Coordinating Council for Higher Education and Scientific Research discusses development of financing mechanism

uae 67366The Coordinating Council for Higher Education and Scientific Research, at its fourth meeting held under the chairmanship of Sheikh Hamdan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, has discussed the development of the mechanisms of funding universities and federal colleges.

This comes in order to provide funding according to clear principles and criteria in determining the educational cost to the student in line with international practices, provide financial resources required to accommodate qualified students to attend the institutions of federal higher education, determine the educational cost to the student, and stimulate excellence in performance and institutional innovation, and improve the quality of educational outcomes, as well as ensure the quality of academic services, provide attractive environment to attract distinguished faculty members, and enhance the competitiveness of the federal institutions of higher education.

The meeting recommended reviewing the components of funding mechanisms and working on the development of a model with a focus on the educational outcomes.

The meeting also recommended the development of indicators to stimulate performance in the federal institutions of higher education and link them to the funding mechanism, the allocation of financial incentives that contribute to the strengthening of the federal institutions of higher education capacity in scientific research and publication and innovation, and a review of the components of funding formulae according to international comparisons of the salaries of faculty members, and the proportions of operational costs.


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Mohammed bin Rashid receives professors, scholars attending Islamic Economic FIQH Forum

IslamicEconomicFIQHForumVice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, received yesterday evening an elite of professors and scholars in the presence of H.H. Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai.

The scholars are attending the Islamic Economic FIQH Forum, which kicked off on Sunday March 22nd at the Dubai World Trade Centre. The event will conclude on Tuesday.

Sheikh Mohammed and the scholars exchanged views on the importance of Islamic economy in banking, trade and financial transactions , as many countries are implementing the components of Islamic economy in public and private sectors.

The professors and scholars commended the vision of Sheikh Mohammed, embodied in the declaration of Dubai as the capital of the Islamic economy in 2013. The scholars and professors specialised in the Islamic jurisprudence will deliberate over three days a number of topics pertaining to Islamic legislation in the sectors of Islamic economy, exchange, banking, sukuk, and halal food. The forum will focus on instilling Islamic jurisprudence in these transactions. It will issue resolutions on the Islamic economy.

Among others present were, Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister of the Cabinet Affairs, Dr. Hamad bin al-Sheikh Ahmed Al Shaibani, Director-General of the Department of Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities in Dubai, Chairman of the Higher Committee for Islamic Economic FIQH Forum, Khalifa Saeed Suleiman, Director-General of the Department of Protocol and Hospitality in Dubai, Shaikh Abdullah Bin Bayyah, Chairman of the Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies, Dr. Abdel Hay Azb, President of al-Azhar University, former ministers and other religious dignitaries and clerics.


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U.A.E. Incident Raises Questions for Colleges That Open Campuses in Restrictive Countries

new york university abu dhabiBy Katherine Mangan

A New York University professor stopped on his way to conduct research in the United Arab Emirates said he wasn’t completely surprised when he learned, while trying to board a plane at Kennedy International Airport this week, that he’d been barred from entering the country.

He had, after all, publicly criticized the exploitation of migrant construction workers who helped build NYU’s new campus in Abu Dhabi, the emirates’ capital. He knew that wouldn’t sit well with local authorities who he said have kicked researchers out of the country for less.

But the decision to bar Andrew Ross, a professor of social and cultural analysis, could have wider ramifications both for NYU and for other colleges that operate campuses in authoritarian countries, he and other higher-education experts said on Tuesday.

"Administrators at NYU have long insisted they have agreements with authorities to honor basic academic freedoms, but an incident like this is a clear violation of those principles," Mr. Ross said in an interview with The Chronicle. "It also illustrates how fragile or illusory it is to make such claims under the circumstances."

While NYU has too much invested in its partnership in Abu Dhabi to consider pulling out, the incident could prompt faculty members and students to question how much freedom they really have, Mr. Ross said, given that the nation was willing to ban a prominent researcher who heads the local chapter of the American Association of University Professors.

"On the upside, it might be a wake-up call that could spark something positive," Mr. Ross added. "If I were an NYU administrator, I’d be trying not just to lift the ban but to have a public agreement, a very strong and firm commitment from the host authorities, to ensure that nothing like this could ever happen again and that they will indefatigably respect these basic academic freedoms that aren’t observed anywhere else in the country."

So far, that’s not the approach NYU appears to be taking.

John Beckman, a spokesman for NYU, wrote in an email that the university supports "the free movement of people and ideas," but he suggested that, in this case, the university’s hands were tied. "Regardless of where NYU or any other university operates," he wrote, "it is the government that controls visa and immigration policy, and not the university."

In the five years the university has operated in Abu Dhabi, where new facilities were opened last year, none of NYU’s faculty members or students have complained about restrictions on academic freedom even when they were researching labor and other sensitive topics, Mr. Beckman said.

