Tuesday 2, February 2016

Dubai – MENA Herald: Under the patronage and in the presence of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and President of the University, Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University (HBMSU) celebrated today (February 02, 2016) the graduation of the 5th and 6th batch of Diploma, Masters and Bachelor graduates in the Schools of Business and Quality Management, e-Education, and Health and Environmental Studies. A total of 322 learners received their graduation certificates for the academic year 2014-2015 during a ceremony held at the Dubai World Trade Center. Also in attendance during the event were H.E. Lieutenant General Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, Deputy Chairman of Police and General Security in Dubai and Chairman of the University’s Board of Governors; members of the Board; Dr. Mansoor Al Awar, University Chancellor; and faculty members, administrators, and parents.

One of the ceremony’s highlights was the announcement of another valuable achievement for HBMSU, namely its inclusion among the winners of the 2015 Wharton-QS Stars Reimagine Education Awards, a prestigious international award which recognizes the world’s best higher education innovations. HBMSU’s Smart Campus bagged first place under the ‘Regional Award Middle East’ category during an honorary ceremony that recently took place on the sidelines of the 2015 Reimagine Education Conference in Philadelphia, USA. Organized by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), a British company specializing in education and study abroad, in partnership with the internationally acknowledged Wharton University, the event saw the participation of 520 universities and educational institutions from 50 countries around the world within 22 different categories, judged by an elite arbitration committee of 40 experts and professionals in higher education.

H.E. Lieutenant General Dhahi Khalfan Tamim dedicated the win to H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, commending the unlimited support and care of His Highness to HBMSU’s ongoing efforts to enrich knowledge, encourage scientific research, instill the culture of creativity, innovation and excellence within the educational and academic landscape, and drive more progress and development in the smart learning industry.

In his opening speech, Dr. Al Awar welcomed H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and President of the University, and congratulated His Highness on the occasion of the anniversary of his assuming the office of Crown Prince of Dubai. He wished H.H. Sheikh Hamdan the best in continuing his leadership path efficiently and effectively. Dr. Al Awar added: “It gives me great honor to extend my sincere gratitude and appreciation to H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum for his unlimited support and care which have paved the way for HBMSU’s journey towards excellence, leadership and progress as an international and regional scientific destination”.

“The vision of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum has always served as an inspiration for us to challenge the impossible and overcome all obstacles to be leaders in smart learning. Despite its young age, HBMSU has indeed made a positive impact through a series of highly acknowledged achievements, managing to achieve in 13 years double that of others in its fields that have been around for decades. This is mainly attributed, upon God’s blessings, to the generous care of the wise leadership and ongoing efforts by our team of academics and administrators who work together to maintain the high level that HBMSU has reached as the ideal model for the future of smart learning in the Arab World”, Dr. Al Awar continued.

“The fact that 28 out of the 322 graduates were bestowed First Honors, while 23 were conferred Second Honors and 25 Third, underscores the University’s success in developing creative methods to re-shape the educational model and promote scientific and academic excellence in the Arab World”, Dr. Al Awar added.“As we celebrate the graduation of another batch of distinguished learners, we reaffirm that HBMSU, under the leadership of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, will always proactively consolidate the culture of innovation as part of its commitment towards the directives of the wise leadership to make Dubai a center of innovation for more than 2 billion persons around the globe. I am pleased to extend my heartfelt congratulations to all graduates for their academic excellence and wish them more success and progress in their future endeavors, hoping that they do their best to apply what they have learned at our University to their professional and personal lives. For my part, I am eager to communicate with all of the graduates in the future to always be updated with their suggestions and ideas which play a pivotal role in developing the learning system and thus ensuring a better future for the coming generations”.

Commenting on HBMSU’s recognition at the 2015 Wharton-QS Stars Reimagine Education Awards, Dr. Al Awar said: “The winning of one of the most prestigious recognitions in the field of higher education is the fruit of the many years of commitment to supporting the learning process in the UAE and the Arab World, following an approach that is based on international best practices and the use of the latest technological innovations to provide smart and distance learning services in accordance with the highest standards of efficiency, excellence and comprehensiveness. This new achievement places another great responsibility upon us, which is to continue the hard work towards developing a high-level educational system that is able to build a knowledge-based economy and society, in line with the objectives of the UAE Vision 2021 National Agenda. We are confident that the 2015 Wharton-QS Stars Reimagine Education Awards will be a springboard to raise international awareness on the quality of the educational system in the Arab World in general and the UAE in particular”.

The Smart Campus was met with wide positive response from leading decision-makers, government figures and representatives of educational, academic and technical institutions and universities at the 2015 Wharton-QS Stars Reimagine Education Awards ceremony. It was praised for its innovative approach to optimally leveraging modern technology to improve the level of smart learning in the Arab World. Attendees commended the pivotal role of HBMSU in effecting a remarkable change in the local and regional learning systems, underlining the University’s unprecedented success in creating a smart and integrated learning environment. This environment promotes innovation and creativity amongst learners and provides them with the necessary competencies and potential to address the fast-emerging developments of the 21st century. It also contributes effectively to building a local society that is empowered by knowledge and modern technology.

HBMSU’s Smart Campus is a virtual campus that provides an electronic one-stop-shop for the needs of learners, faculty, and administrative personnel. It offers a wide range of smart services that provide learners with access to virtual classes, academic records, registration, and submission of proposals and suggestions. It seamlessly integrates various applications and advanced systems to ensure a hassle-free and enjoyable user experience. The Smart Campus is of great importance as it is a major part of HBMSU agenda of leveraging modern technologies to raise the bar of smart learning and re-shape the future of education in the Arab World to suit the requirements of today’s era of knowledge.