ArabBrains http://arabbrains.com MENA Education Innovation Technology Investment Networking Events News Social Media Blogs Thu, 28 May 2015 07:34:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Etisalat highlights the fit between Innovation and CSR in view of UAE’s future smart societies, at CSR Summit 2015 http://arabbrains.com/2015/05/28/etisalat-highlights-the-fit-between-innovation-and-csr-in-view-of-uaes-future-smart-societies-at-csr-summit-2015/ http://arabbrains.com/2015/05/28/etisalat-highlights-the-fit-between-innovation-and-csr-in-view-of-uaes-future-smart-societies-at-csr-summit-2015/#comments Thu, 28 May 2015 07:34:09 +0000 http://arabbrains.com/?p=14038 etisalatEtisalat , strategic partner and participant at the CSR Summit 2015, elaborated on the growing responsibility of businesses to adopt innovation in order to achieve the nation’s ‘smart’ vision.

In a keynote presentation to the audience gathered for the 3-day event in Dubai, Ali Al Ahmed, Advisor to CEO at Etisalat , shed light on the need for a different approach to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in the region, particularly the UAE.

“Challenges such as food, energy and environmental crises that determine CSR policies of organisations globally, may not be the most relevant in the context of a young nation such as the UAE”, he said.

He discussed how businesses in the UAE are incorporating innovation every step of the way. “Aligned with the innovation strategy laid out by the nation’s visionary leadership, helping contribute to the UAE’s knowledge-based, smart society of the future through creativity and innovation is gradually becoming the top CSR agenda for corporations in the UAE.

He further outlined Etisalat ‘s CSR strategies, “Through a well-structured CSR strategy focused on innovation, Etisalat is not only becoming a leading vehicle in driving technology revolution in the country but also an enabler of development in various spheres of the UAE’s economy”, Al Ahmed added.

Etisalat ‘s CSR strategy hinges on digitisation and innovation in areas of education, empowerment of the under privileged and environmentally friendly technologies.

“To contribute to such a unique and evolving CSR landscape of the UAE, we are excited to partner with organisers of the CSR Summit in building a platform for discussions and sharing of compelling ideas in this area”, he concluded.

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Orange Jordan announces the full-scale rollout of its 4G network http://arabbrains.com/2015/05/28/orange-jordan-announces-the-full-scale-rollout-of-its-4g-network/ http://arabbrains.com/2015/05/28/orange-jordan-announces-the-full-scale-rollout-of-its-4g-network/#comments Thu, 28 May 2015 05:14:05 +0000 http://arabbrains.com/?p=14035 orangeThe operator marks the first milestone of its Essentials 2020 strategy by delivering cutting-edge mobile and wireless broadband to the Jordanian market.

Orange Jordan announced the full-scale launch of its 4G network, which will take place in the form of a gradual rollout that will ultimately deliver cutting-edge 4G services to Jordanians around the Kingdom. The announcement was made during a press conference held on Tuesday, May 26 2015 at the Sheraton Hotel in Amman, under the patronage of the Minister of ICT, Majd Shweikeh, and headed by the operator’s CEO, Jean Francois Thomas.

Orange was the first operator in the Kingdom to introduce 4G as part a of a “discovery” phase that first launched in October 2014, allowing customers to experience the technology in a number of popular locations in Amman. This full-scale commercial launch will expand the service through a wide variety of special offers and bundles designed to cater to different consumer segments, giving Jordanians the opportunity to enjoy high-speed mobile and wireless broadband at its highest potential.

The launch also constitutes the first major milestone in Orange Jordan ‘s strategic vision for the coming five years, which the operator announced earlier this month under the heading “Essentials 2020.”

The highly efficient rollout process will initially bring 4G coverage to most urban areas in Amman, delivering mobile and wireless broadband connectivity at unprecedented speeds reaching up to 70Mbps. The rollout will quickly expand to deliver full nationwide coverage by Q3 2015. The operator also intends to make 4G connectivity accessible to all consumer segments by implementing careful pricing and quality control strategies that fall in line with its long-term strategic vision, through which the operator seeks to deliver an unparalleled customer experience.

