Wednesday, 12 December 2012
UCB Celebrated 40th Bahrain National Day
University College of Bahrain (UCB) celebrated the 40th Bahrain National Day in the campus on 12-12-2012. In fact it was the most appropriate day to celebrate because 12-12-12 will be the last date of its kind - when all three numerical in a date are the same - for the next 88 years. Also it is important to awaken the youth to work together in harmony for the sake of protecting and raising the name of this country.
In context of Bahrain National Day celebration, the Student affairs Department of UCB organized an event which particularly points out the traditional values and culture of Bahrain. Two tents were put up at the entrance of Saar Building with lot of interesting activities such as Live cooking, Pottery making, and Henna designing which are the essential part of Arab culture and tradition.
The most entertaining activity of the celebration was the Falcons. Falconry is so close to the heart of Emirati culture and it is the UAE National symbol. Students and the staff were so excited to take photographs with the Falcons. The trainer also explained the practice of hunting with a conditioned falconry bird and their importance in hunting.
Traditional bazars were also set up, where students actively participated in selling items like Bahrain badges, flags, wrist bands, jackets, caps etc. The students and staff were then invited for the Big Lunch, where, traditional food was served as part of Bahrain National Day.
It is worth to mention that all above activities, organized by the Student Affairs department, was a great success. In this event, Dr. Khalid Al Khalifa, Chairman of UCB wished everyone a happy national day. He also expressed his pride and joy in student accomplishments and the support extended by teaching and administrative staff. Sheikha Saeeda expressed her thanks and appreciation to all the Students and Staff for their continued support to make this event a success.
Tuesday, 11 December 2012
Hawar International School visits UCB
Before choosing the best college to attend, it is important for students to “test the waters.” Making a college visit and touring the campus can be pivotal in a student's decision to apply for Higher Studies
The Hawar International School visited University College of Bahrain (UCB) for a field visit on 11-12-2012 so as to explore more about the available choices in Higher Education.Many high school students visit colleges during their junior year to explore their options and find the college that fits just right.
The students were provided with a presentation on the major programs offered in UCB and the activities in which the college takes part. Students were also encouraged to ask questions regarding their interest of study. Presentation regarding the admission requirements and FAQ were also included. The presentation session was carried out by the Admission manager, Ms. Rana Sawaya Zeitounie.
The students were also taken for a campus guided tour, where they could explore the practical dimensions of various courses offered in UCB. The students visited UCB Library, Learning Center, Graphic Design Lab, Class rooms, Cafeteria, Auditoriums with the concerned faculty members to explain the infra-structure and the activities.
Wednesday, 05 December 2012
The AAOIFI- World Bank annual conference in Islamic banking and Finance was held on December 3 & 4 2012 in Manama, Bahrain. The conference featured distinguished and internationally renowned Islamic banking personalities, in addition to researchers and experts in financial affairs and executives from Islamic financial institutions inside and outside the Kingdom of Bahrain. Mr. Sutan Emir Hidayat, lecturer, (Islamic Finance) represented University College of Bahrain and spoke about the issues surrounding Takaful surplus management.
AAOIFI is one of the most prestigious conferences in Islamic finance industry based in Bahrain as it is the international standard setting body that sets up accounting, auditing, governance and Shariah standards for Islamic financial institutions worldwide.
Other major topics of discussion were: How different are the business and operating models of Takaful operations across the markets, What are the Shari’a and recommended regulatory rules governing Qard Hassan loans from Takaful operator to policyholders’ pool, challenges on investment of Takaful surplus funds and updates on review of accounting standards for Takaful. There was also an interactive session with the audience followed by the presentations.
Friday, 30 November 2012
The General Organisation for Youth and Sport (GOYS) kick-started the eighth edition of the Bahrain Universities Model United Nations (BUMUN) Conference on November 29-30 2012.The two-day conference continued at the Crown Plaza Hotel and was held under the patronage of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sport Chairman and Bahrain Olympic Committee President HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa who was present at yesterday's opening session.
UCB was proud to present our four representative delegates in the ceremony, where Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Ghanim Al Buainain, Capital Governor Shaikh Hashim bin Abdulrahman Al Khalifa and members of the diplomatic corps were also present. Each student had to represent a country and had a chance to explore key issues like Nuclear disarmant, human trafficking etc. The BUMUN participants were split into 4 committees- the General Assembly, Security Council, Economic and Social Council(ECOSOC) and International Atomic Energy Agency(IAEA).
Omar Turk, Rami Elayyan and Diana Abumoghli were delegates in the General Assembly. Omar represented Argentina; Rami represented Uganda while Diana was the country delegate for Azerbaijan. Noora Al Balooshi was a delegate in the ECOSOC and represented Ghana.The students gained experience in the areas of public speaking, debating and social networking.
Noora was awarded “Best Delegate” and will be one of the chairs in the BUMUN 2013 as the Security General of the General Assembly.
This programme represented a pioneering step in the field of youth work, which is in compliance with the directives of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa to prepare the youth and strengthen their knowledge in order to lead the promising future of Bahrain.
