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Dubai Fitness Challenge draws huge crowds at Burj Park

Ruth Harron 11/11/2017 0

Dubai Fitness

Turned into a vast outdoor gym Burj Park attracted first-timer fitness enthusiasts to veteran exercise lovers

Source: Dubai Fitness Challenge draws huge crowds at Burj Park


Dubai: Crowds poured in by the hour to participate in the third fitness weekend carnival of the 30×30 Dubai Fitness Challenge at the heart of Dubai on Friday.

Heading towards its last week, the fitness challenge continued to push people to complete their 30 minutes of exercise a day through its three-day fitness festival at Burj Park, Downtown Dubai.

The event featured everything — from group workout sessions and mobile fitness units to a ninja warrior course and a skate park — giving participants a chance to enjoy a range of exercises outdoors.

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Facing Burj Khalifa, the venue was transformed into an outdoor gym, featuring traditional gym equipment, rowing machines, as well as a host of crossfit trainers, and weights equipment.

Running from Thursday to Saturday, the Burj Park fitness weekend saw fitness enthusiasts, personal trainers, first timers, and families, who were eager to enjoy the outdoors, while moving to the music and burning some calories.

Participants at the Dubai Fitness Challenge held at Burj Park

Gulf News talked to Asem Sharqawy from Egypt, who accepted the challenge, and has been exercising on a daily basis. “Since the initial day of the challenge, I have been exercising for at least 30 minutes a day. I take part in general fitness exercises such as running, as well as boot camp exercises, and mountain climbing,” he said.

Looking around at the various activities taking place at the park, Sharqawy said he was interested in the boot camp group classes as well as the ninja warrior class. “The weather is fantastic and the view of Burj Khalifa is perfect to exercise in front of,” he added.

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Meanwhile, first-time participant Summer Wine, from the Philippines, said she was happy to come down to the park to see the crowds and join a few classes. “Today is my first day taking part in one of the challenge’s carnivals. I have tried to exercise more this month, even though I didn’t accept the challenge. I go jogging almost every night — and whenever I have time,” she said.

Wine pointed at the outdoor gym as her next stop, saying she will be focusing on strengthening her abs on Friday.

Just the same, Filipino Sendrea Fernandes said while she missed the first two weekends of the challenge, she was determined to take part at the Burj Park weekend activity.

“I have just completed the body combat session, and I usually take similar classes like body pump and steps too. This challenge is a great initiative and very motivational for people to start thinking of their fitness,” she said.

Fernandes said her goal for this month is to maintain her weight and figure, while enjoying outdoor exercises.

Meanwhile, Jonathon Hadfield, fitness instructor, personal trainer and lifestyle motivator, was at the outdoor gym, showing first-timers the correct techniques and forms of exercising, while ensuring their safety on the machines. “We have more people pouring in as the sun comes down. This is a great opportunity for people to take a look at fitness. If you have no idea about exercise, you can box, cycle, do aerobics, or even weight lift — there is a vast variety of exercises and something for everybody,” he said.

Hadfield pointed to the mix of people at the event, from newcomers to those struggling with their weight, and fitness enthusiasts, having fun.

“We want people to have fun and to try and get them addicted to exercise. This challenge is for 30 days, but these practices should be carried on for life. People can get an introduction today and feel the vibe — from experience, people tend to feed off other people’s energy, and the majority are taking something away,” he said.

Exercising as a family, mother of two Sol Medina-Sivenius also referred to the energy in the park, pointing out that her family has attended every carnival of the initiative taking place in the last few weeks. “We are talking about one of the most multicultural cities in the world, and this initiative is a great effort on the part of the government to get different cultures and people together to interact and get fit at the same time,” she said.

Sivenius, said her family completes the daily fitness challenge by swimming or walking.

Last weekend carnival

With just one week to go, the fitness challenge aims to hold its last fitness carnival at Dubai Festival City on November 17-18.

The carnival will include two action-packed days of activities, classes, and competitions, concluding with the much-awaited prize distribution ceremony and a massive fireworks display.

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Manu Joseph shares tips with aspiring writers

Ruth Harron 07/11/2017 0

Manu Joseph


Sharjah: Well-known Indian journalist and writer Manu Joseph shared his school experiences and offered tips and advice to aspiring authors at the Sharjah International Book Fair 2017 on Tuesday.

