ACCA and UBT CEC partner to hone finance skills

UBT Rector Prof. Osama Jannadi, along with UBT CEC Director General Amir Dhia received the award.
Updated 22 May 2018
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ACCA and UBT CEC partner to hone finance skills

The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and the Continuing Education Center (CEC) of the University of Business and Technology (UBT) in Jeddah are collaborating to develop the finance and accountancy skills of finance professionals, in line with the Saudi Vision 2030.
In recognition of the quality of learning provision and support provided for ACCA certification and diploma candidates, UBT was awarded the sole Registered Learning Partner (RLP) in Saudi Arabia. UBT Rector Prof. Osama Jannadi, along with UBT CEC Director General Amir Dhia received the award during the ACCA New Members Ceremony held in Jeddah on May 9.
Based on this association, UBT CEC will be providing training for the ACCA Certificate in International Financial Reporting Standards (Cert IFR), ACCA Diploma in International Financial Reporting Standards (Dip IFR), as well as the ACCA Certificate in International Auditing (Cert IA).
Dhia said: “This partnership is an important step toward qualifying current and future practitioners in accounting and finance.”
He added: “The bachelor and master degree students in the fields of accounting, finance, auditing and business management will be among the first to benefit from the ACCA internationally recognized and renowned certifications. These certifications will help the students to be in a better and competent position as they apply for and continue their jobs. To upgrade their performance and standards, companies and their employees will also be able to benefit from this training and certifications.”
Fazeela Gopalani, head of education for ACCA Middle East, who presented the award, said: “In Saudi Arabia, the government is making great strides in realizing Vision 2030 by further embracing economic reforms, including the introduction of VAT and other key reforms.
“With economic diversification, reform and further fiscal solidarity across the region, finance professionals will be pivotal to driving long term sustainable growth in Saudi Arabia.”


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.”