Under the patronage and in the presence of HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Hamdan bin Mohammed Smart University celebrates graduation of 396 learners of undergraduate and postgraduate programs
♦ Mansoor Al Awar: “We are proud to launch unprecedented initiatives to reshape the future of higher education in the world.”
♦ ‘Zayed Cyber Palm for Education’ inspired by the Hamdan Bin Mohammed’s vision to make the university a solid foundation for the universities and institutions of the future in the occasion of ‘2018 The Year of Zayed’
♦ ‘School of Artificial Intelligence’ to drive UAE transformation as leading hub for developing AI technologies
UAE, 23 January 2018 – Under the patronage and in the presence of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and President of Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University, the University celebrated the graduation of the seventh and eighth batch of learners from the undergraduate and postgraduate programs at the School of Business & Quality Management, School of e-Education and School of Health and Environmental Studies. A total of 396 graduates attended the graduation ceremony at the Dubai World Trade Center, in the presence of H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation, H.E. Lieutenant General Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, Deputy Chairman of Police and General Security in Dubai, Chairman of HBMSU’s Board of Governors, and members of the Board of Governors, and Dr. Mansoor Al Awar, chancellor of HBMSU as well as faculty and administrative officials, parents of graduates and learners.

The event celebrated the graduation of 26 learners with firstclass honors degrees, 30 with second-class honors degrees and 42 with third-class honors degrees. This achievement reflects the University’s success in developing creative approaches aimed at redefining the future of teaching and learning through smart technology, innovation and quality to hone qualified national talents and prepare them to lead the ambitious development process.
H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum have met at the graduation ceremony with an elite group of entrepreneurs who are HBMSU’s learners and alumni. The HBMSU President said he is proud of the learners for being a model for young national talents armed with knowledge, innovation and the determination to achieve excellence, which will help build the country’s future, under the directives of the wise leadership of H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE and H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai. H.H. Sheikh Hamdan was also presented with the creative ideas that have turned into promising projects that will add value to the national economy. This achievement adds to the university’s record of excellence in preparing entrepreneurs capable of creating job opportunities that meet the challenges of the 21st century instead of generating job applicants.
H.E. Lt. General Dhahi Khalfan Tamim explained that the graduation ceremony is an advancement for the graduates as they move on to share and implement their ideas that will contribute to social progress and the country’s overall development, as well as prepare local entrepreneurs capable of leading technological development. He said that he is proud for the graduates who are joining many of the country’s promising youths.
Khalfan added: “Today, and under the unlimited support of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the HBMSU continues its role towards graduating entrepreneurs rather than job seekers through raising the quality of scientific research, entrepreneurship and innovation, with focus on enriching knowledge and driving the progress of the smart education sector. This is in line with our strategic plan 2018-2020, which aims to support the UAE Vision 2021 in building a competitive economy led by Emiratis equipped with knowledge and innovation. In response to the wise guidance of our leadership to be positive and to work on promoting education, we look forward to continue our efforts to lead the way in re-engineering higher education locally, regionally and globally, in pursuit of creating an incubator environment for the youth’s creations as they represent the foundation stone to explore and build the future.”
Dr. Mansoor Al Awar opened the graduation ceremony by launching unprecedented initiatives aimed at redefining the future of global higher education, particularly the ‘Zayed Cyber Palm for Education’ initiative, which was named after a distinguished leader who had a deep insight and wise vision to establish the pillars of giving to ensure that the goodness of the UAE reaches the entire world.
Al Awar further reiterated that Zayed Cyber Palm for Education is inspired by the vision of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan and the launch of the project comes in the occasion of the declaration of 2018 as the ‘Year of Zayed’, a leader whose legacy and achievements remain a guidance for the University to continue pushing for excellence and prepare a generation of future builders. He said that this first-of-its-kind initiative will pave the way to achieve the directives of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, who said in 2002: “I want the University to be a solid foundation for future institutes and universities.”
Al Awar added: “HBMSU gears up for a new level of engagement that would undoubtedly witness broad and positive changes in higher education regionally and globally. We are preparing to be a palm that provides emerging electronic and smart universities with knowledge and a range of expertise that would enable them to benefit from smart education. We provide a massive cloud platform that provides technological services required for intelligent transformation, including the Student Portal, Student Information System, Virtual Classrooms, Online Payments and Technical Support Services, in addition to facilitating educational services and establishment of schools on the cloud delivering world-class education.”
Al Awar also announced the launch of the School of Artificial Intelligence, which is based on an ambitious vision that aims to create and apply AI knowledge based on research and innovation which will bring about positive social and economic change at the local and international levels. This pioneering move is part of HBMSU’s commitment to build skilled generations that will make the UAE a new hub for developing AI mechanisms, techniques and legislation, in line with the UAE Strategy for Artificial Intelligence launched by H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. The strategy aims to capitalize on AI as a platform to improve government performance, accelerate achievements, and create highly productive environment. The new school is a major drive towards re-engineering the future of education through quality programs such as Master of Science in A.I. and Robotics Engineering, Master of Science in A.I. and Game Design, and “Master of Science in A.I. and Computational Data Science.
During his speech, Dr. Al Awar added: “The graduation of this batch coincides with the Year of Zayed, which marks the centennial of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan’s birth, in commemoration of his memory, principles and noble values ​​as one of the greatest leaders in the world. H.H. Sheikh Mohammed once talked about the wise vision of Zayed that resulted in the achievements and successes that put the UAE on the world map, describing him as the father, the leader and the builder of the modern UAE. Zayed began to make a radical change in the concepts of education, and this is what we are considering today in our efforts at comprehensive re-engineering in education and make a fresh start to the future guided by the wise directions of H.H. Hamdan bin Mohammed, who said: “The world is changing, and we have to adapt with this change by changing education, so that we can be ready for the future,”. The process of re-engineering began when we succeeded this year in obtaining the accreditation for the ‘Master of Science in Change Management and Creativity’ from the Academic Accreditation Authority at the Ministry of Education as a fully online program.”
“Today, we started reaping the first fruits of this unique educational approach as we witness the graduation of these young people, which would normally wait in queue to secure a job, whether in government or the private sector. However, we have succeeded in implementing the principle espoused by H.E. Lt. General Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, who instructed that the university should provide society with “entrepreneurs, not job seekers”. In line with this, HBMSU has provided the UAE community with a large number of businessmen of about 70 graduates who have embraced the principle of “Entrepreneurs, not job seekers”, and have succeeded in setting up their own projects with a capital of more than a few millions each. We are confident that our graduates will continue the march of scientific and practical achievement, and I wish them all the best, with faith that they will keep in touch with the University for more professional and cognitive support,” said Al Awar.

