UTB student excels in 2023 Huawei’s Seeds for the Future Program

A Bachelor of Science in Informatics Engineering student at the University of Technology Bahrain (UTB) excelled in the 2023 Huawei’s Seeds for the Future program. Yousif Yasser Maidan’s remarkable performance in the program places him in the top 5% of participants, earning him the prestigious title of Huawei Ambassador for the university.

Yousif, along with his team from Bahrain, has been awarded a one-week digital trip to China. This unique opportunity allows them to immerse themselves in the digital landscape, explore the ICT industry, and engage with leading high-tech companies and industry experts.

With UTB’s objective of enhancing student experiences, participation in activities like Huawei’s Seeds for the Future program offers invaluable training opportunities that hone students’ skills, fostering innovation and growth, and preparing them to contribute to the sustainable future of the country.

Earlier, UTB announced the addition of the Huawei Certified ICT Associate (HCIA) – Artificial Intelligence certification to its curriculum. This certification confirms mastery of foundational knowledge and skills in AI technologies, including machine learning, deep learning, and AI development frameworks. Recently, UTB also introduced the HCIA-Cloud Computing certification, which covers cloud service models, virtualization, and cloud infrastructure. Both certifications are now integrated into its Bachelor of Science in Computer Science programme, while the HCIA-Cloud Computing certification is also integrated into its Bachelor of Science in Business Informatics programme. These certifications are awarded to UTB students and faculty upon passing the professional examinations.

Committed to delivering innovative higher education, UTB continues to integrate cutting-edge technologies into its teaching and learning processes. Through collaborations with technology companies and professional organisations, the university aims to provide students and faculty with the best training and practical experience, ensuring they remain at the forefront of technological advancements.

UTB hosts interactive seminar on cybersecurity risks

The University of Technology Bahrain (UTB) held an engaging seminar on the critical topic of cybersecurity risks. Organised by the AI and Metaverse Research Centre of the College of Computer Studies, the event aimed to shed light on the growing importance of cybersecurity in today’s digital landscape.

Dr. Haitham Alqahtani, Vice President for Academic Affairs, stated, “With rapid technological advancement, cybersecurity has become one of the most prominent challenges we face. Cyber intrusions and cybercrimes pose a significant danger to individuals, companies, and governments alike.” He added that through this seminar, attendees would be informed of the major cybersecurity risks and be provided with advice and guidelines to ensure these risks are avoided and our digital assets are protected. The seminar will showcase the latest technologies and security solutions available to counter these threats.

Mr. Ali Beshara, an experienced cybersecurity consultant, shared his insights into the latest cybersecurity threats and protection strategies. These included mitigating threats to an organisation’s brand, preventing fraud, ensuring business continuity amid cyber threats, monitoring systems for breaches, protecting sensitive data, addressing security weaknesses, recognising human error and insider threats, and securing remote access and managing access controls effectively.

In line with UTB’s commitment to delivering cutting-edge education in technology, the university’s Bachelor of Science in Information Technology programme offers highly relevant specialisations in Networking and Cybersecurity, Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence, and Applications Development. These tracks are designed to broaden students’ understanding of cybersecurity, prepare them to tackle the challenges of the digital age, and inspire them to develop robust security measures for the future of various industries. Additionally, UTB plans to diversify its technology-based programmes, including a Master of Science in Cybersecurity in collaboration with École Hexagone, a French university specialising in cybersecurity and artificial intelligence, following statutory approval from the Higher Education Council.

In support of Bahrain’s national security initiatives, UTB consistently demonstrates its commitment to academic excellence and its proactive approach to meeting the evolving needs of the tech industry and emphasising the significant role of students in driving technological advancements.

UTB explores sustainable engineering innovations

The University of Technology Bahrain (UTB), under the initiative of its Sustainability and Automation Research Centre (SARC) in the College of Engineering, hosted a seminar dedicated to sustainable solutions and cutting-edge technologies in the engineering sector. This event served as a crucial platform for faculty and students to delve into the latest advancements and market trends shaping the field of engineering.

Discussions centered on innovative approaches that are reshaping the future of engineering, including renewable energy, smart infrastructure, and automation technologies. These topics underscored the urgent need for sustainable practices within engineering and showcased innovative solutions aimed at tackling global challenges.

Interactive sessions facilitated participant engagement, fostering the development of new strategies for implementing sustainable engineering practices.

