Under the patronage and in the presence of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and President of the University, Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University (HBMSU) celebrated today (February 02, 2016) the graduation of the 5th and 6th batch of Diploma, Masters and Bachelor graduates in the Schools of Business and Quality Management, e-Education, and Health and Environmental Studies. A total of 322 learners received their graduation certificates for the academic year 2014-2015 during a ceremony held at the Dubai World Trade Center. Also in attendance during the event were H.E. Lieutenant General Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, Deputy Chairman of Police and General Security in Dubai and Chairman of the University's Board of Governors; members of the Board; Dr. Mansoor Al Awar, University Chancellor; and faculty members, administrators, and parents.

The Institute of Finance and Management (IFM), a leading training institute for global professional certificates in Islamic Finance, has entered into a strategic partnership with the Emirates College of Technology’s (ECT) and Continuous Education Centre (CEC), an Abu Dhabi-based private institution of higher education, to explore mutual collaboration in the development of human resources, research and consultancy. The Memorandum of Agreement (MoU) was signed by Dr. Mahmoud Abdalaal, CEO of aafaq Islamic Finance, and Prof. Bruce Taylor, President of ECT, and Wael Al-Anqar, Chairman of the Board of Trustees and CEC presenter.

Hamdan Bin Mohammad Smart University (HBMSU) received the Blackboard ‘Excellence in E-Learning’ award during the Blackboard Teaching & Learning Forum held recently in Dubai. The University was honored for its outstanding contributions to the development and adoption of E-Learning in the UAE by American educational technology company Blackboard Inc. Prof. Abtar Darshan Singh, Dean of HBMSU’s e-Education School, received the award on behalf of the University and presented it to the Chancellor, Dr. Mansoor Al Awar.

With focus on improving the status of women’s health in the UAE, the British Orchard Nursery, UAE’s largest chain of pre-schools, teamed up with Lifeline Hospital to organise awareness event on cervical cancer. The event included an interactive session with doctors and staff at Lifeline Hospital who educated mothers on cervical cancer risk, and discussed protective and preventive measures in detail. The session was part of the complementary ‘Coffee Morning’ series, British Orchard Nursery’s ongoing calendar event that aims to address concerns that directly or indirectly affect children’s well-being with active involvement of both parents and children.

aafaq Education L.C.C is a private company specialized in managing and investing in educational institutions recently entered into a strategic partnership with the University College of Bahrain to offer an Executive Master’s Degree in Islamic Finance in the UAE. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by Dr. Mahmoud Abdalaal, CEO of aafaq Islamic Finance, and Dr. Sheikh Khalid Bin Mohammed Bin Abdullah Al Khalifa, Founder and Chairman of Board of Trustees at University College of Bahrain, in the presence of senior officials and managers from both parties.