Qatar Airways Obtains IT Service Management System Excellence Certification

Qatar Airways has been recognised by Alcumus ISOQAR, one of the most recognised and respected UKAS accredited certification body for successfully demonstrating the implementation and compliance towards ISO/IEC 20000-1:2018 Information technology Service management System.

HE Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker said: “We are proud to have achieved ISO 20000 certification. This certification demonstrates our commitment to service excellence thereby enabling Qatar Airways IT to deliver the highest quality of digital and technological service experience.” ISO 20000 is an international standard for IT service management (ITSM), and its certification demonstrates that Qatar Airways has implemented a comprehensive ITSM framework that meets the highest standards of quality and reliability.

To achieve ISO 20000 certification, Qatar Airways underwent a rigorous audit by a third-party certification body. The audit team reviewed Qatar Airways ITSM processes and documentation to ensure that they met the requirements of the standard.

The success of this certification is a testament to the dedication and leadership of Qatar Airways Group, who lead the program with exceptional commitment and efficiency, staying on schedule and within the set timeline.

Qatar Airways IT remains committed to maintaining the highest standards of service quality, information security and IT management, ensuring world-class services for customers and the entire organization.

Source: Qatar News Agency

CST Launches Space Challenge Camp for Training in Space Science, Engineering

The Communications, Space, and Technology Commission (CST) launched the “Space Challenge Camp” in the field of space science and engineering, which targets undergraduate students and fresh graduates.

The camp is part of CST’s role in enabling national human capabilities in the space field, with the aim of developing participants’ knowledge and skills, introducing them to future opportunities, enhancing the capabilities of national competencies, and inspiring future generations to pursue scientific careers specializing in space sciences.

CST stated that the camp, which will span two weeks in October, consists of two phases: a virtual phase through the website, and an in-person phase at the Prince Mohammed bin Salman Nonprofit City (Misk) in Riyadh. The camp’s activities will revolve around providing participants with an introduction to spaceflight, space program management, spacecraft systems, atmospheric re-entry approach, and landing techniques.

CST emphasized that the camp will contribute to the development of participants’ skills and knowledge by training them in space program management, understanding the fundamentals of human spaceflight design, design skills, problem-solving, teamwork skills, and team management. The camp will also involve participants’ competitions, where they will design innovative solutions to challenges faced by astronauts in human spaceflight missions.

CST clarified that joining the Space Challenge Camp is conditional on the applicant being a Saudi national who must currently be enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program in a scientific or engineering major. For recent graduates, it is required to hold a bachelor’s degree in a scientific or engineering field. Additionally, proficiency in spoken and written English is necessary, along with meeting the program’s other requirements.

CST highlighted that the Space Challenge Camp will offer lectures based on experiential learning delivered by specialists and experts in the space field, and participants will receive certificates of attendance from the CST commission.

CST invites all interested individuals to register for the camp through the CST’s website via the following link: https://www.cst.gov.sa/sl/SpaceCamp1.

The Space Challenge Camp aims to promote innovation, inspire future generations, and enhance the Kingdom’s aspirations for leadership in the space sector. The camp also supports the adoption of emerging space activities, the provision of expertise, and the development of national organizational capabilities in the space field.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

Educational Affairs Assistant Undersecretary to QNA: Qatar is Keen to Raise Awareness on Protecting Education from Attack

Assistant Undersecretary for Educational Affairs at the Ministry of Education and Higher Education Maha Zayed Al Ruwaili affirmed the State of Qatar’s keenness over the past decades to raise awareness of the urgent need to save education and protect it from attacks, adding that one of Qatar’s most important priorities was to provide quality education to all students regardless of their nationality, ethnicity, background, and circumstances.

Speaking to Qatar News Agency on the occasion of the International Day to Protect Education from Attack, Al Ruwaili explained that this priority stems from the State of Qatars firm commitment to the rights of the child, and its belief that providing access to safe, comprehensive, and uninterrupted education is a basic right.