UTB, known for its leadership in engineering education and commitment to sustainability, ensures its graduates are well-prepared to contribute to the advancement of sustainable technologies. By continually updating its curriculum and hosting events that address contemporary issues, UTB supports the professional development of future engineers.

Through its engineering programmes and research initiatives, UTB aims to cultivate skilled professionals capable of driving progress and innovation in their fields. The SARC at UTB remains at the forefront of research in sustainable engineering practices and automation technologies, promoting a culture of sustainability and technological excellence.

UTB reinforces communication skills for global success

The University of Technology Bahrain (UTB), through its College of Administrative and Financial Sciences, conducted training session aimed at enhancing students’ communication abilities. Collaborating with the Community Engagement Office, Student Council, and Volunteer Club, the initiative underscored the crucial role of effective communication in contemporary business environments and broader career opportunities.

The training featured insights from distinguished speakers affiliated with a renowned international educational organisation specializing in communication, public speaking, and leadership development. These experts imparted essential strategies and shared practical case studies, highlighting the critical importance of proficient communication in real-world contexts.

Following the sessions, students enthusiastically participated in language course competitions organised by the Centre for General Education, including book talk, writing, debate, and public speaking. These activities reinforced the significance of honing communication skills for future career readiness.

Aligned with UTB’s commitment to producing well-rounded graduates, the initiative emphasized the cultivation of communication skills essential for academic and professional success. Students were encouraged to articulate ideas effectively, engage diverse audiences through oral presentations and written correspondence, and uphold rigorous communication standards.

This proactive approach reflects UTB’s dedication to equipping students with vital 21st century competencies, ensuring their preparedness to excel in a competitive global job market and contribute significantly to their chosen fields upon graduation.

UTB advocates for a safe learning environment

The University of Technology Bahrain (UTB), in coordination with the Ministry of Interior, held a lecture on the scourge of drugs and methods for protection against its dangers, marking the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. The lecture addressed the harmful effects of drug abuse on physical and mental health, as well as its social and economic repercussions.

Major Yousif Alzayani from the Anti-Narcotics Directorate explained the different types of drugs and their severe consequences, including health issues, addiction, and negative social and economic impacts. He also highlighted the efforts of security agencies in combating drug smuggling, emphasizing the importance of public awareness.

The event included demonstrations of various drugs to help students distinguish between illegal substances and legal medications, thereby aiding in the prevention of addiction.

UTB strongly supports partnerships between educational institutions and government agencies to address societal issues, underscoring its commitment to ensuring a safe learning environment for students and making a positive impact on Bahraini society. This initiative demonstrates UTB’s dedication to social responsibility, raising awareness, and addressing societal challenges in Bahrain.

UTB supports sustainable waste management

Demonstrating its commitment to sustainable development, the University of Technology Bahrain, in coordination with the Supreme Council for Environment, held a seminar on proper waste management. This event is part of the university’s environmental awareness campaign, aimed at emphasizing the importance of waste reduction, recycling, and the safe disposal of hazardous waste among its stakeholders towards a sustainable and eco-friendly environment for all.

Engineer Mohamed Al-Mazal from the Supreme Council for Environment led the seminar, providing insights into plastic recycling in the Kingdom of Bahrain and discussing the primary challenges associated with waste management. He also presented contemporary practices and effective strategies for addressing these issues.

Dr. Haitham Alqahtani, Vice President for Academic Affairs at UTB, emphasized that the university, being one of the leading universities in engineering programmes, focuses on environment and technology. Recognizing the economic aspect of environmental challenges, the university aims to partner with regulatory bodies like the Supreme Council for Environment, international organisations such as the United Nations, and prominent industrial companies to achieve the best environmental solutions with good economic returns.

UTB inspires more and more environmentally conscious students through its Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering programme. This programme meets high-quality standards, showcasing the university’s commitment to addressing environmental challenges. The seminar also covered the critical role of environmental engineers in finding solutions to environmental issues and the importance of student training programs in environmental projects to develop the necessary expertise in this field.

These initiatives ensure that UTB graduates can adeptly meet the demands of the labour market, industry, and environmental management, both locally and globally. Here’s to graduating more highly skilled engineers who are ready to spearhead innovation in their fields of specialisation.

UTB celebrates World Environment Day promoting sustainability and innovation

In the presence of Her Excellency Shaikha Maram Bint Isa Al-Khalifa, Secretary-General of National Initiative for Agricultural Development (NIAD), University of Technology Bahrain (UTB) joined NIAD in commemorating World Environment Day. The event featured tree planting, project exhibit and seminar, marking a significant step towards promoting environmental awareness and sustainability.