“When we introduced our new strategic vision for the coming years, we made the explicit promise of delivering the best network in Jordan by year-end 2015,” explained Thomas. “Today, with the full-scale rollout of our 4G network, we are celebrating the first major achievement in this far-reaching strategy, offering customers cutting-edge mobile and wireless broadband connectivity that will redefine the way they experience the Internet.”

Thomas noted that 4G represents the pinnacle of mobile broadband technology, offering greater speed and reliability and delivering a new world of connectivity options for both individuals and enterprises. With 4G, customers can enjoy faster browsing and file sharing and improved application performance, particularly when it comes to bandwidth-hungry applications like gaming and high definition video streaming. Additionally, the technology brings a wealth of opportunities to enterprise customers, allowing businesses of all sizes to boost their productivity and revenues by leveraging on technologies like cloud storage, remote site management, e-commerce and others.

In line with the full-scale rollout of its 4G network, Orange is also undertaking a large-scale refurbishment of its existing 3G and 2G networks to ensure that customers nationwide enjoy high quality voice and data services around the clock. These enhancements entail a massive investment of more than JD 200 million, which demonstrates the operator’s commitment to realize the objectives outlined in its long-term vision.

So far, Orange Jordan has made substantial strides toward broadening the coverage of its 3G network, which today reaches 75% of the Jordanian population. By year-end 2015, the network will have reached more than 90% of Jordanians, benefitting from the infrastructure enhancements currently being implemented. Similar improvements will also affect the operator’s 4G network, which will expand to reach around 85% of the population within the same timeframe. Meanwhile, Orange’s 2G network continues to enjoy stellar performance, reaching more than 99% of Jordanians nationwide.

“The rollout of our 4G network signals the beginning of a new era for Jordan’s ICT landscape, one that brings greater connectivity options and more choices for customers around the Kingdom,” added Thomas. “However, it is merely the first milestone in a five-year journey through which we intend to truly revolutionize the way Jordanians perceive and interact with communication technologies.”

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Luminus Education offers “grassroots” solution to Youth Unemployment in Region http://arabbrains.com/2015/05/28/luminus-education-offers-grassroots-solution-to-youth-unemployment-in-region/ http://arabbrains.com/2015/05/28/luminus-education-offers-grassroots-solution-to-youth-unemployment-in-region/#comments Thu, 28 May 2015 03:05:33 +0000 http://arabbrains.com/?p=14032 luminusMultimillion IFC , Swicorp Investment to roll out vocational model by 2020.

Luminus Education, Jordan’s leading vocational and technical education provider, has announced the launch of a regional expansion strategy funded by a multi-million dollar investment initiative of the International Finance Corporation ( IFC ), a member of the World Bank Group, and Swicorp.

The 18 million U.S. dollar agreement will support Luminus Education’s plans to diversify its offerings and expand both locally and regionally as a growing number of education experts is currently calling for increasing the number of vocational and technical colleges to combat the region’s youth unemployment predicaments.

According to a report published by IFC ‘s E4E Initiative for Arab Youth for (2011 – 2012), the region demonstrates the highest unemployment rate among youth (25%) and the lowest participation of females in the labour force (3/4 working-age women).

The report reveals that the formal private sector employs no more than 20% of the workers in any country in the region. However, employment growth (3-5% per year) has been insufficient to absorb the youth entering the labour market, mainly in low value added sectors.

“Vocational and technical education is no longer an option. It is a grassroots solution to curbing unemployment in the region, a conduit for bridging the gap between work skills and education outcomes,” says Luminus CEO Ibrahim Safadi. “Around 40% of firms in the Middle East and North Africa identify the available skill level in the labour market as a major constraint for business,” Safadi notes in a press conference held at Al Quds College, member of Luminus Education on Tuesday.

“Vocational education is principally designed to offer Arab economics alternative options, which is no doubt a challenge given that the majority of youth still prefer university degrees and public sector jobs over technical and vocational career tracks,” Safadi explains.

“Bridging the gap between education outcomes and labour market needs is a major challenge addressed today by educational institutions in the Arab World. It is a critical issue that even countries with flourishing economies in the region need to address,” says Dr Ahmed Ali Attiga, IFC Middle East & North Africa Head of Mission.

“It is the very reason why our organization is strategically focusing on finding real solutions to this predicament, which has serious economic and political repercussions,” he continues.

