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Engineering Dubai

Ruth Harron 02/09/2017 0

Engineering Dubai


Engineering Dubai

BITS Pilani Dubai Campus holds convocation ceremony for 382 students

Source: Graduates awarded engineering degrees


Hundreds of students were recently awarded engineering degrees by BITS Pilani university in Dubai.

The convocation ceremony for 382 students of the 14th batch was held in the Dubai campus in Dubai International Academic City. The chief guest for the occasion was Navdeep Suri, India’s ambassador to the UAE.

The degrees included PhD, Higher Degree and First Degree in various engineering fields, such as chemical engineering, electrical and electronics, mechanical engineering, and computer science.

Suri congratulated the graduates and highlighted UAE-India trade relations, while also motivating the graduates to consider joining the Indian Foreign Service to contribute towards developing India’s foreign policy.

Dr Kumar Birla, chancellor of BITS Pilani, said in his remote address that youngsters are increasingly thinking afresh and becoming innovative disruptors. Professor Dr R.N. Saha, director BITS Pilani, Dubai Campus, revealed the growth plan for expanding programme offerings, research and community outreach, faculty development and student placement.

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Two UAE universities among top 10 in Arab world

Ruth Harron 30/08/2017

UAE Universities

UAE Universities

Dubai: Two universities in the UAE were listed among top 10 universities in the Arab world.

According to the list issued by Quacquarelli Symonds, UAE University is the top university in the country and is the sixth best university in the Arab world and American University of Sharjah is ranked seventh. Saudi Arabia’s King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals is ranked first on the Quacquarelli Symonds’ list, American University of Beirut is second, and Saudi Arabia’s King Saud University third.

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdul Aziz University and the American University in Cairo were ranked fourth and fifth, respectively. University of Jordan was eighth, Qatar University was ninth and Cairo University was 10th.

It is worth noting that a total of 10 Emirati universities featured among top 50 list of universities in the Arab world. University of Sharjah, which was ranked 21 in the 2015 list, moved up to rank 19 in 2016, while Zayed University rose from rank 22 in 2015 to 20 in 2016. The biggest leap in rankings for an Emirati university was achieved by the Ajman University of Science and Technology, which was ranked at 64 in 2015 and is now ranked 44.


King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals ranked first in Quacquarelli Symonds list

Source: Two UAE universities among top 10 in Arab world

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Girl power to tackle Cyber bullying in UAE

Ruth Harron 28/08/2017 0

Cyber Bullying

Cyber Bullying


UAE’ s youngest inventor talks about her experience of being cyber bullied and role of social media influencers

Source: Girl power to tackle cyber bullying in UAE


Dubai: The topic of cyber bullying was highlighted in a discussion that gathered 65 high school girls who shared their stories and experiences during a session at the annual Girl Power Tech event at Cisco’s headquarters on Thursday.

Emirati guest speaker Azza Al Mughairy, a former radio host, TV reporter and current social media influencer, led the discussion on cyber bulling, sharing her distressing experience on social media last year.

“It started over a year ago when I decided to go public with my account and made it a platform to discuss different women’s issues — and this is why I am now focusing on giving talks on women empowerment on different platforms,” Al Mughairy told Gulf News.

After receiving thousands of messages, many of which included negative or hate comments, Al Mughairy, now 30 years old, said the turning point was her decision to take a stand online.

“I discuss many topics affecting women in society on my Instagram account and telling myself that I am here to send out a message helped me overcome this problem. I proved myself on social media and let everyone know that I am there for a good reason, but I also made the choice to not let these comments break me. Now these thousands of messages a month have dwindled to just three or four,” she explained.


Leading an interactive talk with students aged 13-15 years from several Dubai schools, Al Mughairy listened to the girls recall their cyber bullying experiences and presented them with suggestions on how to overcome the world-wide issue on an individual level. “The new generation is very attached to social media and technology on the whole, and it’s important to educate them on the negative side of social media and the effect it can have on a person,” said Al Mughairy.

While she encourages girls to express their feelings and opinions honestly online, they must keep in mind the “value of a word and the way they can use their words”, she said.

Also attending the talk was 15-year-old Emirati Fatima Al Kaabi, known as the UAE’s youngest inventor. The recipient of the UAE Pioneers Award and first-place winner of the UAE Robotics Olympics, Al Kaabi was among the students who shared they experiences of cyber bullying.

