Abu Dhabi Ports hosting UAE Innovation Month activities

Abu Dhabi Ports is hosting a wide range of daily events over the month, including guest lectures on AI, facial recognition, blockchain and mind control demos.
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Updated 10 February 2020

Abu Dhabi Ports hosting UAE Innovation Month activities

Abu Dhabi Ports is hosting a series of interactive activities to mark UAE Innovation Month 2020, a government-led initiative that seeks to inspire and motivate residents of the emirates to embrace innovative thinking in tackling current and future challenges. 

The month-long program is held this year under the theme “The UAE Innovates in Preparation for the Next 50 Years.”

Abu Dhabi Ports said it is well-positioned to share its insights on innovation following a year of innovation-related successes. 

The company reported savings and revenues of more than 170 million dirhams ($46.3 million) following the implementation of numerous employee suggestions received via its internal “Ibtikar” suggestions platform as of the end of 2019.

Eiman Al-Khalaqi, vice president of innovation, Abu Dhabi Ports, said: “Our commitment in contributing to the government’s innovation strategy is paramount. Dedicating our resources toward innovation, research, science and technology to improve business operations is the proven link to nurturing a knowledge-based, highly productive, and competitive economy, ready for the next 50 years.” 

Abu Dhabi Ports participated in UAE Innovation Month by displaying its solutions to the public on the capital’s corniche from Jan. 30 until Feb. 8. It is also hosting a wide range of daily events over the month at its Mina Zayed headquarters and Kizad, including an in-house innovation awards ceremony, and guest lectures on AI, facial recognition, blockchain, mind control demos, and design thinking. 

Al-Khalaqi added: “Innovation is a fundamental element of Abu Dhabi Ports’ ethos, and our planned activities illustrate our determination to develop a culture of innovation that can significantly refine the way we work. Implementing creative techniques and employing smart sustainable technologies across our assets will empower us to transform our approach to challenges and opportunities.”


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.