Anwar Gargash Diplomatic Academy and Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies launch initiative to train world’s future leaders

ABU DHABI, The Anwar Gargash Diplomatic Academy (AGDA) and the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) headquartered in Washington, DC., today announced a first-of-its-kind partnership to train the next generation of young leaders in international relations, to tackle pressing global challenges, including climate change, public health, and nuclear proliferation.

The new partnership will feature a wide array of innovative programmes, encouraging academic and intellectual collaboration between the two diplomatic training centers. At the centerpiece of the initiative, the two schools will establish and jointly fund in perpetuity the Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Distinguished Professorship, at the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs in SAIS.

As a tenured faculty member at the Kissinger Center and at AGDA, the Zayed Professor will serve as a distinguished scholar and teacher, and act as a key liaison for both institutions’ faculties. The Zayed Professor will advance joint programming between the two schools. The post will also have a powerful ability to attract other scholars and leading practitioners to participate in the intellectual life and communities, at both AGDA and SAIS. The initiative will launch with executive training courses and faculty, as well as student exchanges and then expand to include joint certificate and joint degree programmes.

The professorship with its focus on the Middle East, aims to ensure that future leaders, in both the public and private sectors, have in-depth understanding of dynamics and developments in a region that continues to be of critical importance to policy makers around the world.

High-level delegates, diplomats and academics from around the world joined the announcement of the initiative, including, Dr. Anwar Gargash, Diplomatic Advisor to the President and Deputy Chairman of AGDA’s Board of Trustees; Yousef Al Otaiba, UAE Ambassador to the United States, Minister of State; Ambassador Lana Nusseibeh, UAE Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Assistant Minister for Political Affairs at the UAE’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MoFAIC) and Board Member of AGDA, Bernardino León, Director General of AGDA; Ronald J. Daniels, J.D., LL.M., President of Johns Hopkins University; Dr. Sunil Kumar, Provost, Johns Hopkins University; Dr. Kent Calder, Interim Dean, Johns Hopkins University SAIS, and Eliot Cohen, Robert E. Osgood Professor, at Johns Hopkins University SAIS.

In remarks at the announcement, Dr. Anwar Gargash said: “Increasingly complex global challenges require thoughtful and sophisticated global problem solvers. This deep and lasting partnership will help train and prepare the next generation of diplomats and foreign policy practitioners from the UAE and other countries to meet these challenges.”

“The new partnership with the Anwar Gargash Diplomatic Academy represents a historic opportunity for the SAIS community, very much in our global tradition,” says SAIS interim dean Kent Calder. “We look forward to broad and multi-faceted dialogue, as well as cooperation in nurturing future leaders.”

Ambassador Lana Nusseibeh said: “Developing newfound relationships and opening lines of communication is a requirement for any successful diplomat working in the international arena. Fostering these ties in an academic setting between the next generation of leaders at SAIS and AGDA will only enhance the diplomatic skillset required to solve challenges these students are bound to face one day at their overseas posts. This partnership reflects the forward-thinking ingenuity of two creative academic schools and the results will be felt for generations to come.”

Bernardino León said: “This announcement reflects a collaborative effort between SAIS leadership and AGDA to create an academic partnership benefiting our students today and the international community tomorrow.”

“At AGDA, we are training problem solvers to promote global stability and foster international peace. This education will only be enhanced by learning from SAIS professors and studying alongside SAIS students in a spirit of academic partnership and cooperation,” he added.

First established as the Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA) in 2014, the academic and research center was renamed the Anwar Gargash Diplomatic Academy in 2021, honouring the statesman’s profound contributions to UAE diplomacy and public service. In the first phase of its existence, the Academy prioritised the creation of a world-class programme to train the next generation of UAE diplomats and other public servants and introduced a research programme that underpins AGDA’s broader mission.

In the upcoming period, AGDA will continue to expand its scope to offer a growing number of academic programmes that are open to women and men from the Middle East and the wider world. These multidisciplinary programmes will offer wide-ranging perspectives and professional connections to enable the Academy’s students to contribute to solving some of the region’s most pressing challenges.

In pursuing this long-term vision, AGDA is collaborating with a global network of academic institutions and individuals. Some of these current partnerships are well established, such as the synergy with Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, to deliver four editions of the Future Diplomats Peace Game.