After deciding to open a new account on social media as “the inventor,” Fatima was hoping to mark her inventions with the aim of inspiring other children in the country.

“I started posting images of the events I go to, inventions I am working on and the books I like to read, and at first, all the comments were positive, but after I started gaining a following, things changed,” said Al Kaabi.

Soon after appearing as a guest at the World Government Forum in 2016, Fatima received many negative messages, images, and posts about a statement she made that was hugely misunderstood.

“I was the happiest girl on that day to be speaking on a stage I have dreamt of for years. I made a statement saying ‘girls my age used to play with Barbies while I used to play with screwdrivers, and now at the age of 15, girls carry make-up in their bags but I carry screws and screwdrivers’,” said Al Kaabi.

Referring to her early interest in robotics, Al Kaabi was surprised to see her words twisted and misunderstood by many online users who took the opportunity to cyber bully one of the country’s smartest kids.

“People started judging me, saying I offended girls who like make-up, without bothering to read up about me or what I do,” Al Kaabi told Gulf News.

Deciding to ignore the comments and move on, she often told herself that she is “the one doing what she wants to do, while others are hiding behind the screen making fun of people”.

During the Girls Power Tech event, Al Kaabi explained her inventions to students in eight different countries via live video — including students in Italy, South Africa, Nigeria and Portugal.

Today, Al Kaabi has a total of 12 inventions, of which two were displayed during Innovation Week last year. Among her inventions is a Braille printer, a collection solar-panelled bags, and her latest work on a smart wheel that prevents drivers from being distracted and using their phones on the road.

“If you ask a mother, which of your children is your favourite, she would say I can’t choose. I say the same thing about my inventions,” said Al Kaabi.

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20 Secrets of Kindergarten Teachers

Ruth Harron 28/08/2017 0

Kindergarten in Dubai Abu Dhabi UAE

In Kindergarten: How come they listen to you and not me?

That’s a question kindergarten teachers get from exasperated parents all the time.

The truth is, when it comes to managing behaviour, teachers have some pretty big advantages over moms and dads: years of education and experience; the power of peer pressure (which explains why your kid refuses to put away his Lego at home but stands obediently in line with his classmates at school); and the fact that your kid’s teacher simply isn’t you, so he’s way less inclined to push the boundaries and buttons that come with familiarity.

Still, that doesn’t mean many kindergarten teachers’ strategies won’t work at home. We picked the brains of some of the most outstanding teachers across Canada to uncover their secrets and learn how parents can apply them. Some may take a little work upfront, but trust us when we say the payoff is worth it.



Parent challenge #1: My kid thinks he’s the boss and doesn’t take me seriously.

Teacher tactic: Establish authority early
It’s tempting to want to be buddies with your babies. But what’s most important at this age, says Candace Sprague, a primary teacher at Dr. John C. Wickwire Academy in Liverpool, NS, is that they understand who their leader is.

Great kindergarten teachers earn the respect of their students by setting the tone early and consistently. For Sprague, that means speaking firmly and clearly, and using strong body language to communicate confidence. “I’m not harsh, but I do speak with an assertive voice,” she says. She also clearly communicates boundaries, expectations and consequences from the get-go. “Be assertive,” she says. “You are the one guiding their lives. They’re looking to you for structure.”

Teacher tactic: Get on their level
Sharon Nielson, a kindergarten teacher at Lighthouse Christian Academy in Sylvan Lake, Alta., conducts all one-on-one conversations with her students at their eye level. “I’ve wrecked my knees, but it’s where you gain children’s respect,” she says. “If that means getting lower chairs, you get lower chairs.”

Parent challenge #2: My kid won’t take responsibility (or lies!) when he messes up.

Teacher tactic: Tell your kids about your mistakes
When Nielson was a kid, she got caught stealing from a store. It’s a story she shares with her students year after year. In fact, in more than two decades of teaching, she says being relatable has been one of her best tricks of the trade. “They cannot hear enough about when an adult they like does something wrong,” she says. “And they love being the ones to teach me why it was wrong.” Sharing your childhood wrongdoings with your kids (within reason) shows that everyone makes mistakes. They won’t think less of you, but they may share more about themselves, all while learning valuable lessons from your mistakes.

