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.
 
 

Global Online Learning Industry

Global Online Learning Industry to Reach USD 325 Billion by 2025, says Study
Middle East market poised for strong growth with rising popularity of smart learning
Orient Planet Academy unveils new course dates for 2017
 
September 12, 2017 – A number of experts agree that the flourishing global e-learning industry is fast climbing, thanks to continuous advanced technological innovations, high modern skill demand in the market, and the need to update individual competencies for career advancement, among other factors. Market research firm Research and Markets predicts that the international online learning market will experience a compound annual growth rate of approximately 7.2 per cent and hit the USD 325- billion mark by 2025. The Middle East’s e-learning sector is picking up, with the regional industry fast gaining traction in light of the rising popularity of smart learning in this part of the world.
 
Orient Planet Academy (OPA), the first online Public Relations (PR) and Communications Academy in the Middle East, is one of the online academies catering to both aspiring and veteran PR and communications practitioners seeking world-class courses for self-development and skills improvement. Recently, the Academy revealed its upcoming course dates for the rest of 2017. Its new online classes will kick off on September 14, October 12, November 16, and December 7.
 
 
Nidal Abou Zaki, Managing Director, Orient Planet Group, said: “Online learning is definitely maturing and becoming more popular across the globe. Self-development and life-long learning are among the factors influencing the market’s exponential rise. With the increasing need for professionals with contemporary skills, many are now enrolling in globally recognized online courses that enable them to study at their own pace and at their most convenient time. These courses allow them to grow professionally, advance in their career, and be more competitive.”
 
According to Abou Zaki, OPA is attuned with contemporary learning needs as reflected by its internationally recognized PR and communications course offerings. With its new course dates now in place, OPA will proceed in addressing demand from PR and communications practitioners for programs that not only offer world-class training but also provide flexibility and balance. Interested students of all ages may register to any of OPA’s courses via its official website www.opacademy.com. OPA courses take 10 to 12 weeks to finish, with students required to complete one module every week and pass all requirements before a certificate is awarded.
 
The Academy offers Online Marketing and PR, Journalism, PR, English Grammar, and Diploma in Event Management courses taught by leading industry practitioners. Launched in 2014, Orient Planet Academy is a joint venture between Orient Planet Group and The Irish Academy of Public Relations. Orient Planet is one of the Middle East’s most rapidly growing PR, marketing and communications consultancies, while the Irish Academy is an international online education provider of courses in communications disciplines.
 
 

Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) Training Proves a Major Success for GCC Students

AAT posts higher enrollees in Accounting Qualifications in 2016 to prepare for upcoming VAT imposition in Gulf
  
UAE, November 2, 2016 – In the wake of the impending imposition of value-added tax (VAT) in the GCC, the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT), a globally recognized player in the accounting and finance sector, has announced an uptake in the number of students taking its Accounting Qualifications in the region. Providing training for a huge range of accounting and finance roles, the Qualifications include comprehensive Indirect Tax, Personal Tax, and Business Tax elements.

Approximately 290 students enrolled in AAT’s

Accounting Qualifications during 2016 to date, compared to 180 students in the whole of 2015. The climb was recorded as many regional businesses gear up for the upcoming introduction of a VAT rate in the GCC starting January 1, 2018. VAT imposition constitutes an important policy reform, aiming to help GCC governments achieve medium- to long-term social and economic policy goals as well as reduce their reliance on hydrocarbon revenues.

AAT’s wide-ranging Qualifications provide students with an in-depth understanding of relevant VAT regulations and documentations as required in the region. By taking the course, prospective enrollees will build and reinforce their knowledge of regional and global VAT registration requirements, and gain moderns skills for a successful overall career in the finance and accounting industry. Three training providers in the UAE currently offer AAT courses among 11 across the whole of the Middle East. The complete list is available at www.aat.org.uk/middleeast.
Rob Alder, Head of Business Development, AAT, said: “The tax element of the AAT Accounting Qualifications is proving popular with students, especially in the region where preparations for smooth VAT implementation are on full blast. As this is the first time that such a system is being introduced in the region, stakeholders need to gain clear understanding of this intricate and complex framework.”
“We aim to significantly contribute to the process through our Accounting Qualifications, which will equip our prospective students with modern skills, expertise, and competencies necessary to be successful in this field. The Accounting Qualifications improve the capabilities of any enterprise’s finance team, keeping its business one step ahead of its market competitor,” Alder added.
AAT offers various courses and certifications for individuals who want to become tax accountants or tax managers. With over 130,000 members in more than 90 countries, the association, which awards around 90 per cent of all vocational qualifications in accounting, provides practical workplace qualifications for finance staff across the world.
AAT’s universally respected and internationally recognized courses are highly supported by professional accounting bodies such as the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. It supports and develops its members through more than 500-AAT approved training providers across the world.

