HBMeU launches three educational initiatives leveraging social networking platform

‘HBMeU Connect’ featuring HBMeU’s commitment to fulfilling its pledge of accessible learning anytime, anywhere
Hamdan Bin Mohammed e-University (HBMeU), a leader in the field of e-Learning and quality management in the Arab World, has announced the launch of three educational initiatives under the ‘HBMeU Connect’ media platform, which leverages the power of social networking. ‘HBMeU Connect’ was officially launched by Dr. Saeed Al Hassani, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, at GETEX Spring 2012, the Middle East’s leading education, training and professional development event being held at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre from April 19 to 21, 2012.

Hamdan Bin Mohammed e-University has launched ‘HBMeU Connect’ in line with its commitment to fulfilling its pledge of accessible learning anytime, anywhere, recognizing the importance of flexible and accessible learning tools and resources. The HBMeU Connect media platform – which is comprised of HBMeU Podcasts, HBMeU Mobile App and HBMeU YouTube channel – enables current and prospective learners to stay up-to-date with the latest events at HBMeU and even watch live streaming videos of HBMeU events.
HBMeU Podcasts are produced by the HBMeU Learners’ Council, and are audio podcasts made by learners for learners. The HBMeU YouTube channel is a dedicated HBMeU channel on YouTube to promote and disseminate e-Learning in the Arab World, making HBMeU the first university in the region to do so. The first phase of the HBMeU Mobile Learning application, the first-of-its-kind initiative in the GCC and the Middle East that fulfils HBMeU’s commitment to provide accessible learning anytime, anywhere, will be available on iPhone, Android and Blackberry devices. The application provides a convenient platform for learners to stay up-to-date with the latest events at HBMeU.
Professor Nabil Baydoun, Assistant Chancellor for Learners & Enterprise Development, HBMeU, said: “The launch of HBMeU Connect reflects our commitment to facilitate accessible learning anytime, anywhere, enabling learners to leverage the power of social networking and access our wealth of learning resources and programs. Every component of HBMeU Connect has been designed keeping in mind the requirements of current and prospective learners. The Mobile application for instance is an important breakthrough that sets a new standard in education delivery in the GCC and the Middle East, and complements our efforts to adopt global best practices in creating a comprehensive learning experience. We feel that GETEX serves as an ideal venue to launch HBMeU Connect as it gives us unprecedented coverage and reach across target audiences in the UAE and across the region.”
HBMeU is the first e-learning institute in the Arab World that was established with the vision to develop a new learning process through the implementation of learning practices characterised by flexibility, quality and diversity to strengthen self-leadership among learners and prepare them socially and academically for a future career through integration in the job market. HBMeU’s philosophy is based on vital methods that have been developed through extensive research and development by specialists from all over the world. These methods include offering high quality programs, supporting the pursuit of lifelong learning, promoting the freedom of information, reinforcing the culture of excellence and innovation and providing education for everyone in line with the highest standards of comprehensiveness and credibility. The university, which is accredited by the UAE Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, seeks to constantly identify knowledge needs, support research and development programs and create an outstanding environment for e-learning.


ALHOSN discusses ‘critical thinking in higher education’ at Region’s largest English as a Foreign Language conference

Delegates from ALHOSN University’s English Department join 18th International TESOL Arabia Conference in Dubai

The English Department of ALHOSN University, a leading Abu Dhabi-based university dedicated to high-quality, value-based education, recently fielded nine delegates to TESOL Arabia’s 18th  International Conference and Exhibition 2012 held at Dubai Women’s College.  The group included faculty members Hassan Mustapha, Hassan Belhiah, Mark Neville, Richard Baltus, Amanda Tinnin, Mongi Baratli, Chantal Mercier, Maha Elhami, and May Elhami.

Held under the theme ‘Achieving Excellence Through Life Skills Education,’ this year’s conference gathered over 1,000 delegates and offered participants a wide range of professional development opportunities including presentations by plenary and featured speakers, concurrent sessions, and specialized professional development courses. Delegates also availed of the opportunity to see the latest teaching aids and tools up close during the Innovative Materials Showcase as well as new books and other literary materials from international publishers and distributors displayed during the TESOL Arabia Exhibition.

