UTB renews MoU with IEEE Bahrain Section

University of Technology Bahrain (UTB), represented by its President, Dr. Hasan Almulla, and Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Bahrain Section, represented by its President, Dr. Ali Zolait, renewed the Memorandum of Understanding continuing for five years.

The renewed cooperation between UTB and IEEE Bahrain Section aims to advance innovation and technological excellence of both parties in all aspects of the electrical, electronic, computing and related fields. Particularly, it promotes technical career development and community engagement related activities such as establishment of IEEE student branch, technical societies, and other affinity groups, technical and professional development trainings, workshops and conferences, and joint research works in interrelated fields.

Witnesses in the signing ceremony are UTB officials (Dr. Adnan Altamimi, Vice President for Administration and Finance; and Dr. Haitham Alqahtani, Vice President for Academic Affairs) and IEEE Bahrain Section delegates (Dr. Adel Abdullah, Vice President; Professor Isa Qamber, Honorary President; and Professor Husham Ahmed, Treasurer).

Saudi Ministry of Education accredits UTB

University of Technology Bahrain (UTB) takes pride for having been accredited by the Saudi Ministry of Education, thereby expanding opportunities for Saudi students to pursue higher education in the Kingdom of Bahrain, particularly in UTB, one of the largest private universities in the Kingdom. Since its establishment, UTB has conferred engineering, computer science and business degrees to a number of graduates from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Following the accreditation grant, Her Excellency Dr. Shaikha Rana bint Isa bin Duaij Al Khalifa, Secretary General of the Higher Education Council and Deputy Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of HEC, received Dr. Hasan Almulla – President of UTB, together with Dr. Haitham Alqahtani – Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Dr. Adnan Altamimi – Vice President for Administration and Finance, in her office. Her Excellency confirmed that this achievement manifests the University’s continuous commitment and support of enhancing education, providing conducive educational environment for students, supporting university professors in the field of scientific research, and meeting global standards, hence placing the higher education institutions in Bahrain as a study destination of students from different countries. Further, she commended UTB’s progressive initiatives in achieving more successes and excellence in producing job-market qualified graduates and affirmed the support of the Higher Education Council to all universities towards the attainment of Bahrain’s economic vision 2030.

Dr. Hasan Almulla, President of UTB, praised the efforts and continued vigilance of the Higher Education Council headed by Her Excellency Dr. Shaikha Rana bint Isa bin Duaij Al Khalifa, Secretary General of the Higher Education Council and Deputy Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of HEC, citing the Council’s significant role in supporting the University in its pursuit of international accreditations for its bachelor and postgraduate academic programmes.

With this recognition, UTB is even more driven to reach its ambition of becoming the lead university in business, science and technology education and innovation in the coming years, also inspiring its core mission, which has been redefined to prepare students, including international students, for careers in cutting-edge fields like technology, science, and business.

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51st Bahrain National Day celebrated at UTB

University of Technology Bahrain (UTB) celebrated the glorious National Day of the Kingdom of Bahrain, marking its 51st anniversary this year as the most celebrated national pride in the history of the Kingdom, in a huge attendance of community partners and UTB members participating in the myriad of cultural presentations and performances, folkloric arts, traditional foods, and fun activities.

The celebration began with the singing of the national anthem, which has been the joyous expression of liberty and honour over the years for the ascension of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa into the kingship throne.

Dr. Hasan Almulla, President of UTB, welcomed all attendees with great enthusiasm and pride on UTB’s celebration of Bahrain National Day. He expressed his deep appreciation for the wise leadership of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, particularly his support of the university and of education in general. He also praised His Majesty’s noble achievements and reform initiatives for education, economy, innovation, and health among others. He reiterated the role of the university in linking students to various national events in the community to inspire and deepen sense of patriotism and belongingness, consolidate the principles of tolerance, coexistence, unity and respect for others, and enhance their inclinations as future leaders of the country.

Giving light to the celebration were spoken poetry and sand art commemorating the unparalleled achievements of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and the rich national history, followed by a ceremonial cake cutting to signify longevity and prosperity for the Kingdom of Bahrain, foremost His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa – The King of the Kingdom of Bahrain; His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa – the Crown Prince and Prime Minister; the ministers; and the people of the Kingdom of Bahrain. Alongside the opening ceremony were photography, pottery, wicker baskets making, henna inscriptions, food trucks and unlimited traditional coffee and food tasting and other fun-filled activities reflecting the national heritage.

UTB honours its female Bahraini employees

University of Technology Bahrain (UTB) joins the Kingdom of Bahrain in the national celebration of Bahraini Women’s Day, which falls every first of December, at the initiative of Her Royal Highness Shaikha Sabeeka bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa, President of the Supreme Council for Women (SCW), to honour the achievements and the valuable insights and contributions of Bahraini women towards the Kingdom’s socio-economic goals.

Dr. Hasan Almulla, President of UTB, acknowledged the significant roles and support of female Bahraini employees in the university workforce notwithstanding their family and social roles, especially in the last couple of years since its rebranding began. He also stressed on this year’s theme of the celebration as announced by the Supreme Council for Women – “Read – Learned – Participated” which aims at recognising the early beginnings of Bahraini women’s involvement in all facets of public life.

