dhabi Education Council (Adec), said 21 schools had been built in the previous academic year, while eight have been refurbished and facilities improved. In addition, 50 schools have been ...  >>MORE

Striking Abu Dhabi university campus has become an instant landmark

Posted on 28/08/2012

A striking and unique piece of architecture has helped to put the UAE's higher education on the world map while becoming an instant landmark. Zayed University's new Dh3.7 billion Abu Dhabi campus in Khalifa City, which opened to students in September last year, spans 80 hectares and holds a four-storey library containing half a million books, a convention centre with more than 1,000 seats and 400 seminar rooms. "It was a massive undertaking that had to be fast-tracked," says Alexander Maul, a ...  >>MORE

‘Capital’s literacy levels impressive’

Posted on 27/08/2012

Illiteracy rate in the emirate of Abu Dhabi declined from 75.12 per cent in 1971 to 12.08 per cent in 2000 and only 6 per cent in 2011, one of the lowest rates in the Arab world, where the average in 2009 was 27.3 per cent, official figures revealed. "The total number of schools in the emirate for the school year 2010/2011 year was 480 (299 government and 181 private), comprising 13,528 classrooms, 306,497 pupils, 22,218 teachers and 8,055 administrators. The number of pupils per teacher was ...  >>MORE

Sheikh Mohammed Scholars set for new way of looking at the world

Posted on 14/08/2012

The fifth batch of Sheikh Mohammed Scholars are about to embark on a life-changing experience, previous students of the programme say. Each year up to 20 students from each of the UAE's three federal universities are put through a year-long course in US politics at New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD), which includes a 10-day trip to New York. Each of the three institutions - Zayed University, the Higher Colleges of Technology and UAE University - nominate students in their third or final ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Education Council gains first place at International ESRI's GIS Competition

Posted on 09/08/2012

Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) has scored the first place at the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Competition at the International Education User Conference, San Diego, USA. The event was organised by the Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) from July 20th until the 27th 2012, and attended by more than 15,000 participants from all over the world. ADEC's winning GIS application is called "i-ADEC", a mobile application developed as an external portal not only for ADEC staff ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Education Council announces changes for ADEC Schools during school year 2012/2013

Posted on 07/08/2012

Abu Dhabi Education Council announced the changes introduced to ADEC Schools for the school year 2012/2013 to meet the needs of all regions. These changes include introducing, merging and feminizing a number of schools. Dr. Mugheer Khamis Al-Khaili, ADEC Director General issued a decree regarding changes introduced to schools. The decree stated that two new schools and three kindergartens to be introduced in Abu Dhabi, Al-Ain and Al-Gharbia. They are Abu Dhabi: A new C1 school for girls in ...  >>MORE

26% rise in admissions to federal universities

Posted on 25/07/2012

The number of Emirati students offered admission at the federal higher education institutions for 2012-2013 have increased by over a quarter from the last academic year. A total of 14,570 students were offered places this year, a 26 per cent increase from last year's 11,532. Among the three federal universities, the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) has a reduced admission of 4,160 compared to last year's 5,533. The UAE University (UAEU) and Zayed University (ZU), meanwhile, have increased ...  >>MORE

Adec branching out to other emirates

Posted on 24/07/2012

The Abu Dhabi Education Council (Adec) is venturing out of the emirate for the first time with the establishment of a new council-supervised school in Ras Al Khaimah. According to the Adec, the construction of the new school in the Athan area is in line with the directives given this year by General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and Chairman of the Adec. Construction work started in mid-June and the first ...  >>MORE

Education is the right of every child: Mohammed

Posted on 23/07/2012

Amendments will be introduced in terms of compulsory educational levels, age of compulsory learning, and mechanisms for enforcing the legislation and appropriate penalties. "Our gathering today at one of the country's prominent educational institutions is a fitting occasion to approve promulgation of such a law, which guarantees right and access of all children to proper education, preparing them for life, and qualifying them to contribute to their community, cultivate their morals and hone ...  >>MORE

Third edition of UAE Education Guide launched

Posted on 19/07/2012

The 3rd edition of the UAE Education Guide has been launched featuring a special section on work areas available for graduates in various sectors in the state. The project is a joint effort by the Ministry of Higher Education '&' Scientific Research, the Ministry of Education, Abu Dhabi Educational Council, the Ministry of Social Affairs, the National Centre for Documentation '&' Research affiliated to the Ministry of Presidential Affairs. Khadeeja Al-Shehhi, editor-in-chief of the guide told ...  >>MORE

UAE is rich of young talented professionals: IAT chief

Posted on 17/07/2012

Advanced curricula adopted by Institute of Applied Technology (IAT) prepare talented students in engineering and technology, a prominent UAE educator said yesterday. 'The UAE is rich of young talents who are capable of playing, along with other Emirati professionals, their aspired role in the fields of engineering, oil, electricity, energy, health and aviation, ' Dr. Abdullatif Alshamsi, Managing Director of IAT, told the 12th Asia-Pacific Conference on Giftedness 2012 which is being hosted by ...  >>MORE