Tuesday, 20 November 2012
UCB Student Success Stories are a reflection of the quality and hard work of our students, as well as the commitment and dedication of our faculty and staff. From business students serving in prestigious fellowships to those majors conducting research in the Media, IT and Banking sectors, UCB students are succeeding in ways and on levels that rival many of the top universities in the country. This is UCB’s latest initiative in showcasing and promoting student success. You can find these stories in the UCB Website and News Letter.
“You can make so much of any opportunity… if you want to.”
It’s a personal statement self-professed by one of our brightest and ever smart graduates, Ramla Al Haddad. Currently working at General Electric (GE) Bahrain, she prides herself of being independent and getting things done by her own.
Ramla proved to be a very intelligent student even during her high school days. She secured a very high score level of 97 .2% in the high school period. She completed her Bachelors in Banking and Finance from UCB and further decided to go with her Masters in Banking and Finance, which is a unique course of study combining standard coursework with intensive organizational experience in place of the typical theory classes. And as a result of her hard work she secured 3.78 grades in college.
As another success story unfolds here, let us have a closer look into how UCB played an inevitable role in building her career.
UCB Campus Life
“I was so shy when I first joined UCB”, says Ramla. I still vividly remember my first day in college. I was so excited in meeting new people. UCB seemed more like a second home for me. It was a bit difficult at first to be with people I never knew. I didn't know how I should behave just to fit in. But eventually, everything went smoothly. I met wonderful friends whom are still my best buddies even until now. Every time we would meet up, we will never fail to recall how we were back in college; how we were molded to what we are now. College is a dry run of the rest of our lives. It's a training ground on how to be successful and become successful persons.
How has UCB trained you?
When I first joined UCB, I was totally unaware of the competitive world outside and I never knew how to think out of the box. UCB presented me with a lot of case studies and outside corporate world, which is vast and dynamic. This made me realize that, a college degree is not something that you should choose to have; it is something that should be essential to your success and that’s why I proceeded with my Masters in UCB.
When it comes to extra-curricular activities, UCB gave so much exposure with the outside events and social activities which was happening in Bahrain and also in the nearby countries. This made me aware of the entire world outside my home and college. I could participate in many social and outgoing college events and thus I became so familiar with the overall environment.
Since my school days I am pampering my career and academic dream in my mind. My ultimate dream is to obtain a PhD in one of the energy sectors and later pursue a higher level career based on my academic background. I am constantly receiving all the motivation and support from Dr. Khalid Al Khalifa, Founder and Chairman of UCB regarding the thesis submission and matters related to the research. I take this opportunity to express all my gratitude towards him and for UCB.
As we say there are no such short ways for success. But we should realize our goal initially then work towards it until we achieve it. In my case, I can tell you that I am energetic to do my task, highly ambitious to achieve the goal, I really work hard to make sure that I have what I aimed for and most importantly, I don’t give up easily.
Inspirations from the Lecturers in UCB
Unlike other Universities the most differentiating quality of UCB lecturers is that they all are very open, easily reachable, very much responsible and dedicated on their classes and students. Primarily they are my advisors regarding academic and career related queries. Another important point to be made clear is that all of the lecturers have a strong academic background which is inevitable and also decades of experience in their respective fields. So they are essentially the assets of UCB. Also I would like to take this opportunity to thank all my teachers and especially, Dr. Mukhtar Al Hashimi for all his support and guidance he bestowed me with.
Any message for the freshers?
“Always think out of the box to grasp learning behind education, because it will help you to build a better future career”
Do you have any role models in life?
I would like to follow the footsteps of my Father, Mr. Nasser Al Haddad, who is a lawyer and a complete professional. From my childhood itself he has been a great inspiration and motivation throughout my personal and professional life.
Wednesday, 14 November 2012
As part of the Global Entrepreneurship Week, University College of Bahrain partnering with YAL was proud to organize an in-house guest talk by the 2 well known Bahrain Entrepreneurs Mr. Khalid Al Qoud and Mr. Ali Al Saad on 14-11-2012,Wednesday from 12 to 1 PM. Global Entrepreneurship Week is an initiative to inspire young people to embrace innovation, imagination and creativity. In other words, is a movement around a new generation unleashing their ideas to seek out better ways of doing things. Through developing young people’s knowledge, skills and networks, they can grow innovative, sustainable enterprises, having a positive impact on their lives, their families and communities.
As far as UCB is concerned, Global Entrepreneurship Week is a week full of activities that involve introduction of entrepreneurship to young people, help them network with existing entrepreneurs & organizations and have such entrepreneurs mentor the next generation of talent.
To mention about the talk, Mr. Ali Al Saad entrusted on various instances of day today life so as to convey the importance of job appraisal, leadership, work satisfaction and employer- employee relation. He unfolded experiences on how he started his businesses and how to be a leader. According to Mr. Khalid Al Qoud, entrepreneurship was all about having a strong tenacity on one’s own ambitions and admirations of life. The speaker revealed his own success story in order to prove the point. The talk turned out to be very inspiring and beneficial for the students as well the lecturers.
