Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University adopts a lifelong learning model which serves as a guide for learners seeking either academic or professional development at all career levels using a blended learning approach, which heavily relies on the use of advanced technology
HBMSU uses a Blended learning model, where every class is composed of a synchronous (live/virtual) session and an asynchronous (self-paced) session.
The virtual synchronous sessions allows the learners to actively interact online with the instructors, course content, and their peers in the virtual classrooms. . HBMSU faculty use a variety of interactive media including, but not limited to, file sharing, webcasting, chats, individual and group discussions, interactive storylines, and simulations to provide a high-quality learning experience.
In the asynchronous sessions, learners are provided with a variety of learning material including specially designed digitized learning objects that can be accessed anytime from anywhere to enhance and personalize their learning experience. Activities are assigned to the learners to confirm their achievement of the learning outcomes addressed in these sessions.
The blended delivery strategy at HBMSU facilitates online learning using a variety of learning technologies to deliver the content, engage the learners, enhance their skills and competencies, and to ensure the achievement of learning outcomes for all courses through the effective design of learning material and supportive learning objects.
Learners are not required to attend classes on campus, but may be required in some courses to take a proctored final exam, which may take place in physical format.
HBMSU has full time faculty on campus plus a large pool of associate faculty members from diverse educational, cultural and national backgrounds. HBMSU faculty members are all carefully selected based on their intensive experience, research background and expertise and are available to support HBMSU learners and offer academic advising support.
Smart Learning is the use of technology to enable people to learn anytime and anywhere; it refers to the delivery of learning and training by means of advanced technology, such as the Internet, Intranet, CDs, DVDs, etc.
No. HBMSU uses a blended delivery strategy, where every class is composed of a synchronous (live/virtual) session and an asynchronous (self-paced) session. In this format of learning, there are no scheduled physical classes throughout the semester. However, learners can arrange to meet together on the University campus at any time independently. They can also arrange to meet with their instructors if they reside in the UAE and are interested in meeting with the learners.
HBMSU offers both academic and professional development programs and courses; in addition to General Education Programs
Yes, there are specific times where you need to be available online to attend your virtual classroom, the schedule for the course is made available to you through the Registration Office at the beginning of the semester. It will specify dates and timings of your online synchronous classes The time for the classes is usually set in the evening to accommodate our working learners.
The University is licensed by the Ministry of Education UAE, and all its undergraduate and postgraduate academic programs are accredited. Please visit the CAA link for details at https://www.caa.ae/Pages/Institutes/Details.aspx?GUID=38
HBMSU is unique, being the first smart learning higher education institution to be recognized by the Ministry of Education UAE; offering its learners flexibility in learning without having to give up work or family commitments.
The University offers specialized and well-designed programs covering the area of business and quality, healthcare administration, environmental studies and modern education. It attracts highly qualified faculty members and staff from over 25 countries. The University also adopts the latest pedagogical theories and strategies in learning and features an award-winning virtual learning environment, offering unique learners' experience through a dedicated team that strives to promote learners' centricity at all levels. The University has also designed a wide range of learner-centric services including a digital repository of online learning resources, smart library, career placement services, and a global community of faculty and associate faculty members. HBMSU also offers non-academic programs to promote lifelong learning, enabling continuous academic and professional development at all levels.
Each course has a different assessment strategy specially designed to assess the achievement of course outcomes set. The assessment strategy varies in nature accordingly. The assessment strategy for every course is detailed in the course syllabus made available to learners at the beginning of the semester.
Generally every course has a 60% formative ongoing assessment during the semester and the remaining 40% are summative in nature and takes place towards the end of the semester. Assessment may include: online or face to face examinations, group or individual projects, case studies and discussion in online classes, participation using particular web 2.00 tools. Quizzes and exams along the course (part of the ongoing assessment) will be conducted online, usually during the asynchronous sessions.
Yes, HBMSU provides visas for international learners after they had been admitted.
Apply for admission to the program. Program directors will compare the course syllabi you provide together with your MOHESR authenticated and equivalent Official Transcript to the requirements of your HBMSU program. A maximum of 50% of the HBMSU program courses may be transferred to HBMSU. Courses with the same title and description will not necessarily be transferred. HBMSU does not have articulation agreements (transfer credit agreements) with other UAE MOHESR institutions. If you are currently an HBMSU learner and wish to complete a course at another UAE MOHESR institution, discuss your plans with your academic advisor. You must apply for permission to include a course from another institution as you complete your HBMSU program.
HBMSU admits applicants to its various programs with equal opportunities irrespective of their national origin, gender, disabilities or religion; provided that they satisfy the University's minimum admission requirements. Admission requirements in the HBMSU are published through appropriate means and vary from one program to another and conform to the admission standards of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (MOHESR).
Applicants can apply to HBMSU by filling an Online Admission Application available on the HBMSU website. Along with the application all required documents need to be forwarded to the Office of Admission. Although we strongly recommend applicants to apply online in order to expedite the admission process; other alternatives are made available for those who may not feel comfortable with filling online applications.
Upon receiving your complete admission application, an admission committee will review and evaluate your application against the admission criteria and you shall receive formally and in writing the response of the committee.
Accepted applicants are registered within the University system and are assigned an ID number and an academic advisor. Once accepted, all undergraduate applicants, unless exempted, are required to sit for a Math Placement Test. Once results of the test are released learners need to contact their e-advisors for course selection and enrollment.
Postgraduate accepted applicants with no previous managerial background in certain program will need to register and pass the Management Appreciation Program before they are register in courses.