The Assistant Undersecretary for Educational Affairs called for developing effective measures to stop attacks against students, teachers, and educational institutions. She indicated that in view of the devastating obstacles that conflicts place to learning, which negatively affect the future of entire generations and deprive them of acquiring knowledge and mastering the skills that qualify them to build and develop themselves and their countries, the ministry stress the importance of working to develop effective measures that oblige everyone to stop attacks against students, teachers, and educational institutions.

Al Ruwaili stressed the need for schools and universities to remain as safe havens that promote peace and development, and the need to acknowledge their civilian nature, thus, keeping them free from occupation and use in armed conflicts. Moreover, she expressed her hope that celebrating this occasion would raise awareness globally of the seriousness of violating the right of the child to education and would bring about a multi-dimensional approach that sets the protection of education as top priority.

The International Day to Protect Education from Attack is observed on the ninth of September annually, stipulated by a draft resolution submitted by the State of Qatar to the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly, who unanimously adopted and approved the resolution on May 28, 2020.

Source: Qatar News Agency

Plans to Develop Education Excellence Award Underway: CEO to QNA

Under the generous patronage of HH the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, the Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MOEHE) announced Monday the launch of the 17th Education Excellence Award under the slogan ”With Excellence We Build Generations.” At a press conference, CEO of the Award, Maryam Abdullah Al Mohannadi announced the award’s objectives, categories and standards of participation and nominations.

E-applications for the Award will be open from Oct. 1-31, and the shortlisting will be during November and December. The winners will be named in Jan. 2024, and the honoring ceremony will be held in March.

Speaking to Qatar News Agency , Al Mohannadi said the Award contributes to enhancing creativity and excellence in Qatari society and deepens these concepts by adopting international standards, implementing qualitative programs, and achieving the integration of individual and institutional efforts to improve the outcomes of the educational process in the State of Qatar.

Al Mohannadi added that all the details of the award had been reconsidered in a way that promotes its prestige and attracts further participants.

The Award aims to honor the scientifically distinguished Qataris, deepen the concepts of excellence, and encourage all individuals and educational institutions to develop their performance and promote positive trends towards knowledge and scientific research, she added.

Launched by MOEHE in 2006 under the sponsorship of HH the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, the Award has seen growing interest over the years, a trend proving Qatar’s human capital investment as a basis for the 2030 National Vision.

It is one of the pillars of the Qatari educational system and a path enhancing creativity and innovation among students and educational institutions.

A total of 900 contesters won the Award over its previous 16 editions.

Source: Qatar News Agency

HBKU’s TII Opens Registration for Professional Translation Workshops

The Translation and Interpreting Institute’s (TII) Translation and Training Center (TTC), part of Hamad Bin Khalifa University’s (HBKU) College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS), opened registration for its professional training workshops for the 2023-2024 academic year.

In a statement, the TTC explained that starting from Sept. 10, 2023, the nine-month courses will be dedicated to training participants in essential skills necessary to carry out translation work according to international standards across a variety of specializations, including business, finance, legal, and medicine.

It added that the workshops will be offered in both Arabic and English, which cover important topics for interpreters, including professional interpreting, revision, quality assurance, and writing to international standards in business Arabic and the sports sector. This year, TTC will also introduce a new workshop – Creative Writing and Creative Translation – that will open another avenue of career development for its students.

“Like every year, we look forward to welcoming professionals determined to expand upon their abilities and skills and offer training opportunities to engage with their chosen field from a wider perspective. Our workshops at TII’s TTC promote community development and building capacity in Qatar and the region through professional development opportunities to professional translators and interpreters, and professionals constantly working between multiple languages” said Nada Al Mahmeed, Director, TTC, CHSS.

TII’s TTC recently wrapped up another successful season of training for translators in the fields of text translation and interpretation. Between short and long programs, TTC has benefited 224 participants, where some came from other countries such as Saudi Arabia, Oman, Sudan, and the United States – indicating the increasing recognition of the pivotal role of translation in today’s global landscape, and a statement to HBKU’s TII offerings.