Founded more than 75 years ago, SAIS is considered one of the preeminent schools of international relations, with campus locations in Italy, China and Washington, D.C. The school’s interdisciplinary curriculum is strongly rooted in the study of international economics, international relations, and regional studies.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Sheikha Fatima congratulates high school graduates, their families, praises efforts of teaching staff

ABU DHABI, H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women’s Union (GWU), President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, and Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation (FDF), has congratulated the high school graduates, and the top students in both the science and humanities streams, following the announcement of their results for the academic year 2020-2021.

Her Highness wished them success in their future educational journey.

On this occasion, Sheikha Fatima said, “I am pleased to greet all the high school graduates, especially the outstanding ones for their exemplary achievement. I am also pleased to congratulate their families for the achievement of their children, thanks to their continuous support and encouragement.”

She also thanked the teaching and administrative staff, who made the exceptional efforts during the current health situation.

H.H. Fatima added, “Day by day, the UAE assumes the position it deserves in the educational field, in line with the vision of the wise leadership headed by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan; His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai; His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces; Their Highnesses Members of the Supreme Council and Rulers of the Emirates, and the country’s strategies for the next stage, which are based entirely on the quality of the output of our educational system.”

She noted that the UAE’s education sector is also based on building qualified cadres for future benefits, enhancing the role of technology in serving the educational process, ensuring the best educational practices and modern curricula, and devoting innovation in an effort to build a generation equipped with the right skills and proud of its national identity.

Sheikha Fatima stressed the importance of the Emirati family’s role in taking care of their children and investing their time in an optimal way, especially their free time during school holidays and providing them with the life skills and educational experiences to enrich their knowledge, develop their personality and broaden their horizons and imagination.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Abu Dhabi University launches smart initiatives to enhance its orientation programmes

ABU DHABI, Abu Dhabi University (ADU) has launched a series of smart initiatives focusing on communicating with students to help them adjust to university life and understand admission and academic requirements for the upcoming academic year.

The initiatives launched to date have successfully attracted thousands of prospective students.

Among the initiatives implemented is a new website that was launched offering a variety of free courses on a wide range of subjects to students, teachers, parents and staff members. Around 13,000 individuals from the UAE and around the region have already participated in the courses offered.

In addition, a virtual orientation programme for students “Marhabtayn Programme”, was developed in collaboration with the College of Arts and Sciences. The programme allows interactive discussions and informative conversations to take place and is designed and hosted by academic advisors and current students to introduce new students to the university’s culture, its academic programmes, campus facilities and student life.

Bassam Murra, Director of Marketing, Enrollment and Registration at ADU, said, “ADU launched the initiatives to ensure new students and families are offered a seamless university experience despite the challenges presented by COVID-19. We have held various seminars to equip students with the information and resources they need to confidently begin their new academic year.

“Students also have access to a set of activities, including workshops and competitions that help prepare to upskill them for the future needs of the labour market; our academic programmes are in sync with the constantly evolving trends and market needs and that they are prepared to thrive in the future.”

ADU has also implemented tools like MS Team whereby students can request virtual appointments to connect with their advisors. Prospective students are also able to schedule appointments for campus tours and get all the information they need as ADU students. This initiative has witnessed a significant impact with over 5,000 local and international students already scheduling appointments.

The Student Recruitment and Admission Office has held more than 40 virtual sessions that showcase the programmes offered, the campus and the student life and offers guidance and support to those seeking. This has resulted in hundreds of high school students attending and are interested in exploring their next step in their academic journey.

Source: Emirates News Agency

University of Sharjah celebrates graduation of 880 students

SHARJAH, Under the patronage of H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member, Ruler of Sharjah and President of the University of Sharjah, the university celebrated the graduation of 880 students from numerous faculties.

The graduates comprised bachelor’s degree and diploma holders from the spring and summer terms of the 2019/2020 academic year, as well as bachelor’s degree holders from the spring term of the 2020/2021 academic year.

The graduates who attended the event were spread out among five groups, as part of the precautionary health measures adopted by the university.

In his recorded speech, Professor Hamid Naimiy, Chancellor of the University, urged the graduates to have faith in their education and academic skills, progress in their careers. He highlighted the prominent local, regional and international stature of the university. He also called upon graduates to have confidence in themselves and their knowledge.

