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celebrating 20 years

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he UOWD campus was abuzz with excitement on 14th March as the University launched its 20th anniversary celebrations in spectacular style. More than 800 current, former and future students, along with their families and friends, joined UOWD staff and the wider community to celebrate the momentous occasion, with a vast array of fun-filled activities and events at the University campus.

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rofessor Trevor Spedding succeeded as the new President of the University of Wollongong in Dubai in March 2013. He is an academic with over 25 years of experience as a teacher, researcher and academic leader. He was formerly the Dean of the Faculty of Commerce at the University of Wollongong (UOW) in Australia, which is the largest faculty at UOW, accounting for approximately 25% of students. Trevor has considerable international experience in education, having worked at various universities in the United Kingdom, Singapore and Australia. He spent a decade at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore, and experienced the transformation and dynamic growth which saw the University develop from a fledgling institute of the National University of Singapore, to an independent world class institution ranked in the top 50 universities in the world. In 2000 Trevor was appointed the inaugural Medway Chair of Manufacturing Systems at the University of Greenwich in the UK. During his time at Greenwich he developed initiatives that facilitated the growth of masters and PhD students, short courses and workshops, and resulted in significant funding from the UK government and the European Union. In 2005 Trevor was appointed Head of the School of Management and Marketing and Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Commerce at UOW. He was subsequently appointed Dean of the Faculty in 2010. During this period the Faculty saw significant growth in student numbers and achieved a ranking in the top band for teaching and research activities. Professor Trevor Spedding has set a challenge to guide the University of Wollongong in Dubai towards an institution focused on research and teaching excellence. “From a humble English language institute with a handful of students, our aim is to build upon the growing reputation of a university that prides itself on quality,

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sustainability and excellence in teaching, and to offer programs that provide for the needs of the community and prepare students for the market place. “We reinforce the strong focus of the Vice Chancellor to move the University of Wollongong into the top 1% of universities in the world. The recent rankings by the Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) Leiden Ranking system places UOW in the top 1% of universities worldwide, in addition to being ranked in the top 25 emerging universities in the world in the QS Top 50 under 50 listing. UOW provides international outreach, with the Dubai campus being at the forefront of higher education in the GCC region, and continually strives to deliver top quality education and improve its international reputation.”

“Most importantly we must recognise our alumni as important stakeholders in the UOWD community, and engage with them, support them in their careers and seek feedback from them on how we can improve. As alumni you are our brand ambassadors and we associate our reputation with you.”

AWARDS & RANKINGS Top 2% of universities in the world 264th in the world – QS World University Rankings 2012/2013 305th in the world – Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2012/2013 346th in the world – Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2012 Globally ranked as one of the leading modern universities 24th in the world – QS Top 50 Under 50 Rankings 2013 33rd in the world – Times Higher Education Top 100 Under 50 Rankings 2012 Equal 1st in Australia – Times Higher Education Top 100 Under 50 Rankings 2012 Globally rated a five-star university 5 Star rating – QS World University Rankings 2012/2013 1st in Australia for Educational Experience and Graduate Outcomes – Australian Good Universities Guide 2013 Top 100 in the world for global graduates 5th year in a row that employers have ranked UOW graduates in the top 100 universities in the world – QS World University Rankings Graduate Employers Survey 2012 Top tier rankings in every discipline

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Top tier rankings in every discipline category – Australian Government’s Learning and Teaching Performance Fund 2008 UOWD was established by UOW twenty years ago and the programs delivered at the Dubai campus reflect the academic standards of the Australian institution.