Joseph addressed a packed hall of students from across the UAE during an audience discussion and book-signing session. He is just one of the many prominent authors who are conducting book discussions and other sessions at SIBF 2017, which runs until November 11 at Expo Centre Sharjah.

Offering advice to aspiring authors, the former editor of Open magazine said; “I don’t write for a specific readership — I write what I want to share. If you keep thinking of the readership, or if you tailor your writing to specific audiences, it won’t work,” Joseph said.

Joseph also elaborated on the traits needed to become a good writer.

“A little bit of arrogance is essential. You cannot be meek and write a story. There has to be some intentional arrogance. But you should also possess a degree of humility at the same time,” Joseph said.

Author of widely acclaimed and best-selling novels, Joseph also shared how one of the characters in his novels is similar to what he was like when he was 11. He interacted with the students and talked about his books, the authors he admired, and the difference between the writing styles for journalism and novels.

Joseph has written three novels to date. His debut title ‘Serious Men’ won the PEN/Open Book Award, while his second book ‘The Illicit Happiness of Other People’ is a semi-autobiographical novel. His third book ‘Miss Laila, Armed and Dangerous’ was well received for its take on the political and social system in India.

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Sharjah Book Fair 2017

Ruth Harron 23/10/2017 0

Sharjah Book Fair 2017

Sharjah Book Fair 2017

theme released…..A World in My Book will reinforce Sharjah s vision to emphasise the opening of windows into new cultures through books and human exchange

Source: Sharjah Book Fair 2017 theme revealed


Sharjah: The Sharjah Book Authority (SBA), has announced the theme for this year’s Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF) — ‘A World in My Book.’

Taking place from November 1 to 11 at the Expo Centre Sharjah, the theme for the 36th edition of the fair will reinforce Sharjah’s vision to emphasise the opening of windows into new cultures through books and human exchange.

Several visuals will represent the slogan for this year’s edition, with graphics representing science, history, literature, technology, astronomy and other sources of knowledge accessed through books.

This theme also builds on those dating from the fair’s inaugural event in 1981. These have highlighted the value of knowledge in the creation of a progressive and happy society and stressed the importance of reading, especially among the young generations.

Previous SIBF themes have included ‘Reading for All,’ ‘Read, You Are in Sharjah’ and ‘Read More’. Today, after three-and-a-half decades of ongoing efforts, the fair has grown to become one of the largest and most influential cultural events in the Arab region. By successfully promoting books and reading among the UAE’s populace, SIBF has also helped advance the publishing movement in Sharjah and beyond.

“For each edition of SIBF we strive to make books accessible and appealing to as wide an audience as possible. We aim to ensure that visitors to the fair go home with a renewed love for reading and that they establish it as a daily practice and a way of life,” said Khoula Al Mujaini, Head of Marketing at SBA.

Last year’s edition of SIBF was the most successful to date. Titled ‘Read More,’ SIBF 2016 hosted more than 2.31 million visitors, with the footfall figures breaking all previous records. The volume of book sales at the fair reached Dh176 million, the highest ever in its 35-year history.

SIBF 2017 will see the participation of 1,650 publishing houses from 60 countries. More than 1.5 million titles will be on display throughout the 11-day celebration of literature, knowledge and culture.

Spreading across 14,625 square metres, this year’s edition will feature 393 guests from 48 countries who will take part in more than 2,600 events.

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Science festival UAE

Ruth Harron 20/10/2017 0

Science festival UAE

Science Festival UAE

Seventh edition of Abu Dhabi Science Festival aims to promote innovation among young students

Source: Region’s biggest science festival announced


Abu Dhabi: The seventh annual edition of the Abu Dhabi Science Festival was announced by its organisers on Monday, with the festival to run from November 9 to November 18.

The festival — which is being organised by the Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (Adek), and under the patronage of His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces — has become the region’s largest science festival of its kind, as it seeks to promote a spirit of innovation among young students in areas such as mathematics, engineering, and technology.

This year’s edition is also set to be its biggest, with the festival concurrently taking place in both Abu Dhabi and Al Ain City, with 40 new activities added to its programme.

“Science and technology today plays a pivotal role in our daily lives, which is why it is very important to present these subjects to the younger generations who are coming up, and to present it in a way that is both enjoyable and exciting for them,” said Dr Ali Rashid Al Nuaimi, Chairman of Adek.