Parent challenge #3: My kid throws a fit when she doesn’t get her way, and conflicts never end on a good note.

Teacher tactic: Don’t force a “sorry”
It might be tempting to insist your kid says “I’m sorry” when he snatches his older brother’s prized Pokémon card or trips over the baby after you’ve asked him not to run in the house, but Jillian Toombs, a Toronto kindergarten teacher at Morse Street Junior Public School, says that’s a mistake. “When you make kids apologize, they’re not getting the lesson behind it,” she says.

In her classroom, students go to a “talk it out” table, where they’re encouraged to get to the root of the problem on their own. With little supervision from her, they take turns airing their grievances and then work together to find a solution. Often, Toombs says, it will end in a much more authentic apology that comes from the kid and not from your request. It’s also a strategy that can be easily applied at home, say, at the kitchen table. Maybe your little guy was promised a turn with the card, but his older brother changed his mind, or perhaps he was trying to get your attention and felt ignored, hence the running.

Teacher tactic: Breathe first
When a kid is having a tantrum, self-awareness is tough. Before kids can manage conflict, says Sprague, they have to manage their bodies. She accomplishes this with a trick called the Turtle: Her students imagine tucking their heads into a shell, then they take deep breaths while “inside” to calm down and get more comfortable in their bodies. “Our main goal is to get them to stop and take a breath before reacting,” Sprague says. Another great self-regulation technique? Have your kid imagine she is breathing in flowers and then blowing out a candle.

Teacher tactic: Define THEIR emotions
A portion of Katherine McKeown’s classroom’s back wall is covered in feelings—literally. Along with her students, the Toronto kindergarten teacher at William Burgess Elementary School has created a virtual cornucopia of colour-coded “treasure words” that extend far beyond “happy,” “sad” and “mad” to terms like “furious,” “discouraged” and even “wilted.” During a conflict, McKeown has her kids point to the word they are feeling. The children also study one another’s faces and point to the word they think the other party is feeling (some teachers use mirrors so students can recognize their own feelings in their appearances). “We’re learning the skill of mindfully observing someone’s countenance,” says McKeown. Once the feeling is determined, the kids work together on a solution to get back to “happy” (or another synonym).

Teacher tactic: Eliminate tattling
They say having one child makes you a parent, while two makes you a referee. If you’re in the latter group, you’re familiar with the ins and outs of tattling. When a kid comes to Toombs with a problem, she’ll ask, “Are you telling me because somebody needs help? Or are you telling me because you want to get them in trouble?” Toombs says this type of questioning can help your kid learn that not everything needs to be brought to your attention. If nobody is being harassed or at risk of physical danger, Toombs puts the onus on her students to solve the problem. If it’s simply a matter of one kid bugging another, she says, then they have the power to ask the other kid to stop. Sometimes, for them, just knowing that is half the battle.

Teacher tactic: Create a cozy corner
Many kids appreciate a safe place where they can go to manage their emotions, says Johanne Hamel, a pre-kindergarten teacher at École Trilingue Vision in Victoriaville, Que. Her kids head to the classroom’s cozy corner “to resolve conflicts with one another and with themselves,” she says. Create a spot using a tent, a nook or an unused area. Fill it with a rug, pillows, books and some stress-management tools, like a CD player with soothing music, a rainstick or a stress ball. Then explain to your kids what this place is for (peace, not punishment) and illustrate times they might use it, such as when they’re feeling upset or tired.

Parent challenge #4: My kid tunes me out and doesn’t follow directions.

Teacher tactic: Give fair warning
Imagine you’re deeply engrossed in your favourite show only to be interrupted by your partner who demands you turn it off and immediately go to bed. You’d find that kind of behaviour pretty jarring and disrespectful, right? The same goes for kids, who, especially around this age, may feel particularly anxious or out of control when it comes to transitions.

Offering warnings when an activity is about to change is what works for Toombs. She suggests first communicating when the end of an activity will occur and then using a visual reminder, such as an hourglass timer. This way, kids can clearly see how much time is left for an activity and the end doesn’t come as a surprise.