Malaysia's First Lady hails UAE's organisation of giftedness conference

Posted on 15/07/2012

The UAE hosting of the 12th edition of the Asia Pacific Conference on Giftedness underscores its commitment to fostering talents in its community, Mrs. Datin Mansour, Malaysia First Lady, said today. She stated following the opening ceremony of the five-day world-class educational event that the UAE had been chosen as host of the event due to its remarkable achievements in areas of economy, human resources development and nurturing of gifted children. UAE is the first Arab and Middle Eastern ...  >>MORE

UAE makes extraordinary efforts to promote education : Hamdan bin Rashid

Posted on 14/07/2012

H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and UAE Minister of Finance, opened the 12th edition of the Asia Pacific Conference on Giftedness at the Dubai International Convention '&' Exhibition Center. Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for the Distinguished Academic Performance is hosting host event from July 14th to July 18th 2012. This first Conference on Giftedness set in the Arabian Gulf will cement the region s commitment to and contribution in consolidating the ...  >>MORE

Two UAE universities to start water institutes

Posted on 11/07/2012

Two universities are setting up water institutes in an attempt to tackle the UAE's growing water scarcity. In the autumn, Dr Nidal Hillal will be launching the Masdar Institute's dedicated centre which will focus on the development of clean water technology, desalination technology, waste water and water treatment technology and water reuse. "In Abu Dhabi, water consumption has always been among the highest in the world but now we know it's more than 24 times its natural recharge capacity," ...  >>MORE

More public schools to introduce technology-based learning

Posted on 03/07/2012

Following the successful implementation of a pilot project to introduce technology-based learning in public schools, education officials yesterday announced that up to nine more schools would apply the iClass initiative in the coming academic year. In efforts to facilitate iClass that uses digital devices like iPads, laptops and computers to enhance learning experiences, nearly 7,000 devices have already been distributed among public school pupils in the emirate of Abu Dhabi, said Dr Mugheer ...  >>MORE

UAE research on Sahara dust wins Qatar grant

Posted on 18/06/2012

A biological research on the nutritive contribution of Sahara dust to the microbial productivity of the Arabian Gulf marine ecosystem has won US$700,000 grant from the Qatar Foundation. This is a UAE University research project that has entered into a next phase with a focus on the role of Saharan dust. The project was started a couple of years ago by Professor Waleed Hamza from the Department of Biology at the UAEU. The first phase of the project, which was collaborated by the Max Planck ...  >>MORE

UAE needs talent of every youth, says Mohammed

Posted on 12/06/2012

Shaikh Mohammed said on his Twitter page: "The UAE needs the talents, dedicated efforts and the enthusiasm of every man and woman of our new graduates. Graduation moments are unforgettable. [I am] happy to share these moments with our graduates and wish them all the best in their careers.” Some 315 students were honoured at the graduation ceremony along with a special group of 25 aviation officers and 13 paramedics. Shaikh Mohammed also received a special plaque from Shaikh Nahyan bin ...  >>MORE

Young Emirati pioneers work toward a future without oil

Posted on 10/06/2012

It is a year since Abu Dhabi Polytechnic opened its doors to a future generation of nuclear and semiconductor technicians. The institution was created to turn its Emirati students into the expert pioneers of the industries earmarked to take Abu Dhabi beyond the age of oil. And unlike some other universities that have to deal with 20 per cent of their students dropping out in the first year alone, the college, run by the Institute of Applied Technology, has retained 90 per cent of its first ...  >>MORE

A Dh3.7bn change for the better for Zayed University

Posted on 10/06/2012

As Zayed University reaches the end of its first academic year at its new Dh3.7billion campus in Khalifa City, staff and students agree the change has been a huge improvement, although gripes about facilities and security remain. Early glitches - including a lack of road signs, and limited air conditioning and internet coverage - have largely been ironed out. The move, funded by Mubadala, was headed by Dr Tom Cochran, a veteran of the opening of the university's new campus in Dubai ...  >>MORE

Sheikh Nahyan receives honorary degree

Posted on 07/06/2012

Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research received an honorary PhD degree in Letters at NYIT-Abu Dhabi's sixth graduation ceremony. Sheikh Nahyan's honorary degree recognises his ongoing support and advancement of higher education, as well as his visionary leadership, said NYIT President Edward Guiliano, Ph.D. "Our presence here today underscores the fact that higher education is an international undertaking,” Sheikh Nahyan told graduates at ...  >>MORE

Nahyan hails UAEU’s achievement

Posted on 04/06/2012

The expansion of the UAE's educational sector is continuously increasing to attract more youth to meet the demands of the process of overall development, according to Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research. "Thanks to efforts by the President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the UAE has been able to make the educational achievements and overall development,” Sheikh Nahyan said. He also expressed appreciation of the role of ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi takes part in the first ever global study to assess higher education learning outcomes

