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.
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.
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The goal of increasing organisational efficiency has been replaced by the mission to be more agile, innovative and digitally focused.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.
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.
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.