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The crowds were treated to the ‘UOWD’s Got Talent’ competition, where students showcased their skills in a range of unique performances, from tradition Arabic singing to original rap acts. The competition saw captivating performances from UOWD students, covering a range of talents from instrumental recitals to energetic dance acts. The Abu Dhabi Big Band followed with a set of classic swing tunes and the DJ kept the dance floor filled with an eclectic mix of popular music from around the world. Throughout the day guests took part in a series of fun challenges and competitions. Participants took the opportunity to ride a gyroscope, shoot some hoops, test their skills on the mechanical rodeo bull and compete in a football shootout challenge. A customary Australian barbecue and traditional Arabic cuisine were also on offer, along with a large range of sampling stalls offering sweet and savoury treats. Following the presentation of the competition prizes, the ceremonial activities began, with UOWD President Professor Trevor Spedding and Dean of Computer Science and Engineering, Dr Mohamed Salem cutting the official 20th anniversary cake. Dr Salem recounted the history of UOWD, from its inception, with seven language students based in a small office on the Sharjah / Dubai border, to its present Knowledge Village campus, hosting over 3500 students and delivering 25 accredited degree programs. The crowds then joined in a ‘happy birthday’ chorus, and returned to the dance floor as the party continued. UOWD Alumni in attendance at the event included Devika Narain and Anam Masud. Anam said, “We graduated in December 2010 and are back three years on to celebrate this event. We really miss the university and great times like this. It’s good to be back, the place feels like home.” Joining the event after work, Doctoral student Salim Ghazvini Kor said, “It’s great that UOWD cares about the wider university experience, as well as the academic importance of being here. This event is the perfect way to commemorate the success of the past 20 years.”

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he university hosted its 8th annual Career Fair on 13th March, attracting representatives from 40 companies, all in search of emerging graduate talent. The Career Fair was attended by an impressive roll call of multinational companies, long-established national corporations and new start-up ventures located locally in Dubai. This year’s turnout is a clear sign of ever increasing optimism in the national jobs market. As international companies remain cautious in the Eurozone economies, the re-emergence of investor confidence in this region is gradually spurring business growth in the UAE and creating an increasing demand for new, talented employees.

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Bader (left) is now training adventure enthusiasts who aim to undertake the Antarctica expdition.

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ader Al Lawati, a Bachelor of Commerce graduate from the University of Wollongong in Dubai is back in the desert sands following his successful expedition to the last great wilderness on earth. The University of Wollongong in Dubai was one of the sponsors of Bader’s two-week Antarctic expedition, which aimed to raise global awareness about climate change and its effect on local communities. Bader was half of a two-man team representing Oman, as part of a 30-strong Youth Ambassadors group. Following a gruelling training regime, the ‘Freezing Omanis’ as they have become known, set sail from Ushuaia on the southern tip of Argentina, passing through the roughest waterway in the world to land two days later on the Antarctic Peninsula. “The only way I can encapsulate the experience is that it was a continual rush of adrenaline”, said Bader, who is now back in Oman working on the development of the environmental campaign that won him selection for the expedition. “Every day offered a unique experience, from leading the most difficult and dangerous trek the group undertook, to sleeping flat out on the ice and seeing Saturn and the Milky Way so vividly in the night’s sky.” There were tough times too, Bader recalls, “The worst part of the experience was the extreme sleep deprivation, which grew throughout the expedition. We got up at 6am and had just 15 minutes to put on our six layers of clothes and prepare ourselves for the day ahead. After each trek, which

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was around seven kilometres, in extreme conditions, we would attend workshops and would rarely get to bed before 1am, only to be back up at six preparing for the next trek.” Following their momentous feats in the Antarctic, the Freezing Omanis returned home to news of another outstanding achievement. Bader revealed, “Our training for the expedition involved spending time in industrial freezers to acclimatise to the extreme cold. We wanted to put this time to good use and to find unique ways of sharing our message, so it was great to discover when we returned home that we had set world records for the coldest tweet and the most number of bloggers in a freezer.” UOWD was one of the sponsors that supported Bader to purchase the specialist equipment that made his participation in the expedition possible. The expedition was organised by 2041, an NGO that aims to raise awareness about environmental sustainable development.