 

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Koenig announces successful completion of first batch of trainees for its EC Council ‘Certified Network Defender’ course

New program aimed at helping Koenig’s efforts to address cyber security skills gap in the region
October 04, 2016
Koenig Solutions, a leading IT training provider and the world’s number one offshore training company, revealed the successful completion of the first batch of trainees for its new course offering, the EC Council ‘Certified Network Defender’ course. 13 participants completed the new course offering, which took place at the Koenig Training Solutions Centre in Dubai. The program has been designed to help address the growing cyber security skills gap in the region—as industry experts have noted the emergence of new cyber threats and criminals becoming more tech-savvy in their operations. Koenig is the first learning partner in the region to offer this course, potentially targeting the millions of IT and Network Administrators that remained untrained on network defense techniques.

According to a report from Micro Market Monitor, the Middle East and African (MEA) region’s cyber security market is poised to grow to USD 13.43 billion by 2019. Network defense proves to be a timely and strategic course to offer as it represents a broader market globally, as compared to ethical hacking and penetration testing. In fact, the industry will face over 1.5 million unfilled IT security jobs globally in 2020–with 92 per cent of hiring businesses clamouring for highly skilled and fully certified candidates to fill in the openings. To help address this issue, Koenig believes focusing on people and essentially training up the next generation of workers in cybersecurity skills is the first step towards addressing this gap.
“We are pleased to announce the successful completion of the first batch that enrolled for our new EC Council ‘Certified Network Defender’ course. This new offering proves to be both timely and strategic as the number of people and the amount of information available online continues to grow along with the need for more cyber security professionals,” said Aditya Girish, Territory Manager Middle East, Koenig Solutions. “The need to secure network and information systems in the Middle East in general and the UAE in particular, is an essential factor that needs to be addressed in order to keep the online economy running and to ensure economic prosperity. To reduce the skills gap and train a new generation of security specialists, organisations, higher education establishments, and training centres should share responsibility and ideally act together to combat the growing threats in today’s connected world.”
Koenig’s ‘Certified Network Defender’ course is facilitated by EC-Council Certified Instructors with over than 10 years’ experience in the technical and training field. Network professionals with certifications from the likes of CCNA, Network+, Security+, are ideal candidates that need to take this course to upgrade their skills. The course forms the basis on which skilled professionals can pursue Certified Ethical hacking (CEH) and EC-council Certified Security Analyst (ECSA) courses thereafter. The program is designed to give students the opportunity to practice architectural thinking in the design of enterprise IT systems while also be trained on the use of practical tools and techniques, which they can take back and implement in their companies and organizations.
“A recent industry report has forecasted that IT global spending on cybersecurity will grow to USD 170 billion by 2020—which can be attributed to the emergence and continued growth of the Internet of Things (IoT) security market, which is expected to grow from USD 6.89 billion in 2015 to nearly USD 29 billion by 2020. With this in mind, the cyber security market is poised to yield huge economic opportunities. We remain committed to strengthening the UAE’s cyber security industry, and help businesses in the country to seize these opportunities and reinforce the trust of citizens and businesses in the digital world,” concluded Girish.
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About Koenig

Koenig is a leading provider of state-of-the-art technical training and certifications across all popular IT technologies available globally. The world class training at Koenig is offered through several innovative learning methods and delivery models to cater the unique requirements of a global customer base. With a workforce of over 300 certified trainers, Koenig offers key certifications via their 30+ authorizations, which includes the likes of Microsoft, Cisco, Oracle, VMware, Red Hat, Novell, EC Council, Adobe, among others. Some of Koenig’s prestigious list of clients in the Middle East and Africa region includes Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, Nakheel, PWC, Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank, RAK Bank, United Arab Bank Government of UAE – Department of Information, Communication, and Technology, ADNOC, DEWA, Du Telecom, the Prime Minister’s Office – UAE, Saudi Aramco, Saudi Chevron, Etisalat Nigeria, Angola LNG and TRA Tanzania. For more information please visit www.koenig-solutions.com.

Industry survey shows increased demand for e-learning to help address skills gap in the Middle East

Orient Planet Academy announces online course dates for Q4 2016
September 18, 2016 – Demand for e-learning in the Middle East continues to expand to address the challenges of skills gap in the region. According to the Middle East Skills Gap Survey released this year, the market in the region is in dire need for qualified personnel. This is especially the case with vacancies in senior-level positions, as 70 per cent of respondents confirmed the difficulty of finding candidates with the necessary skills and knowledge to fill the positions. E-learning is a vital tool that can be used to address this issue being accessible to people from all walks of life and presented at a lower cost.

