World’s first ‘AI-based’ online learning programs announced

Updated 28 July 2017

World’s first ‘AI-based’ online learning programs announced

VFS Edu Support Services Pvt. Ltd., the education services arm of VFS Global, has announced a partnership with UK-based Edtech Oxademy Technologies and its subsidiary Oxademy Business School to form a new global digital learning platform “VFS-Oxademy.”
VFS-Oxademy will offer a first-of-its-kind knowledge-driven artificial intelligence (AI) cloud infrastructure called OX360, which identifies each learner’s strengths and weaknesses and generates learning paths based on individual learner’s behavior, personalizing the learning to each individual student.
The new platform is designed to be a response to the limitations of purely online courses, which have suffered from high drop-out rates, due in many cases to the lack of a personalized learning element and the monotony of rote learning.
VFS-Oxademy will provide internationally-accredited post-graduate and executive education programs in full online and “blended” modes — combining online with classroom learning — for students and professionals from across the globe.
OX360 will allow MBA students to undertake a “virtual work placement” with a blue chip organization as part of the final stage of their studies.
This allows students in the Middle East or India to work with a company in the UK via virtual technologies.
Another benefit to students is the lower cost of obtaining an accredited qualification through VFS-Oxademy. For example, the cost of an MBA course under OX360 will be less than one-third of the usual cost.
Syed Shahzad, founder and CEO, Oxademy, said: “We are bringing learning to people instead of people to learning and it is done by embracing the latest technologies available in digital human interaction and by using a huge amount of data. We have developed an innovative platform and programs that enhance the learning at large scale. VFS-Oxademy partnership is leading the way and pushing the boundaries by incorporating features that make use of artificial intelligence, big data, and analytics to evolve the education sector.”
Bernard Martyris, chief of human resources, VFS Global, said: “A high quality education, especially for advanced professional degrees, carries lifelong benefits. A unique feature of the VFS-Oxademy programs is that they can be customised to individual needs of students, irrespective of location or background. We are delighted to partner with Oxademy to offer digital learning programs that make higher education more accessible to students, in a format that offers them all the advantages of getting an international degree from anywhere in the world.


Emirates Aviation University woos global students

Updated 24 August 2019

Emirates Aviation University woos global students

Emirates Aviation University has introduced an international student study package, offering financial benefits and support to international students.

The package includes 20 percent savings on costs for university accommodation, 15 percent discount on program fees, and a complimentary economy class return ticket per year on Emirates. The package will also offer the students free services for three persons from Marhaba, a passenger services provider, free hotel accommodation for two adults for three days as well as a waiver for all visa administration charges.

Dr. Ahmad Al-Ali, vice chancellor of Emirates Aviation University, said: “Getting your kids settled in a new university and city can be a difficult task for many parents. The special package will give parents peace of mind and ensure a stress-free experience, as they help their children settle in Dubai. With the new benefits, students can easily visit their parents and enjoy a comfortable lifestyle while pursuing their academic and career goals at Emirates Aviation University.”

Studying abroad helps students develop powerful personal and professional relationships, long-lasting cultural ties, find new interests and experience life from a different perspective.

“Emirates Aviation University believes that education is greatly enhanced by experience and exposure to different, real-life perspectives, and thus supports its students and provides them with the best tools to benefit from unique opportunities academically and in personal development,” the university said. 

The university offers an extensive range of aviation-related specializations. Students can choose from vocational, undergraduate and postgraduate programs that combine the highest standard of academics with the latest development in the field of aviation. The programs are offered in collaboration with Coventry University in the UK and accredited by different national and international institutions, including last year’s accreditation from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) as a Maintenance Training Organization.

Emirates Aviation University is the academic wing of the Emirates Group and one of the region’s most prestigious universities. It is also one of the Middle East’s leading educational institutions for aviation programs. Growing from a small college to a full-fledged university in 2014, it offers more than 35 programs in various fields of study. This growth underscores the demand for quality higher education in the UAE.

Emirates Aviation University recently announced a new six-month internship program with the Emirates Group for students who demonstrate extraordinary academic performance. The coveted program will help students combine academic study with practical, applied experience relevant to their education and career plans.

Students who enroll from Fall 2019 onwards will be eligible for the internship program in their final year of education.