Emirati students seek a headstart in space race
American aerospace firm Lockheed Martin strikes deal with UAE Space Agency for four-month training programme
Source: Emirati students seek a headstart in space race
. firm Lockheed Martin is teaming up with the UAE Space Agency to help aspiring UAE students enter the realm of international space exploration.
In an announcement on Sunday, Lockheed Martin said it had inked an agreement with UAE space officials to launch a “comprehensive dual-track space training programme for students and early career professionals in space fundamentals.”
No start date was given nor were figures outlining how many Emirati students would enrol in the new training programme.
Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company with an employee roster of more than 125,000 around the world.
The firm’s space-related business ventures are vast with Lockheed Martin reporting $9.1 billion (Dh33.4 billion) in space system sales in 2015 “which include space launch, commercial satellites, government satellites and strategic missiles lines of business”.
Space system sales represented roughly a quarter of the firm’s total $46.1 billion in 2015 sales.
Robert S. Harward, Chief Executive Lockheed Martin UAE, said on Sunday that his firm is committed to helping UAE bolster its human capital in the aerospace sector.
“We’re committed to working together with the UAE Space Agency to execute their national priorities and space ambitions. We are excited to help develop the UAE’s most important resource: the human potential that will power the country into space,” said Harward in a statement.
“This programme reflects our support for this sector of vital importance to the UAE. Lockheed Martin has been at the forefront of space exploration technology since the beginning, and we’re deploying all of our expertise from around the world to encourage and train the UAE space explorers of tomorrow.”
Auction for Reading Nation project will be held on June 21 in Dubair
Dubai: Dubai Arabian Horse Stud, a leading stud for pure Arabian horses, has announced that it will put up an Arabian mare for sale at the Reading Nation charity auction at Madinat Jumeirah on June 21.
Reading Nation was launched by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, on the first day of Ramadan. It aims to provide five million books to children in refugee camps and underprivileged students in schools across the world.
Next week’s auction will be held to support the drive under the directions of Shaikh Mohammad, who is providing some of the items from his collection.
The auction will also feature De Lamar, a one-year-old mare of pure Arabian breed. De Lamar is the daughter of Fa El Rasheem, a champion winning horse.
Mohammad Al Tawhidi, director general, Dubai Arabian Horse Stud, said: “Our participation in the campaign is inspired by our commitment to enhancing the lives of underprivileged people in the country and the wider region. We are proud to be part of the campaign that will have a positive impact on the lives of tens of thousands of children all over the world and contribute to improving their future and the future of their societies and nations.”
Auction for Reading Nation project will be held on June 21 in Dubai
Source: Reading Nation auction to feature Arabian horse
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
Teachers in Dubai: As part of the Ramadan ‘Reading Nation’ campaign, LuLu Group on Wednesday announced a contribution of Dh2 million to provide 200,000 books to refugee camps and schools around the world.
The campaign, launched by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, will continue until the 19th day of Ramadan (June 24), which coincides with Zayed Humanitarian Day.
The goal of the campaign is to provide five million books to students-in-need in refugee camps and schools around the Arab and Islamic world.
Yousef Ali MA, Chairman, LuLu Group, said: “This is a great humanitarian initiative launched by His Highness Shaikh Mohammed and will certainly help build our future generations and nurture their minds and the souls. I am honoured and proud to associate with the Reading Nation campaign, which I am confident will create a global impact in spreading knowledge among underprivileged children.”
The latest contribution means the corporate support for the campaign has reached at least Dh13 million.
LuLu Group donation to provide 200 000 books to refugee camps and schools
Dubai Cares CEO Tariq Al Gurg said: “We appreciate and commend the LuLu Group for its support and contribution to the Reading Nation campaign. The Group has consistently reinforced the various humanitarian initiatives launched by the UAE and led the way as a proactive corporate enabler that encourages private sector companies in the country to give back to the community that has shaped their prosperity.”
In the campaign, two million books will be provided to children and students in refugee camps. Also, 2,000 school libraries around the Arab and Islamic world will be supplied with two million books. Additionally, the campaign will support the educational programmes of Emirati philanthropic organisations abroad and donate a further one million books to this cause.
Source: Reading Nation drive receives Dh2m
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