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Career Resource CenterIn addition, the College has createda dedicated Career Resources Centrewhich will provide students andalumnae with career counselingand advice, and assistance with CVwriting and interviewing skills.CREATING SPACE CONDUSIVE TOLEARNINGThe College has made significantchanges to its interior spaces insupport of student’s academicand professional goals. A StudentBusiness Centre has been createdand will include a student businessincubator to provide upper-levelstudents with a student-centeredlearning experience that offersthem an opportunity to run theirown businesses with consultationand guidance from teachers andbusiness professionals.TECHNOLOGY AND LEARNINGADWC is also enhancing thetechnology currently used in theteaching and learning environment.All teachers have now beenequipped with tablet PC’s whichcan be used in docking stations inthe classrooms. In addition, over80% of ADWC’s classrooms willbe equipped with PrometheanBoards to provide a more interactivelearning experience for students.EVENTSADWC also held or sponsored over65 high-profile events, both on andoff the campus, throughout theacademic year, including:Ajyaluna: Learning Showcase(College Open Day with an estimated4,000 attendees)HCT’s Festival of ThinkersUAE Educational IT Challenge 20085th HCT Maths Conference 20087th Annual Desert Rose StudentExhibitionTamayyuz: Partnership CelebrationHayah Film Competition1st Annual HCT Robot CompetitionIn addition to these events, ADWChosted more than 45 dignitaries,ambassadors and world-renownedleaders, including Her RoyalHighness Victoria, Crown Princessof Sweden; Nobel LaureateDr. Wangari Maathai; M.F.Husain, world renownedartist, and representativesfrom the World AffairsCouncil of America.LOOKING AHEADThe College will soonopen a WellnessCentre with a fulltimenurse to assiststudents who mayneed minor medicalattention and toeducate students inhealthier lifestyle. Also inthe works are a new SportsComplex and Auditorium, as well asa redesign of the current Library toprovide more dynamic learning andresearch space.Dr. Brad Cook , noted that as ADWCmoves into the new academicyear, the College will continue toprovide dynamic programs anddelivery methods That respond tothe emerging needs of students,industry partners and the Abu Dhabicommunity. ADWC expects 2008-2009 to be another record year ofachievements.5


ADWC PEARLSInterview with His Excellency .. Sheikh NahayanAbu Dhabi Women’s College ..April 14, 2008Congratulations on your Twentieth Anniversary.What Are The Origins Of The Higher Colleges OfTechnology?Actually, the idea came from our great founding father,( GBHS ), Sheikh Zayed. I remember I was sitting athome and I got a phone call. He was with SultanQaboos the President of Oman, and he asked mewhether we had any institutions of learning apart fromthe UAE University. We needed another institution tocater to the increase in students coming from the highschool and also for the rest of the country. We neededdifferent levels of higher education. So we went aboutand studied the issue following Sheik Zayed’s direction(GBHS). At that time, fortunately enough, I was theChairman of a committee which had been formedby the Cabinet. It was called the Manpower PlanningCommittee. It was comprised of eight ministers andmy self . I was not a minister at the time. I was just theChancellor of UAE University. The committee reportedthat we needed intermediate higher educationto supplement and complement UAE University.When we decided to establish the Higher Colleges ofTechnology, I looked at the different experiences inthe world: Europe, (the British Polytechnics, the French,and German), as well as Canadian, American, Japaneseand Australian education systems to see which oneswould fit our needs and requirements better, and canadvise us on the programs and curriculum. I decidedto create a new name which would be appealing to thestudents I chose the Higher Colleges of Technology. Wedecided to offer programs like computer engineering,programming, business, accounting, and avionicsto address the needs of graduates at this level. Westarted with the highest level which was the HigherDiploma at that time. We didn’t have Diploma then,but we invested heavily on our human resources,faculty and staff. We tried to recruit people from allover the world.Deciding to have English as the medium of instructionhas opened many doors for us. It enabled us to recruitfrom the North American continent, as well as theEurope and Australia We weren’t confined to a smallpool of recruits.It was difficult in the beginning because we hadstudents coming from high schools who had nobackground in English or IT. I had confidence in ourpeople, our students, that no matter how high the barwe set for them, they would achieve. If their classesare prepared well, resources and good teachers areavailable, then students have no limits for achievingtheir goals and realizing whatever standard is set forthem.As has been demonstrated in the last twenty years, ourstudents have excelled, not only in their studies but alsoas graduates at work. And when they go on to workin the community – whether in the private or publicsector – I am very proud of what they have achievedand of the feedback we receive about them. They arehard working creative and innovative; and they addvalue to the job. All of these traits are more importantthan a specific subject or job assignment One needsto upgrade one’s skills and knowledge of the subjectmatter and one has to have the right attitude and be apositive contributor in the work place to succeed, as isthe case with our graduates.From the start, we were determined and committed togiving our students the too is to do the job themselves;and be responsible for their own education. We wantedto create an environment conducive to learning, tocreate an environment where there’s cooperativelearning; This means both the student and the teacherare working together. These decisions have helpedtremendously in the HCT’s success early on.The colleges fostered friendship and collaborativelearning. Our students felt for the first time that thefaculty listened to their views, maybe unlike the publicschools, where the teacher had total control; theteacher is the boss and you don’t question. You didwhat you were told, and students were not given thechance to take initiative. And though our studentsdemonstrate confidence very well, I hope that we alsoinstill in them a confidence to take risks. I think thatfear is a great obstacle for anyone’s success – whether6ADWC PEARLS Vol. 1, Issue 2, June 2009


ADWC PEAR RLSStaff Handprints .. Over 20 Years29 October 1988 Emirates NewsWomen students eager for college opportunitiesAn interview with Anne Kitching Director Abu Dhabi Women’s CollegeThe opening of the Abu Dhabi Women’s College in the capital has provided thevery first opportunity for young national women to pursue a course of highereducation without needing to leave home.In many cases, particularly for the younger students, their parents came toinspect the College before submitting their daughters’ names for admission. Themothers in particular, she says, were most insistent that their girls should seize theopportunity offered by the College.One young student noted that she has chosen to come to the College becauseshe had been educated in a private school. “The university teaches in Arabic andmy Arabic is not as good as my English, so I chose to come here.”“What we are doing is teaching the students to be self-teachers.”EVIN CONROY: Head of Instruction ADWC (1990 – 2000)As we all know, the HCT and Abu Dhabi Women’s College grew frominfancy, through childhood and into early adulthood in no time at all.Students enrolled in record numbers, staff joined us on the learning curvein significant numbers and we added more and more qualifications (fromHigher Diploma to Diploma, Certificate and Degree programmes) andmore and more programmes (from Business and Information Technologyto Communication Technology, Health Sciences and Education). At thesame time, we were ambitious and enthusiastic in developing a relevantcurriculum (competency-based) and helping our students to combinetheory and practice through “learning by doing” and “learning how tolearn”. It was education for a real purpose (and for life). And all of this in adecade or so! It takes a very special, very precocious College to achieve somuch, so quickly and so well.8ADWC PEARLS Vol. 1, Issue 1, June 2008