“Luminus Group’s regional expansion strategy and the model it adopts in addressing learning and workforce readiness is exemplary. IFC is synergizing with the Group’s plans to roll out its model across MENA, which will no doubt empower Arab youth and help them develop the skills very much sought by the private sector,” he explains.

” IFC is not only funding the roll out of this model. It will also offer consultancy and know-how concerning governance and risk management issues related to this endeavour. We will also study international best practices that would allow us to leverage the Luminus model regionally,” Attiga concludes.

“We are really excited about the partnership between Luminus, IFC and Swicorp. The international success of vocational-based education in achieving a fit between learning outcomes and workforce readiness has become a topic of the greatest importance for countries tackling the challenges of youth unemployment,” says Nabil Triki, Managing Director and co-Head of Private Equity at Swicorp in a press release commenting about the agreement that has been officially announced last Friday during the World Economic Forum in the Dear Dea.

The Group, which has the largest community college in Jordan, has adopted an innovative strategy to enhance the delivery of quality education services by addressing the mismatch between the skill-sets of Arab youth and labor market needs, in line with IFC ‘s E4E Initiative for Arab Youth. E4E works diligently to license and disseminate internationally-accredited programs in Technical and Vocational Education (City & Guilds and Pearson), establish one umbrella for the sector, and allow Colleges to offer BA programs in specific Technical fields in partnership with international universities.

Luminus is targeting 20,000 students by 2020 with offerings focused on vocational education and technical training, workforce development, creative media and language training.

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Global youth forum bridges gap between students and CSR practicioners http://arabbrains.com/2015/05/27/global-youth-forum-bridges-gap-between-students-and-csr-practicioners/ http://arabbrains.com/2015/05/27/global-youth-forum-bridges-gap-between-students-and-csr-practicioners/#comments Wed, 27 May 2015 10:15:57 +0000 http://arabbrains.com/?p=14029 zlcThe 4th edition of the Global Youth Forum kicked-off this morning at Zaabeel Ladies Club in Dubai, following the theme “Social Entrepreneurship and Business Ethics”. Organized by the CSR division of Al-Ahli Holding Group and Sony Mobile, in partnership with DUBAI SME and Zabeel Ladies Club, and sponsored by Emirates Islamic Bank and DP World, the event promoted social entrepreneurship among 150 Emirati and international students, in order to encourage them to build their own businesses with a social purpose.

Lina Hourani, the director of Al Ahli Holding Group CSR division, promoter of the event, encouraged students to “take the best out of the time that speakers are giving to share their expertise so you can become potential entrepreneurs. You will learn how to build your project and tomorrow you will be presenting it to the judges”, Ms. Hourani explained.

The first speaker, Gita Ghaemmagamhi, Communications Manager of Sony Mobile, the main sponsor, shared with the participants the importance of technology and mobility for young entrepreneurs. “By 2018 wearable technology industry is likely to increase by $14 Billion. “

The Deputy CEO at Dubai SME, Mr Saeed Al-Marri, emphasized the importance of SME’s in the market and alerted that “Dubai is a very competitive market. It’s not easy to start a business but this is a good market to invest because it’s growing. As Emiratis, we need to focus, take ownership and put effort in our businesses providing quality. We are here to look to the governmental corporate side and give financial support.”

Madi Sharma, a CSR practitioner and member of the European Economic and Social Committee, inspired students with her life experience and how she went from a poor single mother, victim of domestic violence to a successful entrepreneur, owner of 8 international companies: “It’s a question of choices. Your life is a blank piece of paper. If you believe, what you write there will come true”, she said. Madi Sharma incentivized students to help other through social entrepreneurship. “Social entrepreneurship is inclusive, is about making a change. Valuing human capital, investing in development and sustainable communities is key to success.”

Mrs. Sahar Abdulla, Senior Manager of Business StartUp and Development, from Dubai SME, moderated a panel discussion with the founder of the social enterprises The Change Initiative, Dumyé and VEA. They shared their experiences on how social entrepreneurship changed their lives. Sahar Wahbeh, founder of Dumyé – Dolls with a Purpose, warned students that “the journey of an entrepreneur is not easy and demands long working hours and the only resource you have is your ideas, vision and determination. Chasing money is fruitless. You have to think about establishing reputation first”, she advised.