Dr. Hassan Belhiah, Associate Professor at ALHOSN’s English Department, delivered a presentation titled ‘Thinking Critically in English: Challenges and Opportunities.’ In his presentation, Dr. Belhiah explained the process of launching new curricula that focus on problem-solving and critical thinking. The presentation walked the audience through the decision-making process involved in the development of the critical thinking component with a view to enabling participants to design effective critical thinking tasks taking into account their students’ proficiency level in English.  The audience had the opportunity to see the materials and resources used during the process, including exams, tasks, materials, and online references.
The presentation concluded with a set of recommendations on the effective integration of critical thinking into curricula that foster students’ expert thinking and promote the level of cognition needed in a globalizing economy and culture. 



“The International TESOL Arabia Conference is an inspirational annual event representing a must-attend forum for English Language Training professionals. We thank ALHOSN University for supporting the members of its English Department and encouraging them to attend this landmark conference,” said Prof. Hassan Mustapha, Chair of the Department of English, ALHOSN University.

TESOL Arabia is the regional arm of TESOL Inc., a US-based global professional organization for Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages. TESOL Arabia aims to provide a network of communication among professionals – mostly based in the UAE and Gulf region – who use English as a medium of instruction. It promotes and maintains excellence in teaching and administration.
Named after Abu Dhabi’s historic ALHOSN Palace, ALHOSN University was founded in 2005 by the Abu Dhabi Holding Company in response to growing local demand for high-quality, value-based educational institutions. It currently offers 12 undergraduate and 7 graduate programs under the Faculties of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Business, and Arts and Social Sciences. ALHOSN accepts students of all nationalities and also accommodates youths with special needs. All its programs are accredited by the UAE Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research.
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About ALHOSN University:
ALHOSN University is a leading private university dedicated to high-quality, value-based education under the slogan “Global Knowledge with Local Vision.” The Abu Dhabi-based institution is owned and supported by the Abu Dhabi Holding Company and is fully accredited by the UAE Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research.
ALHOSN University manages accredited programs (12 undergraduate and 7 graduate) in three faculties, all of which were developed by top North American educational experts. Undergraduate academic degrees are offered as four-year programs and taught in English, except for the Arabic education component.
The University’s City Campus includes the Men’s Campus, the Women’s Campus, the Engineering Lab Building, the Library Building, and the Lectures Building, all located at the heart of Abu Dhabi. A main campus with world-class, state-of-the-art facilities will soon be constructed. ALHOSN is open to students from all nationalities.
For further information, please contact:
Wafa Mousa
Marketing & Events Manager
Marketing & Public Relations Department, ALHOSN University
Tel: 02 407 0700
Dir: 02 407 0747
Fax: 02 407 0782


Injazat supports Abu Dhabi Men’s College sustainability advocacy at 8th Engineering Excellence Forum

Young Emiratis look at clean technologies to drive development
The Higher Colleges of Technology’s Abu Dhabi Men’s College (ADMC) has today (Tuesday, April 17, 2012) conducted its 8thEngineering Excellence Forum to advocate ‘greener’ approaches to development. Held under the theme ‘Carbon Capture and Storage: A Strategy to Reduce Global Emissions,’ the forum familiarized participants with carbon capture storage (CCS) technology and discussed a more sustainable development roadmap for the UAE.

Injazat Data Systems, one of the forum’s sponsors, said that the UAE would benefit from heightened environmental awareness. The company called for more corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives geared towards industry adoption of eco-friendly practices that protect the health and safety of communities. Injazat also commended Abu Dhabi Men’s College young Emiratis for supporting clean technologies and emphasized the important roles UAE Nationals can play in achieving sustainable development.
Dr. Tayeb Kamali, Vice Chancellor of the Higher Colleges of Technology during the event.

“Progress should not be put before the welfare of society. Industry should be more proactive in identifying and adopting sustainable mechanisms and get Emiratis more involved in this movement. As a sustainability pioneer in the region, the UAE is working to adopt more strategies such as CCS to ensure a safer and healthier future for its people. Injazat will continue to lend a hand to initiatives such as this forum that champion the use of clean technologies in pursuing national development,” said Ibrahim Mohamed Lari, Chief Executive Officer, Injazat Data Systems.
Injazat Data Systems, an industry leader in the region for Information Technology, Data Center and Managed Services, as its Premier Data Center, the Middle East’s first Tier IV design-certified data center. The company creates solutions that enable enterprises to focus on their core business instead of worrying about environmental compliance and concerns.
Aside from environmental activism, Injazat also engages in various community works for causes such as diabetes prevention. Injazat is also a major proponent of Emiratization, with over 15 per cent of its current workforce comprising UAE Nationals
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About Injazat Data Systems LLC:
Injazat Data Systems is an industry-recognized, region-wide market leader in Information Technology, Data Centre and Managed Services. It owns and operates the Middle East’s most sophisticated and advanced data centre, the Tier IV design-certified Premier Data Centre.
Injazat has over 5 years’ experience serving a diverse range of customers and has developed a broad portfolio of capabilities to successfully address any organization’s most pressing technology challenges.
           
