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.

 

2nd China-UAE Conference on Islamic Banking & Finance

Conference on Islamic Banking & Finance explores international cooperation in support of ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative
USD 2.3 trillion Islamic economy is a pivotal player
Dubai’s experience in Islamic Economy will drive the revitalization of the Silk Road connecting Asia & Europe
UAE, September 12, 2017- The Dubai Center for Islamic Banking and Finance in Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University (HBMSU) and the Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre has successfully concluded the 2nd China-UAE Conference on Islamic Banking and Finance. The two-day event held in Shenzhen, China formed part of efforts to drive economic growth and comprehensive development through the Islamic economy, in line with the objectives of the ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative. It was organized in cooperation with China Islamic Finance Club, ZhiShang Intercultural Communication, and Knowledge Partner Thomson Reuters.

 

 

This year’s main conference theme of ‘Islamic Finance: Paving the Way for the Belt and Road Initiative’ provided a strategic international platform for exploring ways to enhance financial and economic integration and strengthen the historic economic relations between the European and Asian markets linked by the Silk Road, in line with the objectives of the ‘One Belt … One Road’ strategy. The event included in-depth discussions on promoting constructive dialogue among economists, bankers, decision and policy makers, investors and stakeholders of the Islamic economy. Talks focused on reviewing emerging challenges and prospects for enhancing the role of Islamic finance in achieving the goals of the ambitious Chinese initiative. The leading experience of Dubai in developing the Islamic economy into a comprehensive system and a key driver for international development was tackled as well.

 

 
Dr. Mansour Al Awar, Chancellor of HBMSU, noted that the 2nd China-UAE Conference on Islamic Banking and Finance complements the successful cooperation between the UAE and China by exploring new prospects for harnessing Islamic finance to drive economic development, in light of the growing role of the Islamic economy – estimated to be currently worth USD 2.3 trillion –as a main driver for the growth of the global economic system.
He said: “The conference is inspired by the vision of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, to transform Dubai into a global capital for the Islamic economy, under the supervision of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and President of HBMSU, who is leading the development of the sector in line with the requirements of this era and the emerging post-oil economy.”

 

 
Professor Nabil Baydoun, Vice Chancellor for University Advancement, HBMSU, said: “The forum was organized in line with ongoing efforts to share Dubai’s pioneering experiences at the global Islamic finance map. We highlighted the active role of Dubai and the UAE in accelerating regional and international development while focusing on their outstanding contributions to the revitalization of the Silk Road connecting Asia and Europe, in line with the ambitious Chinese ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative. By attracting extensive high-level international participation, the event provided an ideal opportunity to develop proactive ideas and exchange effective strategies for maximizing the benefits of Islamic finance by implementing the ‘Belt and Road’ initiative to drive global development, stability and prosperity within the framework of fruitful partnerships between the public and private sectors.”
Commenting on the importance of the conference, Abdulla Mohammed Al Awar, CEO of the Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre, said: “The second edition of this conference emphasized the confidence of government, the public and private sectors, and the world in the ability of the Islamic economy to contribute to the success of large-scale international projects such as the ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative. The event provided a great opportunity for Islamic financial institutions and financial entrepreneurs engaged in various sectors to showcase their presence in major projects with the potential to reshape the global economy.”
“In addition to finance, the Islamic economy will contribute to the success of the ‘One Belt, One Road’ agenda through the implementation of standards and regulations which are now international requirements for ensuring sustainability, reducing risk, and realizing the social dimension of equitable and comprehensive development. The concepts of production and its related areas and sustainability on which the Islamic economy is based, have become vital to rationalizing and optimizing the consumption of resources to ensure a healthy global environment,” he added.
“Dubai will play a pivotal role in the ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative given its success in strengthening its position as a cultural and legislative reference and a global incubator for the world’s largest and most important conventional and Islamic companies and institutions,” he concluded.
The 2nd UAE-China Conference on Islamic Banking and Finance was actively participated in by distinguished official spokespersons who included Chen Rugui, Mayor of Shenzhen, and H.E. Abdulla Bin Ahmed Al Saleh, the UAE Ministry of Economy’s Undersecretary for Foreign Trade and Industry. The agenda comprised a series of panel discussions moderated by key international figures such as Prof. Baydoun; Mr. Gao Lin, Vice Director, Shenzhen Municipal Commission of Economy, Trade and Information Technology, and Dr. Adnan Chilwan, CEO of Dubai Islamic Bank.
Other official spokespersons were Ms. He Qiaonu, Chairwoman of the Board, Beijing Oriental Landscape Environment Limited by Share Ltd; Prof. Cao Wenlian, Director General of the Chinese International Cooperation Center’s National Development and Reform Commission; Mr. Li Jinghe, Executive Dean of the Shenzhen Belt and Road Strategy, Institute for Economy and Trade; Dr. Hamed Merah, Secretary General of the Accounting and Auditing Organization for Islamic Financial Institutions (AAOIFI); and Dr. Sun Jie, a Researcher for the Chinese Ministry of Finance’s Financial Science Research Institute.
Also present were Mr. Redha Al Ansari, Research Team Leader for Capital Markets and Market Intelligence at Thomson Reuters; Mr. Khalid F. Howladar, Managing Director of Accreditus Dubai; Mr. Zhang Ji, Deputy Director of the Foreign Affairs Office of the General Office of the State Council.; Alberto Germani, Managing Partner of PMF Project Management and Finance; Farah Al Zarouni, Advisor at the International Halal Accreditation Forum (IHAF); Sanjeev Dutta, Executive Director for Commodities at the Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC); and Sofia Azmi, Chief Executive Officer of Edbiz Consulting Limited.