 E-learning has also been proven to be effective, with studies showing that online courses increase retention rates up to 60 per cent in comparison to face-to-face training, which only registers an 8 to 10 per cent retention rate.

In recognition of its benefits and to address the needs of the market, Orient Planet Academy, the first online PR and Communications Academy in the Middle East, has announced its enrollment dates for the last quarter of 2016. The schedule was developed to meet the Arab World’s growing demand for e-learning segment and the popularity of the Academy’s courses. Interested learners can enroll for the October 13, November 17 and December 8, 2016 batch, depending on their convenience.
Nidal Abou Zaki, Managing Director, Orient Planet Group, said: “Orient Planet Academy has been a frontrunner in the Arab World’s move to integrate e-learning in its development. We have especially designed these courses to help individuals expand their skill set and explore new professional opportunities. We have had strong positive feedback from people across the region. We remain committed towards equipping people across the Middle East with the necessary knowledge, skills and expertise according to international standards to help raise the benchmark for global excellence.”
The Academy aims to address gaps in the market by working with the Irish Academy to offer internationally recognized certificate courses in Public Relations (PR), Marketing, Journalism, Event Management and English Grammar. It also offers localized Arabic courses in Online Marketing and PR as well as a Diploma in Event Management. Each course takes 10 to 12 weeks and students are required to complete one module every week and pass all requirements before a certificate is awarded.
Orient Planet Academy is a direct collaboration between Orient Planet, one of the Middle East’s most rapidly growing PR marketing and communications consultancies, and the Irish Academy of Public Relations, an Ireland-based international online education provider of courses in communications disciplines. Orient Planet Academy’s courses have been exclusively developed by the Irish Academy to suit the needs of individuals within the Arab World.

For more information about the Academy’s courses, visit www.opacademy.com.

New accounting and finance qualification courses made available for the first time in UAE.

Landmark partnership makes PAC Professionals & Accountancy Centre first training provider of AAT qualifications in Dubai
August 10, 2016
AAT (the Association of Accounting Technicians), a globally recognized player in the accounting and finance sector, has joined forces with PAC Professionals & Accountancy Center Dubai to deliver AAT’s highly respected and internationally recognized accounting and finance courses in the UAE for the first time.

With over 130,000 members in more than 90 countries, courses offered by AAT are not only internationally recognized but are based on practical, real-world accounting knowledge that any student can put to use from day one. AAT is a leader in the finance and accountancy industry, providing practical workplace qualifications for finance staff across the world. It awards around 90 per cent of all vocational qualifications in accounting, and is sponsored by professional accounting bodies such as the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.
Under the terms of the agreement, individuals in the region seeking to take up these prestigious AAT courses in accounting or bookkeeping may now enroll at PAC Dubai.
PAC Dubai is the latest strategic addition to over 500 training providers of AAT accounting and finance courses across the world. These sought-after professional courses are mainly designed to effectively reinforce the capabilities of any organization’s finance team, and have been developed for anyone eager to boost their business skills and start out on a career in finance.
Rob Alder, Head of Business Development at AAT, said: “We are very excited to be working closely to provide PAC Professionals & Accountancy Centre with all the support and guidance it needs to efficiently deliver AAT qualifications in the region. We are eager to work together for the benefit of our students and to invest in their futures. We will help them move up the ladder or even launch a whole new career in accountancy by equipping them with the right expertise, in-demand qualifications, and confidence needed to succeed in today’s highly competitive industry. Given PAC Dubai’s impeccable track record, we are confident that we will be able to achieve our set objectives and targets.”
Mian Ahmad Farhan, President at PAC Dubai says: “AAT provides a wide range of practical qualifications for beginners in accounting to help them build a bright career. The beauty of AAT qualifications is that they cover practical accounting topics and are also equivalent to formal academic studies which are recognized in the UAE as well as around the world. AAT qualifications can play a vital role in helping UAE Nationals hold positions in the Public and Private sector.”

For more information about how AAT courses at PAC Dubai can help anyone wanting to begin a career in finance, visit www.pacdubai.com  

University of Salford delivers disaster management training in UAE.

 United Arab Emirates, 15 November 2015 – The University of Salford, United Arab Emirates (UAE), has joined forces with the Abu Dhabi Police to train and educate specialist Emirati agencies in leadership and disaster management.