Dubai Center for Islamic Banking & Finance releases Takaful-focused 3rd annual report on Islamic Economy
·   Global Takaful industry’s annual growth rate pegged at 9 per cent
·   Takaful economy expanding significantly in Arabian Gulf, North Africa, the Levant, Near & South East Asia
·   Around 40,000 additional job opportunities expected within next 10 years
·   Global Takaful workforce grew 55 per cent between 2011 & 2015
·   202 new Takaful worldwide enterprises formed from 2003 to 2015
·   Takaful institutions present in 51 per cent of OIC countries
·   Takaful companies advised to re-evaluate operational costs & upgrade marketing strategies to enhance competitive advantages & increase revenues
UAE, November 27, 2017The Dubai Center for Islamic Banking and Finance (DCIBF), an entity formed through a partnership between Hamdan bin Mohammed Smart University (HBMSU) and the ‘Dubai the Capital of Islamic Economy’ initiative, has released its third annual report on the Islamic economy entitled ‘Takaful: Sustainability and Growth 2015 to 2025.’ The publication reveals that the global takaful industry is growing at an annual rate of 9 per cent and is attracting broader attention worldwide.
The Takaful report was launched by Abdullah Mohammed Al Awar, CEO of the Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre (DIEDC), and Prof. Nabil Baydoun, HBMSU’s Vice Chancellor for University Advancement, during the 4th Annual Knowledge Summit in Dubai organized recently at the Dubai World Trade Centre by the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation under the theme “Knowledge and Fourth Industrial Revolution”.
‘Takaful: Sustainability and Growth 2015 to 2025’ is the result of close collaboration between the DCIBF and DIEDC which forms part of broader cooperative efforts to support Dubai’s transformation into the capital of the global Islamic economy in line with the vision of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

Abdullah Mohammed Al Awar, CEO of the Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre (DIEDC)
Prof. Nabil Baydoun, HBMSU’s Vice Chancellor for University Advancement