This panel was followed by Khaled Al-Ameri intervention. The Emirati youth development expert oriented students on how to keep strong for a positive change, starting with their own lives: “The all value chain of your life is answering why do we do things. Purpose is what drives you forward. However, a goal without a plan is simply a wish. There are three aspects to achieve successful results: hard work, consistency and time.”

After lunch students attended workshops on “Social Enterprise Basics and how to build a business canvas, by Consult and Coach for a Cause (C3), and “How to make business while doing good”, by Emirates Islamic Bank.

Based on the knowledge gather in the two-day event, tomorrow students will present their business ideas to a judging panel. Before they will listen to the Peeta (Al Awadhi) Brothers, Jonathan Collinge from Adidas and watch Dubomedy stand up comedy show.

The GYF runs from 9:00am until 4:00pm and all guests have free admission.

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Doha: Medical education goes high-tech http://arabbrains.com/2015/05/27/doha-medical-education-goes-high-tech/ http://arabbrains.com/2015/05/27/doha-medical-education-goes-high-tech/#comments Wed, 27 May 2015 08:17:05 +0000 http://arabbrains.com/?p=14026 Dr. Deborah Sutherland, CEO of the University of South Florida Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation
Dr. Deborah Sutherland, CEO of the University of South Florida Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation

The ways in which simulation-based learning methods are changing medical education were explored at a special lecture given by a visiting expert in the field.

Dr. Deborah Sutherland, CEO of the University of South Florida Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation, told an audience of students and healthcare professionals about the opportunities and challenges posed by the increasing use of simulation-based teaching methods in medical education.

Simulation-based learning uses artificially contrived scenarios and, frequently, specialist technology such as anatomical models and computer-generated images to allow medical students and healthcare professionals to develop practical skills in a safe environment. Simulation-based learning can remove the need to learn skills by practicing on living patients, which reduces the risk of injury and improves learning outcomes by creating a less stressful learning environment and allowing techniques to be practiced repeatedly under close supervision.

Dr. Sutherland’s lecture, entitled ‘The Changing Paradigm of Medical Education: The Role of Simulation-Based Learning’, explained that the new teaching method has begun to change the way medicine is taught.
She said: “The proliferation of simulation-based learning activities represents a critical shift in the medical education paradigm. A definite movement is underway from the traditional apprenticeship model that has been used for centuries to a model that has a competency-based approach at its core, and the way in which competency is being ensured is largely through simulation-based learning and assessment.”

Held at WCMC-Q, the lecture was organized by the Division of Continuing Professional Development in collaboration with the Dean’s Office. Dr. Sutherland, who is also associate vice president of the University of South Florida Health and associate dean of the Morsani College of Medicine, is visiting Doha as part of a delegation of specialist advisors who are working with WCMC-Q to discuss the evolution of the college’s Clinical Skills Center.

Dr. Robert Crone, senior advisor to the dean on academic affairs at WCMC-Q, said: “Dr. Sutherland is a recognized expert in her field and our audience members were clearly very interested to hear her thoughts about the ways in which simulation-based learning can benefit both students and healthcare professionals undergoing training as part of their continuing professional development, and how this can ultimately lead to improved healthcare outcomes for patients.”

The University of South Florida Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation, known as CAMLS, is based in a three-story, 90,000 square foot building in Tampa and is one of the world’s foremost medical simulation and training facilities. Dr. Sutherland gave the placement of a central-venous catheter as an example of the type of procedure that the facility can simulate. The procedure entails insertion of a catheter into a vein near the heart by threading it through a large vein in the arm, chest or neck.

She said: “Placement of the central-venous catheter has been identified as one of the top ten most erroneously performed medical procedures in the United States. CAMLS is addressing this by offering a course that allows medical professionals to learn the correct procedure for placing the central line using ultrasound in a safe, controlled environment, which has clear benefits for both the medical professional and the patient.”

Dr. Javaid Sheikh, dean of WCMC-Q, said: “Simulation-based learning has emerged as an incredibly useful tool for training medical students to perform a very wide variety of critical skills in a safe environment under close observation by faculty. At WCMC-Q we have embraced the opportunities offered by simulation-based learning in our state-of-the-art Clinical Skills Center and we are excited by the potential for developing our capacity even further.”

