by clicking the arrows at the side of the page, or by using the toolbar.
by clicking anywhere on the page.
by dragging the page around when zoomed in.
by clicking anywhere on the page when zoomed in.
web sites or send emails by clicking on hyperlinks.
Email this page to a friend
Search this issue
Index - jump to page or section
Archive - view past issues
Click here to view past issues
Campus News : December 2012
The University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD) has been operating since 1993 and is now one of the most prestigious educational institutions in the United Arab Emirates. UOWD currently has an enrolment of approximately 3650 students undertaking undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Business, Finance, Computer Science, Engineering, International Studies and Media & Communications at its campus in Dubai’s Knowledge Village. POSTCARD FROM DUBAI DECEMBER 2012 CONNECT :UOW 13 CONNECT: UOWD HAPPY GRADUATES The University of Wollongong in Dubai honoured 314 graduates and postgraduates from 40 nationalities at the 22nd Graduation Ceremony held at Jumeirah Beach Hotel in October. His Highness Sheikh Majid bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, was the guest of honour while Australian Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates and Qatar Pablo Kang and UOW Vice- Chancellor Professor Paul Wellings also attended. Professor Wellings urged the graduates to brace themselves for future challenges in their professional lives, and assured them that the skills they have learnt at UOWD would help them surmount obstacles along the way. Former UOW Vice-Principal (Overseas Operations) Dr James Langridge, who was responsible for establishing the University of Wollongong in Dubai in 1993 and for its operation until his retirement in 2008, has been appointed to the Council of Distinguished Advisors of the Australia Gulf Council. He joins a group of senior business leaders, politicians and diplomats from Australia and Gulf states who have made significant contributions to the multilateral relationship between Australia and the Gulf. In his invitation to Dr Langridge, Australian Gulf Council Chairman Michael Yabsley said the Council recognised Dr Langridge’s valuable contribution, particularly in the area of education. “You pioneered Australia’s education capacity in the United Arab Emirates, establishing the University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD) which has an unsurpassed legacy to this day,” he wrote. “Not only has UOWD been a success story for Australia’s education industry, it has also had a remarkable influence on the friendship forged between Australia and the UAE.” The Australian Gulf Council includes Australia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE. NH LANGRIDGE JOINS GULF COUNCIL ADVISORS GROUP Happy graduates: some of the 314 people who graduated from UOWD in October. UOWD Associate Professor Mohamed K. Watfa has won $150,000 in prizemoney for coming second in the final of the Pan-Arab reality television show for inventors Stars of Science on MBC 4. Dr Watfa had consistently earned high scores in the show for his invention, called Shared, which enables several students in a classroom to run different computer applications on the projected image on their tabletop using just one computer. Dr Watfa plans to use the prizemoney to help promote his invention as the ideal solution for a number of critical problems, including helping take computer-based education to the masses and minimising impact on the environment by reducing the number of computers used. “The University of Wollongong in Dubai takes great pride in the victory of Dr Watfa, especially since he outclassed top inventors from other Arab countries in the region,” commented Dr Mohamed Salem, Dean of UOWD’s Faculty of Computer Science and Engineering. “We would like to urge our students to emulate his example and give free reign to their spirit of innovation and inventiveness.” Dr Watfa said: “I am very proud with the result in Stars of Science. As a project that started in my office at UOWD, with a vision to change the education system across the world, it has received international recognition and support. This achievement sends a positive message for our coming generation of students that nothing is impossible if you have determination and ambition.” Dr Watfa achieved the highest grades in the scientific judge’s evaluation in Stars of Science, which was 50% of the final grade, but missed out on the top spot overall on the SMS votes from the public. The top prize of US$300,000 was awarded to Khaled Abu Jassoum of Qatar for his invention of an automatic cooker that stores recipes to promote healthy living. The Stars of Science show began with an international recruitment campaign with more than 7000 applicants, and a dynamic three-step selection process that included a Pan-Arab casting tour in eight countries (Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Lebanon, UAE, Qatar, Tunisia and Kuwait). INVENTOR’S PAN-ARAB SUCCESS Dr Mohamed K. Watfa UOW 597 ConnectUOW.indd 13 UOW 597 ConnectUOW.indd 13 3/12/12 11:32 AM 3/12/12 11:32 AM