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

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. Continue reading “HBMSU explores the future of education through launch of ‘Innovation Lab for the Future of Smart Learning’”

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.

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HBMSU receives Pearson recognition in education for ‘Smart Training Model’.

Adoption of best international quality practices is proactive step towards continued leadership in smart education
UAE, July 24, 2016 –Under the unlimited support of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and President of Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University (HBMSU), and the close follow up of the Board of Trustees, the university has received Pearson recognition in education. The achievement complements HBMSU’s leadership in driving innovation, creativity and excellence in learning and education in the Arab World. The university was recognized for its Smart Training Model (A.A.A) which reflects the institution’s remarkable success in adopting the highest quality standards

and best global practices in the field of education as part of its effective cooperative strategies with renowned international institutions involved in establishing benchmarks for the education sector.

Dr. Mansoor Al Awar, Chancellor of HBMSU, said: “We are honored to accept an advanced international classification from a prestigious international company in the field of learning and education such as Pearson. The recognition emphasizes anew the leadership of HBMSU in fostering a culture of quality, excellence and scientific research via smart learning, and creating new ways to manage education and training system in accordance with the highest international quality standards.”
“There is no doubt that obtaining the Pearson recognition in education strengthens our leading position regionally in terms of providing high-quality education, in accordance with the wise directives of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and President of HBMSU, and the follow-up of our Board of Trustees, in order to re-shape the future of learning in the Arab World by using innovative methods that meet the requirements of the 21st Century,’ he added.
 “This latest achievement is a quantum leap towards consolidating the leadership of HBMSU in enriching knowledge and promoting excellence, quality and innovation in smart learning and scientific research. It will enable us to provide our integrated portfolio of smart education –based academic and training programs marked by Pearson’s recognition. This provides proof that our administrative, operational, training and educational methodologies match the highest international quality standards. We look forward with confidence that this major step will guarantee that our current and future learners receive high-quality education which will serve our common aspirations in improving the lives of people around the world through learning and education,” concluded Al Awar.
HBMSU’s Smart Training Model is based on the three independent phases of Awareness, Application, and Advisory. The Awareness phase is based on the self-paced learning process which provides individual and organizational participants with basic information in preparation for the move to the Application phase and can be provided either online or via shared information. The Application phase provides the foundation for achieving smart training objectives. It is characterized by an interactive environment that is supported by quality management models, hands-on tools and techniques, simulation, case studies, video presentations, and experiential learning, among others.
The Advisory phase is the final stage which provides support and guidance to participants through virtual means for sustainability and continuous improvement and which takes advantage of HBMSU’s vast online resources as well as support from regional and international team of Associates and subject matter experts and advisors.
The Pearson Global recognition in education is of high importance as it is an independent international index for measuring the quality of education and training programs offered by academic institutions and universities around the world. HBMSU achieved this prestigious international rating after undergoing a comprehensive evaluation process aimed at measuring organizational performance and determining the level of efficiency in managing education, training, testing and evaluation. The university achieved remarkable results and high points in the international index due to its excellent ability in applying the Life Long Learning model based on the latest smart innovations, as well as its success in training and developing teaching and administrative staff to keep pace with the rapid developments of the digital era.
The evaluation process was undertaken in accordance with quality objectives system and using the experience of Pearson Global in measuring the quality of education and learning.

All the training programs to be held during the second half of this year at HBMSU are now all recognized by UK-based Pearson, the world’s largest learning company. Pearson’s portfolio of approved programs includes several professional programs, the most important of which are the ‘Innovation Leadership in Governmental Sector’ program and diploma programs on ‘Smart Government Consultant,’ ‘7 Stars in Customer Service in Accordance with 4G Standards,’ and ‘Government Excellence (fourth generation).’

Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences honours Ministry of Health and Prevention.

Ministry plays vital role in success of first kidney transplant in Dubai
UAE, 27 June, 2016 – Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences (MBRU) honored the Ministry of Health and Prevention (MOHAP) for its contribution to the success of the first kidney transplant in Dubai. Dr. Mohamed Salim Al Olama, Undersecretary of MOHAP, received the University’s trophy as a token of appreciation from Dr. Amer Ahmad Sharif, CEO of the Education Sector in Dubai Healthcare City Authority, during his visit with the University delegation at MOHAP’s headquarters in Dubai.

Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences honours Ministry of Health and Prevention

The recognition event was held in the presence of Dr. Youssif Al Serkal, Assistant Undersecretary for Hospitals Sector,

and University delegates Dr. Alawi Alsheikh-Ali, Dean of the College of Medicine, Dr. Farhad Janahi, Consultant Urologist and Assistant Professor, and Nujood Al Khloofi, Director of Marketing and External Relations Department at MBRU.

Dr. Al Olama expressed his appreciation for the recognition and noted that MOHAP’s efforts leading to the success of the first kidney transplant in Dubai hails from the directives of the UAE’s wise leadership to raise the level of health services for citizens and residents and ensure it meets the highest international standards.
He said that the UAE’s healthcare sector is undergoing a major transformation as new paths are taken and adopted in the field of surgical care and organ transplant, as well as innovation in diagnostic and therapeutic services, application of advanced medical technology, and continuing education for the country’s doctors, consultants and nurses – all of which are aimed at ensuring satisfaction and happiness for citizens and residents as embodied in UAE Vision 2021.
The Ministry will spare no effort to support all significant initiatives in modern surgeries and will take advantage of the global development in organ transplants, including the latest education developments in universities, research and treatment centers and major hospitals, he added.

Dr. Sharif articulated his appreciation to the Ministry for its unwavering support to the success of the first kidney transplant in Dubai, which he said is an ideal example of cooperation among various stakeholders. He also cited MOHAP’s vital role in supporting innovative projects for the advancement of medical education, which will place the country among the world’s top medical achievers by engaging in strategic partnerships and initiating treatment programs for enhancing the health of individuals and society as a whole.

43 children graduate from DEWA nurseries in 2016

Dubai, UAE, 20 June 2016: Dubai Electricity and Water Authority’s (DEWA’s) nurseries have had 43 children graduate in 2016. These are employees’ children who turned four and completed the requirements to go to kindergarten. The graduation ceremony, organised by the nursery’s management, was attended by HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA, and Dr. Yousef Al Akraf, Executive Vice President of Business Support and Human Resources at DEWA.

Dewa Nurseries.

“DEWA takes priority in its staff`, as they are the cornerstone for achieving excellence in all areas,

and the driving force behind corporate success and leadership. DEWA is committed to providing a motivating, positive, and happy working environment for its female staff. This helps provide social stability for working mothers, which in turn reflects positively on their work-life balance. The nurseries develop the children’s capabilities in a safe environment supervised by qualified and specialised female teachers and supervisors. This is achieved through various educational, cultural, and entertaining activities. The nurseries provide all requirements and tools that build their personalities and prepare them for school. This is done according to the highest international standards in education and healthy upbringing. This helped raise parents’ satisfaction to 98%,” said Al Tayer.

“DEWA established the nurseries to support and empower working mothers and provide a working environment that provides social and psychological care for mothers in their presence near their children. DEWA’s nurseries organise various educational and recreational activities which develop children’s mental abilities and contribute to their development,” said Al Akraf.
DEWA established the first nursery for the children of its employees in February 2010 according to the highest international standards in education, with a capacity of 40 children. Another nursery opened with a capacity of 48 children in the Sustainable Building at Al Quoz in April 2013. The third nursery opened at DEWA’s Al Warsan centre, which accommodates 87 children. A total number of 216 children have graduated from DEWA’s nurseries, this summer.


HBMSU commissioned to convert Al Ahli Driving Centre’s theoretical lessons to interactive eLearning format

Cloud-ready content to be available in three languages & accessible across all platforms & devices
UAE, June 19, 2016 – Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University (HBMSU) has announced that it has been commissioned by Al Ahli Driving Centre, a Dubai-based driving school to develop an interactive online version of its theoretical lessons to enhance existing training and registration processes. The contract was signed at the HBMSU campus in the presence of Dr. Mansoor Al Awar, Chancellor of HBMSU and Emirati referee Ali Bujsaim, Chairman of Al Ahli Group.

Dr. Mansoor Al Awar, Chancellor of HBMSU and Emirati referee Ali Bujsaim, Chairman of Al Ahli Group

Under the terms of the agreement, HBMSU will make the content available in three languages – English, Arabic and Urdu

– and host them on the Cloud where they can be accessed via all platforms and devices. The university will also develop a system for displaying the Centre’s courses and produce videos with HTML5 content covering eight (8) lessons. Each session will take up 45 minutes of learning time, inclusive of evaluation and assessment, and will incorporate animation and graphics as well as a presenter to add a personal, interactive touch.

