UTB welcomes back all its students to campus
University of Technology Bahrain (UTB) had a great opening of the new academic year 2022-2023 as a number of new and current students returned to campus on Sunday, September 18th. Exciting for everyone, the first day of face-to-face classes is merely about welcoming students back to class and orienting new students of the different student support services and learning opportunities provided by UTB.
For new students, the first day of classes helps them adjust and feel comfortable in their new academic environment, inculcate in them the proceedings of the university, build connection with other students and faculty members, and direct them to a sense of larger purpose and self-exploration. On the other hand, for continuing students, it orients them the necessary adjustments to succeed in their programme of study.
Dr. Hasan Almulla, President of University of Technology Bahrain, welcomed all students, faculty and staff to the celebration of the first day of classes to kick off the new academic year. He inspired the students with functional tips for a successful academic journey while reassuring them of support being the center of the university’s operations.
Faculty members, staff and student council members met and greeted students over refreshments, fun activities, prizes, and kind gestures of appreciation. Excitement in everyone’s faces is demonstrably high. Everyone displays readiness to start the first trimester successfully.
That is what the first day of school is about in the University of Technology Bahrain. Seeing friends, meeting teachers, getting information about the year ahead, settling in, gaining an understanding of expectations and how things work, setting goals, buckling down, and getting focused on academics while gearing up to enjoy extracurriculars and other school activities – more overwhelming welcome than ever after a couple of years of on-screen attendance to classes.
UTB wishes all its students a successful trimester ahead.
UTB intensifies faculty training for enhanced learning experience
The University of Technology Bahrain (UTB), through its Faculty Development Office in coordination with Advance Higher Education – UK, organised series of workshops for its faculty members prior to the onset of the new academic year primarily to equip them with the emerging or contemporary approaches, methodologies and principles relevant to teaching and learning. Through these workshops, faculty members can adopt key techniques in the delivery of their assigned courses.
Earlier, a number of UTB faculty members were awarded Senior Fellowship and Fellowship by Advance HE-UK, an increasingly sought pedagogical recognition across the higher education sector and is being recognised as a benchmark of quality in teaching and supporting student learning, after successful demonstration and qualification to UK Professional Standards Framework for teaching and learning support in higher education. With this recognition, UTB and faculty members are recognised of quality of professional practice, prestige and esteem in the delivery of academic programmes: Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering, Bachelor of Science in Mechatronics Engineering, Bachelor of Science in Informatics Engineering, Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, Bachelor of Science in Information Technology in three majors (Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence, Networking and Cybersecurity, and Applications Development), Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance, Bachelor of Science in Business Informatics, Bachelor of Science in International Business, Master of Business Administration, and NCUK International Foundation Year programme.
The 2-day training is based on Advance HE-UK’s extensive delivery of teacher development programmes across the world, including but not limited to UK, Asia, Africa, Australia, and wider-Europe, to model interactive and collaborative learning activities for participants and is underpinned by research into evidence-informed approaches to teaching and learning.
UTB in collaboration with Batelco implements advanced Wi-Fi network in preparation for welcoming UTB students back to campus
The University of Technology Bahrain (UTB) in collaboration with Batelco has implemented one of the most advanced Wi-Fi solutions that is fully managed through the Cloud to provide advanced campus-wide Wi-Fi for students and faculty members at UTB’s campus in Salmabad. The university is the first institute in the Kingdom to install this advanced Wi-Fi service in readiness for the new academic year.
Batelco’s Cloud Managed Network Service, provided in partnership with Huawei, is delivered and managed in the cloud, resulting in quick installation times due to minimum onsite configuration, leading to lower installation and management costs. Once set up, the service can be managed and modified through an internet portal or mobile app.
President of the University of Technology Bahrain, Dr. Hasan Al Mulla, said: “Working closely with Batelco to deliver this superior Wi-Fi solution to our students has been a pleasure. We are proud to be the first university in the Kingdom to provide our students and faculty members with the cloud-managed service, and benefit from Batelco’s superior Wi-Fi service.”
Batelco General Manager, Enterprise, Abdulla Danish, said: “We are delighted to be the first in the Kingdom to deliver the latest superior Wi-Fi solution, in time for the current academic year. As an institute whose primary educational curricula centres on technology, UTB is the ideal location to roll-out the latest Wi-Fi solution, exclusively available from Batelco and supported by our long-term partner Huawei.”