Bettina Tioseco, principal and kindergarten teacher at Westside Montessori School in Vancouver, believes in modelling a sense of calm around transitions. “If you’re frazzled, transition times become something kids get stressed about,” she says.

Teacher tactic: Be predictable
Kids love knowing what’s coming next, says Lindsay Stuart, a kindergarten teacher at Henry Braun Elementary School in Regina.

Most kindergarten teachers use a visual calendar or schedule as an outline for their day. “One of the first things my kids do when they come in the room is look at it,” says Stuart. When they know what’s happening in their day, she says, they’re more apt to co-operate when asked to stop what they’re doing and move on to the next thing.

It’s impractical for most parents to have a calendar that lays out every single daily activity, but you could try using one to highlight the general structure of the day or help develop routines around tricky transitions, like getting out the door in the morning and getting ready for bed.

Teacher tactic: Get their attention before giving instructions
Whenever she needs her kids’ full attention, Hamel pulls out her rainstick. When she turns it, the near-immediate silence that follows—with the exception of the stick’s own soothing sound—is deafening. “At the beginning of the year, I explain that when I turn the rainstick I want them to lower their voices so I can talk to them,” she says. “They love the noise, so they stop everything and listen to it.”

McKeown uses a mix of whispering, echo songs (where kids repeat after her) and a hand-held xylophone. “They’re conditioned to leave what they’re doing the minute they hear it and go to the carpet,” she says. “I call them Pavlov’s kids.”

Teacher tactic: Keep directions simple
The most efficient way to give directions kids might actually follow is to keep them short and sweet, says Amie Caverhill, a kindergarten teacher at Nashwaaksis Memorial in Fredericton. She swears by a “first, then” strategy (“first hang up your jacket, then bring your lunch bag to the counter”). Once it’s clear they can manage two instructions, feel free to add one more to the sequence. Having them repeat the “first, then” back to you also helps.

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Official UAE school calendar 2017-2018

Ruth Harron 28/08/2017 0

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UAE school calendar

Plan your year by using our guides to upcoming public holidays in 2016 and 2017.
For winter break, students will receive a three-week holiday, and teachers two weeks. For spring break, students will have a two and a half week holiday and teachers a one and a half week holiday. Summer breaks will be the longest as usual, with students enjoying a seven-week break, with teachers receiving six weeks.

UAE calendar
UAE calendar

Plan your holidays Here is the confirmed school calendar for the next academic year

Source: Official UAE school calendar 2017-2018

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25 Best Schools in Sharjah – Top Ratings (2017 Reviews)

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Best schools in Sharjah

Source: 25 Best Schools in Sharjah – Top Ratings (2017 Reviews)


List of 25 Best Schools in Sharjah (2017)
With a population of 1.4 million (2015), Sharjah is one of the seven Emirates that comprise UAE. Sharjah combines the atmosphere of a modern, growing emirate with one of the Arab world’s most renowned cultural centers.There are 38 accredited Private Schools in Sharjah( مدارس في الشارقة ).

Despite its wealth and 21st century conveniences, Sharjah proudly bears a reputation as a guardian of Arab tradition. Known as the cultural center of the UAE and once named the UNESCO Cultural Capital of the Arab World, Sharjah is rich in museums, historical centers, exquisite mosques and souks (markets) that reflect centuries-old Arab architecture, history and customs.

More conservative than nearby Dubai, Sharjah offers a traditional Middle Eastern study abroad experience in a comfortable, academically enriching atmosphere. You can join locals in cheering on local cricket and soccer sports teams or enjoy the stunning views of the Persian Gulf along Sharjah’s many beaches, while also soaking up traditional Arab culture. Due to its reputation as an Arab cultural hub, Sharjah is also an ideal location for learning or improving your skills in the Arabic language.

Below is a comprehensive list of all private schools in Sharjah. Our team strives to offer parents the latest updates, helping you find the best school in Sharjah, including details, tuition fees, videos, photos, location map and community reviews.

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25 Best Schools in Al Ain – Top Ratings (2017 Reviews)

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Best schools in Al Ain

Source: 25 Best Schools in Al Ain – Top Ratings (2017 Reviews)


According to recent reports, the UAE continues to have the highest number of English-medium international schools (511) in the world. Just 15 years ago there were fewer than 1 million students, and now there are over 2.75 million students in the UAE.