Dr. Nicholas Gara: Director, 2000-2006Work together in harmony and towards a common purpose withour students> welfare as our primary goal.When I commenced at ADW, it was a new campus with a studentmuster of around 1,200, which subsequently doubled in sixyears. Over that period there were a number of significant additions,including 32 rooms at C Block, a new cafeteria and library, in excessof 20 rooms at F Block and indeed a series of porta-cabins to takethe overload. Subsequently a new campus was planned andcommissioned at Khalifa City. Every year new programs were added,many at Degree level, with the Deakin Masters complementing thefull range of delivery.Rajani Naik: 1993- CurrentE for English, B for Business, G for General…In those early days of card catalogues theADWC library such as it was had its ownunique system of identifying its modestcollection.E for English, B for Business, G for General…the stock was classified, numbered andlabeled on stickers fed into a typewriter. Ina time of ladders and stools there were fewreal studious visitors to the library area, whichwas more than anything else, a meetingarea.The first international system adopted wasMicrocat for loaning and returning books; thecollection developing rapidly as generousresources and consistent encouragementwere given to the college.Now student use of the library betrays amore sophisticated age. The motivation toresearch projects, consult the two hundredperiodicals, access the thirty-somethingthousand collection and world-wide media isdriven as much by curriculum as by curiosity,and by an ever stronger desire on thestudents’ part to realise their potentialand avail of the opportunity at hand.Bahraini High FlyersThe first ever Higher Colleges of Technologyacademic field trip to involve both menand women was also the first to takestudents outside the confines of the UAE.The date was 25th November 1998. Threecourageous Abu Dhabi Women’s Collegestudents joined students from both DubaiMen’s and Women’s colleges on a visit to theHeadquarters of the Arab Insurance Group(ARIG) in Manama, Bahrain. Sponsored byGulf Air, the field trip began with an earlycheck in at Dubai Airport for a 09:15 arrivalin Bahrain and saw the group return latethat night on GF1002H. On the last flightthat night were A,B,C….A decade later in 2007 another Bahrainiadventure was to prove noteworthy forthe college. Whilst it is not nowadays sucha novelty for a student to travel overseas,this time Bahrain was to again welcomean exceptional ADWC arrival. Not for just aday but for the duration of an eight weekwork stay, Faheema bin Hammad choseto do her work placement overseas at theStatistics Department of Shaikh Ahmed AlKhalifa’s Central Informatics Organisation inManama Bahrain.9


ADWC PEAR RLSStudent Experiences .. Over 20 YearsRasha : Paris…I learned in the college always to be a girl with big ambitions. Thisall started from day one in the college. I was a part of many groupsin the college which taught me to be a social and active person.One of my teachers once told me that being a successful personis learning how to help other people to success and achieve theirgoals; and I think it’s so true. That is exactly what my teachers in theHCT have been doing all along.The college also organized meetings and conferences to introduceus as future film makers. For me personally, assignments thatI submitted to the college and the French and Germen Embassiesin the Emirates have changed my life totally They changed me, mydreams and my goals, to end up here in Paris finishing my BachelorDegree and my Masters Degree in cinema.The Abu Dhabi Women’s College will always have a big place in mymind, my heart and most of all my life. It’s just a big part of me.Sameera Al Hashemi (1999-2004): The College environmentprepared us for this.Having already begun the process enrolling on the John’s Hopkins U.S.A.PhD program in Public Health Care, Abu Dhabi Women’s College graduateSameera Al Hashemi is without doubt a perfect example of a lifelong learner.Integrated with an interdisciplinary IT and medical team, she exemplifiesthe best of her ADWC training in Health Information Management atHigher Diploma (2002) and Bachelors level (2004). The values of hard workand timeliness, and the challenges of the curriculum apparently preparedthem well for their roles.10ADWC PEARLS Vol. 1, Issue 1, June 2008


SUAD AMIN YOUSUF (1998 - 2001)I come from an era of college students who were luckyenough to have as our college address the Abu DhabiCorniche. The three years that I spent in that campuspassed by so quickly I sometimes wish them back againso I can relive those days, the luxury of driving along theCorniche every single day to go to class is one not manyget to experience and I am thankful for it. I was also quitelucky to have been in the first batch of students to inhabitthe new current ampus, which was dizzying at times butvery quickly grew on us.I graduated once in 2000 andagain in 2001, with different degrees, and have alwaysenjoyed going back to the college.I am currently a student working towards gaining aMaster’s degree in Economic Development from theSchool of Oriental and African Studies, a part of theUniversity of London. Returning to the land of assignments,presentations, essays and exams helps put things inperspective. The work and commitment that began atADWC has been revamped and pumped up in order tomeet the demand of attaining such a degree.Being an ADWC alumna has opened doors for mewithout a doubt, the opportunities I have been givenwould have been much harder to attain if I hadn’t beenan HCT graduate.11


ADWC PEARLS“ The Picasso of India “is moved to create Art at ADWCinspires him.M.F. Hussain who has staged soloexhibitions in such cities as Londonand Singapore honored an ADWCaudience of over 200 students in adiscussion on his craft. When askedwhether he was satisfied with hiscareer so far, Husain replied, “I thinkI have begun well. I don’t know howI will end.”His Excellency Sheikh NahayanMabarak Al Nahayan, Ministerof Higher Education and ScientificResearch and Chancellor of theHigher Colleges of Technology,hosted world-renowned artist,Maqbool Fida Husain at the ADWCcampus. The event that celebratesart was also attended by HCT’s ViceChancellor, Dr. Tayeb Kamali.Maqbool Fida Husain, currentlyresiding in neighboring Dubai isconsidered to be the modern world’smost prominent Indian painter. Hewas born in 1915 in Pandharpur,an important pilgrimage city onthe Bhima River in Maharashtrain British Colonial India A selftaughtartist, he spent almost hisentire career living and workingin India, the artist internationalacclaim not only for his paintingsbut also for award-winning filmsand a best-selling autobiography.His first film, Through the Eyes ofa Painter (1967) won a GoldenBear at the Berlin Film Festival.In 1971, M.F. Husain was invited,along with Pablo Picasso to theSao Paulo Biennial in Brazil. In1986, the he was appointed to theRajya Sabha, India’s Upper Houseof Parliament, a distinction givenonly to the most accomplishedIndian artists and intellectuals.M.F. Hussain’s art is named inForbes’ 2006 Collectors Guide. Heis described as “ prolific ” notinghis contemporary Indian art hassold for record breaking millionsat private auctions. The ninetythree year old artist, who produceshundred of works a year, prefersthe unencumbered sensation ofthe earth against his bare feet overconstricting footwear. It is this freespirit that has kept the artist fromthe confines of a studio, optingrather to paint wherever his museThe audience viewed many ofthe artist’s works through a videoproduced in our state-of-the-artproduction studio by Applied Mediastudents at the college. Afterwards,Husain reviewed artwork createdby ADWC students. The Artistparticularly admired the use ofimagery in an art work called “TheMasjed” created by ADWC studentFatima Salem Al Baraiki.“The Picasso of India” wasmoved by ADWC student AlanoudAmer Al Hamili’s drawing of “twohorses”, inspiring him to create animpromptu drawing of two horsesin motion on white board. Thedrawing now hangs on the wall ofthe college. Husain encouraged thestudents to have confidence in theirabilities and to never give up trying.14ADWC PEARLS Vol. 1, Issue 2, June 2009


