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Results of Global Teacher Effectiveness Survey released for the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Qatar

Students in the region value disposition over knowledge when assessing what makes an effective teacher.

15th December, 2016
Dubai: Pearson has announced the results of a global teacher effectiveness survey conducted across 23 countries, including the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.


World-class regional program sponsored by the Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Distinguished Academic Performance aims to reshape future of learning in Arab World.

HBMSU and UNESCO inaugurate communications for the forthcoming curriculum diploma initiative

UAE, December 05, 2016 – Marking a first in the Arab World, Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University (HBMSU) has launched the communications for the forthcoming curriculum diploma initiative - International Bureau of Education (IBE) - UNESCO organized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The one of a kind diploma which is sponsored by the Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Distinguished Academic Performance underscores the university's commitment to leading efforts to reshape the future of education and learning in the Arab World through innovative methods that keep pace with the requirements of the 21st Century.


Pearson launches new Global English Language Teacher Award in the Middle East.

Award will recognise teachers in the region who go ‘above and beyond’.

UAE: Pearson ELT has launched a new award to celebrate inspirational teachers. The global Award will showcase teachers from the Middle East, and around the world, who have implemented innovative ways of teaching in their classrooms leading to improved learning outcomes; from the big innovations to the everyday.


Pearson and EdSurge Launch Adaptive Learning Report and Tool in the Middle East.

Free resource will help Gulf educators navigate region’s digital learning market.

27th September 2016
Dubai: A new report on adaptive learning has been launched in the Middle East by Pearson and EdSurge. The report, Decoding Adaptive, defines adaptive learning in plain terms and examines how an adaptive learning tool can adapt to learner needs and promote learning outcomes.
The research is the first serious attempt to provide a useful definition of adaptive learning, and a taxonomy to describe how the many different adaptive learning products on the market differ from one another.


Pearson launches “Intelligence Unleashed: An Argument for AI in Education” in Middle East.


10th July, 2016
DUBAI, RIYADH: In a world where digital tools support virtually every part of our lives, why is it that the full power of such tools has yet to be unleashed to those who might benefit most - educators and learners? In the latest of its series of publications concerning digital learning, Intelligence Unleashed: An Argument for AI in Education, Pearson, in collaboration with the UCL Knowledge Lab, maps out how artificial intelligence in education (AIEd) can be used to create learning tools that are more efficient, flexible and inclusive than those currently available; tools that will help learners in the Middle East prepare for an economy that is swiftly being reshaped by digital technologies.



Leading names in ELT separate fact from fiction in new report that has implications for Middle East ELT educators

Dubai, 22 May 2016: A new report from Pearson and ELTjam, ELT: Fact or Fiction has been released in the Middle East.


Quality & Business Management Conference explores prospects of employing innovation in supporting knowledge-based economy.

HBMSU to launch Innovation Arabia 9 – Annual Congress 2016 in March

UAE, February 27, 2016 – Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University (HBMSU) has commenced preparations to launch Quality and Business Management Conference under the theme ‘Business Innovation: Imperative for Knowledge Economy.’ This will take place on the sidelines of the ‘Innovation Arabia 9 – Annual Congress 2016, which will be held with the theme ‘Accelerating Innovation Towards Sustainable Economy’ under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and President of the University. To be held from March 7 to 9, 2016, the strategically important event strengthens Dubai’s efforts to lead the march in deploying, transferring, producing and localizing knowledge in the Arab countries and the world.


Major development to provide educational institutions in the Middle East with access to Ellucian training courses

Banner® by Ellucian Student Information System’ fulfills the requirements of a smart learning environment

Simultaneously HBMSU announces the launch of the first Ellucian Banner training center in the Middle East to help other institutions develop Smarter Information Systems for Learners using Banner® by Ellucian

UAE, October 24, 2015 - Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University (HBMSU) recently signed agreement with Ellucian Inc



UK universities rated among the best in Europe in helping graduates grab high-paying jobs in finance reveals a recent study

Dubai, UAE, 8 September 2015: In response to the increasing numbers of UAE students studying business and finance, the British Council, the United Kingdom's international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities, will be holding the UAE Business and Finance Study Tour


ICDL Arabia is recognized by Ministry of Interior for raising awareness on cyber safety among children,

UAE, June 13, 2015 ICDL Arabia, the governing body and certification authority of the ICDL certificate program in Egypt, GCC States and Iraq, has been honored by the Ministry of Interior (Child Protection Center) during an event organized to recognize individual and institutional endeavors towards the safety of children.