Lamisse Muhtaseb from Deloitte Financial Advisory Services said, “We’ve seen a lot of growth over the past few years and are recruiting constantly right now. We’ve attended careers fairs in Europe and the UK but it is important for us now to tap into the local talent pool in Dubai. UOWD has a strong reputation for the quality of its graduates and this fair is a good opportunity for us to start building our graduate recruitment base.” Many recruiters were returning to the event after their attendance in previous years yielded a good selection of impressive candidates, who have gone on to become valued company employees. Representing ThyssenKrupp Elevator UAE, Angesa Hakaj said, “It’s my second time at this event, last year we actually hired two students straight from the fair and we have come back again this year to find more talented prospective employees. This time we are looking for engineers in particular, and we have spoken to a few good candidates that I will definitely be getting back in touch with after the event.” This year again saw alumni return to the university as recruiters at the fair. Parveen Kassim graduated from UOWD in 2010. She met her current employers, Symrise, at the 2010 career fair and has attended for the past two years as a recruiter for the organisation. Parveen said, “It is great to be back at UOWD and good to see so many companies here today. The students I have met are very promising and the CVs are strong too.”

The participating companies represented a diverse range of industrial sectors, amongst them were: Deloitte, Gulf Marketing Group, Emirates Gas LLC, Majid Al Futtaim Fashion, MasterCard, Nestlé Middle East, Procter and Gamble, PWC, Siemens LLC, and ThyssenKrupp Elevator UAE. If you or your company wish to participate in the annual career fair or advertise vacanicies on our job portals please contact the Careers Development Centre at Careers@uowdubai.ac.ae

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mastercard finds talent at uowd Financial services giant, MasterCard is one of several companies who found the graduate talent they were searching for at the annual Career Fair, 2013. True to their tagline, ‘There are some things money can’t buy…’ MasterCard has offered two successful UOWD candidates an outstanding career development opportunity that will provide an excellent platform for their future professional endeavours. Redwan Hassan and Karan Singh were selected for a lucrative internship program, which will see them working on MasterCard’s market development in the Middle East and North Africa region. Alongside Redwan and Karan, UOWD students and graduates have been offered positions with an impressive range of multinational companies, national corporations and local ventures, since their attendance at the Career Fair in March. Candidates have been placed with engineering and electronics conglomerate Siemens; leading Lower Gulf FMCG group, Al Seer and local recruitment specialists Cazar, amongst others. They have taken up positions in technology, human resources, finance and marketing.

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team of two graduates from the University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD) has won a competition to create user-friendly Apps for children with special needs based at the Al Noor Training Centre in Dubai.

going back in time Abdulbaset bastaki talks about the early days of uowd

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bdulbaset Bastaki has had a long and distinguished career with government institutions in the UAE. Soon after an instrumental management role with Dubai Airport Free Zone Authority, he was assigned to Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority, where he is now Vice President of Logistics and Contracts. His career accolades include the Distinguished Government Employee Award, which was presented to him by His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Abdulbaset’s association with UOWD began the day the university opened its doors two decades ago. From one of its earliest students, to a lecturer inspiring the next generation of business professionals, Abdulbaset’s 20 years connection with UOWD owes something to the hand of fate. “I returned to Dubai in 1989 following my undergraduate studies at the University of Toledo in the US. I was looking to study business at a local university and did a huge amount of research and visited a lot of institutions to work out which would be best for me. Of course, UOWD was very new at the time, but when I visited that mezzanine floor at Al Mullah Plaza, there was an instant sense of warmth. Looking around and talking to people, I knew that everyone was there with the same purpose; to educate and to be educated. My decision was based on the knowledge that we had shared values, and this remains true today. “When I was studying for my Graduate Diploma in Commerce, I would have to travel from my home in Jumeirah to Al Mullah Plaza at the Dubai-Sharjah border two evenings a week. After finishing my studies, it did seem as if something was missing, but I became busy with family and work – setting up the finance and purchasing departments at DAFZA was a big responsibility. It wasn’t until I saw the UOWD campus setting up on Jumeirah Beach Road – within walking distance of my home – that I felt I should go back and complete my MBA. It seemed to me that it was a sign and God was telling me the time was right.

time, it didn’t make things much easier. My enduring memory is the huge pressure of getting things done on time and doing them well, fitting it all around work and family. Yet again though, once I’d graduated, there seemed to be an empty space in my life. Since graduating in 2001 I’ve been back to UOWD to teach procurement modules as part of the MSc (Logistics) program. It is a very different feeling being on the other side of the classroom, but I still refer to the same textbook I used when I was a student. I was lucky to meet some inspirational people during my MBA, who are still great friends today. Robert Wilson – who was on my program whilst also working at the university – was one of my allies in trying to catch out our tutors. Dr Jihad Nader in particular was a hugely knowledgeable professor. We would spend a long time thinking of questions to try and baffle him, but he had an answer for everything, and even if it wasn’t the right one, he was so shrewd that neither Robert nor I would ever know!

