UAE’s moral education is better taught throughout school day, headteachers say

The UAE’s mandatory moral education subject is best taught throughout the school day rather than as single weekly lesson, headteachers said.

A number of schools have begun threading the themes and coursework into other subjects to achieve better results.

The mandatory 45-minute class introduced in September 2017 is taught in government and private schools nationwide.

The aim is to develop a sense of civic duty and community while touching on local customs and culture, which the government sees as crucial in a country of more than 200 nationalities.

The future of education

There is no question that, in the future, student learning will supersede the classical curriculum  that we know today. Students will become partners to their own education, partaking in real-world and digital experiences that allow collaboration, communication and teamwork for all students beyond classroom walls. Therefore, we need to facilitate these experiences using the “native” tools of modern learners, equipping the youth and preparing them for their future workplaces, which ultimately should be reflected in the classroom.

Casting our eye to the future, standardised roles will be increasingly automated. Machines will free people from routine tasks, and yet, despite these revolutions in technology, the workplace will always contain people. Students must learn to work together. The human workforce will need more strategic, non-routine skills and be able to work in complex teams effectively. This deems collaboration, creative thinking and emotional intelligence as key. Employees will spend a large part of their working week using technology to build collaborative partnerships across organisations.

The goal of increasing organisational efficiency has been replaced by the mission to be more agile, innovative and digitally focused. It will be about connecting knowledge workers with one another, and connecting those same experts to the data, tools, and context they need to address complex business scenarios.

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The children of today will be entering a workforce that is changing faster than at any other time in human history. Employers expect graduates to have the ability to learn on their own and to rapidly adapt to new technology, as well as to have transferable skills that will bring benefits to any area of business.

The children of today will be entering the workforce that is changing faster than at any other time in human history. Employers expect graduates to have the ability to learn on their own and to rapidly adapt to new technology, as well as to have transferable skills that will bring benefits to any area of business.

NYU Abu Dhabi launches its first master’s degrees

Abu Dhabi: New York University Abu Dhabi has launched its first full-time master’s degrees in economics and fine art, with courses set to start next autumn.

Not only are they the university’s first masters offerings but the economics course is also the first of its kind in the country and fine arts is the first of its kind in the region.

NYU Abu Dhabi Vice Chancellor Mariët Westermann said, “As we celebrate our tenth academic year and look forward to the next decade of success, this is an important moment for NYU Abu Dhabi. These two new graduate programmes – offering the University’s first master’s degrees — inaugurate our next stage of growth and development. Building on the strengths of NYU’s economics and arts programmes in Abu Dhabi and New York, these courses of study are unparalleled for the region and infused with global perspectives. Students will learn in a rigorous academic environment nurtured by top faculty, on a world-class campus embedded in one of the world’s fastest growing economic and cultural hubs.”

The full-time, one-year MSc in Economics offers a unique two-path degree for both policy makers and prospective PhD students. Students will learn to assess regional socio-economic challenges and opportunities in the current climate. By studying the core elements of economic theory, macroeconomics, and econometrics, students enrolled in the curriculum will pursue specialisations both in theory and policy, offered in one of the most dynamic and fastest growing economies in the world.