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SEHA, University of Sharjah to introduce diploma programme in ultrasound

ABU DHABI, Abu Dhabi Health Services Company, (SEHA) has partnered with the Clinical and Surgical Training Center at the University of Sharjah to introduce a new diploma programme for its workforce.

The year-long Professional Diploma in Ultrasound seeks to improve the competencies and skills of sonographers and radiographers throughout the SEHA network, providing them with the necessary knowledge and skillset required to standardize the practice of ultrasound.

To complete the programme, participants will participate in six modules – four core and two electives, including Ultrasound Physics, Image Acquisition and Instrumentation; Abdominal Ultrasound; Kidney Male and Female Pelvis; Head and Neck Ultrasound; Vascular Ultrasound; Obstetric Ultrasound; Pediatric Ultrasound; and MSK Ultrasound. The programme will adopt a hybrid teaching and learning method, with theory aspects being taught through online interactive sessions, including lectures, case studies, video demonstration and Q&As, followed by one full day of in-person components for each module with real and simulated patients and mannequins. The hands-on training will be provided at Sheikh Shakhbout Medical City in Abu Dhabi, Tawam Hospital in Al Ain, and the Clinical and Surgical Training Center at the University of Sharjah.

“A significant part of our journey towards building the healthcare system of the future is to continue developing the skillset of our employees and empowering them to practice at the very best standards, in line with international benchmarks. The latest addition of the programme with the University of Sharjah further strengthens our extensive medical education offerings, ensuring healthcare professionals are adept in the use of ultrasounds across the network,” said Dr. Tarek Fathey, Group Chief Executive Officer, SEHA.

Prof. Qutayba Vice Chancellor, Medical Colleges and Health Sciences, Dean of the College of Medicine, University of Sharjah, noted, “We are excited to launch the new Professional Diploma in Ultrasound with the UAE’s largest healthcare network, SEHA, for their healthcare professionals. Through this programme, we look forward to equipping the candidates with the appropriate skillsets to efficiently perform certain clinical practices, helping them develop critical thinking, analytical abilities, life-long learning, and the pursuit of higher level training. We wish all the participants great success.”

The SEHA network offers its workforce an extensive medical education programmes, with the most recent collaboration of Khalifa University of Science and Technology providing employees a clinical research programme. SEHA also joins forces with the University of Manchester, one of the UK’s leading and largest single-site universities, to offer a Post-Graduate Certificate in Medical and Health Education for SEHA employees. The part-time, in-house education programme is being provided by the university’s faculty and is accredited by The Academy of Medical Educators.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Kalimat, BAI collaborate to support education of refugee children in Africa, ME

SHARJAH, Kalimat Foundation, a UAE-based global non-profit organisation, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with UK-based charity, Book Aid International (BAI), under which both entities will partner to support and enrich the learning resources of refugees and forcibly displaced children in Africa and the Middle East (ME).

The agreement formalising the partnership was signed recently, on the sidelines of the ongoing London Book Fair 2021.

Under the joint project, Kalimat Foundation will deliver 15 libraries, each containing 100 Arabic language books. The project will be mobilised by Kalimat Foundation’s ‘Pledge a Library’ initiative, which aims to provide libraries to refugees and forcibly displaced children. BAI will contribute English language books to support their library partners in Africa and the Middle East, where there is a growing need for a rich resource of multilingual collection of children’s books.

Commenting on the partnership agreement, Amna Al Mazmi, Manager of Kalimat Foundation, said, “The Foundation is committed to ensuring the basic right of every child to read and have access to books. Especially so in conflict areas, where there the need to provide vulnerable children with adequate reading material is far more pressing, and is a crucial way to empower them with knowledge, and boost their literacy.”

Al Mazmi added, “Kalimat Foundation is pleased to align with a like-minded partner such as Book Aid International to ensure that lifelong learning can flourish even in the most difficult environments. Apart from the educational impact, the variety of books included in our libraries will enable deprived children in trauma-affected regions of Middle East and Africa to reconnect and strengthen cultural ties with their Arab homeland.”