HBMSU will provide a state-of-the-art platform for hosting the content which will feature tracking and reporting functions and integrate with existing learner registration and course navigation systems.
Dr. Mansoor Al Awar, said: “Driving is a common yet important activity that affects our personal, professional and social lives. Our agreement with Al Ahli Driving Centre will help make driving practices clearer, safer and more broadly adopted by eliciting higher interest, participation and feedback from learners who will benefit from interactive sessions that are further enriched by assessments. It will also enhance the Centre’s registration, processing and course delivery to provide a more convenient and fulfilling experience for customers. We look forward to applying our vast eLearning experience to driver training through this agreement.”
“Our new eLearning platform will enable our learners to access instructional materials anytime and anywhere, at their own pace and convenience, in coordination with the Center. The interactive versions of our lessons that we have commissioned HBMSU to develop can emphasize key aspects of driving better than traditional classroom methods. Moreover, the extended automation of our registration and training are in step with Dubai’s ongoing ‘Smart Transformation.’ This agreement is a major step towards optimizing the training and operational efficiency of our institution,” added Bujsaim.

HBMSU’s agreement with Al Ahli Driving Centre forms part of its ongoing efforts to apply its expertise in high-quality, innovative and research-driven ‘smart’ learning to everyday living to create a productive and responsible knowledge-driven Arab society.

Pearson, Emirates Aviation University applaud new rules governing vocational qualifications.

Leading education providers in the UAE welcome recognition of international qualifications.
Dubai, UAE, 17 May, 2016: Dubai: The Emirates Aviation University and Pearson have announced their support of changes to the rules governing qualifications recognition in the UAE.
Recently, the UAE’s National Qualifications Authority (NQA) and Dubai’s Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) announced that international qualifications, such as Pearson’s BTEC qualifications, would be recognised throughout the UAE.

Pearson qualifications, including the BTEC National Diplomas and Higher National Diplomas, are offered through a number of UAE educational providers. These qualifications, which have long been recognised by awarding agencies around the world, will now also be officially recognised by the UAE government.
Dr Naji Al Mahdi, Chief of Qualifications and Awards at KHDA, was enthusiastic about the benefits UAE recognition of international qualifications will bring. He commented: “This new recognition service will address challenges faced by young men and women ingetting their professional and vocational qualifications recognised in the UAE. The recognition service will provide an official confirmation and validation that an international qualification meets the requirements of a specific level on the National Qualifications Framework for the purpose of employment and progression to higher education”.
The Emirates Aviation University (EAU), which offers several BTEC qualifications, has applauded the announcement. Dr Ahmad Al Ali, Vice Chancellor of EAUbelieves changes will bring benefits not only to those learners undertaking a professional or vocational qualification, but also organisations looking to recruit suitable trained graduates. He says: “Undertaking a vocational qualification requires a significant commitment in both time and money.  Learners therefore want to be sure that they are embarking on a programme that will give them the best possible chance of success in future employment. By obtaining recognition, programmes like the Higher National Diploma have been given a mark of quality that assures learners that their chosen qualification adheres to rigorous guidelines. It is also great news for employers, who will now be readily able to identify candidates with a superior qualification and have an understanding of the level of capability associated with that qualification.”

Mark Andrews, Regional Director of Pearson Qualifications in the Middle East acknowledged the important role recognition plays in building a professional and competent vocational workforce. He says: “The UAE, and wider GCC region are affected by a skills gap where employers are routinely unable to find candidates with the requisite standard of qualifications and competencies, particularly in many vocational areas. The changes to the way vocational qualifications are recognised in the UAE will help to build a more professional vocationally-based workforce, and fill some of the gaps that currently exist in the labour market. By streamlining and simplifying the recognition process, we will hopefully see more people completing high quality vocational programmes and entering employment in in-demand fields”.

GETEX 2016 to unveil prime education & training opportunities to over 35,000 visitors.

Diverse mix of guests to be treated to more than 2,500 study programmes

March 03, 2016 – The latest edition of the Gulf Education and Training Exhibition (GETEX), the leading student recruitment platform in the Middle East and Asia, is expected to attract 35,000 visitors from April 13 to 15, 2016 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. During its three-day run, GETEX 2016 will focus on topics such as General Education, Residential Schools, Undergraduate and Postgraduate Education, Occupational and Industry Education, Professional Development, Continuing Education and Training, as well as host a Student Counselling and Career Advisory Forum.