Source: Qatar News Agency

Northwestern University in Qatar Welcomes its Class of 2027

Northwestern University in Qatar, a Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development partner university, welcomed 16th incoming class, the Class of 2027, which includes 116 dynamic students who were chosen from a pool of more than 1,300 applicants from 25 countries.

Dean and CEO of Northwestern Qatar Marwan M. Kraidy said, “These exceptional students possess the passion, curiosity, and drive that will make a difference in the media and communication landscape. We are confident that they will positively contribute to our community and make an impact on the world around them.” Among the new Qatari students who make up nearly 60 percent of the incoming class is Dana Ziani, who decided to pursue her academic journey at Northwestern Qatar to merge her passions and unlock her full potential as a health communication professional. Driven by her desire to leverage her scientific knowledge and passion for media to create a positive impact on society, she is determined to make a difference in the field of health communication.

“As someone who is passionate about both science and media, NU-Q seemed like the right place for me to gain the necessary skills, resources, and mentorship needed to excel in my career as a health communicator and contribute to the well-being of people and communities in Qatar and around the world,” said Ziani. Prior to starting her undergraduate career, Ziani was part of the Qatari Youth Delegate to the UN, and now, as a student at Northwestern Qatar, she plans to work on campaigns for health awareness.

Another student is Dogyu Lee, a multifaceted storyteller from South Korea with a deep passion for writing and playing the violin. Recognizing the immense potential of media development in the Middle East and the Global South, he decided to join Northwestern Qatar to be at the forefront of media development in the region and gain opportunities to grow his craft and contribute to the field of arts and media on a global scale.

Luka Grondskyte, an international student from Lithuania, is an aspiring researcher who chose to study at Northwestern Qatar to hone her research skills and grow as a well-rounded researcher. With a global perspective and a passion for understanding the dynamics of societal transformations, she will focus on examining nationalism and cultural identities in the post-Soviet era during her undergraduate career.

“Studying at Northwestern Qatar will not only offer me research and fellowship opportunities that will help me grow as a researcher but also a unique global perspective into the different research topics Im interested in exploring,” she said.

Source: Qatar News Agency

Zayed University’s Board of Trustees holds inaugural meeting

ABU DHABI, 4th September, 2023 (WAM) — The Zayed University Board of Trustees commenced its inaugural session this week at the Abu Dhabi campus, ushering in a new era of collaborative leadership. Alongside the board meeting, trustees engaged with Zayed University’s faculty, staff, students, and alumni community. During the meeting, Shamma bint Suhail Faris Al Mazrui, Minister of Community Development and Chairman of Zayed University, welcomed the new members and reiterated the vital responsibility the Board has in setting the university’s strategic direction within the UAE’s higher education landscape and aligning it with national priorities and ambitions. Rima Al Mokarrab Al Muhairi, who serves as a Member of the Board of Trustees and holds the position of Executive Director of Strategic Affairs at the Executive Affairs Authority in Abu Dhabi, was duly appointed to assume the role of Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees. Dr Michael Allen, Provost and Acting Vice President at Zayed University, offered a comprehensive overview of the university’s programmes, initiatives, and strategic aspirations. Al Mazrui underscored the collective importance of the Board’s engagement, stating, “Zayed University holds a distinguished status as one of the region’s leading academic institutions, and it is both a privilege and a responsibility for the Board to assume its role in this context. Within the UAE, our universities serve as engines of economic and societal growth and hubs of innovative thought, aligning with our leadership’s ambitious vision to provide the best education for our community of students.” She added, “As a federal university with campuses in both Abu Dhabi and Dubai, Zayed University has an integral role in realizing these aspirations. The future achievements of the UAE are linked to the future success and prosperity of this university. This view is shared by all of my colleagues on the new Board of Trustees, and we all look forward to working together to cultivate a new generation of exceptionally capable graduates, who will make a significant contribution to the sustainable development and success of the UAE.” After the meeting, the Board members underscored its commitment to fostering a strong connection with the university’s stakeholders, shedding light on ongoing initiatives, potential opportunities, and the shared path forward.

