GMC opens new chapter in ME with ‘Like A Pro’ drive

Earlier this year, GMC Denali models passed the 1 million sales milestone and represent nearly 30 percent of GMC retail sales.
Updated 10 November 2017
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GMC opens new chapter in ME with ‘Like A Pro’ drive

General Motors Co. (GMC), the major global truck and SUV manufacturer, has announced the launch of “Like A Pro,” a campaign evolving its “We Are Professional Grade” positioning.
The campaign illustrates the core values of “We Are Professional Grade” and shows the emotional connection customers have with their GMC trucks and SUV models.
Sajed Sbeih, head of brand for GMC Middle East, said: “Our campaign is about doing the ordinary in an extraordinary and professional way. We have long recognized that GMC customers have exceptional standards and are dedicated individuals, whose passion and abilities set them apart. This is why ‘Like a Pro’ encapsulates the fundamental approach to life that we see every day in our customers. We believe that this campaign will strike a powerful chord with our audiences.”
The campaign content will feature GMC Denali trucks and SUVs — the pinnacle of Professional Grade. Earlier this year, GMC Denali models passed the 1 million sales milestone and represent nearly 30 percent of GMC retail sales. The campaign also boasts the all-new GMC Terrain, which joins the hot-selling, recently redesigned GMC Acadia in the GMC SUV lineup.
Built on the philosophy of “We are Professional Grade,” GMC has manufactured pickups since 1902. With a rich heritage in the Middle East and an impressive 115 years of presence, innovation and engineering excellence is built into all GMC vehicles. The brand is evolving to offer more fuel-efficient pickups, crossovers and SUVs.
The GMC portfolio in the Middle East features the Terrain SUV, Acadia Crossover, and Sierra half-ton pickup, Yukon, and Yukon XL full-sized SUVs. All models are available in the premium Denali trim. GMC also offers customers a high-level aftersales service experience. For more information, visit www.gmcarabia.com.


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.”