HBMeU’s experience comes under spotlight at Second International Conference on Arabic Language.

University presents paper on “Impact of e-Learning in the Spread of Knowledge”
May 15, 2013
As a leader in the field of e-Learning across the Arab world and a key contributor to sustainable social and human development in the region and around the world, Hamdan Bin Mohammed e-University (HBMeU) recently participated in the Second International Conference on Arabic Language, one of the Arab region’s leading cultural and academic events which was held in Dubai under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, under the theme “Arabic Language in Danger: All Are Partners in Protection”. The event featured a dedicated seminar on “Teaching the Arabic Language over Latest Needs”, during which Dr. Talal Mohammed Al Darwish, Head of HBMeU’s Centre for Arabization and Program Integrity (CAPI), presented a paper entitled “Impact of e-Learning in the Spread of Knowledge… HBMeU’s Experience”.

Al Darwish commenced discussions with a focus on “Our Children and Knowledge”, underlining the Arab region’s current cultural status where the young generation tends to use foreign languages at the expense of their native Arabic language, known to be the language of eloquent literature and articulate expressions. Al Darwish pointed out that factors such as poor quality of school and university learning; dissemination of modern technology; and a learning environment which fails to find a balance between educational needs and real world requirements, as the main reasons why young Arabs are reluctant to boost their knowledge and enhance their native language.
Al Darwish further touched upon HBMeU’s extensive experience in the launch of leading initiatives that address the fields of university learning and e-learning across the Arab world; one of which is Cloud Campus the Social Online Learning initiative which follows the directives of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and President of HBMeU, to strengthen the culture of e-learning and promote optimal adoption of advanced technologies and social networks to spread knowledge among the Emirati and Arab youth.
“Cloud Campus embodies the true vision of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to achieve a real change in education, which is considered a key pillar of the UAE Vision 2021”, Al Darwish said. “This initiative is not limited to education alone, it is based on an integrated approach that reinforces social responsibility among young people through the direct and effective use of the internet.”
For his part, Dr. Mansoor Al Awar, Chancellor, HBMeU, said that the Cloud Campus initiative is instrumental in raising the bar of e-learning through social networks and is poised to make a positive change in the industry as it offers online content in Arabic language in order to reach a larger segment of learners in the Arab world.
He added: “The Second International Conference on Arabic Language is a key demonstration of the UAE’s approach to safeguard and protect the Arabic Language from the emerging challenges of cultural globalization. HBMeU is committed to strengthening the role of Arabic Language in scientific and knowledge-based events in the region and worldwide.”
The conference was organized by the International Council for Arabic Language in cooperation with UNESCO, the Arab Bureau of Education for the Gulf States and the Association of Arab Universities, and in collaboration with the Prime Minister’s Office. It attracted around 1,000 high-profile Emirati, Arab, Islamic and foreign personalities from 70 Arab and non-Arab countries to discuss nearly 370 research papers over 63 sessions that included private seminars and open panel discussions.
The Centre for Arabization and Program Integrity (CAPI) is one of the leading intellectual forums in the Arab world, where high-profile Arab practitioners and academics work together to enrich the Arabic Library with leading researches, studies and Arabized books. The mission of CAPI is to become a center of excellence in facilitating learning in Arabic while meeting latest needs. It offers Arabization, research, proofreading and editing services, based on the core values of authenticity, linguistic precision, subject area knowledge, methodology, consistency and standards to ensure best Arabic translations. 

HBMeU’s Prof. Mohamed Zairi awarded by Australian Organization for Quality for contributions in global quality.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Hamdan Bin Mohammed e-University (HBMeU), has announced that Prof. Mohamed Zairi, Growth & Corporate Strategy, Assistant Chancellor at HBMeU, has been recently awarded the ‘Outstanding Contribution to Global Quality’ recognition medal by the Australian Organization for Quality (AOQ). The prestigious award was unanimously approved by National Chairman of the AOQ Acn. Shan Rupral JM and the entire Board of the AOQ NSW.