For more information please contact:
Injazat Data Systems
Diony Koyess
Marketing Manager
Tel: 02-6992700
Fax: 02-6992800 l P.O.Box 8230
Injazat Data Systems l www.injazat.com


GETEX Spring – Dubai 2012 begins April 19

The spring edition of GETEX 2012, the Middle East’s leading education, training and professional development event, begins on April 19 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan. GETEX 2012 will represent more than 500 institutions and provide over 2,500 academic, vocational and training programmes to an audience of over 30,000 visitors during its three-day run.    

 

Key highlights of this edition of GETEX include the “General Education” segment that will offer parents of K-12 students a host of options among international residential and boarding schools; “Excellence Forums”, an increasingly popular networking platform that provides students with invaluable resources and information that will assist them in making the right career choices; the “Professional Development” segment that will provide tools and resources to support graduates and professionals enhance their career prospects through various professional development programs; the “Occupational Education” segment that will offer  several options for vocational courses, particularly for those who want to pursue a job-oriented programme; and the “Global EDTECH Forum”, a teacher’s conference integrating best practice in communicating and teaching by equipping educators with the latest tools, skills and technology in education delivery.
GETEX 2012 will also introduce a unique Business School cluster in light of the growing interest in entrepreneurship and business education in the UAE and across the region, making it easier for students to choose from available courses being offered by prestigious academic institutions. 


Hamdan Bin Mohammed e-University becomes first higher education institution to enter children’s entertainment world at KidZania® Dubai.

HBMeU Establishment at KidZania®allows children to experience university life through various entertaining activities and educational games
 In line with the direction of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council and President of Hamdan Bin Mohammed e-University (HBMeU), His Excellency Lieutenant General Dahi Khalfan Tamim, Commander in Chief of Dubai Police and Chairman of the Board of Governors of the University, opened today (Thursday, April 12, 2012) the HBMeU Establishment at KidZania® Dubai, providing an opportunity for children to experience university life at the award-winning family edutainment center. HBMeU will manage its establishment at KidZania® Dubai, a city of entertainment and educational games that is customized for children, for the next three years.  

HBMeU Establishment at KidZania® Dubai provides children between 5-16 years with a wide range of learning activities and educational games using custom-built computer applications. Based on their results in the educational games, learners will also receive a Bachelor’s Degree or Master’s Degree certificate. These certificates in turn allow children to earn extra KidZos, the official currency of KidZania®, in their related professions Children can save their KidZos in the bank at KidZania® or spend them at specific establishments in the edutainment center.
His Excellency Lieutenant General Dahi Khalfan Tamim said: “In line with our commitment to the direction of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and President of HBMeU, to promote a culture of e-learning among children, we are taking the first step by opening the HBMeU Establishment at KidZania® Dubai. HBMeU’s partnership with Emaar Retail for the opening of the HBMeU Establishment at KidZania® complements our continuing efforts to cultivate a culture of learning by reaching out to a much wider cross-section of the population. We have developed specialized learning materials that will allow children to appreciate the joys of learning at an early age and to encourage them to pursue higher learning and become part of the HBMeU family in the future. HBMeU Establishment also serves as a platform to directly and indirectly communicate our key messages to parents, who certainly play a very important role in molding the learning habits of our youth.”
Arif Amiri, CEO, Emaar Retail LLC, said: “By integrating education with leisure, KidZania® Dubai, which is approved by the UAE Ministry of Education for school tours, has redefined children’s entertainment in the region. The center also is a strong testament to the partnerships that we have fostered to offer rewarding edutainment experiences for our young visitors. HBMeU’s track record as a premier academic institution in the region makes it an ideal choice to manage the children’s university at KidZania® Dubai. HBMeU’s expertise in using advanced technology and modern teaching concepts sets a truly conducive learning environment which will benefit visitors to KidZania®.”
HBMeU is the first e-learning institute in the Arab World that was established with the vision to develop a new learning process through the implementation of learning practices characterised by flexibility, quality and diversity to strengthen self-leadership among learners and prepare them socially and academically for a future career through integration in the job market. HBMeU’s philosophy is based on vital methods that have been developed through extensive research and development by specialists from all over the world. These methods include offering high quality programs, supporting the pursuit of lifelong learning, promoting the freedom of information, reinforcing the culture of excellence and innovation and providing education for everyone in line with the highest standards of comprehensiveness and credibility. The university seeks to constantly identify knowledge needs, support research and development programs and create an outstanding environment for e-learning.
Spread over 80,000 sq ft, KidZania® Dubai, has offices, university, fire station, race track, radio station, pizzeria, hospital, bank, theatre and ATM machines, among others, all scaled down to a smaller, child-friendly size. With over 80 professions to choose from, visiting students have a wide and unprecedented variety of learning experiences awaiting them at KidZania®.


