14th Annual Ankabut Users Meeting at Khalifa University to Focus on Educational Technology and Cloud Services
Published: 21st of November, 2017
Ankabut, The UAE Advanced National Research and Education Network, an initiative of Khalifa University of Science and Technology, will hold its 14th annual users meeting at the Khalifa University main campus on 22 November, 2017
To be held under the theme ‘We Edu-Cloud’, this year’s event will include the signing of memoranda of understanding (MoUs), and the official launch of the re-designed Ankabut website, as well as the new Data Center. The agenda will include two panel discussions, and 11 breakout sessions focusing on educational technology in general and the role of cloud in particular. The panel discussions are titled ‘Impact of Cloud on Future of IT Organizations’ and ‘Artificial Intelligence: Practice & Implications for Education’.
The Ankabut users meeting aims to share knowledge and experience in the latest educational technologies and inspire educators to seek even more innovations. It will also review Ankabut's achievements and showcase its current and future projects.
The one-day conference primarily targets the UAE higher education community and over 100 organizations including over 50 different post-secondary institutions. As a gathering of multiple groups who share a common interest in educational technology, the event is also expected to be attended by senior officials from some government entities as well as private sector corporations. A total of 500 participants are expected to attend the open one-day meeting.
Dr Arif Sultam Al Hammadi, Interim Executive Vice-President, Khalifa University of Science and Technology, said: “Today’s ecosystem requires all-round innovation in education technology that will suitably support learning and development of skills among students. This is why we are honored to support Ankabut that continues to organize various initiatives towards assisting human development. We hope the upcoming users meeting will provide stakeholders in the education, research and technology sectors with the right platform for knowledge sharing for the benefit of the community in general.”
Mr. Fahem Al Nuaimi, Ankabut CEO, said: “We are delighted to host the 14th annual users meeting towards creating the perfect conditions that enable the right platforms to support innovation and knowledge development. We hope the gathering of such a large number of professionals and industry leaders will result in sharing of expertise and help participants to benefit from one another in education technology.”
Managed by Khalifa University, the Ankabut project is jointly funded by the TRA through the ICT Fund. It offers academic institutions connectivity to other education networks around the world. It also connects schools and public institutions together across the UAE. It cooperates on a national, GCC, regional and international level, representing the UAE in conferences, exhibitions and forums.
Ankabut is the United Arab Emirates’ Advanced National Research and Education Network (NREN) offering academic institutions connectivity to other education networks around the world. In addition to connecting universities, Ankabut can connect schools and 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 includes Cloud, Connectivity, IT infrastructure, manage service and professional services such as IT Consultancy, Project Management, Licenses, Training and Development.
Ankabut interconnects more than 80 tenants with a 10G backbone and 1G access links. It enables a closed community network that allows the transfer of real-time services such as voice and video communication, time-critical services such as grid computing interconnect (cloud computing), public internet services, web hosting (C panel), co- locating, Edu- roam, High Performance Computing (HPC), Learning Management System (LMS), Virtual Desktop Interface (VDI), Mozoon system and Sierra Library Management System.
Ankabut supports initiatives in the e-learning environment, library content and distribution systems and research collaboration. Ankabut believes that identifying these initiatives and offering network, processing and storage support is the best way to develop a collective collaborative approach to research and education.
About Khalifa University of Science and Technology
The Khalifa University of Science and Technology merges the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, Khalifa University of Science, Technology and Research and the Petroleum Institute into one world-class, research-intensive institution, producing world leaders and critical thinkers in applied science and engineering. The Khalifa University of Science and Technology endeavors to be a catalyst to the growth of Abu Dhabi and the UAE’s rapidly developing knowledge economy as an education destination of choice and a global leader among research intensive universities.