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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

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

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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


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