Posted on 30/05/2012

The Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC), in coordination with the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, is taking part in the first-ever international study to assess learning outcomes for final-year undergraduate students across three universities in Abu Dhabi. The "Assessment of Higher Education Learning Outcomes" (AHELO) Feasibility Study, developed by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), is the first to directly assess higher education students ...  >>MORE

UK minister reaffirms commitment to education and training in UAE

Posted on 27/05/2012

John Hayes MP, UK Minister of State for Further Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning, visited Dubai on Wednesday to reaffirm his country's commitment to education and training standards in the UAE. Hayes visited the Dubai Police Academy which hosted an event that recognised the importance of vocational training in the UAE and celebrated five years of close working relations with leading UK vocational education organisation City & Guilds at the academy's training facility in Dubai. The ...  >>MORE

University of Dubai to get new campus

Posted on 24/05/2012

The University of Dubai (UD) unveiled plans to set up its own dedicated campus in Dubai International Academic City as part of an expansion plan. The announcement came at the university's 10th graduation ceremony hosted at the Sheikh Rashid Hall in Dubai World Trade Centre. Announcing the university's ambitious plans, Majid Al Shamsi, Chairman, UD Board of Trustees, said: "In recognition of the university's growing role, His Highness Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and ...  >>MORE

UAE Compulsory Education Law closer to reality

Posted on 22/05/2012

The ministerial committee for legislations gave approval this morning for the country's draft law of compulsory education. Compulsory education is a system under which every individual would receive education until a certain age. At meeting held under the chairmanship of the Minister of Justice Dr. Hadef Jouan Al Dhahiri, the committee gave a reading of the law after necessary amendments were introduced to the daft. The proposed law will now be presented to the competent authorities for ...  >>MORE

Sultan honours education excellence award winners

Posted on 19/05/2012

His Highness Dr Shaikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, honoured the winners of the 18th edition of the Sharjah Award for Excellence in Education at the annual award ceremony held at the University City Hall on Thursday.The Award seeks to promote quality of all elements of the educational process by recognising outstanding and excellent achievers, who strive for leadership and innovation in preparing generations that contribute to progress, ...  >>MORE

UAE students urged to embrace clean technology

Posted on 17/05/2012

Students are being encouraged by senior UAE officials to embrace ecological, sustainable technology. Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, shared the sentiment with students during a recent visit showcasing electric and solar-powered cars at the Higher College of Technology in Abu Dhabi. With the help of S.S. Lootah Group, Sheikh Nahyan launched a ‘Green Car Campaign' as part of the bid to introduce the technology behind green cars to ...  >>MORE

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

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UAE launches a knowledge revolution


Fulbright Academy meet held in Capital


Sultan orders commencement of AUS projects


Broader range of PhD areas offered to KU students


Abu Dhabi University awarded 'Inspirational Company' of the Bizz Awards 2012


UAE to launch global consulting firm to provide services to education sector: Nahyan


UAE Vice President launches "Mohammed bin Rashid Initiative for Smart Learning"


ZU Early Childhood Learning Centre to open next February


NYU Abu Dhabi welcomes 151 students from 66 Countries


Abu Dhabi Police distribute school bags


Education basis for progress: Vice President


GEMS Education partners with World Economic Forum


Arab language panel discusses action plan


Infrastructure at Abu Dhabi public schools revamped


Striking Abu Dhabi university campus has become an instant landmark


‘Capital’s literacy levels impressive’


Sheikh Mohammed Scholars set for new way of looking at the world


Abu Dhabi Education Council gains first place at International ESRI's GIS Competition


Abu Dhabi Education Council announces changes for ADEC Schools during school year 2012/2013


26% rise in admissions to federal universities


Adec branching out to other emirates


Education is the right of every child: Mohammed


Third edition of UAE Education Guide launched


UAE is rich of young talented professionals: IAT chief


Malaysia's First Lady hails UAE's organisation of giftedness conference


UAE makes extraordinary efforts to promote education : Hamdan bin Rashid


Two UAE universities to start water institutes


More public schools to introduce technology-based learning


UAE research on Sahara dust wins Qatar grant


UAE needs talent of every youth, says Mohammed


Young Emirati pioneers work toward a future without oil


A Dh3.7bn change for the better for Zayed University


Sheikh Nahyan receives honorary degree


Nahyan hails UAEU’s achievement


Abu Dhabi takes part in the first ever global study to assess higher education learning outcomes


UK minister reaffirms commitment to education and training in UAE


University of Dubai to get new campus


UAE Compulsory Education Law closer to reality


Sultan honours education excellence award winners


UAE students urged to embrace clean technology


UAE hosts highest number of International Branch Campuses worldwide