On the Campus, Mixed Feelings

Feelings about the case on the Abu Dhabi campus were mixed on Tuesday. One faculty member, who asked not to be identified, fearing retribution, said many people there were worried.

"This obviously is not a visa and immigration issue, and I hope NYU will voice its concern to the emirate of Abu Dhabi," the professor told The Chronicle. "It does make me less confident in NYU’s ability to guarantee our freedom of research and of expression."

But other scholars on the campus said that banning Mr. Ross, while wrong, didn’t undermine the academic freedom of the faculty members working there.

Justin Stearns, an assistant professor who studies the intersection of law, science, and theology in the Middle East, isn’t convinced that academic freedom is at stake.

"I don’t understand the argument that, simply because one is an academic, one has the right to cross all borders," he said. "It is a fact of 21st-century life that nation-states control their borders and prevent people from entering."

Mr. Ross, he said, is a "scholar-activist" and was "wearing his activist hat, in which he’s done a great deal of good in many ways." Mr. Stearns said that he sympathizes with the desire to push for reform in the labor system in the emirates, but that Mr. Ross’s attitude and approach are not ones "we have adopted or found to be productive."

The impression he gets from his colleagues, he said, is that academic freedom is alive and well at the Abu Dhabi campus.

‘Dodging the Issue’

In the United States, news of the ban traveled quickly through social media.

An expert on international higher education said the case raised questions about what other restrictions the Middle Eastern monarchy might impose on NYU researchers.

If Mr. Ross had been an instructor in Abu Dhabi, would he have been expelled from the country for his comments about its labor practices? asked Kevin Kinser, chair of the department of educational administration and policy studies at the State University of New York at Albany.

Would he be permitted to give a video lecture on the topic from New York to students in Abu Dhabi?

"NYU should be seeking clarification on these points, and not just say that they have no control over visa and immigration policies," said Mr. Kinser. "That is dodging the issue, from my perspective."

Some pointed out that Mr. Ross wasn’t going to the campus for any official events, so they don’t see how his ban, however offensive, might violate the assurances made to researchers based in Abu Dhabi.

But Mr. Kinser said Mr. Ross was hardly a freelancer just dropping in. His work for years has focused on labor, Mr. Kinser said, so "it is completely consistent with even the most narrow definition of academic freedom for him to comment on the labor situation in the U.A.E. and seek to better understand the conditions at NYU’s campus there."

Matt J. Duffy, who teaches journalism, media ethics, and international communication law, said the controversy might prompt NYU and professors in Abu Dhabi to "stop claiming that there’s academic freedom" for professors in the United Arab Emirates.

Criticizing the country could get someone expelled or banned, said Mr. Duffy, who has asserted that he was kicked out of the emirates in 2012 after a stint of teaching at Zayed University, where he wrote about media restrictions.

"While NYU values the free movement of ideas, they’ve set up shop in a country that doesn’t," he said.

Philip G. Altbach, director of the Center for International Higher Education at Boston College, said he finds it hard to believe that universities like NYU have had no problems with the stifling of professors’ speech in places like the emirates. If nothing else, he said, self-censorship is probably common.

"Academics are on a shorter leash in those countries than would be the case in the U.S.," he said. "I don’t think that’s a reason not to engage with these countries, but Western universities should be more honest with themselves, their faculty and students, and the public about what they’re getting into. It’s not like working back here."

Ursula Lindsey, reporting from Morocco, contributed to this article.

Source: The Chronicle of Hogher Education

GMC university gets coveted accreditation for its research centre

Gulf Medical University Full LogoDubai: The Centre for Advanced Biomedical Research and Innovation (CABRI) at the Gulf Medical University in Ajman has received accreditation from the College of American Pathologists (CAP).

The much coveted credential positions CABRI as a high quality speciality pathology laboratory.

This makes it possible for the community in the northern emirates to avail of the high-quality speciality test services offered by CABRI.

 “This is a great achievement by a relatively young research centre and I am proud of this feat,” said Thumbay Moideen, Founder President, Board of Governors, Gulf Medical University.

The Thumbay Foundation has announced a grant of Dh10 million over the next six years to encourage researchers to conduct medical research and innovation of the highest scientific calibre.

 To facilitate this, Moideen has also announced the establishment of a state-of-the-art Innovation Centre under the aegis of CABRI to facilitate medical research and innovation.

“This achievement has opened the doors for transition of our institution from a purely academic institution to that of a research and innovation- based university,” said Prof Gita Ashok Raj, Provost of Gulf Medical University.