“ E-NFINITY ”Three teams of e-businessmanagement students at HigherColleges of Technology’s AbuDhabi Women’s College presentedcompeting business models aspart of ADWC’s e-commerceevent, “E-nfinity.” The students ledthe events that entailed a creativeprocess, That Produced catchyname for the event, a slogan, anddesigning a logo. The students alsotook on the logistics and organizingof the event which involved invitingthe speakers and sponsors as wellas organizing the event itself, whichthey called “E-nfinity”. The name isintended to reflect the vastness ofthe field of e-commerce.The event was kick started withsome insights from invited guestsand women business leaders thatinvaded as follows: Amal Abdulalla,strategic director of perfume retailerRoyal Diwan; Maya Charara, speechand language pathologist andexecutive director of Stars for SpecialAbilities; and Sheikha Saif Darwish,senior analyst at Darwish Bin Ahmedand Sons. Each speaker shared aninsider’s view of her company, itsservices, and its growth trajectory .Ms. Charara expressed her pleasureat getting acquainted with ADWC’se-business students, saying, “I’mvery impressed by the energyand creativity of these dedicatedwomen.”Following the guest speakers andwith a flair for the dramatics, thestudents unveiled their businessplans. A student rode on roller skatesto promote the online sale of hobbyitems while others created a fashionshow to support the marketing oftraditional Emirati dresses online.Just when the audience thoughtthey had seen everything, live falconswere brought onstage to encourageonline falcon sales. “Seeing theefforts the students made for thispresentation was amazing. Thefalcons and everything else madeit all very interesting”, remarked onestudent.ADWC Director, Dr. Bradley Cookacknowledged the sponsors as wellas the participants when he said,“We are so proud of our e-businessmanagement students for puttingtogether this event, and we’reequally grateful to the invited guestsand the generous sponsors whohave helped make this day specialfor all of us. These kinds of hands-onprojects give our students a headstartin the world of e-commerce.”The event was made possible by thenumerous sponsors who generouslycontributed in support the students’efforts, including Le Chocolate; AlHamli Sweets; ALDAR Properties; AlWathba Advertising; Safeer Flowers;My Little Angel Fashion retail; andMohammed Rasool Khoory andSons.15


ADWC PEARLSAdversity Presents OpportunitiesTo Make a Differencethe guidance of faculty, studentsset up pink booths where they soldfood, gift items and even pink slush.There was pink everywhere, eventhe assembly hall was adorned withpink drapes. Throughout the bazaar,students displayed information,distributed pink ribbons, held raffles,and challenged each other withquizzes for chances to win prizes.Following the example set by the Ministry of Health in Abu Dhabi,ADWC demonstrated its commitment to Breast Cancer Awarenessby embarking on a Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign. In October,Health Sciences students undertook a major effort aimed at increasingawareness as to the risks and symptoms of Breast Cancer, the mostprevalent form cancer for women in the UAE. A well-organized andefficiently executed campaign was reflected in the posters that linedhallways along with the display boards and colorful flyers dispensinginformation about prevention and early detection.Our Health Sciences students areclearly committed to communityhealth education and stronglybelieve that educating thecommunity as well as supportingthose women and families affectedby the illness is essential in our fightagainst the disease. Far too manywomen are diagnosed even beforethe age of forty, while, contrary topublic belief, a staggering 75% ofthose diagnosed with the diseasehave no known family history.The students hope that correctingcommonly held misinformationthrough outreach and education,especially targetedat older women,will reduce fatality. “Everyone is atrisk, not just people who have afamily history” said one informedstudent. She added, “We want toraise awareness for ladies who arenot educated, to get mammogramsand to self-check monthly. Weknow about it from ourclasses, but olderwomen sometimes arenot aware.”A fund-raising bazaar,which included a raffle,attracted hundreds ofvisitors from within thecollege and community,raising thousands forthe support of breastcancer patients. WithThe room was filled with womenwearing pink ribbons, the universalsymbol for breast cancer awareness.They assembled to hear Dr. AratiShirali, a surgeon at Lifeline Hospitaland a Fellow of the European BreastCancer Network. Dr. Shirali lecturedthe audience on prevention, earlydetection and gynecological care,including mammograms andmonthly self examinations.Sharon Ellis, Health SciencesFaculty eloquently summarized thesignificance of this event as follows:“Breast Cancer Awareness Monthprovides the chance for our studentsto educate the campus community,as well as their own family membersabout breast cancer screenings”.She added,” This kind of activity isparticularly relevant here at AbuDhabi Women’s College, becauseour Health Sciences programs focuson both health education and healthinformation management and sincethis campaign was entirely thestudents’ idea, their work on it hascreated a sense of teamwork andincreased their sense of communityspirit.”16ADWC PEARLS Vol. 1, Issue 2, June 2009


Building the NationStudents at Abu Dhabi Women’s College have been dubbed“pioneers” for initiating a new program in ElectronicsEngineering. They, along with counterparts at Al Ain Women’sCollege, are the first cohort of females to embark on such fieldof study in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. “We are very pleasedthat these students have inaugurated a new and challengingcurriculum here at ADWC,” said the college’s Dean of ProfessionalPrograms, Rula Al Kayyali. “Until now, Abu Dhabi has only hadelectronics engineering at the men’s colleges.”The students, eager to do “practical things” with the skills theyacquire, take pride in knowing that this experience will invariablylay the groundwork for all future electronics engineers atADWC. College Director Dr. Bradley Cook noted“These studentshave taken the first, difficult steps, and they will need to keepmoving forward toward their engineering degrees. We at thecollege are doing our best to support them every step of theway.” ADWC is in the process of equipping specialized labs forelectronics engineering technology.HCT was established with a mandate to develop a Nationalwork force to fill the U.A.E.’s growing demand for competentprofessionals in this competitive work environment. Employersare eager to hire national women in the field of engineering,especially in electronics engineering. With a bachelor’s degreein electronics engineering technology, the future Engineerswill be eligible for jobs such as systems design engineer,telecommunications technologist, or process engineer withlocal industry sectors such as telecommunications, aviation,and petrochemicals, among many others.Upon graduation, the students will join the ranks of fellowEngineers, whose membership in the UAE Society of Engineersaccording to their website, has swelled from 105 only twentyyears ago to over 10.000 today, reflecting a growing demandfor expertise in various Engineering fields.A spokesman for ADNOC, Mr. Mohammad Al Astad, is confidentthat ADWC’s engineering graduates will have a bright futurein their careers. “With the way our economy is growing, I amsure a strong demand will continue for engineering skills in ourNational workforce. ADNOC’s Human Resources is constantlyworking to recruit fresh graduated Nationals with the rightpreparation in various engineering disciplines,” he stated.Health Clinicat ADWCThe Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) andAbu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA)have collaborated to enhance health caresystems in our educational institution. Theinitiative was undertaken by HCT and SEHA-AHS(SEHA Ambulatory Healthcare Services) owing tothe mutual belief in the need for addressing thehealth needs of our students and in promotingtheir wellbeing.The objective of this initiative is to provideappropriate facilities on campuses and to educatestudents about good health and general wellbeing. “We are pleased to be associated with HCTin this effort. Healthcare is commonly overlookedin today’s fast-paced lifestyle. Through our efforts,we aim to encourage, educate and facilitate allaspects of good health and physical well–beingin order to minimize the numerous risks studentsmay encounter”, said Mr. Saif Al Qubaisi, ManagingDirector, SEHA–AHS. “It is very pleasing to knowthat HCT shares the same enthusiasm as SEHA –AHS when it comes to the health and well-beingof its students and the people of Abu Dhabi,” headded.Dr. Bradley Cook, Director of Abu Dhabi Women’sCollege of HCT, stated, “The Clinic and WellnessCentre at ADWC will benefit both our healthand our education, because our students willhave increased support for healthy living. We aredelighted to have this partnership with SEHA.”The agreement includes future plans for a clinicat Khalifa A campus that, like the Abu Dhabicampus will also provide healthcare by meansof insurance-financed medical coverage forstudents as well as staff. Services will include firstaid, routine, and urgent care, including nursingservices, health screening and vaccinations, aswell as medical consultations. In keeping withSEHA and HCT commitment to health education,the clinics will provide ongoing education thatpromotes health for students and staff of HCT.17