The ‘Takaful: Sustainability and Growth 2015 to 2025’ report which is edited by Dr. Omar Fisher, the global expert in the field of Takaful, was produced in Arabic and English to reach a broad international audience. It examines the efficiency and financial stability of the Takaful sector in countries with dual financial and economic systems.
Among the key findings are that the Takaful economy has significantly expanded in Near- and South- East Asia, Levant-North Africa, and the GCC regions, and that market penetration in muslim-majority countries continues to widen. It also reveals that 202 new Takaful entities were established between 2003 and 2015, with 51 per cent of the 57 Organisation of Islamic Cooperation member countries now hosting a Takaful institution.
The report adds that the global Takaful sector’s estimated manpower rose 55 per cent from 63,358 in 2011 to 98,400 in 2015, with experts forecasting 40,000 additional positions for filling within the next 10 years to sustain manpower ratios and operational productivity. The report further advises Takaful operators to re-assess their operating costs, adopt cost-effective new technologies, enhance a risk-awareness culture, and sharpen sales and marketing skills to boost the competitiveness of their revenues per employee.
Dr. Mansoor Al Awar, Chancellor of Hamdan bin Mohammed Smart University, said: “The third annual report of the Dubai Center for Islamic Banking and Finance is an important addition to ongoing efforts to produce, spread and enrich knowledge in accordance with the directives and vision of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, who said that ‘Knowledge is the real capital of mankind.’ Over the past two years, the report has proven to be an important reference on the status of the global Takaful sector, which is growing steadily with expectations of its becoming a USD 52.5 billion industry by 2020. It continues to help identify best practices that ensure job opportunities as well as reveal challenges related to judicial and legal structures and marketing strategies based on innovation and technology.”
Dr. Al Awar added that the results of the report highlight growing international confidence in the Takaful sector, which has become one of the main drivers of the global economy. He explained that the sector offers promising opportunities to promote economic and human development, and is an attractive field for exceptional human resources to be involved in. He noted that the Takaful sector’s total manpower worldwide rose 55 per cent between 2011 and 2015.
He further pointed out HBMSU’s pleasure in unveiling the annual report at Knowledge Summit 2017, which he referred to as an ideal venue for bringing together the leaders of Takaful economy to share and discuss the latest developments in the world’s Takaful market. He said that the event unifies efforts to identify innovative mechanisms for shaping the future of the global Islamic economy. 
“We look forward to continue transferring knowledge and encouraging investment in Takaful R&D. The Dubai Center for Islamic Banking and Finance and the Hamdan bin Mohammed Smart University are committed to helping fulfill the ambitious aspiration of Dubai to become the global capital for the Islamic economy,” Dr. Al Awar added.
H.E. Abdulla Mohammed Al Awar, CEO, Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre (DIEDC), added: “This new report highlights the importance of takaful as an investment in the future of societies, and its vital role in enhancing the security and stability of the world’s communities through Sharia-based standards and principles.”
“At DIEDC, in line with our sustained efforts to boost the Islamic finance sector, we work closely with other stakeholders and partners to monitor the growth of the vital takaful industry and explore opportunities to develop its mechanisms as well as find solutions to the challenges that face re-takaful. The report’s comprehensive overview of the state and future of takaful until 2025 enables experts, consultants and decision makers to shape new insights based on solid scientific foundations. We are committed to issuing publications that support our updated strategy and help us achieve our goal of establishing the Islamic economy as a key driver of global sustainable development,” he added.

The Dubai Center of Islamic Banking and Finance Center aims to study social and economic issues affecting Islamic finance and banking, in line with HBMSU’s pioneering efforts to strengthen its leadership as the first educational institution to launch a specialized platform for enriching knowledge and conducting academic and applied research to promote the growth of the Islamic banking and finance sector regionally and internationally. The Center embodies the University’s ongoing commitment to providing a comprehensive range of quality education and training programs, scientific research and community services, and spreading the best practices for further developing the Islamic economy.
Dhahi Khalfan congratulates H.H. Mohammed bin Rashid & H.H. Hamdan bin Mohammed on latest achievement of HBMSU
Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University’s Master of Science in Innovation & Change Management program first to be delivered fully online in UAE
Academic Accreditation is unprecedented success embodying vision of leadership to make Dubai the smartest city in the world

UAE, October 15, 2017- H.E. Lieutenant General Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, Deputy Chairman of Police and General Security in Dubai and Chairman of Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University’s (HBMSU) Board of Governors, dedicated the university’s unprecedented success in obtaining an academic accreditation to deliver its Master of Science in Innovation and Change Management program fully online in the UAE to H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and the President of HBMSU.