 

The conference agenda covered major issues affecting the Islamic finance sector. It highlighted the opportunities available for public and private entities to build strong partnerships for driving the Islamic economy’s growth. The current and future role of the Islamic finance sector of the UAE and the Arab World in general in achieving the goals of the ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative was discussed as well.
 
 

HBMSU Kicks Off Training Sessions at the Banner Training Center

First batch of trainees comprise representatives from key universities in the country
UAE, October 10, 2016 – Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University (HBMSU) kicked off the inaugural training sessions at its Banner Training Center, the first such state-of-the-art facility in the Middle East designed to help Banner users to develop smarter, hands-on skills in the areas of Student Information System. Based at the HBMSU campus, the center’s first batch of trainees comprise representatives from Zayed University, Higher Colleges of Technology, American University of Sharjah, Khalifa University, Paris-Sorbonne University and Al Qasimia University. The sessions will be held until October 13, 2016.

Banner by Ellucian is the world’s leading higher education enterprise resource planning (ERP) software solution. It is the solution of choice for almost 1,400 institutions in 40 countries. With the industry’s most comprehensive set of features and future-ready technology, Banner strengthens every major workflow in higher education, from student recruiting and retention to talent attraction and management. Banner is the Student Information System (SIS) of choice for major universities in the UAE, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and other Gulf and Middle-Eastern countries.
Under the maiden Banner Training Center course sessions, participants consisting of administrative officials, admission and registration staff, and information technology (IT) specialists, will all learn from Ellucian-certified trainers using Ellucian-approved training materials. At the conclusion of the five-day training program, participants will be empowered to make more informed decisions, perform with higher productivity, and demonstrate stronger communication skills, in the areas of student registration using Banner XE
Dr. Mansoor Al Awar, HBMSU Chancellor, said: “The Banner training sessions will equip our trainees with crucial skills needed to simplify a wide range of complex set of administrative tasks in higher education, from recruiting and admissions to registration and financial aid. Through the use of their new advanced knowledge and skills, they will be able to perform their job more efficiently and they can make better decisions after their training. This initiative, in collaboration with Ellucian Inc., is a major boost to HBMSU’s commitment to promote lifelong learning with the aid of ‘smart’ tools and latest technologies. The Banner Training Center uses a cloud-based virtual lab to enable each trainee to have a unique environment instead of using a shared environment.”
Last year, HBMSU and Ellucian Inc. partnered to launch the first global Ellucian-Authorized Banner Training Center outside the United States. Banner training courses are planned to be delivered in both Arabic and English. The center’s establishment in October 2015 was followed by heavy investment by the university in train-the-trainers, on-boarding and certification programs, to be able to provide world-class Banner training at the university.
Dr. Raed Awdeh, HBMSU Vice Chancellor, Technology Development, said: “After many months of heavy preparation, we are excited with the start of the Banner training courses. This move will make us one step closer to our vision of becoming a university of choice in the Arab World in shaping the future of education and learning through innovative and smart educational technology solutions.”
The Banner Training Center supports and enables the ongoing UAE Government Emiratisation efforts by collaborating with local institutions and universities in training UAE nationals on core Student Information System functions using the Banner suite in a wide range of administrative processes, from Strategic Management and Records Handling to Learners Recruitment, Admissions, Registration, and Academic Advising. Hosting the Banner training center reaffirms not only the global confidence in the university’s capabilities to promote smart learning at the local and regional levels but also its achievements in training human resources qualified to lead the UAE’s transformation into an integrated knowledge-based economy.
The use of the new Banner system is in line with the university’s commitment to adopt the most advanced technological innovations in support of its relentless efforts to enhance operational efficiency, the quality of performance, and service excellence. It effectively cements HBMSU’s leading status as a first-class global training hub in various fields related to educational technology.

 

The partnership between HBMSU and Ellucian came amidst the robust and vibrant education market in the Middle East. The growth is more apparent in the Gulf region, where countries are increasingly adopting a knowledge-driven economic framework.