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DSOA to Showcase its Entrepreneurship Center at ArabNet Digital Summit 2015 http://arabbrains.com/2015/05/27/dsoa-to-showcase-its-entrepreneurship-center-at-arabnet-digital-summit-2015/ http://arabbrains.com/2015/05/27/dsoa-to-showcase-its-entrepreneurship-center-at-arabnet-digital-summit-2015/#comments Wed, 27 May 2015 03:50:40 +0000 http://arabbrains.com/?p=14020 dsoaDesigned to Nurture Start-ups and Young Entrepreneurs in the Fields of Technology and Digital Islamic Economy

Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority ( DSOA ), the regulatory body for Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO), the integrated free zone technology park, will showcase its Dubai Technology Entrepreneurship Centre (DTEC) as part of its participation at ArabNet Digital Summit 2015, the region’s premier conference for digital business in the Middle East.
During its participation, DSOA will showcase the value added services it offers through DTEC; the largest entrepreneurship center in the MENA region, that has been specifically tailored to nurture the growth of start-ups and young entrepreneurs in the fields of technology and Digital Islamic Economy and Arabic Content. DSOA will also demonstrate best-in-class sustainable tech solutions, as well as the advanced infrastructure and enabling facilities provided within the hi-tech park.

Set to run from May 27-28 at Atlantis The Palm Hotel & Resort in Dubai, ArabNet Digital Summit 2015 will gather over 1,000 executives, investors, technocrats, and key decision makers that have played a major role in the region’s web and mobile industry. Aspiring entrepreneurs from more than 25 countries worldwide are also anticipated to converge at the summit and the co-located exhibition.

Highlighting cutting-edge practices in technology and e-business, the main forum will cover a range of topics, including smart cities and governments, financial technology and innovation, and how enterprises can become smarter and more efficient through leveraging mobile and social channels.
Speaking ahead of DSOA ‘s participation, Shahla Ahmed Abdul Razak, Deputy Chief Executive Officer at DSOA , said: “As technology entrepreneurship and the Digital Islamic Economy gain ground in the region, DSOA is engaging proactively in shaping tech enterprises of the future and committing significant additional resources. We are showcasing DTEC and its plans to support entrepreneurial initiatives at ArabNet Digital Summit 2015 to articulate our ongoing commitment to partnering in the digital revolution and facilitating empowered lives for our community at DSO .”

She added: “We have previously supported talented technology start-ups through DSOA ‘s wholly owned “Silicon Oasis Founders”, a technology incubation center that was launched in 2010. Following to the increasing demand to support more tech start-ups and local young talents we developed the largest entrepreneurship centre in the region (DTEC). We are confident that this centre, together with our incubator, will offer these visionary enterprises and young talents an enabling ecosystem where they can see their ideas come to fruition from concept to completion.”
A wholly-owned entity of the government of Dubai, DSO operates as a free zone technology park for large enterprises, medium and small companies looking to set up their offices in Dubai.

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UAE: Ministry of Education approves curriculum for 3rd semester examination of current academic school year http://arabbrains.com/2015/05/26/uae-ministry-of-education-approves-curriculum-for-3rd-semester-examination-of-current-academic-school-year/ http://arabbrains.com/2015/05/26/uae-ministry-of-education-approves-curriculum-for-3rd-semester-examination-of-current-academic-school-year/#comments Tue, 26 May 2015 10:03:40 +0000 http://arabbrains.com/?p=14016 uaeThe Ministry of Education (MoE) has revealed that it has already approved the curriculum that will cover the third semester examinations of the current academic school year, especially for transitional classes and specific 12th grade subjects like science and literature.

In line with this, the Ministry has already distributed copies of the full details of the approved curriculum, including essential timetables, across all public and private schools that teach the required curriculum to prepare students for the coming third semester examinations.

The MoE has also encouraged the various schools’ teaching and administrative staff to follow up details on the new curriculum through the Ministry’s website, www.moe.gov.ae .

The approval and eventual distribution of the new curriculum reflects the Ministry’s continuing efforts to ensure student development and learning.

The announcement will also allow students to make the most of the next few days in studying and reviewing for the coming examinations.