In collaboration with the police force, experts from the University of Salford delivered a specialist workshop entitled ‘Achieving Leadership in Disaster Management’. The session gave relevant organisations and stakeholders from across the UAE the opportunity to learn, discuss and debate the best way to handle disasters in the region. These situations could range from natural disasters such as an earthquake to man-made incidents like an oil or gas explosion or terrorist attack.
The UAE is one of the fastest growing nations in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, both in population size and economic growth. This rapid expansion has seen significant changes to the country’s infrastructure and built environment. These changes would be heavily impacted by any natural disaster or man-made emergency.
The event, which was opened by the University’s new Vice-Chancellor, Professor Helen Marshall, and Chair of the Salford UAE Advisory Board, Dr Alaa Garad, was backed and attended by The National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA).
The NCEMA is the body responsible for regulating and coordinating all efforts of emergency, crisis and disaster management in Abu Dhabi. It is also responsible for the development of a national plan for responding to emergencies, working under the supervision of the Supreme Council for National Security.
Issues covered included three specific areas of disaster management at a regional and international level. These were Collaborative Risk Assessment Environment in Disaster Management’; ‘The Strategic Approach to Emergency Preparedness in the UAE’, and ‘Community Centred Disaster Management within UAE: Challenges & Opportunities’.
The workshop sessions were delivered by academic experts from the University of Salford’s internationally renowned School of the Built Environment. The School is recognised as one the best in the UK and globally ranked in the top 40 by the prestigious QS World University Rankings. It works closely with professional institutions such as the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS); The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB); The Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) and The Royal Institute of British Architect (RIBA)
The academics were:
·        Professor Vian Ahmed, Professor in Built Environment and Director of Postgraduate Research Studies at School of the Built Environment
·        Dr Aziz Zeeshan, Programme Leader for the MSc in Construction Management
·        Professor Terrence Fernando, Scientific Director of the THINKlab
The academics worked in collaboration with representatives and stakeholders from police forces across the UAE to deliver the workshop.
The workshop was also attended by stakeholders from the UAE Space Agency, the country’s Ministry of Defence and the senior representatives from the gas and petroleum sectors. The industry and government figures were joined by academics from Abu Dhabi, Khalifa, Sharjah and Zayed universities.

Hasan Altug, Regional Director, Middle East,  at the University of Salford, said: “The University is committed to building long-term partnerships in the UAE and developing new academic and professional collaborations in education and industry across the region, and this includes going beyond the usual industry, education and policy areas to more niche, but equally important, sectors such as disaster management.”

Dubai Maritime Training Center establishes new standards of Maritime Vocational Training.

An Initiative of Dubai Maritime Creativity Lab
Innovative professional programs aimed at enhancing human resource investment and solidifying Dubai’s leading position in local and global maritime industry

October 17, 2015
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The Dubai Maritime City Authority, the government authority charged with regulating, coordinating and supervising all aspects of Dubai’s maritime sector, has lauded the operations of the Dubai Maritime Training Centre which represents a valuable addition to the initiatives aimed at enhancing the performance, safety and competitiveness

of the local maritime sector while also promoting the emirate as a leading global maritime hub. The Dubai Maritime Training Centre is an initiative developed by the Dubai Maritime Creativity Lab, which was launched earlier by DMCA. The centre work revolves around supporting the government’s efforts to introduce and position Dubai as a safe and sustainable maritime hub via the implementation of comprehensive set of world-class workshops and training programs.

H.E. Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Chairman of Dubai Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation and President of DMCA said, “The Dubai Maritime Training Centre represents an important step into achieving our vision of fully developing our maritime human resources segment, which is deemed as an essential element in promoting Dubai as a global maritime hub while also helping bolster the country’s economic sector and addressing its future needs. Implementing the centre’s training programs will allow us to equip a generation of human resources that can continue the current development of the local maritime sector and promote the emirate as a regional and international pioneer maritime center, in line with the vision and directives of the wise leadership.”
The Dubai Maritime Training Center is one of DMCA’s quality-focused initiatives, which aims to promote Dubai as an international maritime center by focusing on exchanging the latest industry information, introducing the latest practices and organizing international exhibitions, conferences and events, as well as improving training and education directed to those concerned with maritime matters. Considered as a leading drive for the development of human resource investment within the maritime sector, the Dubai Maritime Training Centre aims to collaborate with the best experts and pioneers to design and implement integrated training programs that address rapid international and regional changes and promote Dubai as a leading destination for maritime training and an attractive business environment for leading international maritime companies.