The celebration highlighted a ceremonial cake cutting and the awarding of incentives in line with UTB’s goal of empowering all female Bahraini employees as one of UTB’s integral stakeholders towards achieving its vision and mission, executing its strategies, and generating pertinent results as a return of satisfaction.

UTB hosts one of the highlights of Manama Entrepreneurship Week 2022

As one of the academic partners of Capital Governorate in the weeklong celebration of Manama Entrepreneurship Week 2022, University of Technology Bahrain (UTB) hosted the workshop, talks and panel discussion on Youth Economic Empowerment, Sustainability and Entrepreneurship Development, which featured young Bahraini entrepreneurs and highlighted the country’s community and key enablers, technology, research and innovation, entrepreneurial development in youth, and the role of universities to empower students, demonstrate resilience and adaptability and further promote and optimize entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Dr. Hasan Almulla, President of UTB, acknowledged the efforts of the different strategic partner organisations and individuals that contributed not only to the success of the event but also in sustaining Bahrain’s entrepreneurship sector. He mentioned that UTB is in support of the idea that the Kingdom has a lot of talents to be proud of, and that the university molds and transforms their ideas into viable and feasible entrepreneurial opportunities, hence strengthened community collaboration with various business industry partners to produce entrepreneurs and startups that can accelerate economic growth locally and globally.

The event consisted of a panel discussion with representatives from Hope Fund, Tamkeen, Budaiya Hub and Dr. Haitham Alqahtani from UTB, followed by talks of young Bahraini entrepreneurs, challenging and fun startup ideation, speed mentorship workshop and students’ pitching competition, which served as an avenue for students to gain high-impact and innovative ideas from influential industry leaders – adding up to UTB’s mission of contributing to the growth and sustainability of the economy and the expansion of youth knowledge and entrepreneurial development in the Kingdom.

In addition to the hosted event, UTB has participated in the other event highlights. Dr. Rania Nafea, an associate professor at the College of Administrative and Financial Sciences took part in the panel discussion on digitalization for micro and small businesses and launch of brand new e-commerce platform dedicated for supporting micro and small businesses powered by Bahrain SMEs Society.

During the grand opening of the eighth edition of Manama Entrepreneurship Week, Dr. Hasan Almulla, on behalf of University of Technology Bahrain, received a memento for being an academic partner from Shaikh Rashid bin Abdulrahman bin Rashid Al Khalifa, Governor of Capital Governorate and patron of the event.

UTB pens MoU with American University of Washington, DC

Under the generous patronage of Her Excellency Dr. Shaikha Rana bint Isa bin Daij Al Khalifa, Secretary General of the Higher Education Council and Deputy Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of HEC, University of Technology Bahrain (UTB) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with American University (AU) of Washington, DC during the AU alumni dinner at Jumeirah Gulf of Bahrain Resort & Spa in Zallaq.

UTB and AU embark on a mutually beneficial agreement in the areas of offering joint academic programmes and hosting AU programmes in UTB campus, scientific research, faculty and student exchange program, and introduction of training programs for members of the executive departments of public and private sector institutions.

Present in the signing ceremony were His Excellency Mr. Hisham Al Rayes, Chairman of the Board of Directors of UTB, and CEO of GFH Financial Group; UTB Board of Directors and Trustees; Dr. Hasan Almulla, UTB President; AU delegation headed by Dr. Ayman Omar, Associate Dean of Graduate Studies at AU Kogod School of Business; Mr. David Brownstein, Deputy Chief of the Diplomatic Mission of the US Embassy in Bahrain; and other notable dignitaries and guests.

On this occasion, HE Mr. Hisham Al Rayes expressed his thanks and appreciation to Her Excellency Dr. Shaikha Rana bint Isa bin Daij Al Khalifa for her sponsorship of the ceremony and her continuous support of UTB, noting the great and important achievements in the higher education sector in the Kingdom of Bahrain since her appointment to office. He also expressed his immense joy for the joint agreement between UTB and AU in Washington DC, which shows that UTB is taking rapid steps towards excellence at all levels by offering joint academic programmes with one of the best American universities worldwide.

Signing and speaking on behalf of American University, Dr. Ayman Omar, Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, expressed his enthused interest in extending AU programmes to Bahrain through UTB, hence providing students practical experience in the fields of education and research, not to mention community service and expertise.

“This type of partnership is a symbol of how Bahraini-US relations continue to grow on many levels. The best of Bahrain and the US are coming together to build a common future” said Mr. David Brownstein, Deputy Chief of the Diplomatic Mission of the US Embassy in Bahrain.

Dr. Hasan Almulla, UTB President, affirmed that this partnership represents a qualitative addition to the strategic development of UTB, through which joint training and academic programmes including master and doctoral programmes, scholarships and scientific research will be launched with AU’s global expertise.

