Monday, 06 December 2010
On the pride occasion of Bahrain Woman’s Day, UCB was honored by Her Excellency Dr. Fatima Al Balooshi, Minister of Social Development, in accepting the invitation on 6th Dec., 2010, for carrying out a special lecture to the Students and highlighting Bahrain Women’s development & its importance to the nation of Bahrain.
Dr. Al Balooshi shared her personal experiences during her time of student days & also whiles her being a working woman, to everybody present, including mentioning about other Bahraini Women, who too are contributing their part in the continuous development of Bahrain.
Students were allowed to raise any clarification & doubts after the lecture, which eventually left every one of them satisfied after receiving the answers from Dr. Al Balooshi.
Friday, 29 October 2010
A team of 16 runners, both students and faculty from University College of Bahrain (UCB) ran their way to the finishing point in the Bahrain Marathon Relay, which was held on Friday October 29th 2010 at 10am.
Organized by the Bahrain Round Table under the patronage of General Organization for Youth and Sports (GOYS) the relay attracted more then 150 teams for a stretch of 48 km, made up of 16 segments, each consisting of approximately 3km.
Captained by Hessa Mohammed, Multimedia student and coached by Mr. Mike Lewicki, the UCB team finished the race in a time of 4 hours and 38 minutes.
Tuesday, 26 October 2010
Second in series, the students of University College of Bahrain (UCB) organized a 2-day campaign for Breast Cancer Awareness on 26th & 27th October 2010. In these 2 days, students set-up the stalls, where homemade cupcakes, dough-nuts, handmade jewelry and many more items were sold to raise funds in support of this cause. All sale proceeds raised by the students will be donated to the Think Pink Organization.
To add flavor to the campaign there was a PS3 gaming contest that was held in the UCB cafeteria. Shaikh Ebrahim Al Khalifa, Executive Director, sent out a note of encouragement to the UCB students mentioning, “we are quite pleased with the way our faculty, staff and students were united in the name of such a noble humanitarian cause, and raising awareness about, and funds for such cause is one of the utmost benevolent acts anyone could do for humankind.
This is one of the many student ventures where we have proved our maximum support and we encourage more of the likes” he concluded.
Wednesday, 29 September 2010
An Orientation Day was organized on September 29, 2010 by University College of Bahrain (UCB) for welcoming the new students. The aim for setting this event was for letting every student have an opportunity of getting familiarized with UCB’s Administrative and Academic personnel for enabling them into availing as much assistance as possible during their course of studies.
At the time of commencement of one and half hour’s program, Prof. Sooraj Swami explained to the new students about the UCB’s diversified academic benefits and finely-established-modernized departments for having every kind of student’s educational needs.
UCB’s Registrar further highlighted the Registration procedurals, Add & Drop, Attendance criteria and the syllabus of each Business Program, Information Technology, Media, etc. The respective Teachers from the faculty of Graphic Designs, Multimedia and IT too voluntarily elucidated about the courses including displaying through a presentation that was especially prepared for the new students. The Librarian ensured that every student is aware of the rules & regulations related to library database.
Finally, at the end of the program, each student had an opportunity in taking a walk-down-the-memory-lane by having a glimpse of the previous year’s pictures of a range of events and also through a presentation about the overseas trips.
Tuesday, 28 September 2010
Excerpt of Dr. Khalid's interview published in United World (USA Today)
Universities have an important contribution to make if Bahrain is to maintain its reputation or having a highly qualified labor force, so ensuring high standards in tertiary education is crucial.
Founded 11 years ago, University College of Bahrain was among the first private universities to be established in the kingdom, and is renowned for the quality of its curriculum, teaching staff, and facilities.
Khalid Al Khalifa, its founder and president, believes that ensuring the highest standards in these key areas is fundamental to successful higher education. He says many of the country's private universities were set up without due regard for the quality of education provided.
UCB's curriculum has been carefully structured from the beginning in accordance with the standards to be found in North American universities. The university has worked in close collaboration with the Mc-Master University in Canada and the American University of Beirut. More recently, it has established links with Cambridge University in England and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
UCB's enviable reputation attracts many students from Bahrain's nearest neighbor. "Almost 50% of our students come from Saudi Arabia, and maybe 10% from Arab expatriates in Saudi as well," says Dr. Khalifa.
UCB's teaching staff is made up exclusively of native English speakers, and students applying for places are required to take a strict English language test. The university has its own library on campus and state-of-the art technology.
The quality of education is reflected in the number of UCB graduates admitted to some of the most prestigious U.S. and British universities for further studies, and in the number of job offers even before students finish their studies.