“Looking around and talking to people, I knew that everyone was there with the same purpose; to educate and to be educated. My decision was based on the knowledge that we had shared values, and this remains true today.”

Shawn Frank and Ronak Dave, both UOWD graduates of Computer Science, were the overall winners in two categories of the App development competition, which was part of Samsung’s ‘Hope for Children’ program. The program, which originated with the donation of around 100 Samsung tablet devices to Al Noor, involved a competition to design Apps that would help the students with their educational and personal development. From over 180 applicants, Shawn and Ronkan were shortlisted among the top twenty developers and won in two out of the five categories - grooming and semantics. As technology enthusiasts, Shawn and Ronak are in the early stages of setting up their own web development business, which already boasts an impressive client list. Spare moments are few and far between for the new entrepreneurs, but they both

felt they couldn’t pass up the opportunity to use their passion for technology to make a difference. Describing their motivation for the competition, Ronak said, “We are always seeking to learn more about cutting edge technology and being able to put it to good use on something that can help people is a very rewarding experience.”

The two entrepreneurs have a history of developing award-winning Apps, with Shawn having won the regional finals of the Microsoft Imagine Cup for three successive years. Both Shawn and Ronak represented the UAE with their ‘Reutilizer’ App – a technology-based waste management system – at the international finals of the 2012 Imagine Cup in Sydney, Australia.

Their winning App in the grooming category, ‘Groomar’, helps students learn how to clean their teeth, bathe and wash their faces, while their ‘Matchalon’ App, which won in the semantics category, teaches students how to match up items and sequence them together. Having trialled the working prototypes of the two Apps with children at the Centre, the final products are now under development.

Shawn explained, “We were encouraged by our professors at UOWD to enter the Imagine Cup and they mentored and supported us the whole way. Ultimately the competition was a real turning point for us. It made us curious, sparked new and challenging ideas, encouraged us not to hold back, and helped us to develop concepts that we’d previously only been able to dream about.”

Shawn revealed, “We knew we couldn’t assume anything about useability when developing these kinds of Apps, so it was the best feeling when we saw the children interacting with the App and working through the exercises just as we’d envisaged.”

On graduating from UOWD, both Shawn and Ronak went straight into IT positions with local companies and have since established their own development business, ‘MindHyve’, which is backed by a prominent international brand executive based in Dubai. While they hold high ambitions for the enterprise, and have already succeeded in making their mark in the sector, the pair also remain committed to using technology to make a difference.

“We spend hours and hours over the weekends coming up with ideas and talking over designs. In reality only a fraction will get to the next stage of development, but if even just one child’s life is positively affected by something we do, then that is a great motivation to carry on.”

I believe UOWD’s success over the past 20 years is due to its attention to the market. We all need to adapt to a changing environment and universities are no exception. UOWD is proactive; it asks the right questions and responds in the right way. It also retains a focus on the quality of education and the benefit to the student, which is why I chose UOWD all those years ago.”

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‘Marketing Strategy’ students displaying their innovative and creative products to the Vice President (Marketing) of Unilever, Madhusudan Rao, Head of Emiratization at Mashreq Bank, Mariam Al Ali and CEO of Sixth Factor, Himanshu Vashishtha.

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ix teams of final year Business and Management students from the University of Wollongong in Dubai presented a live product marketing pitch to three high profile industry experts. Bringing industry to the classroom, the students were challenged with creating a marketing plan based on consumer insights, as part of their Level 3 ‘Marketing Strategy’ course. The process required each team to deliver a ten minute outline of how they could increase the market share for one of three Unilever brands, by enhancing buyer awareness and improving brand identity. Making the pitch all the more challenging, the teams delivered their strategies in front of Unilever’s regional Vice President of Marketing (Home, Personal Care, Beverages & Foods), Madhusadan Rao, alongside two other industry specialists, Mariam Al Ali, Head of Emiritisation, Mashreq Bank, and Himanshu Vashishtha, CEO of the specialist marketing consultancy, Sixth Factor. Commenting on the standard of the pitches put forward, Himanshu Vashishtha said, “This was exceptional – all the more considering they were just undergraduate students.” Madhusadan Rao added, “They have worked very hard in a short span of time on some tough briefs and we saw very good quality of work. Particularly impressive is the primary and secondary research, the enthusiasm of the teams to connect with shoppers and 8 connect: alumni