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Etisalat and Ericsson collaborate to strengthen the strategic partnership http://arabbrains.com/2015/05/26/etisalat-and-ericsson-collaborate-to-strengthen-the-strategic-partnership/ http://arabbrains.com/2015/05/26/etisalat-and-ericsson-collaborate-to-strengthen-the-strategic-partnership/#comments Tue, 26 May 2015 07:55:57 +0000 http://arabbrains.com/?p=14013 Etisalat-logo Etisalat and Ericsson extend strategicpartnership tocollaboration in new areas.
ICT areas included in the partnership are solutions for Government, Industry and Enterprise businesses.
Etisalat Executive Management met with Ericsson CEO and Executive Management in Sweden to explore collaboration on industry digitalization and identify strategic areas where the partnership could be strengthened.
Etisalat and Ericsson will jointly evaluate opportunities in selected markets.

Following a strategic meeting between Etisalat and Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) in Sweden, the two companies announced a strategic partnership to extend collaboration in new areas and strengthen their market leading position as trusted ICT partners of government, industry and enterprise business.

A delegation of Etisalat Executive Management including the Group CEO Ahmed Abdul karim Julfar travelled to the Ericsson Headquarters in Stockholm to meet with Ericsson President and CEO Hans Vestberg, and Executive Management. The meeting also included President of Ericsson Region Middle East and East Africa Rafiah Ibrahim, and other executives from the Region. The purpose of the strategic visit was to discuss industry trends, Ericsson’s vision of a Networked Society, and agree on strategic areas where the two companies could further strengthen their partnership.

ericssonAs a result, Etisalat and Ericsson will jointly evaluate and identify enterprise opportunities for collaboration.

Ahmed Abdulkarim Julfar, Group CEO Etisalat said: “As a leader in technological development, Etisalat is dedicated to innovation and our continued partnership with Ericsson enables us to extend our pioneering solutions to enterprises and industry. We have taken further steps towards the digital revolution, and continue to update our infrastructure in light of the current transformation in ICT. We are excited to move towards a Networked Society in innovative ways, ensuring that we support enterprises and government in our operating countries to remain at the forefront of technology.”

Hans Vestberg, Ericsson President and CEO said: “Our collaboration with Etisalat is another step towards fulfilling our Networked Society vision. Together, we are addressing key challenges in the region related to innovation, digital infrastructure, speed of deployment, and flexibility. As partners, we are able to provide pioneering ICT infrastructure and solutions to the Government, Industry and Enterprise sectors in Etisalat operating countries, further enabling its Smart City Vision.”

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Experts underscore Morocco’s leadership role in Africa http://arabbrains.com/2015/05/26/experts-underscore-moroccos-leadership-role-in-africa/ http://arabbrains.com/2015/05/26/experts-underscore-moroccos-leadership-role-in-africa/#comments Tue, 26 May 2015 05:30:45 +0000 http://arabbrains.com/?p=14010 HM King MohammedOn the occasion of the current visit of HM King Mohammed VI to Dakar , Senegal , first leg of an African tour that will take the sovereign to Guinea Bissau, Côte d’Ivoire, and Gabon, the Argentinian academic Carlos Adalberto Agozino welcomed the efforts made by Morocco, under the leadership of HM the King, to strengthen South-South cooperation through the implementation of development projects in several African countries.

”The new African tour of HM King Mohammed VI shows the great importance and interest of the Sovereign to the consolidation of cooperation with the countries of Africa, as part of South-South cooperation,” stated Carlos Adalberto Agozino to the Moroccan press.

According to Carlos Adalberto Agozino, Morocco plays a leading role in its regional space, is considered a balancing power in the North African region, because of its political and economic stability, adding that the Kingdom can thus contribute effectively to the development of neighboring and African countries.

For his part, Senegal’s Foreign Minsiter Mankeur Ndiaye recognized in a press statement that the autonomy initiative put forward by Morocco as a lasting solution to the Sahara issue demonstrates “good will”.

Reaffirming Senegal’s “unwavering” support for Morocco’s territorial integrity, Ndiaye said that Morocco’s autonomy proposal mirrors a willingness to resolve the issue by granting large autonomy to the southern provinces under Moroccan sovereignty.

