Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Higher Education Grant 2021 recipients announced

ABU DHABI, Emirates Foundation, which administers the Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Higher Education Grant programme, today announced the names of this year’s grant recipients.

The five 2021 grant recipients are Maryam Abdulla Al Memari, Master of Science in Environmental Sciences and Policy from Johns Hopkins University; Maryam Omar Bin Haider, Master of Science in Public Health (Mental Health) from King’s College London; Alya Sultan Alghfeli, Masters in Furniture Design from the Polytechnic University of Milan; Eiman Abdulla Al Messabi, Master’s Degree in Environment: Dynamics of Territories and Societies from Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi; and Noora Mohammad Al Hashimi, Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from United Arab Emirates University.

Ahmed Taleb Al Shamsi, Chief Executive Officer of Emirates Foundation, said, “This programme, launched under the generous patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, reflects the wise leadership’s commitment to supporting Emirati students, preparing them for the global challenges of the 21st century. It was among the first education grant programmes that specifically focused on encouraging students to purse studies that contribute to the UAE’s sustainable economic development.”

“This year’s grant recipients are outstanding Emirati students and we are looking forward to helping them fulfil their academic goals at the highest level,” he added.

Nagi Wakim, Acting Provost at Zayed University, said, “The Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Higher Education Grant for Zayed University graduates is an important opportunity for graduates wishing to further their studies in various academic disciplines in the most prestigious local and global universities. This will positively impact their skills and will provide them with expertise to support their future scientific and professional careers. This grant is also in line with the wise leadership’s support to young people as it promotes investing in young talent and providing the national economy with qualified cadres.”

Since its launch in 2011, the Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Higher Education Grant programme has supported 78 accomplished Zayed University graduates, who collectively earned 58 Master’s Degrees and 15 PhDs from UAE and top international universities.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority participates in SAMENA Leaders’ Summit

ABU DHABI, The UAE, represented by the Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority, participated in the Leaders’ Summit organised by SAMENA Telecommunications Council, under the theme “Championing Digital Economic Growth from Policy to Reality”.

Several key decision-makers from various regulators in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry, as well as presidents and CEOs from the private sector, took part in the event.

The summit, sponsored by the Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority, focused on the role of broadband networks and advanced digital technologies, such as cloud communications, Internet of Things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI) in achieving the globally defined sustainable development goals, driving digital economic growth and developing a sustainable digital economy.

In his speech at the beginning of the summit, Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, Director-General of the Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority, welcomed the attendees, saying, “We have agreed in previous conferences that we are living in the ICT age and emphasised its significance in supporting and driving development in various spheres, including health and safety. This has been confirmed by the events of last year, and thanks to the significant progress in the sector, today we can innovate, adapt and continue our lives with equal efficiency. Thanks to ICT, a school year was safely finished, and we continued our government work without interruption, and millions of people were able to fulfil their needs through digital commerce platforms.”

He added, “Since the ICT sector is the key driver of all digital transformation strategies including the digital government, our wise leadership entrusted us with the task of the UAE digital government, and bestowed us a new name – Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority. We saw change as a responsibility that could not be disregarded, as we began preparing our future strategies and operational plans, which put us at the heart of building for the next 50 years. As you know, the UAE is preparing today to embark on a new journey into the next 50 years toward the 2071 Centennial Vision, which is based on innovation and digital transformation for the happiness and wellbeing of every person living in this generous country.”

This year’s sessions of the summit addressed lessons learnt from the past year that have been a driving force for achieving digital transformation and stimulating digital economic growth to get life back on track. The meeting stressed the need for the commitment of all countries of the world to support the development of a sustainable digital economy.

It also stressed that the post-pandemic world needs an innovative approach that would achieve economic recovery, improve wellbeing, make businesses smarter and create a more inclusive world in which everyone has an opportunity to grow and prosper. This requires everyone to cooperate and coordinate more than ever before at the national, regional and global level to forge new partnerships and bridge the digital divide.


Source: Emirates News Agency

SEHA partners with University of Manchester to launch medical education program

ABU DHABI, Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA) has signed an academic services agreement with The University of Manchester, one of the UK’s leading and largest single-site universities, to deliver a tailored Post-graduate Certificate (PGCert) in Medical and Health Education for SEHA employees. As part of SEHA’s efforts to empower its workforce with valuable resources, skill development, and growth opportunities, the part-time, in-house education program will be delivered by the university’s faculty and has been accredited by The Academy of Medical Educators (AoME).