H.E. Tamim renewed the commitment to leading the way to excellence in reshaping the future of learning and education based on the smart learning model, which represents an important pillar for translating the goals of the wise leadership’s ambitious initiative to make Dubai the smartest city in the world.
During the first regular meeting of the HBMSU Board of Governors for the academic year 2017-2018 held recently at the Dubai Police Officers Club, H.E. Lieutenant General Tamim dedicated the unique achievement to the wise leadership on behalf of the Board and members of the faculty and administration. At the meeting H.E. said: “The accreditation of the Master of Science in Innovation and Change Management as the first master’s degree program fully taught through electronic platforms in the UAE affirms the competency of the university to occupy a leading position in smart learning. This embodies the wise vision of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum and the directions of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum to adopt innovative and smart methods to enable new generations to take the lead in overall development and in creating and shaping the future.”

H.E. added: “We are proud that the master’s program has been approved by the Commission for Academic Accreditation of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research. This marks an advanced step towards building young competencies armed with modern tools and qualified to carry the banner of development and leadership in line with our ambitious aspirations to provide the best education for the creators and innovators of the future. This will be done via a methodology based on the development of the philosophy of learning through the solid pillars of smart technology, innovation, quality, and scientific research.”
“We are confident that the provision of innovative academic programs through electronic and smart channels strengthens our active role in achieving the objectives of the National Agenda of UAE Vision 2021 with regards to the development of a high-level educational system that ensures the potential investment of human capital in innovation and entrepreneurship,” he said.
H.E. concluded: “It is not surprising that Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University is a pioneer in the development of learning and education, driven by a vision to adopt new educational tools that meet the requirements of the future. We are confident that the new academic accreditation will place us at the forefront of entities supporting the ‘Dubai: Smartest City in the World’ project which represents a true embodiment of the vision of a leader who does not recognize the impossible, marking a clear line to achieve goals summed up by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed to build a new reality, to facilitate life, to build a new model in development to provide happier life for people. We will continue the race to excellence to reach the forefront of global competitiveness and to put our pioneering achievements in the service of the UAE and all mankind.”

The recent meeting of the HBMSU Board of Governors saw the approval of the list of graduates for the academic year 2015-2016 and the academic year 2016-2017 along with the graduation ceremony.

ELM signs Memorandum of Understanding with Mohammed bin Rashid School of Government

Agreement focuses on training, education, and leaders’ preparation

October 12, 2017 –ELM Company, a pioneer in business, learning, training, and digital solutions, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Mohammed bin Rashid School of Government (MBRSG) recently at the latter’s headquarters in Dubai, stating the cooperation between the organizations in the areas of training, education, leaders’ preparation, scientific research, and documentation and publication of the best governmental practices.

Dr. Nasir bin Zaid Almashary, Vice President of Training Solutions for ELM and Dr. Ali Sebaa Al Marri, CEO of the MBRSG signed the MoU which will focus on implementing key activities such as special trainings, research and studies, public events, exchange of experiences, and consultation and evaluation services.
Dr. Almashary noted that the partnership with MBRSG is a positive development for ELM having won the trust of one of the leading academic research institutions in the Arabic World specializing in government administration and public policy, and appreciated the School’s officials and Dr. Al Marri for their professionalism and wished the success of the cooperation of both parties. He added that this initiative comes within ELM’s efforts to expand its markets and share its unique expertise in the fields of learning and quality training, as well as other business solutions, government support, and digital products it provides to serve clients’ needs.
He further noted that the MoU is a valuable investment for both parties and the digital solutions company will endeavor to support the objectives of MBRSG in promoting government excellence in the UAE and the Arab World, and in honing future leaders through the help of ELM’s excellent capabilities in e-learning and training, in addition to secure electronic services, government-private sector connectivity services, and the development and delivery of e-services to many public and private sectors.
Dr. Ali Al Marri said: “The MoU with ELM spells a clear start for the MBRSG to enhance scientific research, training, and its education efforts throughout the region, especially in the areas of upgrading administrative structure for government work, for governance, as well as in creating an ideal platform for the exchange of knowledge for both parties and apply the best international practices. All of this will be implemented in a manner that ensures the growth of human resources specialized in public administration and capable of assuming leadership positions.”
Nadia Amanallah Kamali, Director of Business Development and Strategic Partnerships at MBRSG, added: “The partnership with ELM reflects the efforts of the two parties to consolidate the modern concept of management based on smart business solutions and digital services. We are glad that ELM, a pioneer company in this field, has joined us as a strategic partner of the School, to move forward with the design and implementation of special education and training programs. We also look forward to the development of new integrated programs in collaboration with the experts and specialists at ELM to keep abreast of the digital transformation process and the current and prospects of the labor market.”