Since its foundation in 1893, American University has been distinguished in its storied tradition of outstanding undergraduate and graduate education with a focus on learning related to labour market skills, global leadership, and public service, in addition to high international assessment, advanced level of university faculty, ability to innovate, and creative thinking in dealing with challenges, as evidenced by the history of scholarships and academics provided by AU to students in Bahrain for decades now and more enlivened by the large presence of their alumni and guests at the ceremonial dinner.

UTB’s innovative efforts recognised

University of Technology Bahrain (UTB) was awarded at a private event hosted by Gulf Insider in association with Batelco  at Al Areen Palace and Spa for its accelerated campus developments through enhanced learning opportunities with the introduction of new programme offerings that are responsive to the demands of the future job market.

At the event, members of UTB shared best practices with fellow educators. It was an evening of coming together as a fraternity in recognition of the good work educational institutions are doing across the Kingdom.

Dr. Hasan Almulla, President of UTB, shared the key developments that are currently being executed including but not limited to upgrade of institutional infrastructure including classrooms, labs, sports and other recreational facilities, launch of new academic programmes that are responsive to the demands of the labour market, intensified faculty and staff development, and expanded international linkages.

As a provider of market-oriented programmes: Bachelor of Science in Mechatronics Engineering, Bachelor of Science in Informatics Engineering, Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, Bachelor of Science in Business Informatics, Bachelor of Science in International Business, and Master of Business Administration, and with the offering of new programmes: Bachelor of Environmental Engineering, Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance, Bachelor of Science in Information Technology in three (3) majors – Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence, Networking and Cybersecurity, and Applications Development, and International Foundation Year (IFY) programme in collaboration with Northern Consortium of United Kingdom (NCUK), UTB stresses on the importance of using modern technology to achieve constant development of teaching and learning considering that the global economy is dependent on technological innovations, business opportunities, market trends at large and startups booming to date.

Marking its 20 years of establishment with a driven push towards further innovative developments, UTB ensures students’ success and graduates who are sought-after in the workplace.

UTB supports Breast Cancer Awareness campaign

In support of the Breast Cancer Awareness Month, University of Technology Bahrain (UTB) organised a symposium and health awareness activities in coordination with Dr. Amal Alrayes and Bahrain Breast Cancer Society at the university premises.

Dr. Amal Alrayes, a General Surgical Oncologist & Breast Surgeon, gave an informative presentation on the early detection, causes, cures and preventive measures of breast cancer and other related health concerns. It was further inspired by a survival story shared by Dr. Rania Nafea whereby she shared her journey after being diagnosed with breast cancer. In their talks, they emphasized that while breast cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in the breast and that the main reasons are genetics and certain environmental or behavioral triggers, proper health education is the best prevention to fight all sorts of cancer, hence encouraging everyone to be keen on their health conditions.

Fund raising, Dinar for Distance (D4D) campaign, and engaging activities facilitated by Bahrain Breast Cancer Society and UTB Student Council made the event pinker.

Meanwhile, a number of UTB students and members participated in the Women’s Tournament event organised by Rotary Clubs of Seef and Adliya under the Patronage of Her Highness Dr. Shaikha Hessa bint Khalid Al Khalifa – Board Member of Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC) and Head of the Bahrain Football Association (BFA) Women Committee at Al Najma Sports Club in Juffair.

These activities and external participation come along with UTB’s drive of promoting health, physical wellness and work efficiency while fostering cooperative alliances and partnerships with other entities and institutions in the community.

UTB graduates of Huawei Seeds for the Future program honoured

University of Technology Bahrain (UTB) students together with other students from participating universities were honoured as graduates of the Seeds for the Future program during the Huawei’s awarding ceremony under the patronage of His Highness Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa, First Deputy Chairman of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports, General Sports Authority (GSA) Chairman and Bahrain Olympic Committee President at Al Wadi Palace.

This is one of the training opportunities for UTB students to improve their skills towards more innovation and growth, hence taking part in leading the future of the country.

Dr. Hasan Almulla, UTB President, also received a token of appreciation on behalf of the university in support of youth empowerment, encouraging UTB students to participate in viable opportunities for their personal and career development.

Present in the awarding ceremony are distinguished ministers and dignitaries, who expressed their congratulations to all graduates of the program and to all supporting parties and universities.

Following the awarding ceremony, Dr. Hasan Almulla received in his office Nawal Kaleem Khan, the 2020 top 1 national winner who also attended the ceremony as one of the program graduates. She is a Bachelor of Science in Mechatronics Engineering alumna.

UTB Team qualifies for INJAZ Innovation Camp 2022 finals

Students from the different colleges of University of Technology Bahrain won in the semifinal round of the INJAZ Innovation Camp 2022, hosted by Baraka Bank at BAPCO Club, also securing one of the top 3 spots in the final round.

During the two-day competition, the team pitched the idea of Isee innovation – a smart cane guided by a microchip and linked to Google maps intended to help the blind and the visually impaired individuals in leading a more fulfilling life.

While UTB continues to inspire more students to excel in their programme of studies, it is in support of elevating their ideas into viable future opportunities.