Dr. Mansoor Al Awar, Chancellor, said: “The award validates the enormous contributions of Prof. Mohamed Zairi towards promoting global quality. Moreover, this distinction also reflects HMBeU’s strong focus on quality and excellence as cornerstones of our mission to cultivate a culture of e-Learning and quality management in the Arab region. HBMeU will continue to focus on developing e-Learning programs that add value to the professional development of learners in the Arab world, while setting new quality benchmarks in the global academic community.”
HBMeU is the first e-learning institute in the Arab World that was established with the vision to develop a new learning process through the implementation of learning practices characterised by flexibility, quality and diversity to strengthen self-leadership among learners and prepare them socially and academically for a future career through integration in the job market. HBMeU’s philosophy is based on vital methods that have been developed through extensive research and development by specialists from all over the world. These methods include offering high quality programs, supporting the pursuit of lifelong learning, promoting the freedom of information, reinforcing the culture of excellence and innovation and providing education for everyone in line with the highest standards of comprehensiveness and credibility. The university, which is accredited by the UAE Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, seeks to constantly identify knowledge needs, support research and development programs and create an outstanding environment for e-learning.

Spring Edition of GETEX 2013 Receives Mass Appreciation from Education Stakeholders

Representatives of top regional and international universities highlight strategic importance of event in building strong relations with target audiences
April 29, 2013
GETEX Spring 2013 concluded an extensive showcase of over 2,500 academic, vocational and training programmes, gathering more than 400 leading academic institutions worldwide and inviting over 35,000 visitors at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre from April 17 to 19. The silver jubilee edition of GETEX Spring, which was inaugurated by H.H. Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development, was warmly received by government entities, corporate organizations, academic institutions, students and parents from the Middle East, underlining the increasing focus on education, training and professional development initiatives across the region.

GETEX Spring 2013, which is recognized as the leading education and training event in the Middle East and Asia, also generated an overwhelming response from top local, regional and international universities, academic institutions and training organizations, highlighting the strategic importance of GETEX as an ideal networking avenue and showcase for quality educational programs being offered worldwide.
Several universities and academic institutions that participated in GETEX Spring pointed out the impact of the event on their brand strategy and in establishing strong relations with target audiences, particularly parents and corporate organizations across the region. They also commended the way the show was organised by International Conferences and Exhibitions (IC&E).
Dr. Ayoub Kazim, Managing Director of TECOM Education Cluster – Dubai International Academic City (DIAC) and Dubai Knowledge Village said, “GETEX provides DIAC with the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of students’ academic needs and strengths; and to showcase the unique programmes offered by our academic partners according to their distinct set of requirements.  We pride ourselves on the quality of education on offer at our world renowned universities and will continue to work closely with our partners to ensure that the high quality of our programmes is maintained and that the types of courses on offer cater to the demands of the local industry.”
Raghad Dahham, Senior Officer, Student Recruitment and Admissions, Al Ghurair University, said, “This event is a great opportunity to meet students, other schools and other visitors. This year, we were consistently busy throughout the three days of the show. It provided great exposure to our university and a chance to introduce “Al Ghurair” to participating institutes from outside the UAE such as Thailand, UK, Germany and USA. We also noticed that the show was very well-organized with excellent services provided by the organisers.”

Daniel Adkins, Academic Director, Murdoch University, commented, “GETEX is our single biggest recruitment activity of the year and always produces major results for the university. We have been participating in this event for the last three years, and have always noted that it has been organised on the same level of efficiency and consistency throughout the years. We always look forward to taking part in this exhibition.”
Visitors to GETEX, which is supported by the UAE Ministry of Higher Education & Scientific Research, also pointed out how the exhibition provided them with a wide range of academic options they are in process of searching.

“I have found a lot of universities at GETEX which are offering courses in Interior Design which my daughter is considering specializing in,” said Abeer Tohami, a parent. “In fact, GETEX has also made us cognizant to some universities and majors which we were not considering prior to our visit.”
Geno James, a student who attended the event, echoed similar sentiments. “GETEX helps us in getting better education and finding the university of our choice. My selected major is Finance, so I attended the event to look for universities specializing in that field of study and I found many potential options during my visit,” said James.
The General Education segment of the event this year presented school-goers with a gateway of information intelligence on day-scholar, residential/boarding schools and summer camps. The Higher Education segment offered both undergraduate and post-graduate courses that highlighted the Middle Eastas one of the fastest growing student populations. The Vocational & Occupational Training segment aimed to bridge the divide between education and industry by encouraging learners to acquire skills in specific job profiles, empowering them to quickly enter the workforce and gain career independence. Targeting the largely untapped market for professional service providers, the Professional Development segment provided access to customised executive education for mid-to-senior management levels as well as junior levels.