stores and finally the bright sparks of creativity that one saw.” Taking third place in the final were Mohamed Shahzad Illiyas, Farha Bhadelia, Eccha Khemani, Harshana Badlani and Farah Khan. Under their team name, FSL Marketers, the group pitched their ideas to increase brand awareness and market penetration for Unilever’s Fair & Lovely products amongst men in the MENA region. The team won high praise for their innovative use of product packaging and sizing options, even developing functional prototypes of the new design. Second place in the final were Anirudh Patni, Ruth Thomas, Sumeet Aggarwal, Payal Bulchandani, and Sarvesh Tulsani, known as team Synergy. Their task was to develop a strategy for the Axe Deodorant product that would focus on the female market, without impacting upon men’s perception of the brand. The team were highly commended for their primary research, which resulted in the development of a new slimline product, designed for portability. The overall competition winners were Mariya Zarubina, Alexander Urmanova, Sikander Raza, Talal Mansab and Ebrahim Abdullah. Under the team name Inspiration, the group pitched their ideas to increase the market share of Vaseline products in the UAE and to create a

Following the event, Dr Balakrishnan commented, “This was a challenging task that gave the students a real taste of the industry. The project was about managing people, time and talent and more importantly understanding their common objective. I think they surprised themselves as to how much they could achieve. I wish this group of students the very best in their careers and have no doubt many will be the industry leaders of tomorrow.”

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er Excellency Sheikha Lubna Al Qassimi, the UAE Minister of Development and International Cooperation, was presented with the AIB-MENA ‘Windtower Award for Inspirational Leadership’ at her office in Abu Dhabi.

The award was conferred by The Academy of International Business – Middle East North Africa Chapter (AIB-MENA), in recognition of Sheikha Lubna’s ongoing support and encouragement for the volunteer-led academic organisation. It is one of a series of honours presented annually by AIB-MENA, recognising the outstanding leadership of businesses and individuals across the MENA region. The Academy of International Business – Middle East North Africa Chapter has been incubated by the University of Wollongong in Dubai since 2009. The AIBMENA leadership award is inspired by the characteristics of the ancient traditional architectural device, the windtower, which, like an exceptional leader, stands stoically against the elements, channelling them to better use and providing guidance and motivation, particularly in times of uncertainty. Her Excellency Sheikha Lubna has recently been voted the most powerful Arab Women by Forbes. In conferring the award, AIB-MENA specifically recognised her work as a champion of the Region and of women in particular. Since its inception, AIB-MENA has been using women entrepreneurs to help initiate and organise its three major regional conferences. Dr Melodena S. Balakrishnan, President of the Academy of International Business MENA Chapter and Associate Professor at UOWD said, “H.E. Sheikha Lubna Al Qassimi gives us the courage to do things that require perseverance and to make a difference. AIB-MENA was lucky to have her support since she launched our first book and we have come a long way since then with an excellent team of volunteers. What we do, as educators, is because we are passionate about the region and want to educate the rest of the world about what fantastic opportunities and talent exist in this region.” The award also coincided with the publication of AIB-MENA’s third Volume of the Case Study Book ‘Actions and Insights Middle East North Africa – East Meets West’. A copy of the book, including inscriptions from its authors and case company decision makers, was also presented to H.E. Sheikha Lubna at the ceremony.

