ICD and TUV SUD to develop private sector in Central Asia

The chief executive officer and general manager of ICD, Khaled Al-Aboodi and the managing director of TUV SUD Central Asia, Anar Ahmadov, at the signing ceremony in Astana, Kazakhstan, on Wednesday.
Updated 19 March 2017

ICD and TUV SUD to develop private sector in Central Asia

The Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD), the private sector arm of Islamic Development Bank (IDB) Group and TUV SUD, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to foster their joint operations, and expand the services offered to private sector investors in the countries of Central Asia.
The chief executive officer and general manager of ICD, Khaled Al-Aboodi and the managing director of TUV SUD Central Asia, Anar Ahmadov, signed the MoU on behalf of the two corporations at the IFN CIS Forum in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, on Wednesday.
The aim of the MoU is to facilitate cooperation between ICD and TUV SUD in promoting private sector participation in developing the member countries and inform about business opportunities in countries of Central Asia. This partnership will enable the two institutions to work closely on, among other things, market studies related to the transit and logistic sector in the common member countries.
During the signing ceremony, Khaled Al-Aboodi welcomed the expanding relationship between ICD and TUV SUD Central Asia. “Ensuring close and effective cooperation between international institutions has to be a top priority in this period of economic turmoil. ICD and TUV SUD can provide mutual assistance to promote private investment and infrastructure in the member countries, to create jobs and future growth opportunities.”
Anar Ahmadov added: “This MoU will enhance closer and more effective collaboration between TUV SUD and ICD and render our respective activities more effective and beneficial to the private sector players in the countries in which we undertake our respective operations.”


Pearson unveils Mideast winners of BTEC Awards

Updated 09 July 2020

Pearson unveils Mideast winners of BTEC Awards

Outstanding students, tutors and colleges from 25 countries, including from the Middle East, saw their achievements recognized at the BTEC Awards 2020 ceremony, held online for the first time due to coronavirus.

Hosted by presenter of the United Stand, YouTube influencer and BTEC ambassador, Flex, 17 category award winners were celebrated from the UAE and around the Middle East as well as internationally in subjects such as health and social care, performing arts, engineering, IT, business and sport.

Double Olympic gold medalist Max Whitlock and architect, TV presenter and campaigner George Clarke were among those presenting awards. 

They were joined by journalist and TV presenter Steph McGovern who spoke about her passion for vocational education and the BTEC Awards.

Spanning across 21 categories, the awards showcase the exceptional BTEC learners and teachers that have been nominated to win a gold, silver or bronze BTEC award. Accepted in more than 200 universities worldwide, BTEC is a highly regarded, career-focused qualification, studied in over 60 countries.

The Middle East winners are:

• BTEC Hospitality, Travel and Tourism Student of the Year Silver Winner — Finn Page, DESC, UAE

• BTEC Teacher of the Year (schools only) Bronze Winner — James McBlane, British School Al-Khubairat, UAE

• BTEC IT and Computing Student of the Year Bronze Winner — Sangeetha Philip, Cambridge International School, Dubai, UAE

• BTEC Business and Enterprise Student of the Year Bronze Winner — Delma Sharyl D’Silva, The Winchester School — Jebel Ali, Dubai, UAE

Cindy Rampersaud, senior vice president, BTEC and apprenticeships at Pearson Education, said: “This year I’ve been overwhelmed by the quality of BTEC Award nominations we received, and I am delighted to celebrate this year’s winners and the achievements of all learners who will be awarded a BTEC this year. 

Over the past few weeks and months, we’ve seen how the current pandemic has highlighted the critical role of key workers and individuals who are likely to have followed a vocational educational pathway such as BTEC.”

In the UAE, BTEC qualifications are available in sectors including applied science, art and design, business, childcare, construction, engineering, media, health and social care, hospitality, ICT, performing arts, public services, sport, travel and tourism.

Pearson has been delivering BTEC qualifications worldwide since 1984. A recent study revealed that 90 percent of BTEC students are employed full-time after graduating.

Globally, nearly 1 million students studied toward a BTEC in the past year, via 784 approved BTEC centers in 60 countries.

In response to new careers emerging within industries and ongoing change, Pearson is continually adapting and innovating its BTEC curriculum and learning to ensure it is relevant for young people and adults, supporting progression and career aspirations throughout lives.