The PGCert in Medical and Health Education gives participants the skills and knowledge to become world class medical educators. The nine-month course is suitable for all clinicians, including medical doctors, dentists, nurses, and allied health professionals involved in teaching, learning or assessment in the workplace. Delivered through a blended teaching model, the program combines extensive online study with face-to-face induction and teaching (where possible), in addition to opportunities for peer discussion, group mentoring and customized tutorials from university experts.

The program has already received an encouraging response from its first cohort, which commenced in February 2021. More than 120 staff in total are expected to join the program throughout the remainder of the year.

Addressing the first cohort of participants in the program, Dr. Ghanem Al Hassani, Group Education Director, Corporate Education, SEHA, said: “Strengthening and scaling the quality of workforce education and training has long been a key priority for us at SEHA, guiding our efforts to support and empower our employees to rise to the challenge and succeed in addressing the current and future needs of communities.

“Our partnership with The University of Manchester marks a significant milestone for us in building a sustainable medical education program, facilitating a more robust exchange of industry knowledge, expertise and best practices amongst faculty and educators and enabling us to continue serving the community to the best of our ability. We hope this is the start of a long-term working relationship with the university and we wish the cohorts every success.”

Dianne Burns, Program Director, PGCert MHE, added: “The University of Manchester is delighted to sign this agreement with SEHA for the PGCert program and commence its launch with the first cohorts. The partnership will help develop the teaching capabilities of clinicians as part of their professional development, who will go on to play a crucial role in educating the healthcare practitioners of the future. Clinicians provide vital services and expert care to the community and the PGCert program aims to help them become world class educators as well. We look forward to using all our extensive international experience of supporting working professionals on integrated learning programs.”


Source: Emirates News Agency

DP World, Zayed University sign MoU

DUBAI, DP World, the Dubai-based provider of worldwide smart end-to-end supply chain logistics and the Premier Global Trade Partner of Expo 2020 Dubai, and Zayed University (ZU), a leading educational institution in the UAE, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

The MoU provides for showcasing artworks by talented students at DP World’s Flow Pavilion throughout Expo 2020 Dubai from 1st October, 2021, to 31st March 31, 2022.

The virtual signing ceremony was held in the presence of Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, UAE Minister of Culture and Youth and President of Zayed University. The agreement was signed by Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO of DP World, and Dr. Khalid AlKhazarji, Vice President of Zayed University. The MoU also covers future projects by the two sides.

The collaboration will focus on Flow Art, a project developed by DP World’s Expo 2020 Dubai team. It will become part of the educational curriculum of different art courses from the College of Art and Enterprises of Zayed University in the academic year 2021-2022.

The project will transform several spaces in the Pavilion of DP World into an engaging, content-driven canvas. Talented ZU students will ensure workspaces within DP World’s Flow Pavilion are comfortable, warm and inviting workspaces throughout the most important event in the global trade enabler’s calendar this year.

The project will also promote and reinforce DP World’s education objectives through its commitment to establishing a permanent presence at District 2020, a human-centric smart city, which will repurpose more than 80 per cent of Expo 2020’s built environment once the event closes its doors in March 2022.

All artworks will be labelled and signed by student’s names, carrying the names of the college and university they belong to.

Al Kaabi said, “Once again our students have an intensive, active and interactive learning opportunity. It is both personal and collaborative. This allows them to make a mark at an internationally prestigious space at Expo 2020. This is not only valuable exposure for Zayed University’s students, but it also strengthens the UAE’s tireless efforts to keep the country’s arts, design and creative industries dynamic, while adding value to the overall Expo 2020 experience.”

Bin Sulayem said: “The partnership is a great opportunity for both sides, as we reaffirm our commitment to education and the progress of the UAE’s future generations. It also contributes to the realisation of our vision that centres around ‘Making Trade Flow’ to keep the world moving and to enable smarter trade for the benefit of everyone through innovation and data-driven logistics, so people have the things they need when they need them in a new era of global mobility and trade.