“The festival has proven its success in the previous years and the number of participants also continues to rise, as do the number of events which are rising not just in number but also in their diversity,” he added.

Al Nuaimi highlighted the need to provide young people with a platform to showcase as well as to encourage their innovative spirit, which, he said would have major benefits for society.

“We want this experience to act as a role model and springboard for others to follow, I believe that this festival is a real investment that can have a major transformation in how we encourage science and technology among our children.

“The message we want to deliver to our children is that if they are innovators, they will get all kinds of support from us and we will open all possible horizons for them,” he added.

Sanad Humaid Ahmad, Vice-Chairman, Innovative Committee at Adek, speaking on some of the details regarding this year’s festival, said the activities and subjects would be very broad.

“The festival has a very rich schedule filled with interactions, and we are having 40 new activities this year for both children and their parents to enjoy, “he said.

“The subjects that are going to be included in this year’s festival include topics about the natural world, the environment, astronomy, and engineering. All of these subjects also go hand-in-hand with the national curriculums … which, aim to turn our economy into a knowledge-based one,” he added.

Adel Ahmad Al Buainain, chief executive officer at Dolphin Energy Limited, and one of the main sponsors of the science festival, said the country’s future progress depended on advancements in science and technology, making festivals such as this one highly important.

“It is important to encourage students to pursue careers in science, our country needs a lot of competencies in science and engineering, as these fields are a cornerstone in moving the country forward.

“We want to make the festival as recreational as possible because we don’t want to turn this into another classroom for children, but rather to make it a fun activity for them with an emphasis on science,” he added.

Abu Dhabi Science Festival 2017:

When: November 9-18

Where: Abu Dhabi — Khalifa Park; Al Ain — Al Ain Zoo


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Mohammad congratulates winners of Arab Reading Challenge

Ruth Harron 11/10/2017 0

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Mohammad congratulates

10 Emirati students honoured as winners of Arab Reading Challenge during special ceremony

Source: Mohammad congratulates winners of Arab Reading Challenge


Dubai-Emirati student Hafsa Rashid Al Dhanhani was announced the winner of the second round of the Arab Reading Challenge (ARC), UAE national heats after competing with almost 318,000 students.

Amina Al Sakb from the Ras Al Khaimah Education Zone was awarded the distinguished supervisor award and the Emirates National School in Abu Dhabi received the UAE’s best school award, beating out five other finalists. All Emirati finalists were honoured at a ceremony organised by the Ministry of Education on Monday.

His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai said: “We are proud of more than 300,000 UAE students who participated in the challenge, and I immensely congratulate Al Dhanhani. The more our children read, the more optimistic our future becomes; our goal is to empower generations of educated and tolerant graduates.”

Shaikh Mohammad said: “We will celebrate next week, at the Dubai Opera, the seven million students, 40,000 schools and 75,000 supervisors who participated in the Arab Reading Challenge across the Arab World and supported our mission. We will also honour the winning school with US$1 million, and the highest-ranking students with awards amounting to US$3 million, dedicated to promoting education and, through their learning, happiness.”

Hafsa, who is Grade 10 student at Murbah Secondary School for Girls in Fujairah, was selected on the grounds of her varied book choices throughout the competition, as well as her deep understanding of concepts and excellence in summarising, analysing and critiquing the books. Her self-confidence and ability to showcase her character, culture and personality have also contributed to naming her the winner of the challenge.

Amina Al Sakb was honoured as the most distinguished supervisor in the country; she was selected due to her unwavering commitment to the challenge, her impeccable organisational skills and her careful follow-ups with other supervisors and participating students in the Ras Al Khaimah education district. Al Sakb also designed a dedicated electronic system to follow up with teachers, and used a variety of social media channels to raise awareness of the importance of the Arab Reading Challenge, and of reading in Arabic, encouraging all students to develop reading as a daily habit.

The Emirates National School in Abu Dhabi achieved a significant increase in student participation in ARC’s second round — to stay organised, the school developed an electronic platform for student participation and follow ups. It also developed a clear and systematic reading programme in the school that appealed to students based on their interests, and that organised activities dedicated to increasing student participation in the challenge and to establishing reading as a part of day-to-day life.