Source: Emirates News Agency (WAM)

Five new private schools begin operating in Dubai in the 2023-24 academic

DUBAI, Dubai’s private school sector continues to see robust growth with the addition of five new private schools in the 2023-24 school academic year. According to the latest data released by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), the new schools, offering British and Indian curricula, have added 12,000 seats, further enhancing the strong momentum of Dubai’s education landscape.

Currently, Dubai is home to a total of 220 private schools, which enrolled over 326,000 students in the 2022-23 academic year. In recent years, the emirate’s education landscape has seen rapid expansion and diversification with the launch of new schools representing a wide range of curricula from across the world. The last four years alone have seen the establishment of 27 new private schools, further adding to the richness and depth of the sector.

Dr. Abdulla Al Karam, Director General of the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), said: “The increase in the number of private schools further supports the leadership’s vision to create one of the world’s leading private education sectors. The addition of five new schools in the 2023-24 academic year is testament to the dynamism of the sector and the solid investment environment offered in Dubai. KHDA is keen to work closely with the education community to meet the needs of Dubai’s growing population and expand the capacity of the private school sector. We are also committed to ensuring that the world-class education provided in Dubai enhances its status as one of the world’s best cities to live, work and invest in.”

Dubai’s private schools currently offer a total of 17 curricula representing diverse countries, languages and educational methodologies, reflecting the city’s status as an attractive global investment and lifestyle destination and its inclusive and cosmopolitan ethos. British curricula account for the highest share of syllabi with 36% followed by India with 25%, US with 15% and International Baccalaureate (IB) with 7%. Dubai is also home to private schools that offer Chinese, Japanese, German, French, Australian, Spanish and Filipino curricula, among others.

Source: Emirates News Agency

King says countering dangerous impact of smoking a priority, urges protecting school students

His Majesty King Abdullah on Monday urged the government to devise a comprehensive strategy to counter smoking, especially to protect schools students. During a meeting held at Al Husseiniya Palace, King Abdullah said countering the danger of smoking is a priority, as the current situation is not acceptable, stressing the need to enforce the Public Health Law to combat smoking, especially among youth. His Majesty also called for intensifying inspection campaigns in public places to ensure the smoking ban is observed, noting that the health of Jordanians must be above all considerations. The King urged raising further awareness of the dangers of smoking, calling on the government to update the relevant data and statistics, to allow for a more accurate examination of the issue. Speaking at the meeting, Prime Minister Bisher Khasawneh reiterated the government’s commitment to intensifying inspection in public institutions to ensure the enforcement of smoking bans, in accordance with the Public Health Law. Health Minister Feras Hawari outlined indicators of smoking and health in Jordan, highlighting the negative impact of smoking on youth, as well as the increased threat of negative smoking on children. The minister pointed to the need to step up regulations to control the spread of new types of smoking that encourage more age groups to take it up. Education and Higher Education Minister Azmi Mahafzah highlighted measures that will be implemented as of this academic year to curb smoking, as law enforcement officers will be assigned to the premises of the ministry, education directorates, and schools, in partnership with the Health Ministry, adding that efforts will also be undertaken to raise students’ awareness. Director of the Office of His Majesty Jafar Hassan and Interior Minister Mazen Farraya attended the meeting.

Source: Jordan News Agency

CST Seeks Public Consultation on Space Data Platform Regulations, Space Data Platform

The Communications, Space and Technology Commission (CST) invites the public to submit their input on the Space Data Regulations Platform and Application Document for Obtaining a Permit to provide Space Data Platform Services, which aims to establish the regulatory environment for the space sector and attract investments to contribute to the growth of the GDP, as well as to increase the effectiveness of space data governance.

