Total Abu Al Bukhoosh and VEDC to set up Abu Dhabi academy

The Vocational Education Development Centre (VEDC) has signed an agreement with Total Abu Al Bukhoosh to set up a joint Academy in Abu Dhabi to train UAE nationals to work as operators in the oil and gas fields in the emirate, Emirates News Agency has reported. According to the agreement, Total Abu Al Bukhoosh is to provide the academic program and oil and gas experts. Total will also provide laboratories and teaching aids as well as salaries and health insurance to the students. Source: AMEInfo

UOWD’s region-focused Master of International Studies program gets accreditation

University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD), one of the largest foreign universities in the UAE, has won the approval of the Commission on Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the UAE Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research to launch a new Master of International Studies program. CAA accreditation followed intensive scrutiny by an expert External Review Team of the course content and its relevance to the region as well as inputs from a range of academics, Embassy staff and government employees in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. ""The program targets managers and future managers from any industry as well as federal and local government organizations. It has been designed to provide them with a deeper understanding of the vast MENASA (Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia) region and its links with the rest of the world,"" said Raymi van der Spek, Executive Director of Administration & Strategic Development at UOWD. Students who enroll in the program will learn about diplomacy, labor and migration, economic development, government, crime and terrorism, environmental impact and journalism from the regional and international perspective. Source: AMEInfo

Google to launch Mena Student Ambassador program

In line with Google's commitment to empower Egypt's academic community with knowledge, infrastructure and tools to help the country's future leaders make the most of access to information, the company will launch their Google Student Ambassador Program for Mena. The event will take place from July 24 - 28. 73 ambassadors from across the region will be trained on Google products, developer's tools and be provided with an overview of Google's university programs. Source: AMEInfo

Abu Dhabi University offers scholarship grants to UAE students

Abu Dhabi University (ADU) has introduced five scholarship programs and financial aid packages to help students in the UAE with limited financial resources pursue higher education studies. The four-year HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Scholarship and the Chairman's Scholarship cover 100% of each student's tuition and fees and are awarded to students who can demonstrate outstanding academic records and excellent personal traits. Source: Emirates News Agency