UTB engineering and computing programmes re-accredited by ABET
The Bachelor of Science in Mechatronics Engineering (BSME) and the Bachelor of Science in Informatics Engineering (BSIE) programmes of the University of Technology Bahrain (UTB) received full accreditation by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc. (ABET) until September 30, 2028 following a rigorous inspection process including but not limited to teaching and learning, assessment, student support, stakeholders’ qualifications, facilities and laboratories, and partnerships among others underpinned by internationally recognised standards determined by ABET accrediting authorities.
It is worthy to recall that the UTB’s BSCS programme was first accredited in 2013 while its BSME and BSIE programmes were first accredited in 2015, which made UTB the first private university in the country to receive international ABET accreditation.
On this occasion, Dr. Hasan Almulla – President of UTB, proudly said that with this re-accreditation, students, employers and society are assured that these engineering and computing programmes meet established educational standards in preparing graduates to enter in the global workforce, and that the certificates of the graduates of these programmes will be treated with the same recognition with those graduates of international universities endorsed by ABET.
He also added that UTB upholds its dedication of providing high quality of learning, innovation and dissemination of knowledge through research-inspired teaching and enhancing the educational, economic, social and cultural prosperity of the community while inspiring more students and the future generations to come.
UTB and IGOAI collaborate for a tech talk on metaverse
University of Technology Bahrain (UTB), through its College of Computer Studies, in collaboration with International Group of Artificial Intelligence, held the virtual tech talk on metaverse, which was attended by a number of community members who are mainly representatives of local businesses, nonprofit organisations, educational institutions, and industries.
Dr. Hasan Almulla, President of University of Technology Bahrain, thanked Dr. Jassim Haji, President of International Group of Artificial Intelligence, for his efforts in support of the university’s drive of keeping up with the rapid developments in the world of technology. Commenting on partnerships with various technological sectors and organisations, he pointed out the significant role of academic programmes in addressing the evolving demands and needs of the labour markets. With this, UTB now offers Bachelor of Science in Information Technology in three majors –Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence, Networking and Cybersecurity, and Applications Development.
Dr. Jassim Haji posed a challenge to all participants to think of ideas in putting Bahrain as the leading metaverse producer in the Middle East while being vigilant enough to distinguish between real and misleading information as the metaverse is dynamic and evolving. Dr. Alezeya Sanchez, Business Strategy Director of MioGroup, shared her thoughts on the challenges and opportunities in marketing considering the shift of focus and the marketing budgets as metaverse is a costly investment but for a long run. Dr. Chan Yeun, Cybersecurity Leader of Center for Cyber Physical Systems, talked about his research works on the emerging artificial intelligence techniques such as secured biometrics, virtual reality headsets and haptic gloves to prevent potential cybersecurity threats in the metaverse. Prof. Idoia Salazar, Co-founder and President of Observatory of the Social and Ethical Impact of Artificial Intelligence, showed how metaverse excites the future in limitless opportunities through the lights and shadows of the metaverse, which allow people in their avatars to interact virtually anywhere. Mr. Ahmed Albalooshi, Managing Director of Fintech IT Services & Consultations in Bahrain, put forward metaverse to revolutionize the future of business and investment with the use of the multiple elements of technology including 5G, virtual reality, augmented reality, mixed reality, extended reality, multi-dimensional engines, videos, avatars, artificial intelligence, blockchain and cloud.
As a university that envisions to inspire more students and the future generations to come, UTB continues to keep up with the trends in technology and to inspire ideas from its students towards the future of technology, business and human interaction through the offering of Bachelor of Science in Information Technology in three majors – Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence, Networking and Cybersecurity, and Applications Development along with other new programmes such as Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance, Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering and NCUK International Foundation Year.
UTB participates in ISUIL program – Istanbul, Turkey
University of Technology Bahrain (UTB) participates in the International Summer University for Intercultural Leadership (ISUIL) program, an annual program supported by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the European Commission.
Wafa Alansari, a third year Bachelor of Science in International Business student and a member of the Student Council, is representing UTB in the program which is being held until 31st of July at Istanbul, Turkey.