Some facts about the UAE education system:

The public schools are government-funded
The curriculum is created to match the UAE development’s goals and values
The medium of instruction at public schools is Arabic and English as a Second Language is emphasized
There are also many top private schools which are internationally accredited
Public schools in the country are free for citizens of the UAE, while the fees for private schools vary
Education at primary and secondary levels is universal and compulsory up to the ninth grade
About 40% of pupils attend private schools
Primary and secondary education is provided for all UAE citizens
The existing educational structure, which was established in the early 1970s, is a four-tier system covering 14 years of education.
Governing bodies

The UAE Ministry of Education (MOE) is tasked with education reform, while preserving local traditions, principles and the cultural identity of the UAE. The Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) and the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC), are responsible for the growth and quality of private education in their respective emirates, Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

Age Bracket (Tiers)

4 to 5 year-olds attend kindergarten
6 to 11 year-olds attend primary school
Preparatory stage caters for children aged between 12 and 14
15 to 17 year-olds attend secondary school
Breakdown of the number of private schools per emirate:

Dubai – 169
Abu Dhabi – 265 Public Schools; 185 Tuition-based Schools
Sharjah – 47
Ajman – 9
Ras Al Khaimah – 9
Fujairah – 6
Umm Al Quwain – 3
Below is a comprehensive list of all private schools in the UAE. Our team strives to offer parents the latest updates, helping you find the best school in the UAE, including details, tuition fees, videos, photos, location map and community reviews.

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25 Best Schools in Dubai – Top KHDA Ratings (2017 Reviews)

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Best schools in dubai

Source: 25 Best Schools in Dubai – Top KHDA Ratings (2017 Reviews)


List of 25 Best Schools in Dubai (2017)
With a population of 2.4 million (2015), Dubai has over the years emerged as the business hub of the Middle East. The UAE Ministry of Education is tasked with the accreditation of schools in Dubai (مدارس في دبي) while the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) is responsible for growth and quality of private education in the Emirate. The KHDA supports parents, students, educators, investors and government partners to create a high quality education sector focused on happiness and wellbeing.

Public and Private Schooling

In Dubai, primary and secondary schooling is mandatory for all young men and women. Government setup public schools are free of expense for all UAE Nationals.

The Arabic language with an emphasis on English as a second language is the medium of teaching in state funded schools in Dubai. Furthermore, American, British and International Baccalaureate schools are taught in English; whereas all students (including expatriates) must take Arabic language classes.

KHDA’s Report on Private Education in Dubai (2015) Statistics:

169 private schools in Dubai
In total; 255,208 students from 186 different nationalities were enrolled in private schools
42% in primary education, 25% in secondary, 15% in tertiary and 18% in kindergarten.
British and Indian curricula account for 64% of all enrollment in Dubai’s best schools
Tuition ranges from AED 1,725 (USD 471) to AED 98,649 (USD 26,953) per annum
39% of students pay less than AED 10,000 in tuition per annum
Variety of curricula in Dubai: UAE Ministry of Education, British (IGCSE), Indian (CBSE), American, International Baccalaureate, Iranian, French, Filipino, Pakistani, SABIS, IAT, German, Russian, Japanese and Canadian.
Find the top Dubai schools near you: JBR, JLT, The Palm, Jumeirah Islands, Tecom, Greens, Dubai Marina, Emirates Hills, Meadows, Springs, Internet City, Knowledge Village, Media City, Discovery Gardens, JAFZA, Arabian Ranches, Motor City, Sports City, Studio City, Silicon Oasis, Jumeirah Village, Barsha, Jafiliya, Karama, Bur Dubai, Mankhool, Safa, Wasl, Business Bay, Healthcare City, Downtown, Oud Metha, Satwa, Sheikh Zayed Road, Zabeel, Umm Hurair, Al Mizhar, Al Warqa, Garhoud, Mirdif, Muhaisnah, Rashidiya, International City, Al Khail, Al Quoz, Umm Al Sheif, Al Sufouh, Umm Suqeim, Al Manara
Below is a comprehensive list of all private schools in Dubai. Our team strives to offer parents the latest updates, helping you find the best school in Dubai, including details, tuition fees, videos, photos, location map and community reviews.

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