GETEX 2016 will target various student groups based on their preferences, ensuring that it maintains an exceptional year-on-year exhibitor retention rate of over 90 percent. The hosted seminars and presentations on subjects that bridge the gap between education and industry will reinforce ties with the business community. Unlike other advertising mediums, GETEX offers tangible returns on exhibitor investments as much of the recruitment happens on the exhibition floor. Students across all age groups will have access to more than 2,500 international academic, training and vocational programs during the three-day event.

GETEX Dubai.

Anselm Godinho, Managing Director of International Conferences & Exhibitions, the organizer of GETEX, said: “For nearly three decades, GETEX has provided a vital link between learners and professionals seeking prime education and education providers, offering the best study programmes for aspiring students. The 2016 edition of GETEX will cater to a broader audience in response to growing demand in specific industry sectors such as Medicine, Engineering and Finance along with a host of vocational trades. School officials, faculty, parents and students of all ages will appreciate the vast array of study options that GETEX has to offer. Exhibitors, on the other hand, will have an easier time pursuing their admissions targets and enrolment quotas courtesy of the show.”

GETEX is the Middle East’s longest running student sourcing event. It is organized by International Conferences & Exhibitions (IC&E), one of the longest standing international exhibition houses in the region. Last year’s edition received 35,500 visitors, 63 per cent of whom were high school students looking for undergraduate programmes, 23 per cent mature learners seeking postgraduate education options, 12 per cent professionals interested in occupational education and training courses, and 2 per cent faculty, career guidance counsellors and visitors from education regulatory authorities around the Middle East. Entrance to the upcoming show is free. For more information, please visit http://www.mygetex.com.

Dubai Smart Government signs MoU with Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government.

 MoU contributes to building leaders and qualified national staff
 UAE, November 4, 2015 – Dubai Smart Government Department (DSG) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government. Under the MoU, the government partnership will be bolstered through exchange of knowledge and best practices at all levels and the streamlining of corporate communication channels between the two organizations.

Dubai Smart Government Department (DSG) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government.

The partnership will extend to fields such as training, education, leader preparation and empowerment programmes. It will also enrich the knowledge content of educational and training activities with practical government administration experiences, expertise and scientific research to support government performance. It will also enable the best government practices to be documented and disseminated, particularly those related to regionally and internationally reputed foundations with the aim of ensuring continuous development of excellence in the government sector. 
This was announced during the signing ceremony of the MoU between H.E. Ahmad Bin Humaidan, DSG Director General, and H.E. Dr. Ali Sebaa Al Marri, Executive President of Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government (MBRSG). According to the MoU, a joint committee will be formed to follow up the implementation of its articles in the most optimal manner.
Expressing his happiness about signing the MoU, Bin Humaidan said: “Based on DSG’s strategy aimed at enhancing its employees’ smart skills as a basic element for building an enabled environment that would contribute to achieving our strategy, we are keen on training our employees, keeping them abreast of the scientific progress updates that serve their scope of work and familiarizing them with the latest innovations that help fulfill the vision and trends of the prudent leadership, particularly HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, for Dubai to become the smartest city in the world.”
Bin Humaidan added: “Signing this MoU with MBRSG is a step towards building effective knowledge-based partnership relations between the two parties, enabling DSG to benefit from MBRSG’s experience in this field as this will reflect positively on enriching the knowledge of our employees and building qualified staff as per the world’s best standards.”
Meanwhile, Al Marri said: “We are pleased to sign this MoU, which is aimed at training and empowering DSG staff at all administrative levels with a view to building leaders and qualified national staff and helping them achieve advanced levels in corporate excellence. We also seek to benefit from DSG’s distinguished development and accumulated experiences as well as its employment of many best practices to enrich our knowledge-based content for the benefit of all our partnering government entities.”

The curriculum will feature training courses in creativity, innovation and smart management based on MBRSG’s role in enhancing the strategic vision of Dubai Government and the UAE, which prompts development and transformation to smart government, according to Al Marri. He also noted that the courses would be worked out as per the highest academic standards through which leaders would be prepared to face work challenges, own the ability to evaluate them, take the right decisions as government officials and enrich those courses with interactive activities, best practices and success stories from an elite group of UAE leaders.

