Abdul Latif Jameel to bring latest spinal injuries treatment to KSA

Updated 18 March 2017
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Abdul Latif Jameel to bring latest spinal injuries treatment to KSA

Abdul Latif Jameel has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Japanese company Cyberdyne Inc. to bring to Saudi Arabia state-of-the-art technology that will help patients who have suffered traumatic spinal injuries.
The MoU with Cyberdyne’s Cybernic treatment and its revolutionary Hybrid Assistive Limb (HAL) coincides with King Salman’s visit to Japan last week.
HAL technology is a form of robotic technology that can regenerate, improve, support and expand patients’ brain-neuro-physical functions.
Mohammed Abdul Latif Jameel, chairman and CEO of Abdul Latif Jameel, said: “Thanks to advances in medicine and technology, patients are able to lead better quality lives after suffering major spinal injuries. Cyberdyne is at the forefront of developing highly advanced medical technology, and the MoU will bring this technology to patients in Saudi Arabia, aiming to transform lives for the better.”
The MoU was signed by Jameel and Yoshiyuki Sankai, president and CEO of Cyberdyne Inc.
The technology will initially be available at Abdul Latif Jameel Hospital in Jeddah, which specializes in medical rehabilitation, with a plan to roll out the technology across the country at a later date.
More than 13,000 people suffered traumatic spinal injuries in Saudi Arabia in 2015, according to official Saudi government statistics.


Alef Education launches first project in US

From right, Geoffrey Alphonso, CEO of Alef Education; Geoffrey Canada, president of the Harlem Children’s Zone and chairman of NexGen Education; and Hanut Singh, CEO of NexGen Education and CEO of QBS Learning.
Updated 17 October 2018
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Alef Education launches first project in US

Alef Education, a UAE-based education technology company, has announced the launch of its Alef education system in the US.

The system will be used at Harlem Children’s Zone (HCZ) schools in New York city, starting Oct. 15.

The Alef education system brings together a blend of the latest technology and pedagogical approaches geared toward learners of today. A key component of the system is the “Alef Platform,” which has three main pillars: 

•A fun and easy-to-use digital learning environment 

•High-quality digital content developed to engage and stimulate learning with a blend of videos, interactivities and games. 

•Real time data provided within each lesson to truly enable educators to support personalized learning and identify student strengths and weaknesses. 

The partnership between Alef Education and the Harlem Children’s Zone schools started in 2017 when leaders of those organizations met. The meeting included a review of best practices in pedagogy, instructional design, the use of technology, and the best ways to identify difficult concepts and detect struggling students early using data. 

Alef Education identified NexGen, an education technology startup based in New York City, as its US-based partner to carry forward the implementation of the program at the Harlem Children’s Zone schools and other school systems across the US. 

Geoffrey Alphonso, chief executive of Alef Education, said: “As a leading education technology company, we want to play a significant role in the creation of the next generation of innovative individuals around the world, and continue to provide the latest innovations in artificial intelligence-based and technology-driven education solutions within a holistic education system.” 

He added: “The implementation of our innovative education system in the Harlem Children’s Zone schools in New York city speaks of a quantum leap in our long-term mission to leverage technology to provide students with the personalized education they need to succeed, while also empowering teachers with real-time, actionable data.” 

Geoffrey Canada, president of the Harlem Children’s Zone schools in New York and chairman of NexGen Education, named one of the world’s most influential people by Time magazine and as one of the 50 greatest leaders by Fortune magazine, said: “We are pleased to welcome Alef Education’s innovative education system into our schools in New York as of October 2018. Education systems across the world are witnessing unprecedented transformations and a transition to a more dynamic education based on new technologies. In this context, we have decided to adopt this program to further enrich the resources available to our students to ensure they have access to the best the digital education industry has to offer.”