ALHOSN University hosts ADCED’s AKOUN workshop

ALHOSN University hosts ADCED’s AKOUN workshop to instill entrepreneurship among youths
Cultural expert & renowned TV personality Ali Al Saloom conducts interactive session
March 20, 2012
The Business Department at ALHOSN University, a leading Abu Dhabi-based university dedicated to high-quality, value-based education, recently collaborated with the Abu Dhabi Council for Economic Development (ADCED) to organize an ‘AKOUN’ workshop to encourage entrepreneurship among youths.
Translated as ‘to be’ in Arabic, ‘AKOUN’ is an entrepreneurship awareness campaign overseen by ADCED and aimed at inspiring and empowering young Emiratis to participate in the private sector. The Council has been visiting institutions of higher education across Abu Dhabi to gain support for AKOUN’s advocacy.

The AKOUN workshop was held at ALHOSN’s Male Campus and was presented in Arabic and English. A highlight of the event was an interactive workshop conducted by famed TV personality and cultural expert Ali Al Saloom from the ‘Ask Ali’ show. Saloom, a cultural ambassador of the UAE, is the creator of the popular ‘Ask Ali’ brand. Students who participated in the workshop were given Workshop Companion booklets which included presentation slides and a kit for creating a business plan.
All workshop attendees received a Certificate personally signed by the Abu Dhabi Council for Economic Development. The event proved to be one of the most valuable seminars ever attended by ALHOSN students.

“The AKOUN workshop was very effective in challenging our students to set up their own small and medium businesses. The UAE has emerged as the region’s commercial hub due to the exceptional entrepreneurial spirit of its business community. We commend ADCED for lighting the fire of entrepreneurship among our youths and commit to supporting future activities under its AKOUN campaign,” said Prof. Abdul Rahim Sabouni, Vice Chancellor and CEO, ALHOSN University.
AKOUN was initiated in 2009 by ADCED in collaboration with the Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development, the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Western Region Development Council, and the Twofour54° Abu Dhabi Media Zone. It supports the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030’s goals of expanding the Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) sector and opening up new opportunities for entrepreneurs to thrive and grow.
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
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Fax: 02 407 0782
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Esmod Dubai partners with Wafi mall to open Esmod Fashion Store

‘Esmod Fashion Designers’ Incubator’ to exclusively showcase creations of Esmod graduates and hone their business smarts, foster ‘made in UAE’ pride

March 13, 2012

Esmod Dubai, the only French institute fully dedicated to fashion in the region, has announced its partnership with Wafi mall in Dubai to open the ‘Esmod Fashion Designers’ Incubator’ that aims to usher in the UAE’s next generation of fashion designers.
Established in line with Esmod Dubai’s corporate social responsibility agenda, the 2,500 sq ft facility provides a unique and highly visible talent incubator for selected Esmod graduates to showcase their collections, accessories and other exclusive creations.

The store will be used as a platform to guide participating alumni through the design, manufacturing, branding and marketing of their collections. The goal is to enhance the business skills of aspiring fashion entrepreneurs while promoting a ‘proudly made in the UAE’ mentality among the country’s fashionistas.

Importantly, the store displays exclusive individual pieces which are reasonably priced, with only a minimum markup, to be in line with market prices and to also ensure that Esmod designers generate maximum revenue.  
Moreover, a dedicated space has been arranged within the store for Wafi customers to benefit from Esmod Dubai’s popular Make Up short courses and also the Perfume Discovery & Creation course. A unique new facet of the Perfume Discovery course is that participants will have their perfume creations produced and handed over to them in a personalized 50ml bottle. Esmod also revealed that a gallery space for fashion related exhibitions will regularly showcase creations.

Since 2006 Esmod Dubai has been pursuing its mission of developing the Middle East’s fashion industry through the upholding of the highest professional fashion education standards and training opportunities. The institution’s latest corporate social responsibility initiative supports this goal by encouraging fashion brand development and facilitating the business startups of graduates.

“We embrace the responsibility of our actions and thus want Esmod Dubai’s fashion education programs to have a positive impact on the region’s fashion industry. We owe it to the parents who have entrusted their loved ones to us to develop the best skills in fashion design from our wards and provide them with access to unique career opportunities. The ‘Esmod Fashion Designers’ Incubator’ will serve as an ideal platform for them to start a successful fashion business,” explained Tamara Hostal, Director and Founder of Esmod Dubai.

