16 Oct 2012

Education, Career Fair Kicks Off

Hundreds of high school students checking out prospective courses and universities, and fresh graduates looking for employment turned up on the first day of Najah education, training and careers exhibition in the Capital.

Najah 2012 was officially inaugurated on Tuesday by Shaikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research.

This year’s edition saw the participation of 120 local and international higher education institutions, including 20 from the US, offering over 500 academic and vocational training programmes. Forty secondary schools have also signed up to bring their graduating pupils to the show.

A special attraction at Najah is the display of 10 Emirati students’ projects that showed technological innovation at the Abu Dhabi Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (ACTVET) stand.

Omar Abdulrahman Al Tenaiji, a Grade 11 student of the Secondary Technical School Abu Dhabi, demonstrated how a vehicle remote control computer programme can be modified to control and run a big machine such as that of a fire truck.

The firefighting prototype, which is built using Lego Mindstorm, demonstrated how the remote-controlled programme can put out fire, control the water hose direction up to 360 degree angle, and extend the rescue ladder, without endangering the lives of the rescue workers.

“Next year, for my graduating project, I plan to build a bigger prototype using metal. I will increase its abilities and control the water range using joystick,” Omar told Khaleej Times.

He added that he plans to present this programme to the civil defence hoping that they may benefit from it.

“On a bigger scale, the machine can carry more water and rescue more people,” the Emirati student pointed out.

Other important stop offs at Najah is the Fatima College of Health Sciences’ stand where student nurses are on hand to take blood pressure and test blood-sugar level. The Abu Dhabi Health Services Company, Seha, will also be hosting seminars everyday at the fair till Thursday.

The three-day event will once again host a psychometric assessment centre, along with advice clinics and career options counselling. “Education remains a key focal point for the UAE government, which has set aside Dh2.8 billion of its Dh41 billion federal budget in 2012 specifically for the sector. According to the UAE National Bureau of Statistics, 27,909 Emirati students graduated in 2010-2011. We can expect similar number of school passouts to graduate this year, giving ample opportunity to universities and vocational training institutes to ramp up their efforts in attracting students with their latest programmes,” said Khurram Saeed, NAJAH exhibition director.

Source: Khaleej Times

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