UAE, January 22, 2017 – H.E. Lieutenant General Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, Deputy Chairman of Police and General Security in Dubai and Chairman of the Board of Governors of Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University (HBMSU), has dedicated the University’s recent winning of Wharton-QS Stars Reimagine Education Award 2016 to H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and University President, as a sign of appreciation, loyalty and gratitude for the latter’s ongoing support for the march of equipping the youth with science and knowledge as they are the sole, constant, dominant weapons in this life.
HBMSU won the Gold Award under the Middle East category of Wharton-QS Stars Reimagine Education Award 2016, a prestigious international award which recognizes the world’s best higher education innovations held recently on the sidelines of the 2016 Reimagine Education Conference in Philadelphia, USA. The University was recognized for excellence and leadership in successfully implementing its ICT-Enhanced Feedback Systems for Optimizing Learning in the Online Environment in line with the rapid changes spurred by smart transformation.
H.E. Lieutenant General Dhahi Khalfan lauded the unparalleled support and continued efforts of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed in enabling HBMSU to lead international achievements in the field of smart learning. He underlined how H.H.’s confidence serves as a driving force for the University to continue with its quest towards enriching knowledge, encouraging scientific research, and instilling a culture of innovation and excellence within the educational and academic industry to help boost smart learning and contribute effectively to envisioning and shaping the future.
H.E. Khalfan said: “We are honored to dedicate this international award to H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and University President, as a token of appreciation for his ongoing support to HBMSU which continues its march of excellence and leadership in the smart learning industry through an integrated portfolio of innovative solutions and proactive initiatives for comprehensively developing the local, regional and international educational systems. We pledge to continue our efforts to achieve the objectives inspired by the wise vision of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, who taught us that ‘the impossible cannot be where there is perseverance and faith.’
For his part, Dr. Mansoor Al Awar, Chancellor, HBMSU, said: “We are privileged to enjoy the unlimited support and cherished confidence of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and University President, who paved the way for us to make a positive impact in reshaping the future of learning through his commitment to innovation and development to ensure optimal investment in the young who are the constant human wealth and main cornerstone of sustainable and comprehensive development. It is our great honor to present H.H. with our latest international achievement which could not have happened without his pivotal role in spreading positive energy, enthusiasm, determination and commitment and inspiring us to walk the road of innovation and excellence in enriching the learning experience and providing the new generation with science and knowledge, leveraging the latest technological innovations aimed at raising the bar of the educational process to advance the levels of scientific progress and development to address the requirements of the 21st century.”
Dr. Al Awar added: “The winning of the Middle East Gold Category of Wharton-QS Stars Reimagine Education Award for the second year in a row is attributed to our ongoing excellence and leadership in improving the learning system in the UAE and the Arab World. This achievement further urges us to develop more innovative projects and unprecedented initiatives aimed at promoting HBMSU’s position as an international model to envision and shape the future based on creative educational and academic techniques which comply with the era of knowledge.”
“The winner of one of the most prestigious awards in higher education, the ICT-Enhanced Feedback Systems to Optimize Learning in Online Environment project is a great addition to local efforts geared towards continuously upgrading the online learning environment. It is based on the concept of benchmarking and evaluating the real performance of learners in order to foster the spirit of motivation, excellence and competitiveness among them. The initiative also encourages learners to unleash their capabilities and individual skills to create a generation capable of reaching the highest degrees of leadership in all scientific and academic industries, thereby boosting the UAE’s status worldwide and reaffirming its position as one of the leading destinations for higher education and scientific research in the world,” Dr. Al Awar concluded.
The ICT-Enhanced Feedback Systems to Optimize Learning in Online Environment project is specifically designed to improve the performance of learners and develop their skills and potentials through the optimal use of cutting-edge ICT tools such as BlackBoard Collaborate. During last year’s edition of the Wharton-QS Stars Reimagine Education Award, HBMSU bagged first place in the same category in recognition of its Smart Campus initiative which has made a major footprint in the smart learning sector in the UAE as a smart platform for addressing the needs of learners and academic and administrative staff through a wide portfolio of integrated smart services based on the latest technologies and applications to ensure an easy and integrated experience catering to the aspirations of users.