ADWC PEARLSADWC Alumna nominatedFor a Fulbright ScholarshipAbu Dhabi Women’s College alumna, Mahra Hamoud Al Shakeeli, hasbeen nominated for a FulbrightScholarship. Ms. Mahra who is agraduate from Abu Dhabi Women’sCollege with a bachelor’s degreein Information Management inJune 2008 and currently works asa systems analyst for AdvancedIntegrated Systems. When askedabout her feelings in beingnominated for the honor, expectedlyshe expressed great happiness,” I like to live with other cultures, tosee other cultures and other ways ofthinking. We have a good collectionof people here [in the U.A.E.], butliving there will be different.”The U.S. State Department sponsoredFulbright Program is one of theworld’s most prestigious academicaward programs that is currentlyoperating in over a hundredcountries. Fulbright recipients frommany nations have received NobelPrizes, including two in 2008 alone.The Fulbright Foreign StudentProgram sponsors students tostudy at American institutions. Theprogram was founded just afterWorld War II in an effort to enhanceunderstanding of American cultureamong the world’s future leaders.Ms. Mahra is confident that living inthe U.S. will help her prepare for acareer in information management.Studying in the U.S., she said, is “notabout education, I can get that here.I want to go there so I can learn howto deal with different people, todevelop professionally. It will helpme as a manager.”Dr. Bradley Cook, Director of AbuDhabi Women’s College, hailedMs. Mahra’s achievement as“outstanding.” “We at Abu DhabiWomen’s College are very pleasedthat Mahra has put forth the effort,throughout her HCT career, to makeherself eligible for this award. Thestandards for a Fulbright are veryhigh, and even the applicationprocess can be intimidating. It showsMahra’s drive and commitmentto reaching her goals that she hasarrived at this stage in her academiccareer.”The next step for the eager Alumnais to work with AMIDEAST, the U.A.E.’sFulbright administrator, to prepareapplications to graduate programsin the United States. The U.S. StateDepartment will make the finaldecision about which university willhost Ms. Mahra during her stay inthe U.S.18ADWC PEARLS Vol. 1, Issue 2, June 2009


Breaking BarriersIn keeping with the tradition of cultivating internationalrelations and promoting cross-cultural understanding, AbuDhabi Women’s College hosted Brigham Young University’sbusiness school, namely the Marriott School of Management.Five business students specializing in International HumanResource Management traveled across continents to the UAEin their first visit to the region.Abu Dhabi Women’s College was an essential stop on theiritinerary. The American students were received with ahallmark hospitality that as characteristic of the landscapeof the Emirates as its majestic desert and innovation of itspeople. The visit included a tour of the college and exchangeof ideas with students and faculty. Information aboutrespective programs and countries were eagerly shared, withADWC students proudly highlighting their college’s role indeveloping regional leaders.Prior to their visit to ADWC, The MBA students of BrighamYoung University’s Marriott School of Management hadmade several visits to multinational corporations in the UAE,accompanied by Dr. C. Brooklyn Derr, their faculty advisor,who enthusiastically proclaimed that the visit to Abu DhabiWomen’s College was “the highlight of our trip.” Dr. Derr, anexpert on international leadership development, describedthe ADWC students as “open, bright, motivated,” and addedthat the meeting helped shatter stereotypes. An ADWCstudent concurred, noting that the visiting MBA students hadbeen open to learning about “our religion, our culture, andour education.”Cultural Lectures forthe Holy Month ofRamadanADWC held a series of cultural lectureson campus during the Holy Month ofRamadan. The lectures, its from the FamilyFoundation and the General Authority ofIslamic Affairs and Endowments spokeon various topics relevant to the holymonth ranging from the Quran and thelife of the prophet to parenting skills. Thelectures were attended by students andfaculty.“ADWC is committed to expanding theknowledge of our students in as manyareas as possible,” stated Dr. Brad Cook.“As a college, we want to make surethat we provide our students with theinformation they need as academicsand as emerging citizens so that theycan make a positive contribution to thenation.”Bingham Young University boasts a 75% bilingual studentbody. One such student is Jackie Cisneros de Filippelli, anArgentine American student at the business school. Inreaction to her experience here at the college, Jackie said,“I am amazed. These young women are going to be wonderfulbusiness leaders of the future.”The exchanges proved instructive for all who engaged indialogue and shared mutual experiences. The visiting studentsin particular, acknowledged that their misconceptions andpre-conceived notions about the region and hosts havebeen altered. One student aptly expressed the sentimentsof his peers when he said, “My point of view of the UAE hascompletely changed.”19


ADWC PEARLSCelebrating NationhoodDiploma Foundations studentsgathered excitedly outside theback entrance of the college. Aslight breeze cooled the eagerstudents as they awaited theirturn to collect their section ofthe flag. Scurrying about withbunches of red, black, white andgreen balloons, they resumedtheir places on line, forging aheadupon the cue of Student Supportstaff, whose professionalism wasevident throughout the event.Each student moved to the frontentrance in a single file, assuminga position that collectively wouldcomprise the shape and colorsof the flag of her nation. Red,white, black and green balloonsin the shape of the flag flutteredin the air as the Police marchingband inspired the crowd with apenetrating melody of the EmiratiNational Anthem. The atmospherewas consumed with excitementthat was truly contagious. Thatimage is one that will undoubtedlyremain etched in the memoryof those who attended andexperienced the thrill of themoment.Students and invited guests thenmoved to the assembly hall, where a beautiful renditionof the U.A.E. National Anthem played followed by theDirector’s welcome. Accomplished poets recitedtraditional poetry, while emerging student poetsentered a poetry contest. A challenging “quiz,” in whichstudents identified photos of their expatriate teachersdressed in traditional U.A.E. attire followed, and threewinners of the poetry contest were announced.Higher Diploma students presented a short play ona traditional theme. And finally, a National singerinspired the crowd with patriotic songs.An assembly of Peer Mentors, counselors and WRPStudents extended a warm smile and a comfortinghand to visiting staff and children with special needsfrom the Future centre, Abu Dhabi Rehab Center andchildren from Dar Zayed and Sharjah Orphans fromSharjah. The staff and children made the long journeyto join the college in celebrating this momentousoccasion. An attractive heritage display in the lobby( courtesy of WRP students ) and a woman draped inthe flag offering Arabic coffee and dates set the moodfor Celebrating 37 Years of NationhoodThe children, whose pleasant demeanor was noticedby all, were ushered to the Kidz Corner on the greenarea. There, they were greeted by Education studentsand Peer Mentors who spent the following few hoursin joyous play on the bouncing castle, coloring cornerand puppet show. Other activities around the campusincluded a dog show; photo corner and heritage tentdisplay.In the mix, and despite the competing sights andsounds emanating from all corners, one could notmiss the activity in the Business Student Bazaar. TheBazaar, a brainchild of Dina Al Alami, is a student runbusiness project for second year business diplomastudents. For two days students actually run theirown business. They learn to think through everydetail of setting up and running a business. Dina20ADWC PEARLS Vol. 1, Issue 2, June 2009