ELM is considered a leading provider of innovative digital solutions, training and consulting solutions, and digital products. Furthermore, ELM possesses advanced expertise in the fields of process re-engineering and administrative support & outsourcing, in compliance with professional standards that meet the expectations of customers, and supervised by highly skilled and competent professionals. These qualifications make ELM a trusted organization by several prominent government and private institutions in the Middle East, owing it to the quality of its works which has earned it numerous recognition from prestigious international organizations.

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) announced its collaboration with Hamdan bin Mohammed Smart University

DEWA launches leadership programmes in cooperation with Hamdan bin Mohammed Smart University
Dubai, UAE, 26 December 2016: Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) announced its collaboration with Hamdan bin Mohammed Smart University (HBMSU), to develop two leadership programmes called ‘Frontiers Programme’ and the ‘Future Leadership Development Programme’. This adheres to the directives of the wise leadership, as part of DEWA’s commitment to integrate Emiratis into different positions, and develop their abilities for the future. HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA, commended the ongoing and intensive efforts of HBMSU, to spread the concept of smart learning, and instil a culture of innovation and excellence in research, while sharing skills, experience, and practices, with regional and international universities.

This reflects the importance of collaborating with world class institutions and universities, to develop professionalism, excellence, and leadership.

“DEWA adheres to the directives of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to achieve the highest standards of quality and excellence in all its operations. We are also keen on achieving the objectives set by the Dubai Plan 2021, which aims to put Dubai government at the forefront of excellence and innovation, meeting the needs of its customers and the community. DEWA trains and develops UAE citizens to take responsibility of different leadership positions.

It also supports the fourth generation of the government excellence system, which is a significant development in the government work. The programme underlines DEWA’s strategy to keep up with the best practices and latest technologies. DEWA is committed to developing the skills and knowledge of its staff, and keep them updated in all areas, particularly in leadership, excellence, and technical and technological fields,” said Al Tayer.

“DEWA regularly organises programmes and specialised workshops to train and prepare staff to be future leaders. DEWA is committed to developing the skills and knowledge of its staff, and keep them updated in all areas, particularly in leadership, excellence, and technical and technological fields. In adherence with the directives of the wise leadership of the UAE in respect of shaping the future and supporting the national human resources, DEWA has signed several Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) with international organisations, for exchanging skills and learning about international developments in energy, water, and environment. This reflects DEWA’s commitment to exchanging information with employees and their peers in the international organisations,” added Al Tayer.

“We are always happy to collaborate with HBMSU, in adherence with our efforts to enrich knowledge in the scientific and electronic fields, to support Dubai Government’s vision to become a smart government. This will contribute towards achieving the happiness of our customers, and the wellbeing of the community. Strategic Management and Leadership programmes provide important opportunities for DEWA staff to get key skills, competencies, and experiences necessary for sound decision making. The programmes also prepare them to effectively meet challenges and achieve excellence in innovation, leadership, creativity and strategic management, which are vital for government excellence pursued by wise leadership of the UAE,” continued Al Tayer.

“This collaboration with HBMSU, is a result of the MoU signed in April 2016, between DEWA and HBMSU, to enhance cooperation and joint efforts that support shared strategic goals related to knowledge dissemination, scientific research, training, corporate, scientific, and occupational development. This supports the mutual objective to support comprehensive growth. The MoU aims to intensify joint efforts to enhance the creative skills of young people and motivate them to innovate. This supports the national efforts to achieve the goals of the Dubai Innovation Strategy to make Dubai the most innovative city in the world,” said Dr. Yousef Al Akraf, Executive Vice President of Business Support and Human Resources at DEWA.

