Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation honours 62 winners in its local, regional, and international educational awards

DUBAI: Sheikh Rashid bin Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Supreme Chairman of Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation for Medical and Educational Sciences, honoured 62 winners of this year’s educational awards from a total of 459 participants at a ceremony held today (Tuesday, 21st May) at Theatre Hall, Mohammed Bin Rashid Library in Dubai.

The ceremony also witnessed the honouring of H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Dubai Airports and Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group. The Foundation’s Board of Trustees selected H.H. as the ‘Personality of the Year 2024’ in recognition of his role in supporting education and improving the lives of thousands of people in need across many regions of the world through his leadership of the Emirates Airline Foundation. This has strengthened the UAE’s presence on the global charitable and humanitarian map. His Highness has also supported numerous community organizations that assist government ef
forts in caring for children, students, and people of determination.

The awards ceremony was attended Humaid Mohammed Al Qatami, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation; Dr. Khalifa Al Suwaidi, Secretary-General and CEO of Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation; and Dr. Mohamed Ould Amar, Director-General of the Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organisation (ALECSO).

The event also saw the presence of senior officials from the education sector, representatives from international, regional, and local organizations and ministries, officials from the Foundation, students, and their parents.

In his speech, Humaid Mohammed Al Qatami, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation, welcomed H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Dubai Airports and Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group, and Sheikh Rashid bin Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Supreme President of Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation for M
edical and Educational Sciences.

He added, ‘With great warmth and hospitality, we welcome you today as honoured guests to the twenty-sixth cycle of the Educational Awards ceremony of Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation for Medical and Educational Sciences. Today, we renew our celebration of those who have excelled in their performance and demonstrated mastery in their achievements, deserving recognition and honours. This celebration takes place under the ongoing patronage of the Hamdan Foundation in its new structure, while continuing to promote excellence in both the medical and educational sectors.

”This endeavour aligns with the national development journey under the leadership of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai, along with the esteemed rulers of the Emirates.’

He added, ‘Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation for Medical and Educational Sc
iences has received exceptional attention from the Dubai government, which has been keen to support and endorse its efforts to continue its journey towards achieving its noble goals. This underscores the importance of the cultural legacy that this Emirati-Arab message carries to the world, serving knowledge and human enlightenment. It reflects the authenticity and purity of the initiatives launched by the late Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum,in 1998 and 1999, through the establishment of awards for outstanding educational performance and medical sciences. Over the course of twenty-five years, these awards have achieved remarkable accomplishments, constructing a legacy of innovative programs and projects in medical and educational excellence, and nurturing talented individuals. With this rich legacy, the Foundation embarks on a new institutional framework and an inspiring strategic system, meeting the aspirations of the future.’

He congratulated the winners in the various categories of the award in its 26
th cycle, which included two winners of the international awards from the World Giftedness Center, three winners of Hamdan-ALECSO Award for Distinguished Educational Research, seventeen winners of the Foundation’s awards at the GCC level, and forty winners of the local awards. He emphasised that awareness of social responsibility and the necessity of continuing to support local and international efforts in empowering education played a significant role in driving Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation for Medical and Educational Sciences to continue working with other partner organizations and institutions towards enhancing the development capacity of education.

In his speech, Dr. Mohamed Ould Amar, Director-General of the Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (ALECSO), highlighted the award’s unique vision and objectives in supporting researchers and encouraging creative educational actors in the field of education, as well as valuing good educational experiences for investment and
benefit to develop practices and educational systems. This is part of the efforts to ensure quality, equitable, and inclusive education for all by 2030 in Arab countries and to achieve the transition towards knowledge societies. He also extended his congratulations to the winners of this cycle and to all participants from Arab countries, wishing them further success in their academic, research, and professional paths.

He said that ALECSO is committed to encouraging educational researchers and maximizing the benefits of the educational research they produce through its plans and activities. The organization works to value these efforts by publishing them in all its journals, especially the Arab Journal of Education, which has been issued periodically by the organisation for more than forty years. Furthermore, through its partnerships in organising awards and competitions with Arab bodies concerned with the development of education and the growth of educational scientific research, ALECSO highlights the import
ance of these awards in motivating researchers to innovate in the field of education, showcasing and valuing best practices, and fostering communities of practitioners who exchange ideas and experiences.

These efforts help to enhance the status of educational research within the broader scientific research framework in Arab countries. This blessed partnership between ALECSO and Hamdan Foundation for Medical and Educational Sciences is a testament to this commitment, he added.

The number of winners in the local awards reached 40 out of a total of 198 participants across all categories. In the Gulf awards, there were 17 winners out of 89 participants. A total of 146 research papers from 17 Arab countries were submitted for Hamdan-ALECSO Award for Distinguished Educational Research, with three winning papers from Saudi Arabia, Oman, and Egypt.

For World Giftedness Center’s Awards in the category of Applied Research Global Award of Talented Education, nine countries from various regions participated, with 14 i
nitiatives submitted. Two initiatives from Saudi Arabia and the United States were awarded.