Dr. Khalifa would like to see much more input from U.S. institutions into the Bahraini educational system. "Without U.S. expertise on higher education, we will be going round in circles," he says.
Excerpt of Dr. Khalid's interview published in United World (pdf).......View
Tuesday, 31 August 2010
Continuing the tradition, UCB held a grand Iftar dine-out at L'hotel on 31st of August 2010. The occasion coincided in welcoming the faculty members for the new academic year.
Dr. Khalid Al Khalifa, President UCB welcomed his guests and wished them to have a nice time. The aim of such gatherings is to increase the bond among the lecturers and the administrative staff especially for the faculty members who have just arrived in Bahrain.
These gathering encourage new staff in realizing and knowing about Bahrain’s rich culture and traditions. University College of Bahrain (UCB) is one of the leading, non-profit business management university, educates students and generates new knowledge by uniting the rigor, relevance, creativity and intellectual dynamics of business and the liberal arts, dedicated to quality education benchmarked against international standards and tuned to the needs of the region it serves.
Monday, 16 August 2010
Nouf Al Hermi, a 2010 UCB graduate from the Islamic Finance Department, stands as a testimony to the fact that her talents and leadership skills are well commended outside the portals of UCB. The seemingly shy and quiet girl is actually a very active member of the AIESEC organization.
AIESEC is the world’s largest international all-student run organization. It has branches in over 107 countries and Bahrain is one of the same. The organization deals in organizing and conducting projects and programmes for the youth to develop leadership, entrepreneurial and business skills. AIESEC recently conducted a recycling workshop where it featured Nouf giving a presentation on environmental sustainability.
Below is the link to an article featured in the Gulf Daily News dated 20th July 2010.
Tuesday, 22 June 2010
The Graphic Design department at the University College of Bahrain (UCB) always tries to encourage those workshops that enable the students' learning experience more effective. In this process they had organized Silkscreen Printing Workshop on 22nd of June 2010.
Silkscreen is an old printing method that came from Far-East Asia, and is one of the projects taught in the Graphic Design free elective, Printmaking.
A number of students' who all participated in the workshop, learned one of the several printing methods i.e. the stencil technique. They not only enjoyed thoroughly the fun & creative atmosphere but also designed & printed their own t-shirts, a memorable take-home souvenir.
Tuesday, 08 June 2010
A group of students from the PR department of University College of Bahrain took part in the 4th Gulf Forum for Practitioners of Public Relations (Social Media). The event was held in Movenpick hotel from 8th-10th June 2010. The 3-day conference, organized by the Bahrain Public Relations Association, had many a noted speakers taking the participants through interesting discussions, debates and activities relating to Public Relations and Social Marketing.
The UCB delegate team headed by Dr.Amira, Head of Multimedia Department, consisted of Ghada Al Kashram, Haya Al Khalifa and Mariam Al Fadhel. The participating students were very thankful for the opportunity given in taking part in the seminar as they gained a lot of professional knowledge in the field of PR & Multimedia. Topics ranged from PR planning and development, Budgeting, Advertising & Marketing through Social Media, etc.
The UCB participants were awarded certificates and also got the chance to interact with various representatives of PR agencies from Bahrain and other Gulf countries.
Saturday, 29 May 2010
Under the patronage of H.E Dr. Majid Bin Ali Al Nuaimi, Minister of Education, the University College of Bahrain held its Sixth Commencement day at the Bahrain Crowne Plaza Hotel on 29 May 2010. Over 150 graduates, both from the Under-graduates in various fields and the Masters of Business Administration (MBA), were honored. The ceremony marked the procession by the Students followed by the faculty and the University dignitaries including the guest speaker Dr. George K Najjar, Dean of American University of Beirut (AUB).
The Chief Marshall, Mike Lewiki conducted the ceremony. The Founder and President of UCB, Dr. Sh. Khalid Bin Mohammed Al-Khalifa, welcomed and addressed the gathering of graduating Students, families & their friends and the various dignitaries from the Government. He said, "This is the 6th batch to graduate from UCB and we have completed 8 yrs. in Bahrain. We should not under-estimate the challenges that the university has faced to reach here". Further he continued "we should thank those in the Higher Education Council for their huge effort to improvise education regardless of the difficulties they are facing. Dr. Khalid concluded his speech saying "today you leave your home that has supported you for years armed with knowledge and science to a world that only knows the language of the powerful".
Silver medalist Eman Husaain, who graduated in Marketing, spoke on behalf of the students and extended her thanks to Dr. Khalid who always keeps his door open for his students and listens to their grievances patiently.
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