Dr. Khalid Alkhazarji, Vice President of Zayed University, said, “ZU applies state-of-the-art technologies in its classrooms and labs, which ensures our students’ readiness for new and exciting possibilities. We thank DP World for their remarkable efforts and for providing this opportunity as a means of promoting and disseminating our students’ work and creativity.”

In addition to showcasing students’ work to visitors from all around the world for six months, some of the content created by ZU students will be used on DP World and ZU’s media platforms, including graphic murals, digital content walls art, bespoke art pieces and digital contents. (Tradearabia News Service)

Source: Emirates News Agency

UAE telecom subscribers pegged at 21.9 million by end of 2020

ABU DHABI, The number of telecom subscribers in the UAE, including mobile phones, landlines and Internet, grew to 21.929 million by the end of 2020.

The latest statistics released by the Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority indicated an increase in the number of mobile phone subscribers to 16.820 million by December end from 16.707 million in November, at a spread rate of 186.1 lines per 100 people, with mobile subscriptions accounting for 76.2 percent of the total subscription base.

Pre-paid mobile phone subscriptions totalled 13.178 million by end of December, while post-paid mobile phone subscriptions stood at 3.641 million for the same reference month.

Landline subscriptions likewise increased to 2.128 million. However, the total number of internet subscriptions stood at 2.98 million.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology convenes UAE’s pharma industry to explore future healthcare resilience

ABU DHABI, The Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology (MoIAT) today convened a number of the country’s pharmaceutical and medical industry companies in the fourth session of its ‘Future of Industry Dialogue’ series to discuss ways in which the Ministry can drive the strong growth of the sector in a post-COVID-19 economy.

Led by Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology, the virtual meeting drew the participation of Abdulrahman Al Owais, Minister of Health and Prevention, and a number of industry officials.

Dr. Al Jaber commended the collective efforts of the public and private sectors in responding to the pandemic, from manufacturing personal protective equipment (PPE) to the distribution and testing of vaccines.

Looking ahead, Dr. Al Jaber said, “Ensuring the future growth and resilience of the UAE’s healthcare sector in a post-pandemic world will depend on planning ahead, reinforcing critical supply chains and establishing a wider network of global partners.”

He added, “There is one crucial enabler that we must weave into the DNA of our healthcare industry: the adoption of advanced technologies. We can and must enhance local production of pharmaceuticals and medical equipment by leveraging artificial intelligence (AI) and Industry 4.0 solutions. Not only will this diversify our economy and increase our local efficiencies, but it will improve our preparedness to scale production when it’s most needed, and this is vital to the industry’s future resilience.”

The Minister underlined the role that MoIAT will play in working with all relevant stakeholders to develop the industrial ecosystem and accelerate the sector’s growth in the UAE. He reaffirmed the Ministry’s commitment to supporting the industrial sector to enhance in-country value, and boost its competitiveness locally, regionally and globally through creating a relevant and strong regulatory environment.

Other meeting participants included: Jürgen Lauterbach, CFO of Julphar; Basem Al-Barahmeh, General Manager of Globalpharma; Emad Nazih Baloosh, General Manager of Medpharma; Dr Shamsheer Vayalil, Chairman of LIFEPharma; Madhukar Tanna, CEO of Pharmax; Dr Salwa Sami, General Manager of Medysinal; Dr Zuhdi Sawalhi, CEO of Medisal; Helda Alosta, General Manager of Monrol; Dr Firas Razouk, General Manager of Fine Healthcare; Mohammed Hamad Al Badi, CEO of Tawam Medical Instruments Factory; Vivekananda Shenoy, General Manager of MicroSynergy Pharmaceuticals; Ashish Koshy, CEO of G42 Healthcare; and Farhan Malik, General Manager of Pure Health.

The high-level ‘Future of Industry Dialogue’ initiative, a series of ongoing high-level virtual meetings, was launched in February 2021 by MoIAT to establish a new collaborative framework to build long-term synergies between government and industry in the UAE. Reflecting the UAE’s commitment to developing the national industrial ecosystem, the initiative focuses on identifying and mitigating sector-specific challenges and implementing innovative regulatory, logistical and financing frameworks to drive sustainable industrial development to pave the way for the country to achieve its aspirations in a post-COVID-19 world.

Source: Emirates News Agency