Hussain Ebrahim Al Hammadi, Minister of Education, stressed the important role the Arab Reading Challenge plays in promoting reading in Arabic and enhancing the education system in the Arab world. He said: “The challenge encourages recreational reading, which engages students more positively, and improves their knowledge, critical thinking skills and overall understanding.”

Al Hammadi said: “The main objective of the challenge is to support an educated, tolerant, and open-minded generation of Arabs who are accepting others — reading is an essential tool in achieving this. It is also important that we ingrain these values in the hearts and minds of young people, promote them through engaging initiatives like ARC, and keep them at the chore of our education strategy.”

Al Hammadi also expressed his happiness at the level of student participation in the UAE, and stressed his optimism at participating in the challenge in the years moving forward.

Jameela Salem Al Muhairi, Minister of State for Public Education, said: “Improving education and supporting cultural activities in the Arab world are priorities for the UAE’s leadership, which has introduced an executive and legislative framework to institutionalise reading in the state.”

She affirmed that Shaikh Mohammad’s vision aims to build an Arab generation that can actively engage in building their future and advancing their status, which is reflected in many of the cultural and knowledge-based initiatives launched by Shaikh Mohammad.

“The participation of 318,000 students and 983 schools in the UAE reflects the importance of this project, and efforts by relevant bodies to foster reading among young people and support UAE’s efforts to promote a sustainable model for reading in the society,” she added.

The ten student finalists honoured at the ceremony, included: Aisha Saeed Al Awadhi (Grade 4 student at School of Research Science), Maryam Adnan Mohammad Al Hammadi (Grade 10 student at Julfar Secondary School for Girls), tied in third place with Haya Amad Hamdan (Grade 12 student at Al Dhabiania Private School), followed by Salamah Mohammad Al Kabbi (Grade 12 student at Al Refaa Primary and Secondary School), Fatima Abdul Rahman Al Nuaimi (Grade 8 student at Al Ittihad Private School, Al Mamzar branch), Shawq Bint Saeed Al Mahri (Grade 9 student at Al Kuwait Intermediate Girls School), Safa Ahmad Al Mahamid (Grade 9 student at Safiah Bint Hayy Secondary School), Jawiriya Abu Bakr Idris (Grade 11 student at Al Jurf Secondary School), Mariam Abeed Rashid Al Za’abi (Grade 5 student at Umm Al Fadl Bint Hamza School), followed by a tie in the 10 place between Fatima Farj Al Amiri (5th grade at Sharjah Private School) and Ranim Saleh Al Kadiri (Grade 7 student at Al Maharat Private School).

In the UAE, the number of students enrolled in the second round of the Arab Reading Challenge was 317,801 — a 100 per cent increase from last year. The students competed in two qualifiers, with over 250 making it through to the second phase in April.

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Emirati donates Dh20 million endowment fund for orphans

Ruth Harron 06/10/2017 0

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Revenue from the fund will finance the university expenses of orphans under AMAF s care

Source: Emirati donates Dh20 million endowment fund for orphans


Dubai: The university expenses of minors and orphans under the care of the Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation (AMAF) is now taken care of, thanks to a Dh20-million endowment fund given by an Emirati woman.

The AMAF on Thursday announced the establishment of its first education endowment, jointly set up under the names of Dawlat Mahmoud Al Mahmoud, who donated Dh20 million, and her late husband Abdul Gafour Ali Gargash.

The education endowment is the largest of its kind received by AMAF to date, and reflects a mature understanding of the Emirati culture of endowment that supports government efforts in meeting basic human needs and aids long-term sustainable development. Educational and health endowments, in particular, create successful models for sustainable charity work and reinforce the value of social capital when used in the right place.

The donation will be carefully invested in financial instruments on AMAF’s behalf. The annual revenues from the education endowment will be dedicated towards offering outstanding orphans in AMAF’s care scholarships to study at the University of Dubai, University of Sharjah, Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi, and other national and international universities operating in the UAE.

The beneficiary students will be encouraged to pursue specialisations that are in demand in the labour market and support the UAE’s plans and strategies to enhance its global competitiveness in the future.

Tayyeb Al Rais, secretary-general of AMAF, said that as a gesture of appreciation to Mahmoud and her late husband for the generous allocation, AMAF will name the library at its Family Village after them.

