DATE : 2016-11-21

Ankabut’s 13th Users Meeting Discusses Read, Research, Innovate

The Emirates Advanced National Research and Education Network users meeting explored innovative educational technology 

Abu Dhabi, 21 November 2016

Under the patronage of His Excellency Hussain Al Hammadi, the UAE’s Minister of Education, the Khalifa University managed Emirates Advanced National Research and Education Network (Ankabut) organized today its 13th users meeting, which was held today at the Dusit Thani, Abu Dhabi and discussed a range of topics around the theme Read, Research, Innovate. 

The conference brought together leaders in education, research and technology for specialized lectures and technical sessions focused on issues related to educational technology. The first day of the event drew approximately 500 attendees, primarily from the UAE higher education community, and over 100 organizations and government entities. 

The meeting also explored various education technology aspects of Ankabut’s services, including new services, high performance computing (HPC), open track, global connectivity, learning management systems (LMS), assessment, EFADA (Ankabut Library Management System) and security and disaster recovery (DR).

In addition to speeches by Dr. Arif Sultan Al Hammadi, Executive Vice President of Khalifa University and Fahem Al Nuaimi, ANKABUT’s CEO, there was a keynote address by a representative from IBM that focuses on “How rapid technology changes are disrupting the education of the employment system" and two lectures by Schneider Electric, the strategic partner of the event and Huawei, the event’s Platinum Sponsor. Speakers for the technical sessions included lecturers from various UAE post-secondary institutions such as Khalifa University, UAEU, NYU Abu Dhabi, Masdar Institute, Abu Dhabi Center for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (ACTVET) and Institute of Applied Technology (IAT), in addition to local and international industry such as GBI, Campus Management, GBM, CtrlS- Cloud4C, Fujitsu, Help AG and Bitdefender.

“Innovation is key to the achievement of the wise vision forged by the leadership of the UAE,” said Dr. Arif Sultan Al Hammadi, “Ankabut, and the services it offers the academic institutions in this country are vital to innovation, and vital to our students continued success and academic growth. Connecting academic institutions and making knowledge share easier, more accessible, and faster, allows for greater collaboration and greater communication, which can’t help but lead to innovation. Khalifa University is proud to support Ankabut, and benefit from the services it provides to the education and research sector.” 

“This meeting is not just for the Information Technology community, but rather it’s an opportunity for multiple groups, who share a common interest in educational technology, to gather and discuss key issues and advancements,” said Mr. Al Nuaimi. “This event aims to inspire educators to discover the latest technological developments and to share lessons learnt. It also offers us an opportunity to review Ankabut’s achievements over the past year and showcase our plans for the future.  It is an exciting event that will foster collaboration and innovation.” 

In addition to the technical program, the meeting will was also witness to the signing of two MOU’s, one between Khalifa University and the Canadian University of Dubai and one between the Canadian University and IBM. 

Ankabut is an advanced network that connects research and academic institutions in the UAE with a high speed network and while offering them connectivity to other education networks around the world. In addition to connecting universities, Ankabut can connect the public institutions together across the UAE with an effective cost model. Ankabut also co-operates on a national, GCC, regional and international arena representing the UAE in conferences, exhibitions and forums. Ankabut aims to offer professional and innovative IT services with a focus on the research and educational sector. Services include Cloud, Connectivity, IT infrastructure, manage services and professional services such as IT Consultancy, Project Management, Licenses, Training and Development.