Education expert: Regional workforce development depends on improvements to vocational training.

Gulf Education Conference and Exhibition Examines Importance of Vocational Education

Dubai, UAE, 22 March 2015: Delegates at the Gulf Education Conference and Exhibition have heard continued development of the GCC’s workforce depends on improving the quality and accessibility of vocational education in the region.


GCC poised to increase use of ‘smart’ devices in classrooms to 100 per cent by 2017

GCC education sector’s IT investment total to USD 616 million
UAE, March 9, 2015 According to a recent study, the GCC’s education sector is set to increase the use of ‘smart’ devices for teaching and learning purposes to 100 percent by 2017. ICDL Arabia, the governing body and certification authority for the ICDL certificate program in Egypt, GCC States and Iraq, has welcomed this move, stating that the increased use of information and communications technology (ICT) will help in delivering quality education and raising the bar in line with international standards.


Pearson Makes New Investments to Improve Learning Outcomes.

Pearson Affordable Learning Fund to invest additional $50 million to support education entrepreneurs
New Literacy Project seeks to improve literacy rates.

Dubai, UAE, 24 February 2015: Pearson, the world's leading learning company, has announced two new initiatives to increase its support for better educational outcomes in the developing world.


HBMSU launches Innovation Arabia 8 with participation of international experts.

Under the Patronage of Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and President of the University
·       Farouk El-Baz discusses ‘Essence of Management: How best leadership practices inspire organizational excellence’

·       Conference to include high-level discussions to find creative and innovative solutions for Arab World’s sustainable development


“We are on the verge of big changes in assessment”, says new report by education experts;

Top performing countries have hit a ‘performance ceiling’according to a new report released today.

Dubai, UAE, 24 December 2014: ‘Preparing for a Renaissance in Assessment’, published today by the world’s largest learning company Pearson,and written by Pearson’s Chief Education Advisor, Sir Michael Barber and renowned assessment expert, Dr Peter Hill, says that new technologies will transform assessment and testing in education.


Pearson to develop PISA 2018 Student Assessment 21st Century Frameworks for OECD.

Dubai, UAE, 15 December 2014: Pearson, the world’s leading learning company, today announces that it has won a competitive tender by the Organisationfor Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)to develop the Frameworksfor PISA 2018.

11/29/14 to launch region’s first-of-its-kind online Arab platform to allow more collaboration and self-development among educators

Launch accompanied by release of ‘Akyumen Falcon,’ the world’s first patented projector educational tablet 

November 26, 2014, an initiative aimed at raising the bar on education quality in the Arab World, has revealed its plans to launch the region’s first-of-its-kind online Arab platform that will allow more self-development among educators and encourages increased collaboration across educational and academic projects. The announcement was made during a press conference held today (November 26, 2014) at the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel.


HBMSU Chancellor appointed governing board member of UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education.

Dr. Mansoor Al Awar becomes first Arab scholar  to join world’s elite educators for his role in promoting smart learning across Arab World

[UAE, September 27, 2014] – The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN), has announced the appointment of Dr. Mansoor Al Awar, Chancellor of Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University (HBMSU), as the newest member of the governing board of the UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education. Dr. Mansoor will be responsible for directing the institute’s efforts and initiatives towards bridging the digital divide in education and the development of knowledge-based societies. He will also be involved in consolidating human resources in the region, particularly through the publication of ePrograms for continuous learning purposes.

ICDL launches ‘ICDL for Teachers’ initiative to enable interactive classroom learning.

New certification initiative empowers teachers to adopt  modern teaching strategies using ICT and Cyber Safety in the classroom

UAE, September 27, 2014 - ICDL Arabia, the governing body and certification authority for the ICDL certificate program in Egypt, the GCC States and Iraq, has announced that it has launched a new initiative  specially designed for teachers in the region. The ‘ICDL for Teachers’ initiative aims to empower teachers with the skills they need to develop modern teaching strategies using ICT in their teaching practices, allowing them to achieve educational goals more efficiently. Enhanced ICT skills enable teachers to simplify routine tasks, such as planning lessons more efficiently; enhance communication with students and parents; improve collaboration between educators; and adopt cyber safety within the school environment.


Education and Diversification Inextricably Linked.

Pearson points to recent IMF conference to demonstrate importance of education in successfully diversifying Gulf economies

Dubai, UAE, 3rd September 2014: Karim Daoud, Managing Director of Pearson’s Middle East Hub, says education is critical to Gulf States achieving successful economic diversification.