The leadership programmes provided by HBMSUwill contribute to DEWA’s efforts to promote the capabilities of its staff. These programmes are based on smart, innovative, and flexible methodologies that are different from the traditional ways of teaching. This ensures that DEWA’s staff keep pace with the rapid developments spurred by the digital era.

HBMSU & Australia’s University of Southern Queensland pledge mutual support for high-quality learning.

UAE, December 5, 2016 – Dr. Mansoor Al Awar, Chancellor of Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University (HBMSU), welcomed a delegation from the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) led by its Chancellor, Mr. John Dornbusch, to share the history, achievements and visions of their respective institutions and discuss cooperative ventures in key areas of mutual interest.
Dr. Mansoor Al Awar, Chancellor of Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University (HBMSU), Southern Queensland (USQ) Chancellor, Mr. John Dornbusch,

For almost 50 years, USQ has built a wide presence across Asia and established itself as a renowned global university. Dornbusch commended Dr. Mansoor on HBMSU’s major achievements and exchanged information on the activities, history, plans, programs and successes of their organizations. The Chancellors touched on several promising areas of collaboration, including faculty and learner exchanges, research, joint programs and awards, and supervision of doctoral candidates, among others.
Dr. Al Awar said: “We share many commonalities with the University of Southern Queensland, including our prioritization of multiculturalism, accessible and equitable learning, sustainability, values, and community welfare. The visit of Mr. Dornbusch and his delegation has provided us with valuable insights on how we can consolidate our strengths to ensure optimal institutional performance and high-quality learning for the benefit of the communities we serve. We will draw on our strong partnership to come up with highly effective strategies for educating the leaders and innovators of tomorrow.”


Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University (HBMSU).

HBMSU Management and Learners hold productive dialogue to heighten learning experience and study life at the university
UAE, October 15, 2016 – Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University (HBMSU)’s Learning Council recently organized a meeting between top management led by Chancellor Dr. Mansoor Al Awar and a group of university Learners and Ambassadors to discuss ways to further enhance the learning experience and the study life at the university. The council provided an excellent platform for learners to actively participate by raising their ideas, suggestions and expectations. The management provided helpful feedback and agreed to further explore some of the key recommendations presented during the meeting.
HBMSU Management and Learners

Dr. Al Awar said: “I commend our learners and the other participants for their worthwhile proposals and ideas for setting better directions and strategic goals for the university. HBMSU’s management is fully supportive of establishing an enabling environment that promotes innovation, creativity and productivity in line with the visions of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and university’s President. Meetings such as these are vital to achieving our academic, educational and administrative objectives and strengthening the bonds between management and learners.”

HBMSU explores the future of education through launch of ‘Innovation Lab for the Future of Smart Learning’

First session discusses agenda of smart learning with participation of local & international academics from inside and outside the university
UAE, September 27, 2016 – In a bid to uphold the UAE’s smart education sector, Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University (HBMSU) has launched ‘Innovation Lab for the Future of Smart Learning’. The new Lab is a qualitative addition that will make strategic contribution in exploring the future of smart education in the UAE by stimulating innovation and creativity in developing knowledge.

It will also adopt a culture of continuous and sustainable development, confirming the pioneering position of HBMSU as a center of academic and scientific excellence in the Arab world.