noted, “Our students are very intelligent and manyhave background knowledge in business Some1 ) have a family heritage of traders but have difficultyunderstanding theory from books.” The Bazaar offerssuch students hands on learning opportunities whichthey can relate to in a very concrete and appliedmanner, thereby making theory easier to assimilate.While some students learned the principles ofentrepreneurship at the Bazaar, others employedtheir understanding of citizenship and exercised theircommitment to community service by visiting childrenwho are in need of special attention. Throughout theweek, students and staff visited young patients atKhalifa Hospital who are undergoing chemotherapyor suffering from congenital heart disease and otherpotentially fatalilnesses. Education and Health Sciencesstudents and staff made a visit to The Future Center.2 ) One student recognized the need for volunteersand pledged, “I will go back. Sawsan, Student Supportstaff also shared her experience. “Some are still on mymind I hope the college will increase these trips.Students were noticeably impacted by theexperience that gave them an opportunity toshare with the children spirit of national day.3 ) The children were thrilled to receive gifts and flags,but most importantly, for time spent with some onewho truly cares. One student said:” I was extremelymoved to see the children who cannot celebrate thisday due to their sickness and felt that I helped themfell the happiness of the day. I am very proud of thisexperience and the chance it offered me to give backto the UAE community.” commeated one student.“I think it’s good to remember the early days of ournation.” another stated “I came to this college to get agood education so I can serve my country. I am veryhappy to celebrate our National Day.”ADWC students collected substantial donations tosupport needy families in the UAE.21


SOROUH PARTNERS WITH HCTTO BUILD THE REAL ESTATE INDUSTRYHE Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research and HCTChancellor and Sorouh Chairman, HE Saeed Al Ghafli signed an agreement, whereby Sorouh pledged todonate AED 850,000 to the Abu Dhabi campuses of the Higher Colleges of Technology in support of theHCTs’ new bachelor’s program in Real Estate Management. The rigorous program of Bachelor of AppliedScience in Business Administration (Real Estate Management) has been designed with the needs of themarketplace in mind. The cutting edge program in real estate management will equip graduates withbe the skills necessary to meet the demands of the real estate sector. Up to thirty UAE nationals will beenrolled in this year’s inaugural class.The signing of the agreementevent between HCT and Sorouhattracted interested HCT studentsand industry professionals,including Dr. Tony Ciochetti,Chairman and Director of theCenter for Real Estate at theU.S.A.’s prestigious MassachusettsInstitute of Technology. “Todayis a very special day for Sorouh,”stated His Excellency Saeed Eid AlGhafli, Chairman of Sorouh RealEstate P.J.S.C. “We are investingin t he UAE’s most importantresource: its people. Todaymarks the creation of a longtermpartnership with the HigherColleges of Technology, whichwill result in a new generationof Emirati professionals whoare equipped for the realestate sector.” The Chairmanadded, “Sorouh is a responsibleUAE Company, committed toattracting and retaining top talentin the industry. We are dedicatedto the future of this country andwith this agreement; we will helpto deliver an ever-growing baseof professionals in this importantsector.”Higher Diploma graduates of theHigher Colleges of Technology’sbusiness programs and realestate students that are currentlystudying at Abu Dhabi Women’sCollege and Abu Dhabi Men’sCollege already have a strongbackground in business andare seeking industry-specificqualifications that will enablethem to take up positions withorganisations such as Sorouh.His Excellency and Chairmanof Sorouh stated, “Sorouh iscommitted to sustainablegrowth in Abu Dhabi, not only22ADWC PEARLS Vol. 1, Issue 1, June 2008


through its well-considered realestate developments but also byinvesting in the next generation.Participating in scholarshipprograms such as this helpsSorouh achieve one of its keystrategies: which is to attract,hire and develop the best talentamong UAE nationals from theHCT as the next generation ofbusiness leaders.”Sorouh, a leading developer inthe UAE, is a shining exampleof corporate citizenship; itscommitment to our studentsreaches beyond Real EstateManagement. Not only doesthe organization aim to employour graduates but it routinelysupports student activities oncampus such as Career Days,as well as several other eventsincluding international studenttrips. Real estate managementscholarship recipients will beannounced following a thoroughselection process23


Perseverance ThroughInnovation saves livesAbu Dhabi Women’s Collegehosted Dr. Julio Palmaz, inventorof the “Palmaz Stent,” recognizedas being “one of ten patents thathas changed the world.” ThePalmaz stent holds open blockedarteries, in the heart and otherparts of the body, to allow bloodto flow normally. The medicaldevice is implanted withoutinvasive surgery in approximatelytwo million patients a year. Thisinnovative device is credited withdrastically reducing the numberof open heart surgeries performedand saving countless lives.Dr. Palmaz, senior faculty at theUniversity of Texas Health andScience Center at San Antonio,compelled our students to persistwith their studies, even in theface of adversity. “ I’ve alwaysconsidered myself to be of averageintelligence, but perhaps I haveabove-average perseverance ”years of struggling to perfect hisinvention, compounded withnumerous rejections did notdissuade him from forging onahead with his plans and bringinghis dreams to a reality. Dr. Palmazemphatically declared that success“is not a matter of brilliance; it’s amatter of perseverance.”In a subsequent interview,conducted by an Applied Mediastudent in ADWC’s productionstudio, Dr. Palmaz shared thestory of his invention. The impetusfor the invention came aboutas a result of hearing anotherresearcher describe the limitationsof a preceding treatment for heartdisease, which succeeded in onlyabout half of the patients. Theother researcher’s “emphasis onthose limitations put the idea intomy mind, of designing a little cageto support a patient’s recentlyunclogged arteries. One idea ledto another” .24ADWC PEARLS Vol. 1, Issue 1, June 2008


Abu Dhabi Women’s CollegeWelcomes Incoming StudentsAbu Dhabi Women’s CollegeWelcomed incoming students atone of several planned sessionsthroughout November aimed atorienting students to college life.Dr. Bradley Cook, collegeDirector, opened the sessionwith a welcome, followed byDepartment Chairs and ProgramSupervisors who spoke onregistration, English languageinstruction, and courses of study.The incoming students alsoattended a workshop deliveredby a counselor and peer mentors,The session focused on attributesnecessary to ensure a successfulAcademic tenure in HigherEducation. The peer mentorsspoke on the importance ofengaging in college life throughits rich extracurricular activitiesand clubs program designedfor enrichment and personaldevelopment, Math andenvironmental club, as well asthe myriad classes offering Italian,Japenese art fashion design,painting, jewelry making, aresome choices . The peer mentorsalso talked about student ledgroups such as their own PeerMentors Group and StudentCouncil (SRC) whose focus isleadership development andcitizenship.Q & A followed that addressed thestudents’ concerns about coursesand language of instruction.The Peer Mentors answeredtheir concerns with clarity andaccuracy, candidly sharing theirown personal struggles andtriumphs. They gave the incomingstudents tips and informationon what to expect from collegelife and how to ensure successin their academic careers. Theincoming students were relievedto know that student leaders wereonce also tentative with respectto academics and unsure of theirlanguage skills They stressed totheir peers that through hardwork, perseverance and by takingadvantage of the resources availedthem in the college they too willacquire a level of proficiency inEnglish that will guarantee thema successful profession upongraduation. Mariam peer mentorconcluded the session in saying,“as my counselor told me “nevergive up.”25