Additionally, the ceremony honoured Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum Centre for Giftedness and Innovation team, which participated in the 2024 FLL Open Robotics Championship held recently in Norway. The students achieved third place in robot performance at the European Open Robotics Championship (FLL) and first place in the friendly competition, defeating the top four teams in robot performance during the semifinals and finals.

Source: Emirates News Agency

KRCS signs humanitarian coop. deal with PRCS

KUWAIT, Kuwait Red Crescent Society (KRCS) signed a cooperation agreement with the Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS) Tuesday to enhance relief collaboration and support humanitarian efforts.

The agreement was signed by KRCS Chairman Dr. Hilal Al-Sayer, representing the Kuwaiti side and PRCS Chairman Sardar Shahid, representing Pakistan’s side.

Speaking to KUNA, Shahid stated after the signing that the agreement aims to support and continue joint cooperation and increase efforts in humanitarian work between both sides, mentioning that after the signing, he met with his Kuwaiti counterpart to discuss various topics, including the services provided by KRCS in Pakistan, commending Kuwait’s humanitarian efforts.

He emphasized his commitment to strengthening relations with KRCS to ensure continued support for ongoing recovery programs benefiting families affected by floods in Pakistan, reviewing the humanitarian aspects the society is concerned with locally and internationally, pointing out their relief effor
ts in many affected areas worldwide.

On his side, Dr. Al-Sayer welcomed Shahid’s visit to their headquarters, reiterating the society’s dedication to participating in Kuwait’s humanitarian efforts by providing support to those affected by natural or man-made disasters.

He underscored the importance of this bilateral partnership and extolled the level of cooperation between the two sides, especially in providing humanitarian aid following recent floods in Pakistan.

This agreement is part of the society’s humanitarian projects and continues Kuwait’s humanitarian mission, aiming to enhance cooperation with charitable humanitarian organizations to urgently aid those in need, he explained.

KRCS strives to establish this approach in its programs, activities, and services for nations in need and people, he noted.

Source: Kuwait News Agency

China, France deepen higher education collaboration

SHANGHAI: Over 80 presidents and representatives from 25 Chinese and French universities and educational institutions gathered at the “China-France University Presidents’ Forum” hosted by Tongji University in Shanghai recently.

The forum focused on cultivating outstanding talents through international cooperation and supporting sustainable development via higher education.

According to China Daily, the event was a significant part of Tongji University’s commemoration of the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between China and France.

In a video address, Zhou Li, Deputy Director of the Department of International Cooperation and Exchanges at China’s Ministry of Education, stated that the gathering would inject fresh momentum into Sino-French higher education cooperation.

Fang Shou’en, Party Chief of Tongji University, emphasised that educational cooperation is vital to the bilateral relationship between China and France. He noted that Tongji University, one of the earliest comprehensive universities
in China to initiate collaboration with France, has played a key role in fostering talent cultivation, scientific research collaboration, and cultural exchange between the two countries.

Presidents and experts from both nations delivered over 20 keynote speeches, discussing the successes of China-France educational cooperation, sharing experiences on nurturing global engineers and exploring new models for future collaboration, particularly in promoting sustainable development.

The forum also included the inauguration of an exhibition titled “30 Years of Tongji University’s Cooperation with France” at the university’s museum. The exhibition, which attracted numerous visitors, reviewed 25 years of Sino-French cooperation in architecture and urban-rural heritage conservation.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Makkah’s Ajyad Dawah Association launches initiatives for Hajj pilgrims

MAKKAH: The Association for Dawah, Guidance and Community Awareness in Ajyad, Makkah, has unveiled a series of initiatives to welcome and support pilgrims during the upcoming Hajj season 1445 AH, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported on Tuesday.

The association will distribute copies of the Holy Quran translated into 28 languages, catering to the diverse linguistic needs of pilgrims.

A comprehensive programme on Hajj rituals will be offered, alongside religious lessons and speeches delivered in mosques surrounding the Grand Mosque.

The association will also be facilitating volunteer opportunities through official platforms, encouraging community members to contribute to a successful Hajj season.

Special gift packages will be distributed to pilgrims, containing essential items such as prayer rug, electronic rosary, water containers, and religious booklets on Hajj and Umrah rituals.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Emir of Kuwait receives UAE Balloon Team

KUWAIT CITY: His Highness Sheikh Meshal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Emir of the State of Kuwait, welcomed the UAE Balloon Team at Bayan Palace today during their visit to the country.

Captain Pilot Abdulaziz Nasser Al Mansouri, the UAE Balloon Team leader, expressed his honour at meeting the Emir. The discussion included the late Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah’s Balloon, known for its success in international competitions.

The Emir emphasised the importance of investing in human resources in GCC countries and keeping a strong connection between its people.

Captain Al Mansouri further stated that the GCC Balloon was unveiled during the meeting. This balloon is planned to participate in the 45th GCC Summit and the GCC Cup, both scheduled to be held in Kuwait this December.

Concluding his remarks, Captain Al Mansouri said that His Highness the Emir praised that the GCC Balloon would fly over all six GCC countries, symbolising the unity and strong bond that connects them as one nation.

Emirates News Agency