Al Rais said: “This initiative marks an important milestone in the UAE’s journey of endowment and charity work. We hope it will inspire Emirati citizens to invest in the country’s human capital through similar education endowment initiatives, whose revenues are dedicated to supporting education, knowledge and sustainable development.”

“As the Year of Giving draws to an end, and we gear up to welcome the Year of Zayed, this generous donation is a clear message that nations can only advance with the efforts and loyalty of their people. Emiratis will continue to serve as role models in generosity as they prioritise the greater good of the country and the world at large,” he added.

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Merged university. The UAE

Ruth Harron 18/09/2017 0

Merged University

Merged University

Decree issued last year saw the merger of Khalifa University Masdar Institute and the Petroleum Institute into one university

Source: First academic year begins at merged university

Abu Dhabi: After combining three institutions into one university last year, the Khalifa University of Science and Technology has started its first academic year, with 3,500 students enrolled across its undergraduate and postgraduate programmes for the new term.

The decree, which was passed in October last year, announced that Khalifa University, Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, and the Petroleum Institute would all be consolidated into one major university. The objective of the merger was to pool all of the universities’ resources and capabilities together with the goal of creating one of the best universities in the world.

The classes at the university began in the last week of August.

“It’s a really exciting time with a lot of things happening at once, not just with the merger but also with the physical expansion of the university happening at the same time. It’s always busy around this time of the year with the new academic term starting, but even more so now given the changes,” said Dr Tod Laursen, interim president, Khalifa University of Science and Technology.

Dr Laursen said that the university received over 6,000 applications from prospective students for the new academic year, with 500 of them being accepted. “In terms of the total number of students attending the university, it will be larger than before. We had over 6,000 applications from students and only accepted 500 new students, this is part of our mandate to be very selective with who we accept. It’s good news for the students who have been accepted with us because they really went through a rigorous process,” he added.

Dr Laursen acknowledged that the merger was a challenge for the heads and faculty of the three institutions, but that the process went well, and that he was confident about the continued growth and success coming out of the merger.

“It’s a very big job to get this done that’s for sure, and there were challenges that we had to go through. Each campus had its own culture and way of doing things, the things that might sound boring but are actually very important, like how things are approved — for example, if a student wants to drop a class — all of these processes at the micro level had to be worked out,” he said.

“I do believe things will get smoother over time, we got this decree just last year so it’s all pretty recent, but things have gone well so far. From the leadership team, we want to continue and engage with everybody working at the university to make sure they know where we are going as we develop,” he added.

In terms of the programmes offered at the university, Dr Laursen explained that some changes were made, with all courses being aligned under one framework.

“I would say that on the undergraduate level it was pretty easy, we did some adjustments to make sure everything was within a common framework. The good thing is that all of our courses are internationally accredited, and so when you run things through the same accrediting agency, the same things tend to come up,” he said.

“On the master’s level, it was a case of avoiding duplication, so instead of having three master’s degree in mechanical engineering depending on which institution, we wanted to offer one,” he added.

“There had to be a systematic analysis to make sure that there was an agreement on the core requirements of a programme, and the changes we made were of that nature,” he said.

Dr Laursen said the merger would also present several advantages for both students and faculty for the new academic year, primarily in the areas of research.

“The good thing for our students is they have access to all three campuses now. Previously, while not impossible, it was more difficult for a student to access the laboratories and facilities of another institution,” he said.

“For the faculty, it’s largely the same thing as well. Before the merger, Khalifa University was going to start a new degree programme in chemical engineering, and we had a timetable for getting that done, which included setting up the laboratories and recruiting the people who would get that done. With the merger, we suddenly had a full chemical engineering department largely from the Petroleum Institute, and also from Masdar Institute.

“Each of these institutions had their own laboratory facilities that have now become available to their colleagues working in similar areas, so in many ways this has accelerated what we are able to do,” he added.

“Before we had faculty going abroad for most of the summer primarily to use established laboratories. There will still be good reasons for doing that, but that doesn’t have to happen as much now because we have much more collectively here,” he said.

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Emirati School Model

Ruth Harron 04/09/2017 0

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Emirati School Model

All public private schools following Ministry of Education systems will have one curriculum

Source: UAE adopts new Emirati School Model

Abu Dhabi: A new educational system, the Emirati School Model, announced on Sunday will unify the sector across the UAE and raise standards of teaching and learning.