Dr. Hasan Almulla, President of UTB, guided Her Excellency Shaikha Maram Bint Isa Al-Khalifa on an opening tour showcasing innovative and impactful environmental student projects. These projects, ranging from cutting-edge waste management technologies to sustainable agricultural practices, highlighted the students’ dedication to fostering a greener future.

The seminar “Towards a Greener Bahrain” presented the country’s critical environmental challenges and highlighted the importance of cross-sector collaboration to achieve a more sustainable and resilient Bahrain. UTB researchers were encouraged to submit their entries for the Best Agricultural Research and Studies award.

This event highlighted UTB’s commitment to nurturing environmentally conscious individuals and promoting a culture of sustainability, particularly through its Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering programme. UTB aims to inspire a sense of responsibility and empower more students to make a difference, in support of Bahrain’s sustainable environment goal.

UTB and KHUH holds 11th blood donation campaign

On the occasion of World Donor Day this month, the University of Technology Bahrain (UTB) held its 11th blood donation campaign in collaboration with King Hamad University Hospital, united by a shared commitment to supporting the local blood bank.

This campaign was particularly noteworthy, not only because of the impressive participation of students, alumni, faculty and staff, but also the involvement of Batelco, a key UTB partner in establishing an advanced wireless network on campus. Their participation highlights the strong community ties and collaborative spirit that drive UTB’s initiatives.

60 bags of blood were successfully collected, which supports the healthcare needs of the local community and benefits patients requiring blood transfusions.

“We are glad for the response from our students, faculty, staff, and partners. Their willingness to donate blood reinforces UTB’s core values. We thank everyone who contributed and will continue to support meaningful initiatives,” said Dr. Adnan Altamimi, Vice President for Administration and Finance and Head of Community Engagement Office of UTB, after the event.

Highlighting the power of collaboration in addressing critical needs, UTB has reaffirmed its dedication to uniting people for the greater good and fostering a spirit of giving and community service within and beyond the university.

UTB completes second cycle BQA Institutional Review

The University of Technology Bahrain (UTB) has completed the second cycle of the Institutional Review (IR) conducted by the Directorate of Higher Education Reviews (DHR) of the Education and Training Quality Authority (BQA). UTB commends the diligent efforts of the DHR delegates and international experts involved in the review process, which assessed the university’s adherence to quality standards.

UTB remains committed to achieving and maintaining the highest standards in its academic programmes, campus facilities, and services. The university continuously strives to enhance its offerings and modernize its equipment and infrastructure to meet international benchmarks.

The university administration extends heartfelt gratitude to the chairmen and members of the Board of Directors and Trustees for their unwavering support. Appreciation is also extended to the academic and administrative staff, alumni, students, educational partners, and advisory panel members from both public and private sectors for their significant contributions to upholding academic and administrative excellence and best practices in higher education.

UTB is dedicated to fostering a supportive educational environment, providing a range of student activities, guidance services, and professional development opportunities to prepare students for successful careers in the labour market.

UTB fosters inclusivity and social responsibility

To strengthen community engagement efforts, the University of Technology Bahrain (UTB), in collaboration with Bahrain Mobility International Centre, organised a special soul tournament for people with disabilities, championing disability awareness and fostering partnership.

The event featured a range of activities including dominoes, shotput, basketball and badminton matches, creating an inclusive and engaging atmosphere for participants and audience, including students and staff. Refreshments and awards further enhanced the vibrancy of the event.

Bahrain Mobility International Centre and UTB have forged ties for sustainable programs for individuals with disabilities, with a focus on inspiring individuals to pursue their passions and strive for excellence. Through these initiatives, they seek to promote inclusivity and create opportunities for personal and professional growth among participants.

Ms. Noura Aldosary, a member of the Board of Directors of Bahrain Mobility International Centre, expressed gratitude to UTB for hosting the tournament and affirmed their continuing support of people with disabilities. She expressed anticipation for more collaborative activities between Bahrain Mobility International Centre and UTB.

Dr. Adnan Altamimi, UTB’s Vice President for Administration and Finance and Head of Community Engagement Office, led the activities, underlining UTB’s commitment to promoting inclusivity and showcasing the talents of individuals, including those with disabilities. He stressed that there will be more events in the future, providing a platform for empowerment, achievement and community integration. After all, UTB CarEs.

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