Amer Ali, Executive Director, DMCA, said, “The workshops and training courses introduced by the centre have been created based on highly accurate and comprehensive methodology, industry knowledge exchange and the integration of theoretic maritime education and practical training—ensuring highly positive results. DMCA has initiated a wide-scale plan to renovate and update training facilities and provide it with the latest world-class technologies and equipment in order to achieve the objectives of the Dubai Maritime Training Centre for the optimal investment in human resources. We are preparing a series of training programs specifically tailored to equip floating restaurant employees and owners of jet skis and leisure boats with the latest information and practical competency needed to insure highest safety levels. We are committed to expand the range of training programs to include all the needs of water sports enthusiasts and marine craft operation managers as well.”

The Petroleum Institute Now an Official IELTS Testing Venue.

The Petroleum Institute and British Council Sign Joint Partnership
 Abu Dhabi, UAE, 13 September 2015: Taking its mission of development and modernisation forward, the Petroleum Institute University and Research Centre agreed recently with the British Council to make the university an accredited place to hold the IELTS test, starting from the month of September 2015.

  The aim is to provide students at the university with the convenience of applying for the IELTS test within the Petroleum Institute campus in Abu Dhabi. The Petroleum Institute has a goal of becoming a world-class institution in both engineering education and energy industry research. The institution currently has over 1900 undergraduate and graduate students, over 200 faculty members, and has quickly become a leading teaching and research institution in the Middle East region.

The agreement was signed at the headquarters of the Petroleum Institute in the presence of representatives from The Petroleum Institute and the British Council, UAE. Dr. Thomas Hochstettler, President of the Petroleum Institute signed on behalf of Petroleum Institute and Mr. Marc Jessel, Country Director, British Council UAE on behalf of the British Council.
On this occasion Dr. Thomas Hochstettler, President of the Petroleum Institute said: “The MOU marks a significant milestone for us at the Petroleum Institute.  This agreement will most assuredly facilitate the development of our students as productive, articulate contributors to the culture and prosperity of the nation.  We welcome with enthusiasm this opportunity to partner with the British Council for our mutual benefit in the future”.
Dr. Murray R. Gray, PI Senior Vice President Academics & Provost said: “The Petroleum Institute is committed to preparing its graduates for service to the UAE and for international success. They need a high level of competency in English, and the British Council offers us the best tools for judging their ability to read, write, speak and listen. This MOU will enable us to integrate language teaching with testing in a seamless way to give our students the best launch possible for their academic careers.”
Dr. Muna Balfaqeeh, Director of Academic Bridge Program Said: “As the Director of the Academic Bridge program, I am very proud that this agreement will expand our collaboration with the British Council, and make the Petroleum Institute a certified venue for language testing.”
Mr. Marc Jessel, Country Director UAE praised the Petroleum Institute on the occasion and said, “The British Council is honoured to have signed this partnership with the Petroleum Institute that will provide students from the university with the internationally recognised and accepted IELTS qualification.  This partnership represents our continued commitment of supporting the leading Higher Education institutions in the UAE, by providing qualifications that recognise their ability to communicate in English, which is becoming a valuable 21st Century skill sought after by more and more international employers. “He further added, “British Council’s IELTS is the world’s most popular English language proficiency test for higher education and global migration, with over two million tests taken in the last year alone.”
IELTS is now accepted by more than 9,000 organizations in 135 countries around the world, including educational institutions, employers, governments, immigration authorities and professional bodies.
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About Petroleum Institute (PI)
The Petroleum Institute University and Research Center (PI) was established in Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates in 2001 with a goal of becoming a world-class institution in both engineering education and energy industry research. PI currently has over 1900 undergraduate and graduate students, over 200 faculty, and has quickly become a leading teaching and research institution in the Middle East region. The PI’s sponsors and affiliates include the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) and four major international oil companies: BP, Japan Oil Development Company, Shell and Total. The campus has modern instructional laboratories and classroom facilities, and will soon host a major research center, the PI Research Center (PIRC) scheduled to open later in 2015.
For more information, visit www.pi.ac.ae
About the British Council
The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We create international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and build trust between them worldwide.
We work in more than 100 countries and our 8,000 staff – including 2,000 teachers – work with thousands of professionals and policy makers and millions of young people every year by teaching English, sharing the arts and delivering education and society programmes.
We are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter. A core publicly-funded grant provides 20 per cent of our turnover which last year was £864 million. The rest of our revenues are earned from services which customers around the world pay for, such as English classes and taking UK examinations, and also through education and development contracts and from partnerships with public and private organisations. All our work is in pursuit of our charitable purpose and supports prosperity and security for the UK and globally. 

For more information, please visit: www.britishcouncil.org. You can also keep in touch with the British Council through http://twitter.com/britishcouncil and http://blog.britishcouncil.org/.