Al Ain: Under the patronage of Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Ankabut, the United Arab Emirates’ Advanced Research and Education Network held its first day of the two-day Fall Users meeting at the United Arab Emirates University (UAEU). The theme of the meeting is ‘Discover Ankabut’.
The opening ceremony was attended by Dr. Mugheer Khamis Al Khaili, Director General of Abu Dhabi Education Council. UAEU Vice Chancellor, Dr. Abdullah Al-Khanbashi gave the welcoming address, and was followed by remarks from Dr. Arif Sultan Al Hammadi, Khalifa University’s Executive Vice President who introduced the keynote speaker and highlighted some of Ankabut’s milestone achievements.
The keynote presentation was presented by H. David Lambert, President ‘&’ Chief Executive Officer of Internet2, who spoke on the topic of “The Case for National Research and Education Networks (NRENs).” This was followed by Ankabut’s Chief Executive Officer Fahem Al Nuaimi and Chief Operating Officer Dr. Steven Winstanley with a presentation on “Discover Ankabut”.
Day Two of the event will feature a keynote presentation was by Dr. Salem Alagtash, Managing Director of Arab States Research and Education Network (ASREN), who will speak on “Regional connectivity in the Middle East”. This will be followed by a presentation by the University Leadership Council (ULC) moderated by Dr. Tod Laursen, President of Khalifa University, on Plans for Research in the UAE community in 2012-2013.
During the Users’ Meeting over fifteen individual sessions are held, from speakers of the UAE higher education and technology community focused on current activities in the fields of teaching, applications and research. An audience of over 350 also met with the presenters in person and had the opportunity to ask questions concerning their respective organizations.
Fahem Al Nuaimi, Ankabut’s CEO, said, “This event will facilitate further development of the education networks in the UAE and help to spread awareness among the academic community of the importance of such initiatives in building a sustainable economy, as well as, assist in knowledge share and transfer from abroad, and expand education opportunities.” During his presentation, David Lambert said, “We are pleased to see Ankabut get off the ground and evolve to the mature position it’s presently taking on. Ankabut today stands as one the most mature networks among other national networks that started at the same time. Ankabut is an extraordinary addition that will benefit the local and regional economies.” The Ankabut Users’ Meeting was sponsored by Gold Sponsors: Alcatel-Lucent, Huawei and Fujitsu, Silver Sponsors: Visionaire/Brocade and Juniper, Bronze Sponsors: Arab Business Machine and ITS and Exhibitors: Tata Communications, Mediasite, Beta Information Technology, Blackboard, Wiley Publishing, Edutech, Ciena, and Serial Solutions.