HBMSU’s Innovation Arabia 9 explore new prospects to boost innovation in the Arab World

 

International partnerships between the university, UNESCO and with Italian university UNINETTUNO to enhance quality of Arabic curriculums & provide innovative learning in line with requirements of 21st century.

The Congress featured 283 research papers and 40 presentations from 52 countries.

HBMSU launches ‘Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management’ book to introduce new approach to innovation for GCC entrepreneur.

University praised for its role in supporting comprehensive development through strong intellectual convergence and enhanced innovative & research capabilities.

Dubai, UAE, March 7, 2016 – Under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and President of Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University (HBMSU), the Innovation Arabia 9 Congress kicked off under the theme ‘Accelerating Innovation Towards Sustainable Economy.’ Organized by HBMSU, the event was attended by high-profile government officials, decision and policy makers, intellectuals, academics, researchers, consultants, and entrepreneurs from all over the world, including 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. The Congress commenced with a series of extensive discussions on the latest international developments and the best practices to sharpen research capabilities in the Arab World and consolidate the culture of innovation and creativity as a key cornerstone for sustainable and comprehensive development.


Innovation Arabia 9 focused on the current outputs and future prospects related to innovation in the fields of smart learning, health and environment. In addition, it emphasized on spreading the best quality practices which lay down the foundations to achieve the ambitious objectives of building a robust, integrated, knowledge-based, and excellence-driven economy in the Arab World. The discussions are addressed at the three concurrent conferences, namely; Quality and Business Management, Health and Environment, and Smart Learning Excellence.


The congress offered an ideal opportunity to masters and doctoral learners from 52 countries to submit and present their scientific research papers. A total of 40 presentations were made along with 283 research papers chosen out of the 364 papers submitted for the congress. A total of 117 research papers discussed various critical issues on smart learning excellence, while 98 papers focused on exploring the future of quality and business management. Another 68 highlighted the main topics related to health and the environment.


The opening day of Innovation Arabia 9 offered an ideal opportunity to build robust partnerships and reinforce international collaboration in developing the educational sector based on the latest smart technologies and promoting scientific research to re-shape the future of local, regional and international development. HBMSU has entered into a strategic partnership with The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization - International Bureau of Education and the Secretariat of the International Task Force on Teachers UNESCO (IBE, ED/ESC/TED) to implement the ‘Post-Graduate Diploma in Curriculum Design andDevelopment (PGDCDD) in the Arab World.’ The new cooperation is of great importance as it highly contributes to the Arab educational industry as it offers a solid ground to raise the bar on the potential of industry-related decision and policy makers and faculty members in the Arab World to enhance the quality of curriculums and thereby provide innovative, high-quality education that addresses the fast-emerging changes of the 21st century.


Also, Dr. Al Awar signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Professor Maria Amata Garetto, Rector of Telematica Internazionale (UNINETTUNO), an Italian university, and Consultant for the Minister of Higher Education for creativity and technology in Italy, in order to explore the prospects of academic cooperation and scientific research in the mutual fields of interest, as well as putting a clearer direction in the establishment and management of joint training centers between the two universities to deliver world-class scientific and training services that fall in line with the rapid developments imposed by the digital era.


Innovation Arabia 9’s list of speakers include Mr. Osman Sultan, CEO, Emirates Integrated Telecommunications PJSC (du); Dr. Maria Neira, Director, Public Health and the Environment Department, World Health Organization; Dr. Waleed Salman, Chairman of Dubai Green Economy Partnership; Mr. Samer Abu Ltaif, Regional General Manager, Gulf Region - Microsoft; Prof. Dr. Dae Joon Hwang from Sungkyunkwan University, Korea; Prof. Michael G. Meimaris Director of New Technologies Laboratory in Communication- University of Athens, Greece; Prof. Adrian Wilkinson Director of the Centre for Work, Organisation and Wellbeing at Griffith University – Australia; and Dr. Marwa J. Zohdy, Vice President of Global Consulting Services for Joint Commission International.


On the sideline of Innovation Arabia 9, HBMSU launched a new book titled ‘Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management: A New Approach to Innovation for GCC Entrepreneurs’ published by HBMSU Publishing House in line with its efforts to enhance the country’s research capabilities in various disciplines to better meet knowledge requirements. Co-authored by Dr. Khalid M. Al Khazraji and Mr. Shawn N. Olds, the book attracted high attention from congress the participants and speakers. It provides insights on the GCC’s business system and practices and discusses the future of entrepreneurship and small and medium enterprises (SMEs), while presenting the challenges and opportunities in building an innovative environment. The Smart Learning Entrepreneur Day was also launched under the theme ‘Innovation@Work’ during the second day. The initiative focused on the success story in implementing best practices in the UAE and discussions on practical ways to achieve sustainable entrepreneurship.


At the closing ceremony of the Congress, HBMSU announced to the attendees the tenth edition’s theme ‘Innovation Entrepreneurship: The Engines of Sustainability’ which will take place from 6 to 8 March 2017 in Dubai, U.A.E. Next year’s theme unites the global educational goals of UNESCO with the visionary framework of the Dubai Plan 2021 to bring about a knowledge revolution by enhancing the region’s capacity for sustainable development. The interdisciplinary theme highlights the growing need for sustainability through new universal models that combines the synergy of innovation and entrepreneurship. The UAE and in particular, the government of Dubai are committed in helping the UN achieve its Millennium Development Goal.


Since its inception, Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University has taken a lead in developing a knowledge-based economy with pioneering initiatives in response to the research needs of the Arab world, supporting the mission of UNESCO in building knowledge communities and sustainable economies. Innovation Arabia 10 will, once again, provide the ideal platform to exchange ideas, discuss challenges and solutions in the development of sustainable economies in the Arab world through innovation.

For more information of the Congress, visit http://www.innovationarabia.ae/

Group image taken during the opening of Innovation Arabia 9.

Group image taken during the opening of Innovation Arabia 9.

Dr. Mmantsetsa Marope, Director of International Bureau of Education- UNESCO and Dr. Mansoor Al Awar, Chancellor, HBMSU during during the MoU signing ceremony

Dr. Mmantsetsa Marope, Director of International Bureau of Education- UNESCO and Dr. Mansoor Al Awar, Chancellor, HBMSU during during the MoU signing ceremony

Professor Maria Amata Garito, Rector of Universita Telematica Internazionale (UNINETTUNO), an Italian university, and Consultant for the Minister of Higher Education for creativity and technology in Italy; 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 and Dr. Mansoor Al Awar, Chancellor, HBMSU.

Professor Maria Amata Garito, Rector of Universita Telematica Internazionale (UNINETTUNO), an Italian university, and Consultant for the Minister of Higher Education for creativity and technology in Italy; 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 and Dr. Mansoor Al Awar, Chancellor, HBMSU.

Mr. Shawn N. Olds and Dr. Khalid M. Al Khazraji during the launch of the new book ‘Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management: A New Approach to Innovation for GCC Entrepreneurs’.

Mr. Shawn N. Olds and Dr. Khalid M. Al Khazraji during the launch of the new book ‘Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management: A New Approach to Innovation for GCC Entrepreneurs’.

Dr. Marwa J. Zohdy, Ph.D., CICP, Vice president, Joint Commission International during her speech at Innovation Arabia 9.

Dr. Marwa J. Zohdy, Ph.D., CICP, Vice president, Joint Commission International during her speech at Innovation Arabia 9.

Abdulla Al Awar, CEO, Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre (DIEDC) during his speech at Innovation Arabia 9.

Abdulla Al Awar, CEO, Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre (DIEDC) during his speech at Innovation Arabia 9.