In a statement issued by the UAE Ministry of Education and the Abu Dhabi Education Council (Adec), Abu Dhabi emirate’s education sector regulator, the two authorities said all public and private schools offering the Ministry of Education curriculum will now follow the Emirati School Model.

 The main goal is to enable all schools across the country to operate under a standardised framework that is developed on the best international practices.”

 – Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid

The move follows the directives of President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

Achieving this goal is being closely monitored by Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid, who considers it “essential to establish and support a well-informed education system capable of keeping up with future changes and developments.”

“The UAE has made many significant achievements in education and the next stage requires us to build on them under a unified framework in preparation for the comprehensive development needed to delivering on national higher objectives, guided by the vision of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan,” he said.

Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid urged all stakeholders to work together as one team.

“The main goal is to enable all schools across the country to operate under a standardised framework that is developed on the best international practices, and to produce graduates who can meet the aspirations and expectations of the UAE people,” he said.

 The UAE will continue to elevate the education system to the international benchmark to produce ambitious generations …”

 – Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed

In his remarks, His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan stressed the importance of developing education according to comprehensive strategic plans to serve as a gateway to the future for the UAE, and advancing educational outputs to keep abreast with comprehensive development in the country.

“The UAE under the leadership of President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan and follow up of His Highness Shaikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, will continue to elevate the education system to the international benchmark to produce ambitious generations who are capable of writing new success stories in the nation’s renaissance, launched since the founding of the Union by the late Shaikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan,” he said.

Hussain Ebrahim Al Hammadi, Minister of Education, said: “Our students are the most important resource of the UAE. As leaders, we have an obligation to provide them with a modern international education, and the Emirati School Model matches this ambition and future plans of the UAE.”

“The unification of the educational system is complementary step to bring about a unique shift in the education sector by developing a unified national educational system that paves the way for a generation of creative national cadres,” said Al Hammadi.

“The system ensures training teachers on educational skills and providing them with deep knowledge and understanding about topics covered in the curricula. It also unifies the standard of selecting teaching methods adopted in classrooms, and unifying criteria for measuring educational outputs,” he added.

Meanwhile, Dr Ali Al Nuaimi, Director-General of Adec, said that the decision to unify the system goes in harmony with the current phase of educational development.

Al Nuaimi called on teaching and administrative staff to participate in developing promising and innovative generations that are enriched with high quality education and culture. He urged them to contribute to building the character of pupils.

A source at the Ministry told Gulf News that the unification will seamlessly merge the two authorities.

“All public schools across the country, as well as private schools offering the UAE Ministry of Education (MoE) curriculum, will then be overseen and managed under the Ministry. Whereas private schools in the UAE will be regulated under the Ministry’s quality assurance and inspection division,” the source said. The arrangement will therefore provide independence to private schools offering other curricula, the source added.

According to sources, the upcoming merger is the fruition of three years’ work between the two entities. It follows a spate of recent moves to standardise and unify all sectors of education in the UAE, including the 2016 unification of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research with the Ministry of Education, and the introduction of a unified inspection system for private schools in 2015.

At public schools, the new Emirati School model will ensure a rich curriculum, excellence in course material and skill, and a unified vision that meets the expectations of the UAE leadership.

The alignment plan will consolidate the ministry’s systems, policies and courses across the UAE’s public schools and MoE curriculum private schools.

The source also said that the ministry and Adec will look into how the unification can be best achieved during the 2017-2018 academic year.

“This will be a transitional year for us, and the implementation will take place from 2018-2019 onwards,” he said.

The ministry and Adec have formed two main committees working towards the development of the school community. These committees will support and enable teachers to fulfill their responsibilities and establish new rules for the integration.

How the new system will work

Under the new system, government and private schools will follow the same curriculum, which will focus on building critical thinking skills, developing innovation and teamwork among students, in addition to utilising information technology in problem solving.

The unification aims to unify the education systems and policies, as well as learning paths in all government schools and private schools following the ministry system.

The ministry and Adec will form joint teams to discuss the details on the implementation of the new system with teachers and administrative staff to ensure a smooth start for the academic year. Grade 12 pupils will be allowed to study their curriculums during the transitional phase this year.

The system was a result of the efforts of international academic institutions in the UAE and abroad, local and international education experts, as well as teachers.

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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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