UAE University launches innovation lab ‘My Idea Space’

Al Ain: As part of UAE Innovation Month (February), UAE University has launched ‘My Idea Space’ for students, faculty members and staff to find innovative solutions to modern day challenges.

The lab was launched by Saeed Ghabash, Senior President, UAE University and Professor Dr Ghaleb Ali Al Briki, Acting Rector.

“We consider My Idea Space as an innovation garage that gives students and any one in the university community an opportunity to build their ideas into an applied reality. We aim to support students and ensure that they’re factoring innovation as a key hub and transformative element for any type of business,” said Dr Maryam Al Yammahi, director of the laboratory and the App Factory Project.

International Baccalaureate celebrates growth in UAE with 100th programme authorization​

The International Baccalaureate (IB) is celebrating its 100th programme to be authorized in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) – the authorization of its Middle Years Programme (MYP) at Emirates National Schools’ Ras Al Khaimah Campus.

The IB, which offers four educational programmes for students aged 3 – 19, has seen significant growth in the UAE over the past decade, with the number of IB World Schools tripling from 16 in 2009 to 48 in 2019.

The MYP, designed for 11 – 16 year olds, encourages students to make practical connections between their studies and the world. A highlight of the MYP has been the introduction of its award-winning eAssessment; an on-screen examination designed to enhance engagement and encourage critical thinking. Through the MYP and eAssessment, the IB aims to equip students with adaptable, future-ready skills, in line with the UAE’s goal to develop a highly skilled and highly productive workforce, as outlined in its Economic Vision 2030.

Dina Khalaf, Development and Recognition Manager, UAE, at IB, said: “As the world continues to rapidly change, the need for an education that provides a lifelong advantage has never been more apparent – this makes it even more rewarding to see the IB’s continued growth in the UAE and to reach the milestone of 100 programmes in the region. 2019 was a momentous year for the IB, marking 25 years of the MYP and the IB’s first Global Conference to be held in the Middle East, and we look forward to continuing this success in 2020 and beyond.”

Sharjah kicks off new reading campaign for schools

To encourage the youth to make reading a lifelong habit, the Sharjah World Book Capital (SWBC) Office on Wednesday launched its ‘Book Friendly Schools’ campaign, a two-month sociocultural drive targeting 30 schools across the emirate.

A mini book fair; workshops on art, crafts and culture; interactive reading sessions; and 50 book giveaways marked the kickoff event at the Um Roman Girls School for Basic Education on Wednesday. It was held in collaboration with the Ministry of Education (MoE), Sharjah Education Council (SEC), and Sharjah Private Education Authority (SPEA).

The same activities will be organised in all other participating schools, with the campaign running for two days in every campus.

“The ‘Book Friendly Schools’ campaign is founded on one of the key pillars of SWBC’s year-long celebration programme: Promoting books as the essential source of knowledge,” said Marwa Al Aqroubi, project manager of SWBC 2019.

“Through this campaign, SWBC seeks to reinforce the intellectual skills of the young generation and help them form a lifelong attachment to the practice of reading, which will enable them to continue enriching their lives with knowledge and be influential agents of positive change in their communities.”

Renowned music college sets up Abu Dhabi school

Abu Dhabi: Abu Dhabi will soon boast its own international music college, following the signing of an agreement with the Boston-headquartered Berklee College of Music.

Berklee is the largest independent college of contemporary music in the world, and the institution will establish Berklee Abu Dhabi on Saadiyat Island.

The agreement was signed with the emirate’s art sector regulator, the Department of Culture and Tourism (DCT).

According to details revealed by the DCT, the school will be located in the UAE Pavilion building in the Saadiyat Culture District, right next to Manaarat Al Saadiyat. It will span 3,900 square metres, and include a performance space, a recording studio, practice rooms, ensemble rooms and a tech lab.

The school is expected to launch its first semester in February 2020, which will run until May 2020.

Kinokuniya Bookstore to open first Abu Dhabi branch at The Galleria Al Maryah Island

Reading is one of life’s great joys and book worms in Abu Dhabi are soon to be in for a treat.

Finding a great book and struggling to put it down is a great feeling, and we can’t help but get more and more books for our home library.

If, like us, browsing bookstores is your kind of thing, then there’s some good news on the horizon.

Japanese bookstore Kinokuniya, which has a branch in Dubai Mall, is set to open its first shop in the capital in March this year.

We already told you that it would be opening at The Galleria Al Maryah Island and now the grand opening is just two months away.

Whether it’s cookbooks, autobiographies, fiction or graphic novels, all the bases will be covered, offering readers more choice when picking up new titles to read.

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.

Curtin University Dubai: Going beyond the classroom

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.