Apr 12 2010
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'TechnoGirls'event inaugurated at Dubai Women's College
In the presence of Minister of Education
April 12, 2010, Dubai, UAE -- Under the patronage and in the presence of His Excellency Humaid Al Qutami, Minister of Education, Dubai Women's College (DWC) inaugurated today, a one day event entitled "TechnoGirls". The event was conducted in partnership with major IT companies like Microsoft , HP and Intel and took place at the DWC campus with 400 students participating from 14 schools in Dubai, Umm Al Quwain and Ajman.
In his speech, HE Humaid Al Qutami stated that he is proud that UAE is filled with institutions that provide higher education to the nation, such as the Higher Colleges of Technology , which managed in a short time to impose itself on the field of education, and to make a quick foot steps towards the leadership between the most prestigious global institutions from universities and institutes.
Al Qutami stressed that the Technogirls event which is designed to stimulate Emirati females to emulate the technology and its innovations, also encourages them to talk about the features of a better tomorrow, and tools for the future which they can be at the forefront and influential participants in the technology industry and the developed world. "This is what we desire, and Higher Colleges of Technology is keen to instill it in the students," he pointed out.
With the aim of increasing girl's engagement with technology and exposing them to the various career opportunities available in the high-tech industry, TechnoGirls is a program that targets youth and provides them with the opportunity of learning about careers in technology and also connecting them with other school girls in a practical hands-on environment. Throughout the event, DWC engaged its participants with thought provoking exercises which assisted them in managing their lives and careers using technologies of the future.
Zaki Khoury, Business Manager at Microsoft Gulf pointed out that "TechnoGirls is an example of our strong partnership with the UAE's academic community and we look forward to a continuous long-term association with DWC to inspire a young generation with technology and encourage them to contribute towards the development of a knowledge society."
Ms. Elena Danici, retail and marketing manager of HP PSG Middle East said that HP Middle East is very proud to be one of sponsors of the TechnoGirls Event. "This event is a fantastic platform for us to not only exhibit and share directly with the students the best in HP 's latest technologies, but also offer participants the opportunity to use our pioneering technology in a way that is of benefit to educating the younger generations," he added.
The event included showcasing future technologies and conducting 10 technical workshops. A panel discussion was also held with industry and graduate alumnae to enhance student awareness on online threats and security issues. Exclusive sessions were held for teachers on Elluminate, a 21st century teaching tool to create virtual learning environments to enhance student learning. Jyothi Ganglani, DWC IT Faculty said, "TechnoGirls is a unique program because our students engage directly with the high school students and open their minds to how technology can empower them to play a leading role in the future of this country. We are very privileged to have the support of technology giants like HP , Intel and Microsoft . They bring their global expertise and in-depth knowledge to help us shape the content and impact of this program".
Nasser Nathoa - General Manager GCC, Intel Corporation, commented that Knowledge is the source of comparative advantage in today's global economy. "Technology enables the rapid evolution of ideas and industries, and those who benefit most are those who can innovate and adapt most quickly. "For these reasons, success at the individual, and ultimately the national level, is linked to the quality of education. Students must develop key 21st century skills such as digital literacy, problem solving, critical thinking and collaboration," he concluded.
About Dubai Women's College
Dubai Women's College (DWC), with more than 2,200 students, is part of the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT). The HCT is one of the leading higher education institutions in the United Arab Emirates with 16 campuses located throughout the country delivering a wide range of quality programs to over 16,500 students. DWC was established in 1989 and offers Bachelor and Diploma degrees in Business, Information Technology, Education, Health Sciences, and Applied Communications. Today, DWC is the quality provider of top-quality National women graduates in Dubai. DWC's mission is to provide a learning environment for young women to "Practice the Future" by developing confidence, professional excellence and an ethical commitment to leadership roles in a rapidly developing local economy.
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