H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan receives signed copy of ‘The New Silk Road’ at ALHOSN University.

Renowned Author Ben Simpfendorfer presents best-selling book on Middle Eastern economy to AHU Library
ALHOSN University, a leading Abu Dhabi-based university dedicated to high-quality, value-based education, recently welcomed Ben Simpfendorfer, the acclaimed author of the best-selling book ‘The New Silk Road,’ who signed two copies of his best-selling work in front of an audience composed of university faculty, guests, students, and staff.

H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, Board Member of the Make-a-Wish Foundation of the UAE, graced ALHOSN University with his presence during the event.  Simpfendorfer presented an autographed copy of ‘The New Silk Road’ – a book that closely examines the Middle East’s relations with China and has been published in five languages – to His Highness. The ALHOSN University Library received a special copy as well. H.E. Khalifa Mohamed Rubaya Al Muhairi, Chairman of the Board of Trustees at ALHOSN, and Prof. Abdul Rahim Sabouni, Vice Chancellor and CEO, were also among the attendees.
“We are honored by the presence of H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan and his gracious support for ALHOSN University’s activities as we recognize the exemplary work of Ben Simpfendorfer. There is much that we can learn from ‘The New Silk Road’ and the Middle East’s expanding global status amidst today’s rapidly evolving economic landscape.  I encourage the ALHOSN community to read up on this important literature,” said H.E. Al Muhairi.
“Ben Simpfendorfer has advised many of the world’s largest financial investors and multinational enterprises on China’s economy. His book provides a ground-breaking analysis of the Middle East’s importance to the global economy and the true value of its relations with China and the rest of the world. We are honored to receive a personal copy of his works, which reflects our continuing efforts to instill ‘global knowledge with local vision’ in our students,” said Prof. Abdul Rahim Sabouni, Vice Chancellor and CEO, ALHOSN University.

Named after Abu Dhabi’s historic ALHOSN Palace, ALHOSN University was founded in 2005 by the Abu Dhabi Holding Company in response to growing local demand for high-quality, value-based educational institutions. It currently offers 12 undergraduate and 7 graduate programs under the Faculties of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Business, and Arts and Social Sciences. ALHOSN accepts students of all nationalities and also accommodates youths with special needs. All its programs are accredited by the UAE Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research.
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About ALHOSN University:
ALHOSN University is a leading private university dedicated to high-quality, value-based education under the slogan “Global Knowledge with Local Vision.” The Abu Dhabi-based institution is owned and supported by the Abu Dhabi Holding Company and is fully accredited by the UAE Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research.
ALHOSN University manages accredited programs (12 undergraduate and 7 graduate) in three faculties, all of which were developed by top North American educational experts. Undergraduate academic degrees are offered as four-year programs and taught in English, except for the Arabic education component.
The University’s City Campus includes the Men’s Campus, the Women’s Campus, the Engineering Lab Building, the Library Building, and the Lectures Building, all located at the heart of Abu Dhabi. A main campus with world-class, state-of-the-art facilities will soon be constructed. ALHOSN is open to students from all nationalities.
For further information, please contact:
Wafa Mousa
Marketing & Events Manager
Marketing & Public Relations Department, ALHOSN University
Tel: 02 407 0700
Dir: 02 407 0747
Fax: 02 407 0782


Hamdan Bin Mohammed e-University’s English Language Center secures the IELTS Testing Center Status

HBMeU learners now able to apply and take IELTS test on campus
Hamdan Bin Mohammed e-University (HBMeU), a leader in the field of e-Learning and quality management in the Arab World, has announced that its English Language Center (ELC) is now recognized as an IELTS testing centre, allowing HBMeU learners and candidates from outside the university to apply and take the IELTS test
on campus.
 Dr. Mahmoud Haj Ahmed, Head of General Education at HBMeU, said: “The British Council’s recognition of HBMeU’s English Language Center is part of our continuing efforts to enhance the learning experience in the university and to create a truly comprehensive learning environment. Our aim is to equip all learners with practical skills and knowledge that will enable them to achieve success in their chosen fields. The English language is an important tool in today’s globalised society and we are delighted that we have moved a step further in our goal to attain wide recognition for our Intensive English Programs.”

