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.

Pisa results show progress, Ministry of Education says

Nearly two thirds of UAE schools included in the Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa) have shown progress in mathematics, the UAE’s Ministry of Education said on Tuesday.

The 7.5 point increase in average maths scores was hailed as “remarkable” by the government, that said it remains committed to entering the worldwide top 20 in the next round of assessments — which will take place in 2021.

The UAE has participated in the rankings since 2009 and they are taken seriously by the government. Last year, pupils across the UAE sat ‘mock’ Pisa tests in an effort to prepare them for the assessments.

Dubai’s Heriot-Watt University to move to new campus

Heriot-Watt University, which has been in International City since 2005, is relocating some 30 kilometres to Knowledge Village near Dubai Marina.

The campus in the emirate has a student body of 4,000 and offers courses from data science, computing and business to accounting and finance, psychology and engineering.

The new facility will offer an enhanced library, seminar rooms, studios and laboratories.

“This announcement marks a historic milestone for Heriot-Watt and ensures our students will enjoy the benefits of an enriched learning experience and outstanding graduate outcomes for many years to come,” said provost and vice-principal Professor Ammar Kaka.

“This move is a key part of delivering Heriot-Watt’s ambitious six-year strategy for the university and demonstrates our commitment to the region and growth plans for the future.”

Heriot-Watt was established in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1821 and has a total of 28,000 students internationally.


American University of Sharjah building UAE’s data science knowledge

Dr. Fadi Aloul, head of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at American University of Sharjah, discusses how big data is transforming UAE cities into smart cities. We spoke to Dr. Aloul to learn why AI is the economic future of UAE, and the role education plays in integrating digital technology with industry. This interview has been edited for length.

What makes a city ‘smart’?

A smart city improves quality of life and makes it livable using technology. Technology can be applied to any field today – from health, to security, to transportation. The goals are reducing cost of living, time-saving, and helping us make daily decisions that are efficient and safe for citizens and government.

Schools must teach social, emotional intelligence to children

Dubai/Abu Dhabi: Schools in the UAE and elsewhere are increasingly expected by parents and authorities to develop children’s social or “emotional intelligence”, above and beyond traditional academics.

Education officials in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, for example, take student “wellbeing” into consideration during school inspections, not just their performance in class. Also, the UAE has introduced ‘Moral Education’ as a compulsory subject in all schools.

As part of their studies, students have to learn values such as empathy – taught through a community outreach programme to a local charity or hospital, a project to carry forward a good deed at school or home, etc.

Universities and employers also look at candidates “soft skills” that demonstrate he or she can work with and lead people of diverse backgrounds.