Abu Dhabi-UAE:– Abu Dhabi University (ADU), an internationally recognized academic institution for quality education and applied research, in partnership with the Expert Committee for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Ministry of Education, hosted a crash course on design thinking for the faculty of several universities.
Held at ADU’s Dubai campus, the workshop was part of phase one of the Ministry’s joint initiative with Stanford University that seeks to qualify more than 30 faculty members to teach courses in innovation and entrepreneurship. Successful participants will proceed to phase two, set to take place at Stanford University in 2018.
Within the framework of the initiative, every year, select faculty members from public and private universities are trained to teach the course that equips students with an innovative and entrepreneurial mindset.
From previous cohorts, trained by Stanford University, the Ministry chose leading educators to form the Expert Committee for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, including Dr Anne Van Ewijk, Assistant Professor at ADU’s College of Business, and Rubina Qureshi, Course Coordinator at ADU.
The team responsible for organizing the workshop included Dr Ibrahim Sidawi, Dr Anne Van Ewijk, Bushra Mulla, Director of the Education and Social Policy Department at the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), and Ghufrana bin Sulaiman AlShihhi, Project Manager for Education Policies at PMO.
About Abu Dhabi University (ADU)
Abu Dhabi University (ADU), an internationally recognized university for quality education and applied research that fosters academic excellence and continued growth, was established in 2003, three years after a charter for the university as a key driver of socio-economic growth, was launched by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Ruler’s Representative in the Al Dhafra Region.
At its campuses in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, and Dubai, ADU’s mission is to go beyond educating students and to contribute in strengthening the UAE’s global position as a progressive and innovative nation through its internationally competitive programs, world-class faculty, and educational resources. The University aims to hone the creative talent, critical thinking and leadership skills of the nation’s youth and empower them to become global leaders and lifelong learners.
Striving towards educational excellence, ADU is the first university in the country to receive the Sheikh Khalifa Excellence Award in 2010 and the first private higher education institution in the UAE and the GCC region to receive an international academic accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). ADU’s College of Business Administration holds international accreditations from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and the prestigious EFMD Quality Improvement System (EQUIS). In addition, its College of Engineering has earned the accreditation of the world renowned Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) and Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) of ABET.
Dedicated to achieving excellence on all international academic levels, ADU is ranked in the top 2.8% of universities worldwide in the prestigious Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World Universities Ranking, scoring third on the “International Faculty Index” for its faculty’s diverse cultural backgrounds, and ninth on the “International Student Index” for its international student body. Moreover, ADU also ranked in QS’s top 150 leading institutions under 50 years, and in the top 7 of all private young universities in the world, the top 3 of all private young universities in the Arab World, and the top 16 of all private universities around the world.
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