HSBC Bank Middle East Limited and ICDL reinforce digital literacy of UAE’s underprivileged kids via ICDL Summer Camp.

Organizations collaborate for the third year in a row to train 200 children from UAE

UAE, August 5, 2014: ICDL GCC Foundation, an organization under the authority of ICDL Arabia that promotes digital skills and cyber safety across the region, and leading global financial services organization HSBC Bank Middle East Limited have collaborated for the third consecutive year to train new 200 children from UAE about fundamental digital skills and cyber safety knowledge. The latest edition of ICDL Summer Camp is to empower underprivileged youth with essential computer skills and teach them how to responsibly and safely use smart devices and social media platforms. 


Zayed Humanitarian Forum honors Ministry of Education as a leader in rendering humanitarian work in the UAE.

[UAE, July 17, 2014] - Zayed Humanitarian Forum honored the UAE Ministry of Education as one of the supporting leaders in the field of humanitarian work within the UAE held on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research in Abu Dhabi.


All six GCC countries rank within the top 10 in Western Asia, Bahrain, UAE & KSA rank under top 20 countries in online service delivery.

GCC countries achieve manifest ranks in the UN e-Government Survey 2014.
UAE, July 16, 2014 - ICDL GCC Foundation, an organization under the authority of ICDL Arabia that promotes digital skills and cyber safety across the region, has shared the recent findings of the United Nations (UN) e-Government Survey 2014, pointing out the excellent performance of the GCC countries.


First forum of its kind to promote creativity and innovation in smart learning.

“Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University” launches “Smart Learning Best Practice Forum 2014”
 University supports transformation to “smart city” model

]UAE, July 14, 2014[ - “Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University” has announced the launch of its “Smart Learning Best Practice Forum” for the year 2014. The aim of the forum is to encourage the exchange of best practices in smart learning in educational, academic and training institutions across the world. Moreover, it will promote creativity and innovation in smart learning as an essential factor to ensure successful transformation to “smart city” model. The forum will be held on October 20, 2014 and will include seven trackes namely: “smart learning”, “learner centricity”, “excellence orientation”, “smart partnership”, “technology exploitation”, “resource utilization”, and “process innovation”.


World’s leading learning company launches the ‘Global Scale of English’.

Dubai, UAE, 8th July, 2014: Two billion people worldwide claim to speak English[1], 85% of multi-nationals use English as their language of business[2] and 79% of international HR directors look for English


13th annual regional ICDL Summer Camps launched with strong support from public and private sectors.

Annual event aims to empower GCC youth against cyber threats

UAE, July 1, 2014 - ICDL GCC Foundation, an organization under the authority of ICDL Arabia that promotes digital skills and cyber safety across the region, has announced the launch of its 13th ICDL Summer Camp with support from various government organizations, private sector companies, and education regulators and training institutions. The ICDL summer camp is free to participants and will be held in various groups for two months, running between June 29 and August 28, 2014 across the GCC region.


Strategic plan to implement Emiratisation in banking & insurance industries launched.

 Strategic mechanisms to support and enable national competencies

[UAE, June 8, 2014] - The National Human Resources Development Committee in the Banking Sector (HRDC-BS) is geared up for a more dynamic work and achievement - supported by a scientific approach and international criteria - to strengthen the national competencies and expertise of Emiratis in order to attainsenior management and supervisory positions across the financial and banking sector. The industry is considered one of the fastest growing and successful sectors in the world today.


Arab World to have more than 197 million Internet users by 2017, according to Arab Knowledge Economy Report.

·        Arab region’s Internet penetration rate to surge from 32 per cent in 2012 to 51 per cent in 2017, according to Madar-Orient Planet report 
·        Current male literacy rate is 85 per cent, while female literacy is only 68 per cent
·        Four Saudi universities & one from Egypt appears in Shanghai Ranking of World Universities
·        Bahrain tops Arab ICT-use Index 2013 with score of 3.08·        UAE posts 65.68 in 2013-2014 Arab e-Performance Index 


Digital proficiency ensures better options for job seekers

Employers are in dire need for digital skills beyond Office applications

UAE, May 11, 2014 - ICDL GCC Foundation, an organisation dedicated to promoting digital skills and cyber safety for-all across the Gulf region, has revealed that fresh university graduates and job seekers must possess diversified and more ICT skills than ever before, to ensure readiness for today’s job market. According to the European Commission Digital Agenda, 90 per cent of jobs will need at least a reasonable level of ICT skills by 2015, adding that the GCC region is no different from the European market in integrating advanced technologies into the workplace.