“We are very pleased to have Esmod institute in Wafi, Esmod Dubai is the only French Fashion Institution fully dedicated to vocational fashion training in the Middle East.  Fashion is always of the time in which you live. It is not something standing alone. Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening,” said Layla Al Harmoudi, Marketing Manager at Wafi Mall.
Esmod Dubai recently welcomed its second batch of students for its 3-year French Higher Diploma in Fashion Design and Pattern Making. Aside from the higher diploma, Esmod Dubai also offers a one-year Foundation program and workshops on Fashion, Fashion Photography, Professional Fashion Make-Up, Make-Up Special Effects, Perfume Discovery & Creation, and Textile Science-Manipulation. The institution offers as well short courses and lectures on various fashion topics to the public.

Universities in Dubai: Canadian University of Dubai (CUD) -Corporate Training

Our vision at Canadian University of Dubai (CUD) is to provide students with an international academic experience guided by the highest educational and corporate ethics. We believe strongly in our mission of promoting Canadian perspectives in learning & research with an application grounded in appreciation and respect of diverse cultures that are embedded in UAE values.

With this vision we are expanding corporate training activities at CUD and serving the learning needs of particular individuals, as well as the broader organisational needs of the public and private sector. In short, we aim to ensure that learning is a life long experience. In this way, we are responding to the changing labour market and business community’s demands to access relevant programs that keep them in touch with best practice in their industry. At an individual level, we are adding another skill set to a person’s professional development. We are passionate about learning, our environment and the health and safety of the people in our community that we serve. This is reflected in our core areas of established expertise at CUD.
Experienced University faculty and certified trainers prepare and conduct a range of tailored management consulting and corporate training services, professional courses and certificate programs, as well as academic preparation courses. Most of the experts affiliated with corporate training at CUD are Canadian, American or European educated, and they have experience and knowledge of the GCC.They come with international expertise in management, engineering, architecture, Islamic banking, finance, environment, healthcare management, interior design, English language and translation, communications and public relations.
Training programs offered at CUD are non credit and consist of activities conducted over a number of days, typically 3-5 days, for 6-7 hours a day. Training sessions are highly interactive and include group work to solve a selection of case studies and exercises, as well as role play sessions to practice a range of skills.Training videos and other training materials are widely used to support lectures. The carefully prepared content helps participants keep in touch with best practice in the field. They offer access to the latest training programs needed for various functional areas such as sales & marketing, human resources, accounting, and customer service from the administrative to the executive level.
Custom made training and off-the-shelf programs can be implemented to suit the particular needs of individuals and corporate clients. The most popular topics are listed below:

Organizational Excellence

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  • EFQM Model
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Team Leading and Supervision

  • Recruit Your Team
  • On the Job Training
  • Leadership & Teambuilding
  • Leading through Change
  • Performance Assessment & Compensation

Personal Effectiveness

  • Time Management
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  • Selling to Difficult Clients
  • Negotiation Principles
  • Project Planning & Management

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  • Marketing Principles
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Upon completion, participants receive a Certificate for Successful Completion issued by the Canadian University of Dubai and our international partner universities and training organizations that contribute to each training program. If you need one of these programs or want to know more, please contact Dr. Florin Vladica or one of the team at:
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Universities in UAE: American University of Sharjah – Alumni Reunion 2012 [HD] by Shuja Rabbani

Laser show at the American University of Sharjah, Alumni Reunion 2012 – United Arab Emirates (UAE). American University of Sharjah was voted as the number one university in the UAE and one of the top universities to obtain an MBA by Forbes magazine in the Middle East region. This clip is taken by Shuja Rabbani, a proud AUS alumnus – enjoy watching!

Universities in UAE: The University of Sharjah (video)

The University of Sharjah comprises a series of grand, sophisticated structures featuring traditional Islamic design, set within vast, manicured grounds. The university opened its doors in 1997 and comprises a women’s campus and a men’s campus. The American University of Sharjah also exists within its grounds. The University of Sharjah couples the emirate’s educational needs with Islamic values and traditions.