HBMeU is the first e-learning institute in the Arab World that was established with the vision to develop a new learning process through the implementation of learning practices characterised by flexibility, quality and diversity to strengthen self-leadership among learners and prepare them socially and academically for a future career through integration in the job market. HBMeU’s philosophy is based on vital methods that have been developed through extensive research and development by specialists from all over the world. These methods include offering high quality programs, supporting the pursuit of lifelong learning, promoting the freedom of information, reinforcing the culture of excellence and innovation and providing education for everyone in line with the highest standards of comprehensiveness and credibility. The university seeks to constantly identify knowledge needs, support research and development programs and create an outstanding environment for e-learning.



ALHOSN University joins KM Middle East Conference 2012 as Academic Partner.

University supports empowerment of knowledge workers in the Middle East
ALHOSN University, a leading Abu Dhabi-based university dedicated to high-quality value-based education, joined regional discussions on the empowerment of knowledge workers in the Arab World during the 2012 Knowledge Management (KM) Middle East Conference held recently at the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr in Abu Dhabi.

The KM Middle East Conference aims to become the premier knowledge management event in the Middle East. This year’s edition included an academic symposium for the first time. ALHOSN, the event’s official Academic Partner, shared insights on the challenges associated with the management of knowledge and participated in workshops facilitated by KM experts from five continents. The university delegates also met and collaborated with business and government leaders from across the region.

“The field of knowledge management is very relevant to our university’s mission as encapsulated by the motto ‘global knowledge with local vision.’ Although KM is a relatively new discipline, it has already been incorporated successfully in many private businesses and non-profit organizations for a better yield in business strategy, IT, or human resource management. We fully support this paradigm as a means to enhance the capabilities and productivity of the region’s growing pool of talented knowledge workers, and we intend to integrate some of its core aspects into our own academic programs,” said Prof. Abdul Rahim Sabouni, Vice Chancellor and CEO, ALHOSN University.
Knowledge management encompasses organizational strategies and practices for identifying, creating, representing, distributing and enabling the adoption of insights and experiences. It emerged as an established discipline in 1991, with courses taught in the fields of business administration, information systems, management, and library and information sciences. Other fields such as media studies, computer science and public health have also started contributing to KM scholarship.
In addition to the speeches and academic tracks, KM Middle East Conference 2012 also featured regional KM case studies, examples of KM tools, techniques and technology, and interactive workshops.
Named after Abu Dhabi’s historic ALHOSN Palace, ALHOSN University was founded in 2005 by the Abu Dhabi Holding Company in response to growing local demand for high-quality, value-based educational institutions. It currently offers 12 undergraduate and 7 graduate programs under the Faculties of Engineering and Applies Sciences, Business, and Arts and Social Sciences. ALHOSN accepts students of all nationalities and also accommodates youths with special needs. All of its programs are accredited by the UAE Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research.
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About ALHOSN University:
ALHOSN University is a leading private university dedicated to high-quality, value-based education under the slogan “Global Knowledge with Local Vision.” The Abu Dhabi-based institution is owned and supported by the Abu Dhabi Holding Company and is fully accredited by the UAE Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research.
ALHOSN University manages accredited programs (11 undergraduate and 7 graduate) in three faculties, all of which were developed by top North American educational experts. Undergraduate academic degrees are offered as four-year programs and taught in English, except for the Arabic education component.
The University’s City Campus includes the Men’s Campus, the Women’s Campus, the Engineering Lab Building, the Library Building, and the Lectures Building, all located at the heart of Abu Dhabi. A main campus with world-class, state-of-the-art facilities will soon be constructed. ALHOSN is open to students from all nationalities.
For further information, please contact:
Wafa Mousa
Marketing & Events Manager
Marketing & Public Relations Department, ALHOSN University
Tel: 02 407 0700
Dir: 02 407 0747
Fax: 02 407 0782
E-mail: w.mousa@alhosnu.ae


