Nabil Ibrahim, ADU Chancellor
Winners of the 2011 Chancellor’s Innovation Awards were announced during a ceremony on 27th June at the Abu Dhabi University (ADU) campus in Abu Dhabi.
ADU Chancellor, Dr. Nabil Ibrahim revealed the three winning teams from the many proposals of innovative strategies designed to accelerate ADU’s pursuit of excellence. Each team of 3 to 5 comprised of members of faculty, staff and the student body.
The winning proposal was for the establishment of a Professional Knowledge Development Centre dedicated to the provision of short skill-based courses, specifically targeted at enhancing the broader programme of study in response to the rapidly evolving specific demands of local business and industry.
The first place winners were Dr. Modafar Ati, Sajin Salim, Rihab Abdelaal, and Hessa Al Shamsi. They received a prize of AED 20,000, for their winning entry.
The second place team’s entry, which won them AED 15,000, was for a Public Relations and Student Recruitment strategy for the Al Ain campus. It proposes offering the Toastmaster’s Youth Leadership Program to local High Schools in order to improve the English speaking skills of 11th and 12th grade students, and in so doing reinforce their leadership skills in preparation for College entrance. The team included Shannon Glassgow, Huda Iqbal, Iman Ezzatullah, Sabah Sadiq and Sarah Fazal.
A proposal to organize the first Annual Abu Dhabi University Student’s Choice Awards for the Media (ASCAM), placed third, giving the team an AED 10,000 reward. This idea aims to recognize the members of the UAE media for their contributions to the advancement of the country and encourage ADU students to make their choices and be involved in the nation building. The third place winners were Fatima Ghazi, Nikki Yu, and Dr. Makhtar Sarr.
Dr. Nabil Ibrahim said, “An overwhelming response displayed by participants in this competition not only exceeded our expectations, but also highlighted the level of enthusiasm that is shared with members to secure new heights at Abu Dhabi University. This initiative has shown that the members of any institution can make valuable contributions in sustaining its creative spirit.”
The judges for the competition were: Dr. Rick Van Sant, Director of the Center for Faculty Development; Dr. Rima Shaban, Operations Manager, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center; Dr. Haitham Nobanee, Professor in the College of Business Administration; and Dr. Mohamad Araji, Professor in the College of Engineering and Computer Sciences.
Entries covered a diverse range of topics and strategies and covered issues such as Student Recruitment and Enrollment Growth; Quality of Customer Services and Effectiveness of Public Relations; Growth in Fundraising and External Support for Academic, Administrative or Campus Life; Effective Strategies to Enhance Communication and Employee Satisfaction at ADU; and Innovative and Cost Effective Strategies to Retain Students.
The Chancellor’s Innovation Award is an annual challenge to teams composed of faculty, staff and students to think creatively in ADU’s relentless pursuit of excellence.