ADWC PEAR RLSAbu Dhabi Women’s CollegeUnveils Clubs and ActivitiesAn important part of college life is the personalenrichment students acquire through their involvementin a variety of activities. Getting involved in campusactivities grants opportunities for learning that areperhaps missed in the classroom, as well as a chance todevelop their leadership potential, most importantly itSives Students a chance to interact with peers and staffin a less formal setting and in a mutually rewardingmanner.Students, faculty, and invited participants swarmedthrough the reception area at Abu Dhabi Women’sCollege inquiring about new activities and clubs theCollege will sponsor throughout the coming academicyear. Attending the College’s annual Activities andClubs Fair, students, signed up for engaging activitiessuch as fashion design, Japanese art, and jewelrymakingas part of their extra-curricular enrichment andsocial activity plan during their non-study moments.ADWC Student Services Officer Sophy Rizkallaexplained that this year’s fair is bigger and more variedthan ever, with several new selections introduced inaddition to existing groups from last academic year.Language classes are always popular with students.One student signing up for a French coursesaid, “I only know a few words [of French]right now, but my mother and myauntie both speak French. I am veryinterested in languages, and mygoal for the future is to studyLatin.” Students found theassortment of activities “verygood for females” and “verypopular,” adding thatthey looked forward toeven a greater numberof choices in thefuture.plans to teach students bead-working techniques fromaround the world, in order to “encourage people to usethose techniques to design their own pieces and tomake their vision come real.”One student sat at a desk promoting The Peer MentorsGroup, Under the mentorship of counseling staff,students develop their leadership potential throughmentorship, in additions to organizing, public speakingand helping skills. Peer Mentors support their peers instudy habits, dealing with stresses such as test anxiety,liaising with management on nutritional value andquality of canteen food, as well as in developing healthrelated awareness campaigns and participating incollege workshops and student orientation.Dr. Brad Cook, Higher Colleges of Technology’s ADWCDirector, noted that “We at Abu Dhabi Women’s Collegerecognize that students are not just learning-machines.They want to have some outside interests to enjoyalong with their academic study, and the Activities andClubs Fair provide a good framework for our studentsto do that.”Faculty wasencouraged toshare their uniquetalents and skills bysponsoring a club oftheir own. GregoryHancock did justthat. A member ofthe English faculty andaccomplished jewelrymaker, Greg took histalent of bead making tointerested students. He26ADWC PEARLS Vol. 1, Issue 1, June 2008


“Lingo-Tech” - a new and innovative way to learn language has come to ADWC. Itscreator, Uwe Kind, a German educator and international communicator visited thecampus to introduce his innovation. The creative educator introduced “Lingo Tech” asa rhythmic and dramatic way to learn language. He began to develop the technique asa teacher at the New School in New York City and then later on at Harvard Universitystuden in his Graduate studiesMr. Kind announced to the audience thatin the spirit of Emirati-German FriendshipSociety and in the interest of closer tiesbetween the U.A.E. and Germany, it willbe sponsoring a German course, taught ina rhythmic and dramatic fashion through“Lingo-Tech”.Abu Dhabi Women’s College Director Dr.Bradley Cook, who welcomed to ADWC’scampus, stated, “Our students principally learntechnical subjects, but an HCT education restson the foundation of a second language, thatis, English. Having a chance to learn a thirdlanguage will further benefit our students,and we thank both the EGFS and the Goeth-Institut for their interest and support.”Higher Colleges of Technology is a naturalpartner in building ties with Germany, sinceU.A.E.’s federal institutions, much like Germaninstitutions greatly focus on applied andtechnical subjects. “The possibilities foryoung Emiratis to learn German as part oftheir studies in the U.A.E. are very limited,”said His Excellency Jürgen Steltzer, formerGerman Ambassador to the U.A.E. andnow Board Member of the Emirati GermanFriendship Society. “We at the EGFS believethat the exchange between our two countriespromises to be fruitful and long-lasting, andthat is why we are sponsoring a Germancourse at ADWC.” The German course willbe taught by Abu Dhabi’s Goethe-Institut,a leader in German-language teaching andpartner of the German government.When asked about her reaction to theannouncement, an ADWC student said,“I know that learning German would be ahelp to me in my business career, becauseGermany is a trading partner for my country,besides, Mr. Kind made learning Germanseem like it will be fun and not boring.” Mr.Kind demonstrated how “Lingo-Tech” usesmelodies, rhythms, and language phrasesto “demystify language learning, so studentslearn more quickly.” An added incentive forthe students is a scholarship for a three-weekGerman-language course in the beautifulcollege city of Heidelberg in summer 2009.German Course at ADWC ...27


ADWC PEARLSAl Jerba“Al Jerba”has opened .. its doorsfor business .“The shop” as is now commonlyknown throughout campus ishoused in the Student BusinessCenter (Block B). What is uniqueabout this shop is that theshopkeepers are students. As apioneering initiative on the part ofBusiness Faculty and students, theshop has been set up as a trainingcenter for final semester DiplomaBusiness students in order to putinto practice theories learned inthe classroom.Faculties mentor their students,while they learn along with theirstudents as they put into practicetheories they have taught in theclassroom. Nancy, a member of theBusiness department expressedthis mutual learning experiencethat places faculty and student inthe same trenches. “This has beena learning curve for us all”. Sheexplained that Faculty are playinga dual role of trainer/mentor andfor the most part, first time shopkeeper.Muhra (Diploma Supervisor)explained that students assumevarious roles and all have anopportunity to switch thefollowing roles: Supervisor,cashier, sales person, and dataentry. There is a job descriptionfor each role, while Facultyfunctions as shop keepers andDivision Managers. There are fourdivisions and four Faculty.Perhaps one of the most interestingaspects of the shop is its name: “AlJerba”, inspired by a local traditionof female entrepreneurship. Theshop honors this cultural heritagewith a photo and explanationof the significance of Al Jerba.Behind the cash register hang twonoticeably attractive frames-onein Arabic and another in Englishthatread:“In the past some women fromAbu Dhabi waited at the coast tosell some drinking water to thefishermen and pearl divers whocame to the shore after beingaway for a long time. The womenstored water in a container called“Al Jerba made of goat skin tokeep it cold. Hence they areconsidered to be the first womenentrepreneurs of the Emirates. Inhonor of these women our collegeshop is named Al Jerba”.An arch made of red and pinkballoons frames the door-way;more colorful balloons hang28ADWC PEARLS Vol. 1, Issue 2, June 2009