CST stated that through the publication of these two documents, any entity that undertakes to establish a platform that acts as a marketplace for space data, and to collect and process the space data received from satellite operators, such as satellite images, remote sensing data, orbital data, weather data and astronomy data, can get informed with the view to obtain a license.

The platform also connects satellite operators, technical solution and application developers, researchers and entities wishing to obtain space data-based solutions.

CST underlined that the Application Document for Obtaining a Permit to provide Space Data Platform Services includes guidelines and requirements for entities interested in acquiring a license, as well as obligations of relevant parties to ensure user rights and data security.

CST calls on all concerned parties and stakeholders to provide their comments, observations and suggestions regarding the documents, emphasizing its commitment to transparency and clarity in engaging all relevant entities. The deadline for submitting the input is September 12, 2023; submission can be done through the CST website:

https://regulations.citc.gov.sa/en/Pages/PublishedPublicConsultations.aspx#/PublishedPublicConsultations

Source: Saudi Press Agency

Doha Institute for Graduate Studies Announces Admission for Academic Year 2024-2025

The Doha Institute for Graduate Studies announced the commencement of online applications for the master’s and Ph.D. programs for the academic year 2024-2025 starting from Sept. 1 until Jan. 15, 2024.

In a statement, the institute outlined that eight programs would be offered for the track of Ph.D. studies, including Development economics, public administration, political science and international relations, Arabic linguistics and lexicography, history, sociology, media studies, and critical security studies.

The master programs that are poised to be offered include 19 programs at the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, mainly in philosophy, history, sociology and anthropology, political science and international relations, journalism, media studies, Arabic linguistics and lexicography, comparative literature, conflict management, and humanitarian action, critical security studies, human rights, social work, as well as psychology in both its clinical and social tracks.

In addition, the School of Economics, Administration, and Public Policy offers a master’s program in public administration, public policy, and development economics, an executive master’s in public administration, and a dual executive master’s in business administration and public administration.

The institute offers a variety of scholarships such as the Tamim Scholarship, which is based on merit and academic excellence and is primarily dedicated to the most distinguished students, along with the Sanad Scholarship, which is based on the financial needs of students and is dedicated to all students.

In mid-August, the institute received the ninth cohort of new students enrolled in the academic year 2023-2024, whose number reached 317 students from both genders coming from many Arab and foreign countries who have fulfilled all the admission requirements.

The new students are distributed as 300 students from both genders in masters programs and ten students in Ph.D. studies, in addition to seven students in the Doha fellowship program in Arabic language.

Source: Qatar News Agency

On the Occasion of New Academic Year, MoEHE Calls on Students to Seize Opportunities to Fulfill Their Dreams

The Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MoEHE) called on students to enjoy their educational journey and seize all available opportunities to fulfill their dreams, on the occasion of the new academic year 2023/2024.

The Ministry congratulated students and parents on the start of the academic year 2023/2024, wishing them a year full of achievements, while stressing its full readiness to support them.

On this occasion, Assistant Undersecretary for Educational Affairs Maha Zayed Al Ruwaili emphasized the primary role of school leaders in guiding and inspiring students and teachers, and expressed confidence in their abilities to address challenges.

Al Ruwaili appreciated the achievements made in the past academic year, hoping that this year will be distinguished by all standards.

About 132,000 male and female students in 279 public schools and kindergartens went to school today in addition to other students in private schools and kindergartens, which have completed all preparations to receive them.

Last Sunday, administrative cadres and teaching staff at schools started work in order to make the necessary preparations to receive students and distribute class schedules and textbooks that have already been printed.

The MoEHE is organizing the Back-to-School campaign under the slogan “My School is My Second Home.” The campaign will continue until August 29. It was preceded by the three-day 2023/2024 annual educational meeting.

Preparations for the new academic year took place with full cooperation and coordination between the MoEHE and the Ministry of Interior to ensure the safety and security of students in the vicinity of schools and kindergartens.

Source: Qatar News Agency