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The delegation from AIB-MENA presenting the ‘Windtower Award for Inspirational Leadership’ to H.E. Sheikha Lubna

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he Honourable Andrew Stoner MP, New South Wales Deputy Premier and Minister for Trade and Investment, Regional Infrastructure and Services, has formally inaugurated the new University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD) Science Block, during his official visit to the UAE. UOWD’s Science Block has been established to support the experiential learning of students enrolled on the Bachelor of Engineering program, which was launched in 2012 and offers opportunities to major in electrical, telecommunication, and computer engineering disciplines. The new block consists of two dedicated laboratories – a physics lab and circuits lab – which contain state-of-the-art equipment, allowing students to interact with modern testing equipment and experience the latest experimental concepts in these fields. Opening the ceremony, Professor Joe Chicharo, Deputy Vice Chancellor (International) of the University of Wollongong Australia welcomed Deputy Premier Stoner to UOWD, which he said proudly represents ‘a little piece of Australia’ in the UAE. Speaking of the new Science Block, Professor Chicharo went on to explain, “These laboratories have been created to support UOWD’s continuing diversification into new academic disciplines. Engineering is an established and highly successful program area at UOW Australia, achieving 100% employment rates amongst graduates. These facilities are a replica of those we have in Australia and this investment will help UOWD to produce graduates of a similar quality, who will be in high demand in the regional labour market.” In his address, Deputy Premier Stoner congratulated UOWD on its twentieth anniversary in Dubai and expressed his pride in the university’s achievement in providing Australian-based education to over 6000 students, representing more than 100 different nationalities. Going on to acknowledge the importance of the new facilities, the Deputy Premier said, “Giving students the opportunity to measure, calibrate and assemble the experiments they are studying in various fields of Physics and Electronics will enhance their learning experience, by allowing them to apply the theoretical knowledge they learn in the classroom, and also by making the learning process more fun.” Deputy Premier Stoner went on to unveil the official inauguration plaque alongside University President, Professor Trevor Spedding, following the ceremonials with a tour of the new facilities.

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team of three University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD) students has developed an award-winning mobile App, which will help fight obesity through social interactions. Hassan Bello, Murtaza Waheed and Ashiq ur Rahman are the students behind Cenna, the innovative App that is already attracting national recognition. The team has recently been awarded second prize at the prestigious Microsoft Imagine Cup UAE, and were crowned winners of the Purpose Award for the ‘Most socially impactful, economically viable and sustainable business idea’ at the Business 4 Change Conference, led by Pepsico and Al Ahli Group CSR Division. The App places social interaction at the forefront of the fight against obesity, along with other fundamental tools such as diet and exercisetracking, to achieve a healthy lifestyle.

personal stories, while protecting their identity from judgment or scrutiny. The public group, in contrast, allows users to share stories about their progress and compete with their friends and other members of the community in reducing weight. Finally, the experts group is where the users have direct access to health and fitness experts who can respond to their queries.” The remaining components of the application offer recommendations for diet and exercise, providing a daily log of the activities that the users can add to track their progress. Users are also rewarded for making healthier choices to keep them motivated. “Cenna was not an epiphany,” said Ashiq ur Rahman, an accounts major and primary designer of the application. “It was inspired by the difficulties the team has been battling themselves, along with many others - friends, families and loved ones - to live healthy lifestyles and to make the right choices to stay fit.” Mentored by Mr Geoff Roe of the CSR Al Ahli Group, Cenna is already attracting commercial interest and is being supported by high-profile businesses in the application testing phase.

“In our research phase, we observed that social issues such as stress and depression experienced by most obese people seem to be caused mainly due to a lack of understanding of their goals,” commented Hassan Bella, a Computer Science student, and developer of the application. “This lack of understanding enforces a psychological barrier for the individual. Based on research, we proposed that a community of support, especially from other obese individuals, can definitely help fight obesity, kind of like a ‘support group’ but online.” “The social interaction is divided into three groups,” said Murtaza Waheed, a Management Information Systems (MIS) student who handled the databases for the application. “One group is anonymous, a second group is public and a third one is experts. The anonymous group allows users to share

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INTRODUCING ALUMNI AWARDS 2014 The UOWD Alumni Awards recognise and celebrate the outstanding achievements of our graduates within and outside the UAE . Our diverse alumni community plays a significant role in the University’s continued success by being our ambassadors and a true testament to the UOWD spirit. Our alumni are visionary industry leaders: building towards a better future, making positive impact on individuals and society and demonstrating excellence in everything they do.

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