Saif Bin Zayed recognizes role of Mansoor Al Awar in success of Minister of Interior’s Award for Excellence

Valuable contributions of HBMSU Chancellor lauded in awards honouring leadership and innovations in the policing fields and means of civil protection and prevention

Dubai, UAE, August 29, 2020 – Lt. General H.H. Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of the Interior, honored H.E. Dr. Mansoor Al Awar, Chancellor of Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University ((HBMSU) for his active role and the valuable contributions he made to support and ensure the success of the 5th edition of the Minister of Interior’s Award for Excellence. The award serves as a strategic platform to showcase the Ministry’s march of excellence and leadership, including the use of innovation in the policing fields and means of civil protection and prevention. The award is of utmost significance as it represents a comprehensive framework in stimulating competitiveness, positivity and institutional excellence.

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Ministry of Education concludes Estedad program for Scientific Research and Entrepreneurship at HBMSU

In line with initiatives aimed at equipping young generation with knowledge, research tools, and leadership skills.

Mansoor Al Awar: “We are committed to dedicating our knowledge, resources and accumulated experience to support the Ministry’s aspirations in line with the directives of HBMSU’s President to reengineer education as we gear up for the future.”

UAE, August 24th, 2020 – In a major contribution to support the Ministry of Education’s 2020 online academic activities for the summer, Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University (HBMSU) has successfully completed two courses: the Scientific Research and Entrepreneurship being administered through the National Ambassadors Program “Estedad”, UAE’s first of its kind initiative aimed at equipping young generation with knowledge and research skills, as well as leadership and diplomatic skills. The program is considered as key elements to the youth’s success in the 21st century, which will enable them to shape the country’s future and lead national development for the next 50 years.

As a leader in reengineering the educational landscape in the region  and worldwide, HBMSU has been playing an important role in ensuring the successful implementation of Estedad’s courses in entrepreneurship and scientific research, capitalizing on the University’s extensive experience in graduating knowledge ambassadors, innovators, scientists, entrepreneurs, decision-makers and future leaders in line with the directives of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and President of HBMSU.  

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Emirates Talent Association and HBMSU partner with Global Technology Pioneers to Train Youth in Cloud Computing, IoT, and 3D Printing Skills

New Programs and International Partnerships to Drive Leadership for Creative Minds

H.E. Dhahi Khalfan: “Our collaboration with technology giants comes as part of our efforts to equip future leaders with knowledge and innovation.”

Mansoor Al Awar: “We continue to collaborate with AWS and Signify to further invest in young talents, our most important asset.”

UAE, August 15, 2020 – As part of its continuing efforts to establish a highly qualified generation of technology and knowledge pioneers, the Emirates Talent Association and Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University (HBMSU) marked the launch of two new programs under the “Emirati Programmer” program. This latest development aims to increase learners’ abilities in cloud computing, internet of things (IoT) and 3D printing in line with the wise leadership’s directives to foster innovation and technological advancement, and invest in young talents to support them in their role in shaping the UAE’s future.

The ‘Cloud Computing and IoT’ program is being developed in cooperation with Amazon Web Services (AWS), a global pioneer in cloud computing services. Meanwhile the ‘3D Printing’ program is the outcome of a partnership with Signify, a world leader in IoT-based lighting and building automation solutions. The partnerships with technology pioneers reflect industry leaders’ trust and confidence in Emirates Talent Association.

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Supreme Legislation Committee Youth Council holds first virtual meeting to mark International Youth Day 2020

Young Professionals Account for 56 percent of Supreme Legislation Committee’s (SLC) Total Employees

20 percent of Leadership Positions at General Secretariat Held by Young Leaders

UAE, August 12th, 2020 – The General Secretariat of the Supreme Legislation Committee in the Emirate of Dubai (SLC) today (Wednesday, August 12, 2020) hosted the first virtual meeting of its Youth Council to commemorate this year’s International Youth Day. The meeting, held on Microsoft Teams, discussed the National Youth Agenda, aligning the Youth Council priorities and initiatives with it. During the meeting, emphasis was placed on gearing Youth Council initiatives towards empowering young Emirati professionals to play an active role in establishing stronger legal and legislative systems in Dubai, as the emirate continues to take steady strides on its path towards becoming the city of the future. The virtual event was part of the SLC’s commitment to offering interactive platforms for efficient exchange of new creative ideas and the development of innovative solutions to the challenges faced by youth. The SLC policies and initiatives reflect its belief that the youth are instrumental in building a more resilient government sector, being the driving force for positive change that is critical for the country to keep pace with the rapid changes, ushering Dubai into a brighter future.