UAE Student Visa Requirements

The UAE educational system comprises of a variety of academic institutions – Schools, Colleges and Universities. Furthermore, there are several Training Institutes that offer professional qualification and training programs in various fields. Each institution has its own objective, structure, and admission requirements.
There are a few governmental universities and colleges in UAE where admission is restricted to nationals only. However, there are several private institutions where enrolment is open to any student who meets the admission requirements.
A student may enrol in any program of his/her choice. Programs may vary from academic, technical, and professional degree programs in various disciplines, preparing students for careers in research and professional practice in every field.
Enrolling in primary, secondary or high schools a residence visa is required. However, student visas are provided by all colleges and universities and also a few training institutes. Prior to issuance of visa all formalities need to be completed as per the university chosen
Student Visas
To enrol in primary, secondary or high schools a residence visa is required and educational institution may be permitted to make their UAE visa application based on the sponsorship of their parents. This option is available to full-time students.
Students under parent’s sponsorship wanting to enrol into tertiary level university, college or institute have the following regulations:
    Sons, below the age of 18 in full-time education can be sponsored by their parents.
    Unmarried daughters of any age can be sponsored by their father (or their mother if she is employed in a high-level profession).
Students attending a tertiary level university, college or institute: Educator-sponsored Dubai study visa
Full-time students can be sponsored by their educational institution if the institution is eligible. This allows them to obtain a UAE study visa for the duration of their course
    Full-time students can be sponsored by the university, college or institute please check with the university, college or institute because not all offer this service.
    Student Residence Visas are normally only valid for 1 year at a time, renewed each year during the study program.
    Documents needed:
  •         Passport with at least 6 months validity, the passport must have two blank visa pages (one to endorse the visa and one for entry stamps)
  •         Passport copies (about 4)
  •         Photographs (about 12)
  •         Passport copies (about 2 copies)
  •         Upon arrival, passport copies with entry visa to the UAE (about 3 copies)
  •         Evidence of acceptance to a UAE tertiary institute (offer letter)
  •         Possibly bank statements showing evidence of funds in the UAE
  •         Possibly a tenancy agreement (or letter from university if staying in university accommodation)
  •         Copy of tuition fee receipt for the current study year of the program
  •         Copy of visa fees receipt for the current study year of the program
  •         Post-graduate students will need to have their undergraduate degree attested
    Students from some countries will undergo a security check to make sure they are not considered a threat to UAE security.
    A medical test at an authorised UAE medical center (allow AED 350-500) will normally be required. The medical check is a blood test and chest X-ray for HIV (AIDS), Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Tuberculosis (TB), Leprosy, and Syphilis. If results come back positive for any of those conditions, the person is deported, except for syphilis which is treated, but this may change, check with UAE immigration department or UAE Ministry of Health (and keep in mind it’s possible to get conflicting reports from them).
Student Residence Visa Fees
    Student Visa Fees vary between universities, colleges and institutions. Varies between 1,000 to 3,000 AED for a one-year student residence visa.
    Some universities, colleges and institutions may require a refundable visa deposit, may vary between 2,000 to 3,000 AED.
    Renewal charges vary between 1,000 to 3,000 AED yearly.
    There might also be differences in fees between different emirates.
    There are also differences depending on if the university is located in a UAE education free zone such as Dubai Academic City or Knowledge Village, or not.
Please check with university, college or institute applying to for up-to-date information.
Visa Validity
     If a student stays out of the UAE for longer than six months, their student residence visa becomes invalid and they will be denied entry to the UAE until it is cancelled. Usually the sponsor will report the visa holder to the immigration authorities.
  •     Visas normally take 2-5 weeks to process once all the correct documentation has been supplied.
  •     Express visas take 1-3 weeks to process.
  •     Cancellation of visa normally takes 1-3 weeks, express cancellation takes 1-2 weeks.


Universities in UAE: Hamdan Bin Mohammed e-University (HBMeU)

Hamdan Bin Mohammed e-University (HBMeU), a leader in the field of e-Learning and quality management in the Arab World, recently honoured Emirates Identity Authority (EIDA), in recognition of its major role and ongoing commitment towards supporting the mission of the university, as well as reaffirming the role of the “Annual Congress 2012 as a premier platform that fosters innovation and institutional and academic excellence. Ms. Nadia Amanallah Kamali, Marketing and Communication Director at HBMeU, handed over the honorary plaque to Mr. Abdulaziz AlMaamari, Public Relations & Marketing Manager at Emirates ID, while stressing the important role of partners in achieving the vision and objectives of the university.

Hamdan Bin Mohammed e-University honors Emirates Identity Authority