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

Abu Dhabi University professor receives US patent

ABU DHABI– Abu Dhabi University’s (ADU) Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering in the College of Engineering (CoE), Dr. Montasir Qasymeh, has received a United States patent registered under “10,824,048 B2” to develop a first-of-its-kind device that will be capable of connecting superconducting quantum computers over significant distances.

Superconducting quantum computers are the extraordinary computers of the future that will surpass all current ones – and achieve ultrasensitive sensing and “unattackable” quantum communication networks. Unlike today’s conventional computers, quantum computers can process huge amounts of data and perform computations in powerful new ways that were never possible before. Potential applications of quantum computing include accelerating innovations in artificial intelligence and machine learning and tackling cybersecurity challenges.

Dr. Qasymeh’s device is composed of graphene, a substance that has been hailed as a “miracle material” due to its electrical properties and the fact that it is the world’s thinnest and second strongest material. Graphene has already innovated the technology sector and is being applied today to laptops, smartphones and headphones.

Dr. Qasymeh has been working with graphene for the past seven years and has numerous publications that have studied this substance. The device converts a quantum microwave signal containing data to a laser beam using properly design graphene layers that are electrically connected and subjected to a laser pump.

Dr. Qasymeh said, “I am humbled and honoured to be granted this US patent. This invention will advance the field of quantum computing in the UAE – taking us one step further towards the quantum age.”

He added, “The coming era is an era of knowledge wealth, that brings with it the opportunity to advance all of humankind. I would like to express my sincerest gratitude to Abu Dhabi University for supporting this project and providing my team with access to its purpose-built academic facilities. I am proud and grateful for Abu Dhabi University’s continued investment in research.”

Dr. Hamdi Sheibani, Dean of the College of Engineering at ADU commented, “We are extremely proud of yet another accomplishment from Dr. Qasymeh. This US patent for one of our professors is evidence of ADU’s culture of innovation and our continued commitment to the UAE Government’s National Agenda to diversify our economy and strengthen our research and innovation sector.”

The project was developed with the funding of two important grants, the ADEK Award for Research Excellence grant, which was awarded for the research proposal “Graphene-Based Modulator for Passive Transmission and White Light Communications” from the Ministry of Education, and the Takamul grant from the Department of Economic Development, which was awarded for patent filing.

Dr. Qasymeh received a PhD in electrical engineering from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada in 2010.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Ministry of Education organises interactive session on distance learning

ABU DHABI, The Ministry of Education organised a “partners” session via live broadcast on the Instagram account of its Training and Professional Development Department.

The session was held under the title, “Parents Make a Difference,” and was presented by Dr. Ibrahim Al Dabal, CEO of the Khalifa Empowerment Programme, Aqdar, with the participation of many parents.

The session focused on several themes, most notably parental care and enabling parents to give their children a good home environment that supports distance learning and positive learning methods, as well as to influence their behaviours, values and ethics through distance education.

It also aims to highlight the importance of encouraging communication between parents and teachers, to obtain information related to the behaviour and performance of children in distance learning, through feedback, phone calls, messages and notes.

The session involved dialogue about home learning and the role of parents in helping children in educational activities, such as electronic homework, reading, research, project work and experiments. It also instructed parents on the best methods and strategies for teaching children at home, and how to overcome academic issues faced by students.

The session focussed on the topic of cooperation between families and schools, to take advantage of the services provided by the ministry’s platforms and employ them to improve academic services and the skills of parents, as well as to promote educational attainment, skills and values among students.

During the session, a series of digital controls and standards were introduced, to help optimise the use of digital resources in education.

Source: Emirates News Agency

No intention to end academic year: Education Ministry

ABU DHABI, The Ministry of Education termed what is being circulated on social media and across media outlets about its intention to end the academic year and continue the distance e-learning system till the end of the school year as ”inaccurate”.

In a statement, the ministry labelled such reports as ”sheer rumours and baseless” and explained that no decision has yet been taken on this matter.

”We urge members of the public not to pay heed to such rumours and to refer to updates and instructions from official channels and sources on the ministry’s website and social media accounts,” the statement added.

”We will immediately announce any new developments. The interest of the students will always remain our top priority and the measures we take will serve their interest in tandem with the current situation,” the statement added.

Source: Emirates News Agency

UAE school students meet Lionel Messi at Expo 2020 Dubai’s Al Wasl Plaza

DUBAI, Ten lucky school students from across the UAE became the envy of millions of sports fans with a rare chance to meet one of the greatest athletes in the world, Expo 2020 Dubai ambassador Lionel Messi, at the Expo 2020 site.

Selected in a random draw held by the Expo School Programme, the students accompanied by their teachers met the international football superstar at Dubai’s next architectural marvel, Al Wasl Plaza, which will become the centrepiece of Expo 2020 when it opens its doors on 20 October 2020.

Messi, one of the most-decorated footballers in the history of the game, visited the site of The World’s Greatest Show of human achievement and brilliance to lead the students on a tour of Al Wasl Plaza, take pictures with them and sign souvenirs and memorabilia, including footballs and football boots. He was joined by Expo 2020 mascots Rashid and Latifa.

The footballer said, It was very enjoyable to meet and spend time with the students � their generation will provide the next superstars in sport and many other walks of life, leading us all to an optimistic new future driven by innovation, sustainability and global collaboration as will be showcased at Expo 2020 Dubai.

I’m delighted to be working with Expo 2020, which is putting youth at the centre of its vision and mission. Like everyone, I will be thrilled to visit Expo 2020 after it opens in October to see for myself the many innovations, live shows, international dishes, arts and cultures from more than 190 countries as the world’s leading showcase of human brilliance and achievement.

The record-breaking six-time winner of the prestigious Ballon d’Or and current FIFA Men’s Player of the Year, Messi is Argentina’s all-time top scorer, and as captain of the national side, has led the South American country to three major tournament finals, including the FIFA World Cup in 2014 when he was voted best player of the tournament.

Through the Expo School Programme, millions of visits are expected from school students from across the UAE who will experience the first World Expo ever held in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia region, and the largest event ever held in the Arab World, when it opens its doors for six months from 20th October 2020.

The students who met Messi came from the Australian International School, Rashid bin Saeed School, Al Jahiz Girls School, Omar bin Al Khattab School and Al Saada School.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Al Maktoum College in Dundee celebrates graduation of 29th multiculturalism programme

DUNDEE, Under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Finance, the Al Maktoum College of Higher Education in Dundee, Scotland, has celebrated the graduation of the students of the 29th round of the Academic Training Programme, ATP, on Multiculturalism and Leadership.

This latest batch saw the participation of 59 students from 13 universities from the UAE, Malaysia and Egypt.

The ceremony, held at the Mariott Hall in Dundee, Scotland, was attended by Lord Provost Ian Borthwick, Mayor of Dundee, Mirza Al Sayegh Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the College and Director of the Office of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, as well as the college’s advisors and directors of participating universities.

Dr. Abu Bakr Jaber, College Director, said that the programme’s agenda is comprehensive, noting that they were keen to draft a high-level programme and highlighting the success of previous programmes and their students.

Source: Emirates News Agency