Bahrain plans 3 new universities"
Bahrain will create three new private universities as part of a strategy to upgrade the academic sector and encourage leading foreign universities to open branches in the kingdom, said Education Minister Dr. Majid Al Nuaimi. The Higher Education Council's general-secretariat has finalized procedures to authorize them. The panel rejected several other applications to open private universities for failing to meet terms. Source: TradeArabia News Service"
InJAz Bahrain scheme eyes 50,000 students"
InJAz Bahrain, a leading non-profit organization working for Bahraini youth, is targeting 50,000 students from all educational levels as part of its three-year school outreach program. The Bahraini group said it will intensify the program for the academic year 2011/2012, to cover 13,632 students compared to 9,200 students the previous year. “We know that we have set a challenging target for ourselves, but we are encouraged with the outpour of support we have received thus far from our various benefactors, especially within the private sector,” said inJAz Bahrain executive director Sheikha Hessa bint Khalifa Al Khalifa. The target, the highest ever in the organization’s 6 year history, is part of its three year strategic plan with focus on intermediate-level students, who will form 60% of this projected growth. ""To achieve its ambitious growth projection, inJAz Bahrain will require an estimated 2,000 volunteers over the next three years, and calls for the inclusion of untapped markets, including private schools and universities other than University of Bahrain."" Sheikha Hessa said the organization will launch three programs focusing on entrepreneurship and financial literacy to cater to these new markets, bringing the total number of inJAz programs to 14. Source: TradeArabia News Service"
GTSC opens new facility in North Iraq"
Gulf Technical & Safety Training Centre (GTSC), one of the largest technical and safety training centers in the Middle East, has opened a new facility in Erbil, North Iraq, to provide courses for oil and gas professionals working in the region. The official opening of the new center was attended by AlMansoori & GTSC CEO Nabil Alalawi and his partner Abdulla Nasser Bin Hawaileel Al-Mansouri, VIP guests Sirwan Abubekr Aziz, Under Secretary of the Ministry of Natural Resources in the Kurdistan Region, and a large number of delegates from several departments of Kurdistan Government together with GTSC clients. The center will provide training courses in key areas including safety, fire fighting and first aid, and risk management and environmental awareness, in addition to their short-term and long-term technical training programs. The short-term technical courses include geology, reservoir engineering, well intervention, and drilling. The long-term programs will involve competency-based training programs ranging across operations, maintenance, and mechanical and electrical activities. Source: TradeArabia News Service"