Welcoming the new agreement, Alison Tweed, BAI Chief Executive, said, “We are proud to be partnering with Kalimat Foundation to support its ‘Pledge a Library’ initiative and work together to give children access to books. Our organisations share a vision of a world where all children – especially those affected by conflict and living in refugee camps or displaced within their countries – have the opportunity to read.”

“The partnership is in its early stages, but there are many opportunities for our two organisations to join forces to bring the joy of reading – both in Arabic and in English – to children who would otherwise have no books to read,” she concluded.

Source: Emirates News Agency

AASTS opens admission for 2021-2022 academic year

SHARJAH, The Arab Academy for Science, Technology, and Maritime Transport Branch in Sharjah (AASTS) has begun admissions for the first semester of the 2021-2022 academic year. Registration is open for those with high school certificates or equivalent.

Currently, AASTS offers two disciplines, a Bachelor of Marine Engineering Technology + a 3rd Engineer Certificate of Competency, and a Bachelor of Maritime Transport Technology + 2nd Mate Certificate of Competency in Shipping and Port Operations and Offshore service technology. Both disciplines qualify graduates to work onboard commercial vessels.

The academy, which was launched two years ago, has attracted a large number of male and female students in the maritime sector. Students are from various nationalities, such as Egypt, Oman, Syria, Yemen, Pakistan, Iran and the UAE.

AASTS has played a vital role in reinforcing maritime education and training in the Gulf Cooperation Council region and the Middle East as a whole. The academy has been a flagbearer in terms of infusing Emirati talent into the workforce, fulfilling its mission to prepare and equip young talent. This supports the vision of the leadership to enhance the country’s position as a leading global maritime hub.

Prof Dr. Ismail Abdel Ghaffar Ismail Farag, President of AASTS, said, “At the academy, we realise that the educational process is not limited to textbooks and the academic curricula. That is why we are keen to strengthen the leadership capabilities of our students to expand their horizons and to employ the new capabilities made available by modern educational tools. Thus, we add new capabilities to our academic performance, and provide added value to our students to motivate them to be more creative and think outside the box.”

Dr. Capt. Ahmed Youssef, Associate Dean, College of Maritime Transport and Technology, AASTS, said, “The maritime industry is witnessing a great demand for graduates of Maritime Transport Technology and Marine Engineering Technology, especially from Emirati graduates. The academy’s graduates can find quality jobs in many organisations, such as the Navy, Government Sector, and police agencies across the UAE. Oil companies with offshore fields, shipping and ship management companies, local and international classification bodies, as well as other organisations and companies in the maritime sector also require the expertise of our graduates.”

Source: Emirates News Agency

Zayed University amongst 700 QS World University Rankings

DUBAI, Zayed University (ZU) has increased by 50 ranks, up to the 651-700 range in the QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) World University Rankings 2022, the world’s most consulted source of comparative information about university performance.

In the latest 2022 edition, Zayed University performed among the top 50 percent in the QS World University Rankings.

Dr. Khalid M. Al Khazraji, ZU Vice-President, said that the rise in the university’s performance from last year’s 701-750 rank range is “a clear indication of our drive which is inspired by the vision of our leadership in constantly developing the Higher Education sector in the UAE, as well as the amplification of a knowledge-based economy towards providing the nation with talent that can lead the future of industries and enhances the country’s global competitiveness.”

“This new ranking ignites our pursuit to be among the best regional universities and reflects the great efforts and dedication placed by our international faculty members, staff and students in the academic and research fields,” he added.

Zayed University received a “High” rank in the QS World University category for “Research Intensity”, in which this year features 1,673 analysed academic institutions worldwide. The University is also placed at number 10 globally for employing “International Faculty” with over 569 faculty members, which is the strongest area of performance for Zayed University.

The QS World University Rankings assesses each academic institution on six metrics, including its reputation amongst academics and employers. The criteria include Academic reputation (40%), Employer reputation (10%), Faculty/Student Ratio (20%), Citations per faculty (20%), and international faculty ratio/International student ratio (5% each).

Zayed University is ranked fifth in the UAE and is also ranked 20th in the Arab region and among the top 651-700 globally and top 501-550 QS World University Ranking by Subject in Computer Science and Information Systems, as well as Business & Management Studies.

Source: Emirates News Agency