Tue 04-04-2017 15:12 PM

HBMSU Chancellor is first Arab to speak at graduation rites of one of the leading international universities in the field of smart learning

ABU DHABI, 4th April, 2017 (WAM) -- Dr. Mansoor Al Awar, Chancellor of Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University, HBMSU, and Chairman of the Governing Board of the United Nations Institute for Information Technologies in Education, UNESCO, has made history as he delivered a landmark keynote address during a graduation ceremony at the University of Southern Queensland, USQ, in Australia, being the first ever Arab personality invited to speak at a commencement exercise of an Australian institute of education.

The graduation, held at the USQ campus in Toowoomba, Australia, served as a strategic platform for Dr. Al Awar to highlight the UAE's achievements in global education, especially in the fields of smart and lifelong learning.

The Chancellor highlighted the significant accomplishments and specific efforts of the UAE under its wise leadership to position optimal investments in human resources at the top of its strategic priorities. This, he explained, will be done by providing education to all members of society and advancing the education sector through leadership, innovation and excellence, which he said will positively impact society both locally and globally.

He also praised the pioneering position of the UAE as a destination for the brightest minds and innovators in the world and as an incubator for Arab and international youth to transform their dreams and creative ideas into real achievements.

Dr. Al Awar further revealed that the most important element in the UAE's line of achievements is the continuous improvement of the educational process and environment to reach the highest international standards.

The visit also resulted in the signing of a strategic MoU between HBMSU and USQ for the continuing exchange of knowledge, training and experiences in smart education.

Commenting on the signing of the MoU, Dr. Al Awar said, "The Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Southern Queensland comes as part of our sustained commitment to the continuous development of academic content and the exchange of expertise, knowledge and experience with our counterparts from around the world, especially academic institutions that share our vision and ambition to improve the culture of smart education and distance learning."

"We look forward to this strategic partnership with one of the world's leading universities, which has a long history of more than five decades of excellence, leadership and progress in the field of university and smart education. The MoU will boost our tireless endeavours to shape the educational landscape in the UAE and across the Arab World to world-class standards and make the UAE a leading destination for higher education and smart education on the world map," he added.