Ahmad Saeed bin Meshar Al Muhairi, SLC’s Secretary General

The International Youth Day celebration comes at a time when the SLC is taking advanced steps to empower the youth, so that they can actively contribute to attaining legislative and legal excellence. The SLC’s commitment to youth empowerment is evident in the number of young Emiratis it employs. Some 56 percent of the SLC employees are aged between 25 and 35, among whom 20 percent hold leadership positions. The SLC’s Youth Council, which was established in 2019, plays a role in harnessing the talents of young professionals towards developing a sustainable and balanced legislative system that is capable of supporting Dubai’s comprehensive development. The YC has been launching initiatives of national importance in line with the objectives of the National Youth Agenda.

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HBMSU becomes MENA region’s First Educational Institution to Migrate its Full Systems and Applications to AWS Cloud

Outstanding Achievement Towards Reshaping Future of Higher Education Using Advanced Technology

Dhahi Khalfan Tamim: “We congratulate our wise leadership on our unprecedented regional achievement & take pride in HBMSU’s leading position that supports UAE’s competitiveness on global educational landscape.”

Mansoor Al Awar: “With our adoption of AWS, we continue to pioneer change & progress in line with directives of HBMSU’s president to build a knowledge society and invest in creative minds and promising competencies to ensure our readiness for future.”

Move highlights HBMSU’s commitment to harnessing Cloud Computing, to redefine future of education in 21st century.

Dubai, UAE, July 1st, 2020 – Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University (HBMSU) announced today (Wednesday, July 1, 2020) the successful and complete migration of its systems and applications from its on premises data centers to the leading technology of the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud. This development is in line with HBMSU’s pioneering efforts to establish a new educational culture by shifting away from the on premises, traditional model of education in order to raise highly qualified and globally competitive future generations. The advanced digital transformation initiative has made HBMSU the first university in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region to shift its on premises legacy systems to a full cloud computing model on AWS. The achievement further highlights the success of the University’s efforts to develop its technological resources and smart infrastructure, which was lauded by the global technology cloud service provider AWS; as a leading model in the sector in the region.

His Excellency Lieutenant General Dhahi Khalfan Tamim
Dr. Mansoor Al Awar, Chancellor of HBMSU

The strategic collaboration with the AWS reflects HBMSU’s commitment to make a fundamental and positive change in the education system in order to provide the best education to innovators and creators of the future, in accordance with the directives of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and President of HBMSU, to enhance the readiness to build the future based on quality education. The announcement was made during a virtual media event held via the ZOOM platform, with the participation of high-profile dignitaries including H.E. Lieutenant General Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, Deputy Chairman of Police and General Security in Dubai and Chairman of HBMSU’s Board of Governors; Dr. Mansoor Al Awar, Chancellor of HBMSU; Paul Grist, Head of Education, International, AWS; Zubin Chagpar, Head of Middle East and Africa, AWS.

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UAE equips teachers from around the world with distance learning skills

More than 81,000 certificates awarded so far by the Ministry of Education & HBMSU

HE Dhahi Khalfan: “Our country offers the world a model to follow by enabling the education system to respond efficiently & effectively to emerging shifts & challenges”

Mansoor Al Awar: “HBMSU continues to take the lead in providing quality education for all societies, supporting the UAE leadership in serving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”

92,000 affiliates in “How to become an online tutor in 24 hours ” and ” design an online course in 24 hours” in a record time

United Arab Emirates, March 24th, 2020 – Marking yet another achievement in establishing a strong foundation for distance learning initiatives, Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University (HBMSU), in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, continues to equip teaching and academic professionals from inside and outside of the UAE with skills needed to manage and operate online classrooms via the internet. The University’s courses are receiving an overwhelming response with over 92,000 participants from more than 60 countries registering for the two free online e-courses, which are available in English and Arabic. The success of the two courses titled ‘How to Become an Online Tutor in 24 Hours’ and ‘Design an Online Course in 24 Hours’ led to 6,300 discussion sessions, with more than 81,000 certificates distributed so far. The highly positive response received by the two courses reflect their global impact and success as a first of its kind initiative that has been designed to upskill teaching professionals by enabling them to provide quality distance education, in accordance with international best practices and in less than 24 hours. In addition, the growing popularity of these courses also underscore the UAE’s achievements in establishing distance learning as a strongest pillar to ensure the continuity of education, in view of the developing circumstances around the world.