Sheikh Ali Al Khalifa, the Director of Continuous Improvement & Development presented UCB memento to appreciate the Speakers. The session was open to all students, faculty members and the staff of UCB.
Tuesday, 13 November 2012
The Graphic Design Department at the University College of Bahrain (UCB) organized a site visit to Dar Al Khaleej Printing and Publishing House to get a glimpse about the Post Press procedure on 13th November, 2012. The group consisting of 7 members was led under the guidance of Graphic Design Senior Lecturer Ms. Lillian Hallak.
The group was welcomed by the Printer Manager and was taken around the Press tour. The visit proved to be an exclusive opportunity for the students to come across the practical experiences that they have learned theoretically. At the Printing Press, they discovered the technical requirements needed to turn their designs into printable material, as they understood the relationship between digital files, films, plates, proofs, and how to set the right requirements for offset printing in addition to the post press procedure.
The group, consisting of students as well as faculty members was gratified about the practical knowledge gained from Dar Al Khaleej Printing and Publishing House.
Wednesday, 31 October 2012
University College of Bahrain proved to be a big hand in cheering up the Box Appeal, one of the biggest charity campaigns around the Region. Box Appeal ultimately stands as a helping hand and financial assistance to Expatriate Laborers who may not be able to afford even the simplest things for daily life.
The campaign was executed in a very different way. The students were provided with separate boxes from the Student Affairs Department and they were asked to fill it up with the everyday essentials which the students can easily afford to contribute.
The department also put up a list of items to be considered while filling up the box, in case of any confusion. The list extends from T-Shirts, cap, Disposable Razor, Shaving Cream, Deodorant, Tooth brush, Tooth Paste, Small Hand Towels, Comb, Soap, Shampoo and up to Talcum Powder.
Once the Campaign is Closed the Helping hands group will collect the Boxes from UCB and distribute them to the Laborers. The campaign upraised the social welfare message, “Small Box Make a Difference”.
Tuesday, 30 October 2012
It was yet another fruitful and memorable experience for the 12 Graphic Design Department Students including the Graduates and 3 of their Lecturers to visit New York as part of their academic curriculum from 17th until the 29thof October 2012. The Department proudly says that the trip as a whole turned to be a great time for them to enhance and learn more about the upcoming trends in Graphic Design, get to know about the New York culture, introduced to Post graduate and Specializations in the design as well as in the related fields of study, and most importantly the opportunity to meet the legends in the field of Graphic Design.
Practices are more valuable than years of theoretical study for film makers and actors. The UCB students and the lecturers could grab a lot of information regarding the courses offered in The New York Film academy was founded on this basic philosophy of “Learning by doing”. The UCB team was lucky to visit The Metropolitan Museum of Art, (Met)and Museum of Modern Art which is the largest art museum in the whole United States with among the most significant art collections. The team could truly explore the most significant practicalities of printing, drawing, sculpture and collage from Guggenheim which has a whole lot of historical importance as well.
As far as the UCB’ens were concerned, the dream come true moment was that they could personally interact with one of the most celebrated graphic designers in the United States, Milton Glaser who was selected for the lifetime achievement award of the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum.
The most significant outcome of the trip was that the Graphic Design Students could take part in a workshop in printmaking, where they experimented with etching techniques; etched line and texture, dry-point line, and they were also introduced to the sugar lift technique. In a nut shell, the trip proved to be a great opportunity for all the Students and lecturers to put what they have learned into practice.
Apart from this, historical, commercial and cultural places and activities were carried out to enrich the group’s knowledge about the US culture and corporate image, such as Statue of Liberty, Madame Tussauds, Time Square, Union Square and Broadway show and also they were exposed to the New Museum (New York), International Center of Photography, Neue Galerie, American Museum of Natural History, AIGA and Cooper- Union (Typography exhibition).
Wednesday, 10 October 2012
Think Pink Bake Sale in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Day was held for the Students and staff of University College of Bahrain on 10th October 2012.
The event was supported by the Student affairs department and the Staff of UCB. Additionally, home-made cupcakes, Cheese cakes, sandwiches and sweets were sold by students to assist with fundraising.
The ambience was very bright as students and staff dressed in pink attire for the day. The Saar Lobby was packed with small sales stalls. The Fund raised will be handed over for the charity and fundraising will continue throughout the month of October. Sheikh Ebrahim Al Khalifa, the Executive Director of Administration and Finance said “the event was a great success and we are very grateful to the students and staff who supported us in hosting it. Think Pink is a very important and worthy cause”.
Apart from the participation of staff and students of UCB, Ms. Anita from JCLO Group set up the space for selling fashion jewels and trendy bags, whereas Ms. Zahra Taqi from Royal Media engaged herself in selling Cookies and Pizza also had a hand in making the Think Pink Day, a big success. Students from the department of Communication & Multimedia and Business Administration enriched the event by arranging individual sales stalls to attract their classmates and friends and sold Cup Cakes, Cookies, Sweets and Training suites as part of fundraising.
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