from the ceiling inside the shop.Customers are greeted with hellosand smiles and an occasional “canI help you?” The mood is bothrelaxed and yet energized, withpink and red shelves attractivelydisplaying easily accessible smallgift items, accessories, stationaryand mugs.The shop atmosphere isfriendly and inviting. There isan unmistakable energy that iscompelling. The faculty’s presenceis felt, yet in an understatedmanner. They guide studentswhile giving them significantleeway in making their owndecisions with respect to vendorsand other day to day operations.Students are clearly engagedwith their surroundings, givingan impression of connectivityand sense of ownership thatis truly inspiring. They take onincreasingly responsible rolesthat involve ordering products,liaising with suppliers and evennegotiating deals.the next generation of businessstudents”.In references to challenges facedin the shop, Bakheeta felt thatcustomer relations presented themost challenges. She stressedthe importance of maintaininga professional and yet accessiblepresentation with staff andstudents even ones she mightbe friendly with outside the shopdomain. Satisfying customerneeds and concerns whilemaintaining professional decorumis a skill that a shopkeeper mustdevelop in order to succeed.Dina, Business Faculty memberand Division Manager noted thatsince the shop is a training center,it could also provideopportunitiesfor studentsw h ocannot accept work placementoutside the college. “Business isnot something you can learn onlyin the classroom, you’ve got to goout there and do it!” She addedthat through her daily contactwith student shop keepers,she has noticed how “studentsare asserting themselves.” Also,Graduates who would like to honetheir skills by volunteering can doso in the shop, and even more,the shop extends itself to thecommunity by being a “channelof distribution” for home madeproducts made by women in thecommunity.Al Jerba is open from 9-4 Sunday-Thursday in the Student BusinessCenter.A particularly vibrantstudent named Bakheetawho works a four hourshift as do her fellowshopkeepers was eagerto share her insights.In response to herexperience at the shop,Bakheeta said witha self assurance thatleaves an impression,“We apply what welearned in the classroom.Most of the ideas are ours”,she said with pride, thenadded. “We will give a goodimpression as role models to29


pendent Learning Week, week designated for the professional developmentskills of IT Diploma faculty, most of whom teach a project management course.project management, defined simply as “the application of good managementty through a series of activities; including simulating the “intense environment”,t management skills on a daily basis.ts more than ever in project management.” Several participants proposed that allpeople” in project management as well.”e invaluable skills she acquired, invited the trainer to ADWC to lecture over oneing a wedding. Mr. Norbury stressed the necessity of beginning to develop theiren asked of his impressions of the campus, Mr. Norbury noted that our campuse senior management’s willingness to be accountable.”31


World’s First FemalePrivate Space ExplorerAbu Dhabi Women’s College hosted AnoushehAnsari, Chief Executive Officer and co-founder ofProdea Systems, a consumer technology companyheadquartered in Texas, US, and founded in 2006.Prior to the founding of Prodea, Ms. Ansari had an ITcompany she co founded with her husband whichsold for over $700 million. Besides her IT and businessachievements, Ms. Ansari is most notably known forbeing the first female private space explorer andfourth private space traveler who has ever venturedout into space.Our guest spoke on her life journey to a large crowdof students, many of whom are IT students. Ms.Ansari left her home in Iran with her family for theU.S. when she was a teenager. The young Ansariarrived to America with no English language skillsto speak of. She made the long journey of literacyto earn engineering degrees from George Masonand George Washington Universities. An adamantbeliever in life long learning, Ms. Ansari, is currentlypursuing another master’s degree in astronomy fromSwinburne University of Technology.In 2006, Prodea Systems sponsored their ChairWoman, Anousheh Ansari as a space tourist. Ourguest told her audience that she spent ten days inlate 2006 at the International Space Station, whereshe conducted experiments relating to Prodea’sSystems technology. Before traveling to spaceherself, Ms. Ansari and family helped fund the $10-million “Ansari X Prize,” offered by the X Foundationto spur the development of inexpensive, reusableprivate spacecraft. The award was granted in late2004 to the team of Paul Allen, Microsoft co-founderand Burt Rutan, space pioneer.Before closing the session, she advised students to“find something you’re passionate about, and yourpassion will give you the persistence you’ll need toovercome problems.”ADWC students responded with enthusiasm to theirguest. “I am amazed at what she has been able todo,” said one student.32ADWC PEARLS Vol. 1, Issue 1, June 2008


German Students Show DocumentariesOn UAE College LifeGerman student filmmakers shotdocumentary footage in the U.A.E.last year for a documentary onstudent life in the UAE. Studentsfrom the Film and TelevisionAcademy “KonradWolf,” Germany’soldest and largest media academy,came to the Emirates last Decemberto shoot footage on the theme “Tellme about your every-day—CollegeLife in the U.A.E.” Pairs of filmmakersteamed with pairs of studentsat the three HCT campuses for athree-week period. The film makersproduced three twenty-minutedocumentaries. Fatima HelalMohamed Al Balooshi, featured in“Dhabiyaniya,” thanked the Goethe-Institute for supporting the films, “Itwasn’t just an opportunity for theGerman girls [filmmakers] and itwas our opportunity to work withthem. We had good friends at theend of this project.”They recently returned to AbuDhabi Women’s College to showthe three films they produced toa group of ADWC Applied Mediastudents. Two of the films weremade with students from HCT’s, AbuDhabi and Dubai Men’s Collegesand the third documentary called,“Dhabiyaniya: Girl from Abu Dhabi,”follows two ADWC students as theyspeak on life for young women inthe U.A.E.’s capital. The filmmakers,accompanied by their professor,discussed both filmmakingtechniques and perspectives onEmirati life. Visiting ADWC with thefilmmakers were key individualsthat sponsored the film from theGoethe-Institute Gulf-Region.In reaction to the films, Fatima,an applied media student said,“I am really satisfied with this film.”Another ADWC student in theaudience affirmed, “Almost everyaspect of what I want a foreignerto see about me, as an Emiratiwoman, is in this film.”Dr. Kerstin Stutterheim, professorat the film academy, stressed thatthe students’ perception of the filmwas their own, “In our filmmakingtradition, a documentary allowsyou to form your own opinion.”Nevertheless, the satisfaction andpride among ADWC’s studentsseemed widespread. Anotheraudience member told Fatima, “Youand Raweya are great examplesof Emirati girls.” Raweya AbdulHakeem Al Muflehi appeared inthe film with Fatima.33


ADWC PEARLSADWC StudentsMeet Employers at Career Fair11 November 2008, Abu Dhabi,UAE: The Career Developmentand Employer Relations teamat Abu Dhabi Women’s Collegeheld a Career Fair on Tuesday, 11November . The event allowedADWC’s graduating students andalumnae a chance to networkwith industry insiders on careeropportunities currently availablethroughout the UAE, as well asfull-time, part-time summer workand Sponsorships .Over twenty companiesparticipated in the event, fromindustries in petrochemicals,health services, insurance, ITand banking, among others.Employers such as ADNOC,ALDAR, Carrefour, Al Futtaim, andseveral banks, both local andinternational, came seeking ADWCgraduates with the skills neededto move their companies forward.ADWC’s Career Development andEmployment Coordinator, JaneTatterton, expressed satisfactionin the array of potential employers.“I anticipate that as a result of thisCareer Fair, a large number of ourstudents will find suitable workthroughout the Emirate.”ADWC’s Career Fair also providedan opportunity for studentsand alumnae to build networksas part of their efforts to findopportunities and secureemployment. Over 500 studentsattended, they smke with variouscompany representatives aboutthe skills and qualificationsthose companies seek. Theinsight students gained fromthese conversations will helpthem prepare for jobs aftergraduation, and to make effectiveapplications.One student said of ADWC’sCareer Fair, “I’m so glad our collegehas prepared such an event forus to find jobs. We are lucky toparticipate and meet people fromour future employers.” Dr. BradleyCook, ADWC’s Director, also stated,“This event has brought together agood group of potential employersfor an excellent set of students.We are pleased to welcome theseemployers to our campus.”34ADWC PEARLS Vol. 1, Issue 2, June 2009