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21 IRENA Scholars at Masdar Institute to Graduate on 26 May http://arabbrains.com/2015/05/25/21-irena-scholars-at-masdar-institute-to-graduate-on-26-may/ http://arabbrains.com/2015/05/25/21-irena-scholars-at-masdar-institute-to-graduate-on-26-may/#comments Mon, 25 May 2015 09:32:12 +0000 http://arabbrains.com/?p=14007 masdarIRENA Acclaimed for Organizing Highly Informative and Relevant Knowledge Exchange Sessions in Clean Energy Research

The Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, an independent, research-driven graduate-level university focused on advanced energy and sustainable technologies, and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) today jointly announced that the third group of 21 IRENA- Masdar Institute scholars will be graduating on 26 May.
The IRENA scholars will be receiving their degrees at the fifth Masdar Institute commencement ceremony.

Dr. Fred Moavenzadeh, President, Masdar Institute, said, “We are proud of the 21 IRENA scholars who will be graduating with us at the fifth Masdar Institute commencement ceremony. We hope they take the education, research experience, and inspiration gained during their time at Masdar Institute out into the world to affect positive and sustainable change.”

Adnan Z. Amin, Director-General, IRENA, said, “Year after year, the high calibre of the Masdar Institute students makes us honoured to be associated with the IRENA scholars program. We congratulate the third group of IRENA scholars and hope that this unique opportunity has prepared them for a bright future taking on tomorrow’s greatest energy challenges.”
The graduating scholars praised IRENA for organizing its series of lectures that proved to be informative and highly relevant knowledge-exchange sessions.

IRENA scholar Isaac Kofi Otchere, an Electrical Power Engineering student, hails from Ghana and believes his country currently needs sustainable and reliable energy in order to tackle power deficiency. Building on his in-depth knowledge and skills on a wide range global renewable energy concerns, he completed his voluntary service for the implementation of a micro grid wind turbine power project in Abaarso School of Science and Technology, Somaliland.
Otchere said, “I am really proud to be an IRENA scholar. The special lectures organized by IRENA added a new dimension to my renewable energy outlook analysis of global challenges and the prospects in building a clean energy corridor in Africa. I have acquired technical knowledge through networking with IRENA energy experts on the awareness of rethinking renewable energy integration towards the holistic planning and design of a future power grid.”

Mechanical Engineering student Shahid Rabbani, another IRENA scholar, designed a cost-effective reverse osmosis (RO) desalination unit integrated with solar photovoltaic (PV) with a team of researchers at Masdar Institute. The proposed system does not rely on expensive batteries or extra land and drastically reduces the cost of subsidized water production. Rabbani said participation in IRENA’s various knowledge-sharing events enriched his experience and understanding.

Rabbani said, “Being an IRENA scholar, I was fortunate enough to listen to some of the best scholars, researchers and clean energy ambassador through several interactive sessions. The role of IRENA in preparing the students for future challenges through the scholarship program has really been phenomenal.”

Another IRENA scholar Desmond Okwabi Ampofo, also from the Electrical Power Engineering program, is a member of the project team of Engineers Without Borders (EWB). Ampofo explained that the specially-organized IRENA lectures helped him to realize that renewable energy is not only a source of clean energy, but can also provide a way of transforming communities on a sustainable path, especially in developing countries where access to energy is a challenging issue. Like Otchere, Desmond has also travelled to Somaliland with a team of students to install solar heater water pumps and LED lights in a school located at a remote area called Abaarso, which helped reduce energy consumption. He has also participated in the IRENA initiative ‘Rethinking Energy: Towards a new power system.’

Ampofo continued, “The special insights gained from the IRENA lectures has really changed my perception about renewable energy and boosted the confidence I have in my country, where renewable sources are abundant yet untapped. Renewables come with a lot of opportunities.”

Offered with the support of the UAE Government, the Masdar -Institute IRENA Scholarships provide enhanced opportunities to students in terms of research projects, external courses, internships, and shared use of research facilities. As part of the experience, select scholars attend exclusive high-level lecture programs aimed at presenting the latest developments in the field of renewable energies. The complimentary IRENA Lectures at Masdar Institute were designed to bring renowned academic professionals from prominent research institutions and laboratories to Masdar Institute and develop collaborative linkages.

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