H.E Lieutenant General Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, Deputy Chairman of Police and General Security in Dubai and Chairman of HBMSU’s Board of Governors, pointed out that the UAE offers the world a great model that is capable of redefining the education system and enabling it to respond efficiently and effectively to emerging global changes and challenges. He added that preparing academic professionals to lead education in the digital era remains at the forefront of the UAE’s strategic priorities in order to ensure easy access to quality education. This kind of education will prepare younger generations to achieve academic excellence at the global level and will contribute to shaping the future of the country in line with the insightful vision of our wise leadership.

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Thirty free audio stories for children from David Walliams

Comedian and children’s author David Walliams is releasing daily audio stories for children to listen to for free from 24 March to 23 April, 2020.

Every day an audio version of one of David William’s World’s Worst Children is made available to entertain children at home.

The World’s Worst Children book series features short stories about badly behaved youngsters.

Just click on this link https://bit.ly/AudioElevenses every day for a new free audio story from “The World’s Worst Children” book read by David Williams.

The stories are being posted via the SoundCloud channel of publisher HarperCollins.

Visit David Walliams’s website https://www.worldofdavidwalliams.com/ for activities, clips, books and more.

Thank you, David Walliams!



Gulf Education and Training Exhibition (GETEX) 2020 postponed to protect public health and safety

UAE, March 17th, 2020 – In line with the UAE government’s efforts to implement precautionary measures aimed at ensuring the protection of public health and safety due to the current situation brought about by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, organizers of the annual Gulf Education and Training Exhibition (GETEX), have announced its decision to move the event from April 16 – 18, 2020 to March 25 – 27, 2021 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre (DICEC).

The organisers of GETEX have also committed to host an abridged version of the Student Recruitment event on 11th and 12th June this year to help Schools and Universities in their student enrollment drive for their respective September 2020 intake. This bespoke event will also be held at the Dubai International Convention Centre during the time when the recruitment of students is at its peak.

GETEX will return in its original format next year with more exciting features that have been designed to further promote student engagement and will include initiatives that are aimed at setting the tone for interaction between leaders of secondary and tertiary education institutions, to benefit a broader spectrum of youth development.



Ministry of Education and Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University qualifies more than 42,000 teachers in UAE & the region

UAE, March 15, 2020 – In line with the UAE’s efforts to implement a ‘Distance Learning’ initiative, the Ministry of Education, in cooperation with Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University (HBMSU), has successfully qualified more than 42,000 affiliates who recently underwent e-training in distance learning within the last 24 hours. The participants completed the ‘Be an online tutor in 24 hours’ course that was launched online to provide necessary training to teaching and academic personnel of various levels about online education processes, including managing and operating online classrooms via the internet and helping acquire the necessary experiences related to how to use modern technology techniques to fully perform their roles. More than 22,000 certificates have been issued, in an unprecedented achievement that serves the goals of the national agenda for UAE Vision 2021 in developing a high-level educational system that ensures the investment of human capital in innovation, leadership and knowledge in line with the requirements of the digital era.

The outstanding results of the initiative can be attributed to the close cooperation between the UAE Ministry of Education and HBMSU to launch two online training courses, with an aim to enhance the distance learning system and ensure its continuity. The initiative also helped improve the management of online learning in order to overcome current and future challenges, while also reinforcing the UAE’s leadership in the transfer of smart learning capabilities, reflecting an educational system that is among the best in the world. Following the successful completion of the first course, the second session, titled ‘Design an Online Course in 24 Hours’ is set to begin this week. The free course in both Arabic and English has been designed to further improve academic professionals’ ability to provide quality distance education in accordance with international best practices.

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Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED) calls on customers to access online services through website & TAMM Centre

Department announces 100% digital transformation during Digital Month launched

UAE, Abu Dhabi, March 12th, 2020 – H.E. Mohammed Ali Al Shorafa, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED) revealed that the Department has successfully achieved 100 per cent digital transformation of all its services, targeted at customers, businessmen, investors, consumers, suppliers and employees.

On the heels of the Digital Month campaign launched by the Abu Dhabi Government Media Office (ADGMO), His Excellency revealed that ADDED recorded high rates of online transactions in the previous year through the Department’s website and other digital channels. He added that 119,528 commercial and industrial licensing transactions were recorded from the beginning of 2019 till February 2020.

H.E. Mohammed Ali Al Shorafa, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED)

His Excellency explained that the promotional campaigns about the Department’s online services during the Digital Month are designed to encourage both customers and partners to use online services that are available via www.added.gov.ae. The campaigns also create awareness about the services offered through the TAMM website www.tamm.abudhabi, thereby saving customers and partners both time and effort by eliminating the need to contact customer centers for transactions.

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