High-quality programs in government innovation, creativity, entrepreneurship, Islamic banking & social media

HBMSU launches human capital development training courses to meet local and regional needs of creative cadres
UAE, September 14, 2015 – Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University (HBMSU) has launched a series of human capital development courses aimed at producing generations of Arabs who are capable of meeting the needs of the 21st century. The new courses, which will be offered until December of this year, have been designed to provide learners with enriched knowledge and high-level experience on leadership, institutional innovation, change management, entrepreneurship, Islamic banking and social media — all of which are main pillars driving the Arab World’s development today.


Dr. Mansoor Al Awar, Chancellor of the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University.

The training courses fall in line with the objectives of UAE Vision 2021 focusing on building a competitive economy by enhancing the knowledge of, and encouraging innovations among, the country’s citizens. They give emphasis on the most crucial issues of government excellence, economic recovery and sustainable development. The programs include ‘The Implementation of Innovative Initiatives through Change Management,’ ‘Using Three-Dimension Approach in Institutional Innovation,’ ‘Skills of 21st Century Leader,’ and ‘Creativity in Entrepreneurship.’
The second round of the professional diploma ‘Innovation Leadership in Governmental Sector’ training program is a major boost to ongoing efforts towards building a generation qualified to lead innovative public initiatives. The course also embodies the objectives of the ‘National Strategy for Innovation’ launched by H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, to position the UAE among the most innovative countries in the world by 2021.
As part of its commitment to help make Dubai the capital of the Islamic economy, HBMSU is set to launch the ‘Chartered Institute of Management Accountants’ (CIMA) program focusing on Islamic Banking and Takaful. The learners’ digital skills will also be developed through two programs, namely ‘Using Social Media and Its Role in Enriching Education and Interactive Training’ and ‘Using Smart Phone Applications in Providing Information Services in Libraries and Information Centers.’ The university also offers an integrated workshop in the development of effective budgets and costs control, which is aimed at the development of accounting and financial skills of participants in the preparation and analysis of financial statements and government budgets in accordance with international standards of the government sector. The course offering also looks towards identifying the modern financial analysis methods in the areas of analysis and evaluation of projects, with the training of participants on the preparation of the budgets in different ways.
Dr. Mansoor Al Awar, Chancellor, HBMSU said: “Promoting a culture of innovation and creativity and instilling the spirit of leadership among young people are part of our strategic priorities. We remain committed to meeting the Arab World’s growing needs to build qualified human resources capable of leading an integrated knowledge-based economy for a better future. The recent launching of the new training courses is a strong push towards building generations with strong initiative as well as world-class leadership and creativity skills. This will help position the UAE among the top countries in terms of ease of doing business, global competitiveness, innovation, entrepreneurship and development.  We are in effect working towards achieving the objectives enshrined in UAE Vision 2021.”
Al Awar pointed out that HBMSU is one of the first academic and educational institutions to respond to the vision of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed of turning Dubai into the future global capital of the Islamic economy. “Today, we are making further progress in our endeavors.  We are encouraging our students to make a positive impact on Islamic banking and finance through our valued programs which combine both modern technologies and innovative learning methods for effective transfer of knowledge.”
“Our efforts form part of our vision to make HBMSU as the top university of choice in the Arab World in shaping the future of education and learning through innovative solutions. In light of this, we are committed to develop and design innovative academic and training programs that stimulate creativity, leadership and success to help shape the future, enhance our economic competitiveness and develop a unified society. All of these efforts are aligned with UAE Vision 2021 and Dubai Strategic Plan 2021,” concluded Al Awar.
The offered training courses are ‘Creativity in Entrepreneurship,’ ‘Innovation Leadership in Governmental Sector,’ ‘The Implementation of Innovative Initiatives through Change Management,’ ‘Using Three-Dimension Approach in Institutional Innovation,’ ‘Skills of 21st Century Leader,’ ‘Using Social Media and Its Role in Enriching Education and Interactive Training,’ ‘Using Smart Phone Applications in Providing Information Services in Libraries and Information Center,’ and ‘Integrated Workshop in the Development of Effective Budgets and Costs Control.’ All programs are offered in Arabic except for ‘Chartered Institute of Management Accountants’ (CIMA)/Islamic Banking and Takaful, which is taught in English only.