Innovation Lab aims to provide a world-class interactive platform to stimulate innovation, strengthen creative thinking about smart learning methods in the world, and enhance communication among a group of prominent international academic experts. This will be done through a series of monthly meetings organized under the umbrella of HBMSU to determine the major emerging challenges, explore opportunities and address urgent issues in the smart education sector. At the same time, it will give recommendations and build innovative road maps to overcome the obstacles and improve the learning experience for the benefit of the learners all over the world, faculty and administrative bodies in the smart universities. The discussions will encompass all aspects of the development of the modern education system, with a particular focus on finding productive solutions to the current challenges in the field of smart education. It will also review the best practices and innovative educational methodologies that support advanced smart learning methods with the aim to develop educational models that not only open new horizons but also improve the standards in the field of smart education and distance learning.
Dr. Mansoor Al Awar, Chancellor of HBMSU, said: “The launch of ‘Innovation Lab for the future of Smart Learning’ complements the directives of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and President of HBMSU. It is also in line with the main fundamentals adopted by the university in its march towards achieving leadership and excellence in innovation and creativity to keep pace with the growing requirements of 21st century. The ‘Innovation Lab’ is vital as it brings together academics from HBMSU and outside the university within an integrated global platform for brainstorming and spreading the culture of innovative and creative thinking about smart learning methods as a cornerstone for the transfer of knowledge. This will ensure that we adopt the best practices in the future to ensure the UAE’s march towards comprehensive development and cultural growth.”
“HBMSU continues its tireless efforts to take the local education system to new levels of competitiveness and leadership on the regional and global map by organizing initiatives and events that support and explore future operations. It relies on the nation’s responsibility and strategic aspirations to build an educated society that is enriched with the knowledge, creative thinking, and leadership excellence to advance the process of the UAE’s development. This will help in achieving the targets of the National Innovation Strategy and UAE Vision 2021 such as providing a community environment that is based on the highest standards of quality and well-being and building a sustainable economy that is based on knowledge, diversity and inclusiveness,” concluded Dr. Al Awar.
The agenda of the ‘Innovation Lab’ was recently unveiled at the first meeting which was headed by Dr. Al Awar. The session reviewed the strategic objectives of the initiative and discussed a range of important issues and topics on developing methods of smart education. It also agreed on the key points that will be focused on in the next session scheduled on October 26, 2016.
The ‘Innovation Lab’ will held a series of monthly meetings attended by faculty members and the management of HBMSU. These sessions will be moderated alternately by each of the heads of the university’s six academic programs departments.


New report defines world-class apprenticeships as those rooted in sector skills, knowledge and progression to employment

Analysis of leading countries points to defining features of world-class apprenticeships with lessons for the Middle East
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, August 29th 2016 – A new report has been released in the Middle East from the University of Derby, supported by Pearson, which looks at some of the world’s most heralded apprenticeship systems. The report is particularly useful for the Middle East, where many countries, such as the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, look to vocational education as a means through which economic diversification and reduced economic reliance on oil can be achieved.

The report’s main author, Dr Ruth Mieschbuehler, interviewed some of the world’s leading apprenticeship reformers in countries such as Germany, Denmark, Australia and the Netherlands. The following characteristics are identified in the report as being particularly important for a strong apprenticeship system:

·       extended apprenticeships of between three to four years;
·       broad and in-depth scientific and industrial skills and knowledge;
·       the presence of a ‘master’ in the company to train an apprentice;
·       high-quality knowledge-based education and training;
·       recognition through an occupational title on completion of the training;
·       apprentices to acquire all the skills and knowledge necessary to work effectively in an occupation;
·     apprentices to become skilled workers in an occupational area with a critical and creative approach; and
·       progression routes into employment as well as into further education and training.

Commenting on the report, Ruth Mieschbuehler said: “This is the first time ever that world-class apprenticeship standards have been identified drawing on interviews with some of the world’s leading apprenticeship reformers. The indicators can be used to create criteria against which all apprenticeship provision can be benchmarked and the recommendations will point towards a higher quality offering for apprentices and drive forward world-class apprenticeship standards in other countries.”

Mark Andrews, who is responsible for Pearson’s vocational offering in the Middle East believes that this report is timely for the GCC, as governments across the region seek to secure future growth through apprenticeship-based initiatives. He says: “Commendably, the UAE and Saudi Governments, like others in the region, have made a strong commitment to vocational and apprenticeship-based education. This kind of hands-on, work-based education will play a key role in building highly diversified, industrial-driven economies that can compete in a competitive, globally-orientated market.

“This report is valuable as it provides concrete advice on what we need to do here in this region to ensure our apprenticeships are world-class. Giving young apprentices in the Middle East the skills and training they need to kick-start rewarding careers is just one of the benefits of a strong apprenticeship system. Another is reducing unemployment and the much-discussed ‘skills gap’ facing the region, as employers will have access to a growing number of highly capable apprentices, skilled in the areas necessary for success in 21st Century workplaces”.

Commenting, Rod Bristow, President of Pearson in the UK said: “In addition to supporting this research Pearson has also convened a panel of world-leading education experts to advise us on the development of all our new qualifications. On apprenticeships the advice of the panel is clear: qualifications have a major role in supporting learner mobility and Pearson will focus work on those trailblazers including a qualification in their apprenticeship programme.”