As a partner university, UTB is in support of the program’s aim of developing students’ intercultural skills and giving them the opportunity to study key issues in international affairs that are linked to coexistence, diversity, the rule of law and good governance.
UTB strengthens ties with the youth
University of Technology Bahrain (UTB), through its Centre for General Education, External Engagement Office and Student Council, in collaboration with Al Qadisiyah Youth Empowerment Centre, organised sports awareness lectures, short academic skills demonstrations, and competitions for members, affiliates and players of Qadisiyah – marking the second year of collaboration.
With its offering of NCUK International Foundation Year (IFY), UTB continues to strengthen its community outreach and inspire more students and youth members. Students who complete NCUK IFY at UTB will be prepared and assisted for entry to one of the best universities in UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and many other popular study destinations with A-level qualification in the degree programme of their choice.
UTB alumnus wins gold medal in ITEX 2022
University of Technology Bahrain (UTB) congratulates Engr. Ebrahim Khalil Almutawa, Bachelor of Science in Mechatronics Engineering and Master of Business Administration alumnus, for being a gold medalist at the International Invention Innovation Technology Exhibition (ITEX) 2022 recently held in Malaysia. The exhibition intends to provide inventors with investment opportunities that will allow them to turn their inventions into commercially viable products.
Dr. Hasan Almulla, University President, presented him a token in recognition of his winning invention – an automated solar panel cleaning system inspired with artificial intelligence. Engr. Ebrahim’s entry was among hundreds of inventions employing artificial intelligence submitted for rigorous scrutiny of experts.
UTB looks forward to more successes of its alumni in their field of work.
UTB Open Day 2022 winner awarded
Dr. Hasan Almulla, President of University of Technology Bahrain, awards Kevin Martins his prize from the UTB Open Day. Kevin Martins is a computer science enthusiast who wishes to be the next social media genius.
When asked how he sees himself in five years, he said, “I see myself making a name in my chosen career. This is the very reason I am looking forward to starting my academic journey here at the University of Technology Bahrain in September 2022, and I chose to enroll in Bachelor of Science in Computer Science because I am really into programming and Internet of Things (IoT).”
UTB launches new programmes and the biggest scholarship grants
University of Technology Bahrain (UTB) launched its new programmes and scholarship grants through an Open Day under the patronage of Her Excellency Dr. Shaikha Rana bint Isa bin Daij Al Khalifa, Secretary General of the Higher Education Council and Deputy Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Higher Education Council, in the presence of distinguished dignitaries.
During the opening ceremony, Dr. Hasan Almulla, the President of the University of Technology Bahrain, expressed sincere appreciation and commendation to Her Excellency Dr. Shaikha Rana bint Isa bin Daij Al Khalifa for her patronage of the event and unparalleled support of the university’s development plans. Her Excellency Dr. Shaikha Rana praised the idea of having an open day for students and parents to learn about the programme offerings and also congratulated UTB on the new programmes approved by Higher Education Council, followed by presentations from keynote speakers namely: Eng. Luma Abbas Al Mahroos, the Director of the Environmental Assessment and Control Directorate at the Supreme Council for Environment; Dr. Jassim Haji, the President of International Group of Artificial Intelligence; and Mr. Andy Straughan, the NCUK Regional Director of Africa, Middle East, Europe and Americas.
Following the opening ceremony, Her Excellency Dr. Shaikha Rana made a tour of the exhibition showcasing the programmes and best projects of students. Among the new programmes are Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering, Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance, Bachelor of Science in Information Technology in 3 majors (Applications Development, Networking and Cybersecurity, and Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence), and International Foundation Year (IFY) programme offered in collaboration with NCUK to guarantee students direct entry to British and international universities; the existing programmes are Bachelor of Informatics Engineering, Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering, Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, Bachelor of Science in Business Informatics, Bachelor of Science in International Business, and Master of Business Administration.
In addition to the new programmes, UTB also announced up to 50% scholarship grants, the biggest in the history of the university, categorized as high school CGPA, company recommendation, enrollees for all new programmes, orphans and those with special needs, transferees, and alumni among others.
University of Technology Bahrain would like to thank a number of students, families and company representatives who visited the said event.