Professor P.K. Menon, Director, CABRI, added that CABRI envisages inter-institutional collaborations and public-private partnerships to enhance its research scope in the near future. He also said that among the new tests launched, neonatal screening using a blood spot on card has been launched at CABRI to provide assistance in screening infants for 54 treatable conditions.

The Centre for Advanced Biomedical Research and Innovation, set-up at Gulf Medical University Ajman, focuses on research studies and advanced diagnostics in nationally important health areas such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, genetic disorders, allergies and thalassaemia.

CABRI is already working with some of the multinational companies on different research projects, and aims to focus on diagnostic testing. The centre has, in addition, the ability to do bio-analytical testing, toxicology testing and rare metal analysis. The centre aims to be a leading service provider for high complexity testing in the next three-five years.

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Cambridge Judge Business School and the Pearl Initiative launch Senior Executive Leadership and Trust programme in Dubai

HIS 2015 03 10Two-day programme for Middle East business leaders
Sharjah, UAE. Cambridge Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, and the Pearl Initiative, the leading independent private sector-led, not-for-profit institution working across the region to influence and improve corporate accountability and transparency, announce a two-day intensive Senior Leadership and Trust Programme for Middle East business leaders, to be held in Dubai 23-24 March.

Trust is essential to the success of companies, other organisations and a business leader's own effectiveness, so the programme will focus on trust and leadership at all levels - including corporate governance, organisational performance and behavioural economics.

The Dubai programme has been designed by the Executive Education division of Cambridge Judge Business School, and will be taught by Cambridge Judge faculty experts Dr. Philip Stiles, University Senior Lecturer in Corporate Governance and Co-Director of the Centre of International Human Resource Management, and Dr. Khaled Soufani, Senior Teaching Faculty in Finance and Director of the Cambridge Executive MBA Programme.

Dr Stiles' research and teaching have focused extensively on the interaction of innovative human resource practices and organisational outcomes, and Dr. Soufani's work includes research on financial management, corporate restructuring and family businesses.

The Pearl Initiative brings to the programme its expertise in improving corporate accountability and transparency as the leading independent, not-for-profit by-business for-business organisation working across the Gulf region of the Middle East. The Pearl Initiative's activities include programmes, forums and regional insight publications in areas including corporate governance in family firms, anti-bribery and corruption, diversity in leadership teams and integrated reporting.

"Trust is absolutely crucial to the establishment of business and personal relationships that provide the foundations for business and other organisations, and contribute to broader societal goals," said Peter Hiscocks, Chief Executive Officer of Executive Education at Cambridge Judge Business School. "We are very pleased to team up with the Pearl Initiative to offer this programme on trust and leadership to executives and other business leaders throughout the Middle East. The programme also builds on the success of other projects and initiatives of our Cambridge Middle East Research Centre"

Imelda Dunlop, Executive Director Pearl Initiative, said: "Trust, integrity and strong leadership are vital components for building healthy business environments, which in turn boost economic growth and competitiveness. By partnering with the Cambridge Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, we are delighted to host this exclusive and high-level two-day programme to provide regional business leaders with practical knowledge drawn from the school's long-standing expertise on these important topics."

The two-day programme in Dubai will examine how to build trust in an inter-connected, globalised world in which boundaries between businesses and employees, suppliers and competitors are increasingly porous, so leaders need to build up their powers of trust and persuasion. Participants will also focus on their individual leadership development, and develop plans to sharpen those skills through interaction with the Cambridge teachers.

For further information, please contact:
For the Pearl Initiative:
Mayar Galal
Communications & Business Development Manager
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+971 6515 4605

For Cambridge Judge Business School:
Cathy Butler
Executive Education Business Development Director, Middle East and Europe
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+44.1223.339644

About the Pearl Initiative
The Pearl Initiative is the leading independent, not-for-profit, by-business for-business, institution working across the Gulf Region of the Middle East to influence and improve corporate accountability and transparency. Developed in cooperation with the United Nations Office for Partnerships, it is a regionally-focused growing network of business leaders committed to driving joint action, exhibiting positive leadership and sharing knowledge and experience - in order to positively influence the entire regional business and student community towards implementing higher standards in areas such as corporate governance, anti-corruption, codes of conduct, integrity and reporting. For more information please visit: www.pearlinitiative.org

About Cambridge Judge Business School, University of Cambridge
Cambridge Judge Business School leverages the power of academia for real world impact to transform individuals, organisations and society. Since 1990, Cambridge Judge has forged a reputation as a centre of rigorous thinking and high-impact transformative education, situated within one of the world's most prestigious research universities, and in the heart of the Cambridge Cluster, the most successful technology entrepreneurship cluster in Europe. The School works with every student and partner or client organisation at a deep level, identifying important problems and questions, challenging and coaching people to find answers, and creating new knowledge. For more information please visit: www.jbs.cam.ac.uk

Source: Zawya

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