Making an Impact:ADWC’s Environment ClubThis academic year, theEnvironmental Club has launcheda campaign to reduce waste oncampus. The campaign will includeeliminating non-reusable cups;replacing plastic bags with paperbags in the cafeteria; increasingrecycling collection points; andencouraging the reuse of folders,binders and plastic wallets. The clubalso intends to make the campusmore aware of energy efficiency byshutting off classroom lights andputting computers into hibernatemode when not in use.ADWC’s Environment Club makes aconcerted effort to keep students,faculty and staff aware of the impactthe college community makes onthe UAE’s environment. Through aseries of workshops, lectures, filmsand hands-on activities, the clubseeks to promote environmentalawareness and help the ADWCcommunity to understand that itis up to all of us to do our part toprotect the environment.In November 2007, ADWCfaculty member and long timeenvironmental it, Mark Alexander-Warne took over the leadership ofthe club and immediately soughtto increase its activities aroundthe campus. Among the club’smany initiatives is the “No Litter”campaign, which focuses not onlyon the campus grounds but alsoencourages students to maintaincleanliness in the cafeteria. The clubalso sponsors weekly environmentaltips which are broadcast on theplasma screens throughout thecampus, providing useful ideas onhow each person can do somethingto save the environment. Tips includeusing cloth bags for shopping ratherthan plastic bags, using the stairswhen possible rather than the lift,and walking short distances ratherthan driving. Although the tipsmay sound inconsequential, wheneveryone takes part the results canbe considerable.The club also collaborated withDavid Friend, owner of OrganicFoods and Café, David spoke tothe students and staff about theimportance of producing chemicalfreefoods and eating a healthy diet.The club plans to create an organicgarden on the ADWC campus tofurther educate the community onthis issue.In addition to its on-campusactivities, ADWC’s EnvironmentClub also works with communityorganizations to help the Emiratigovernment address environmentalissues affecting the nation.The current movement to ban theuse of plastic bags in the country isa direct result of the government’sawareness of the detrimental effectof plastic on the environment.The government is also aware ofthe need to increase recyclingthroughout the country. Theseefforts, along with many others, willhelp to significantly reduce the UAE’scarbon footprint, which is currentlyamong the highest in the world.The club also raises awarness oncampus on this matter .In recognition of the success ofthe Environmental Club, theywere awarded with ADWC’s firstTamayyuz: Partnership CelebrationAward for Environmental Awarenessat the end of the last semester. Asthe new academic year begins, Markplans to increase student awarenessabout the club so that more studentswill take an active role in preservingthe ADWC campus and the nation’senvironment.35


Paris ShcholarshipKhadijah Al Ameri had been awarded a scholarship from TOTAL to pursue a Masters Degree at theUniversité Sorbonne Paris in Paris, France. Khadijah, who earned her Bachelors Degree in Educationin 2008, is pursuing a graduate degree in International HR Management. Khadijah learned ofthe scholarship from a friend and now that she won, she hopes more students will look into thisopportunity. She is pursuing a degree in HR because she feels there is a need in this country for HRpersonnel, especially in the field of education. “I want to do what I can to help my country”, she said.Khadijah arrived at the Universite’Sorbonne Paris in September,where she was immediatelyimmersed in French classes thatmet daily for five weeks, fourhours per day. Following thiscourse, she began classes directlyrelated to her field of study suchOrganizational Behavior, EmployeeRelations, European Law andother courses in International HRManagement. Khadijah recognizesthe challenges of learning a newlanguage and adjusting to anew culture, while meeting thedemands of a rigorous academicprogram. She however is bravelyfacing that challenge. “I will haveto learn the rules and learn howto make it on my own, but I mustbe independent now. I will have tostand up!” she said.While pursuing her studies,Khadijah will be working for TOTALParis and L’Oreal Paris. She is lookingforward to this work experiencebecause it will help her seehow international organizationsfunction. She believes that havingan international experience willmake her more competitive in theglobal marketplace “My goals in36ADWC PEARLS Vol. 1, Issue 1, June 2008


pursuing this opportunity are to become fluent in French,earn my Masters with a good GPA, and learn how thingswork in the international market Khadijah also hopes thatshe will have a chance to meet new people, make newconnections and make new friends. Our Graduate shouldcomplete the program in approximately 18 months.ADWC HostsTeaching WorkshopsEach year, TOTAL selects top university graduates toparticipate in a scholarship opportunity to earn a graduatedegree. Graduates must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher andpass a series of interviews to qualify for a scholarship whichcovers tuition, university fees, visa, and airline ticket. Amonthly stipend is also included. TOTAL also providesstudents with assistance in when they arrive by orientingthem to their new environment.Members of TESOL Arabia, ( Teachers ofEnglish to Speakers of Other Languages)presented various teacher professionaldevelopment classes to over onehundred English teachers from variousinstitutions, including HCT’s Abu Dhabicampuses. Teachers gathered from allover the UAE on a Saturday morningin October to participate in workshopson critical thinking and writing, amongother topics. The teaching workshopsevent was hosted by ADWC.TESOL Arabia’s mission is to promoteEnglish teachers’ professionaldevelopment, while advocating theuse of language-learning technologies.Its Abu Dhabi chapter hosts eventson a regular basis; giving interestedteachers a forum to share experienceswith colleagues, stated Dr. Ahmed M.Saadawi, TESOL Arabia’s Abu Dhabirepresentative.37


Alumnae ..Higher Colleges of Technology’s AbuDhabi Women’s College Graduateshave organized an AlumnaeAssociation. The women plan to“give back” to their College byassisting other graduates inactualizing their career goals as wellas mentoring students transitioninginto their careers. Kaltham Saeed,class of 2003, was elected by theAlumnae Board as its President,and Mahra Mohamed MousaAbdulrahman, class of 2008 as vicePresident. .ADWC Alumnae Officer, and ADWCgraduate, Shaikha Al Jaberi has begunher task in coordinating servicesto more than 5000 Alumnae. Inrelaying the high regard the collegehas for its Graduates, Shaikha said,“Graduates can use our library, andthey can get help looking for jobs.They will also be invited to specialevents, both on- and off-campus.We want to show our graduatesthat we value our relationshipswith them by including them inCollege activities.” Dr. Bradley Cook,ADWC’s Director added, “We wantour current students to interact withthese esteemed graduates to getan idea of what is waiting for themin the world of work. We also wantboth current and former studentsto feel that they are never alone,” hesaidAmong some of the activitiesthe Alumnae Board members arelooking forward to is The AlumnaeReunion planned for the campuslearning showcase, “Ajyaluna,”scheduled for late December.“We need activities so that allgraduates can hear abouteach other, and connectto new graduates andtry to help them,” LaylaSaeed Al Dhaheri, boardmember said. Ms. AlDhaheri, expressedan appreciation ofall that her academictenure at ADWC andwith that a recognitionof the need to “giveback “when she said “TheCollege gave us so much.We went to the Collegeseeing only a small picture,but when we finished, we couldsee the picture from all sides.” Allwomen who have completed aDiploma, a Higher Diploma, or abachelor’s degree at ADWC of HCTwill be considered members of thealumnae association.38ADWC PEARLS Vol. 1, Issue 1, June 2008


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