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UOB’s Board of Trustees Holds Its Sixteenth Regular Session Meeting
Commending the Steps Taken by The University To Continue Education In Light Of The Pandemic
Under the chairmanship of His Excellency Dr. Majid bin Ali Al Nuaimi, Minister of Education and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the University of Bahrain (UOB), the University’s Board of Trustees held today a meeting for its sixteenth regular session on Wednesday (09 December 2020), in the presence of Her Excellency Mrs. Faiqa bint Saeed AlSaleh, Minister of Health, His Excellency Mr. Ahmed bin Zayed Al-Zayed President of the Civil Service Bureau, His Excellency Prof. Riyad Yousif Hamzah, President of UOB, Chief Executive Officer of the Urban Planning and Development Authority, Her Excellency Mrs. Nouf Abdulrahman Jamsheer, Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Education for Resources and Services, His Excellency Dr. Mohamed Mubarak Juma’a, Assistant Secretary-General for Evaluation and Accreditation at the General Secretariat of the Higher Education Council, Her Excellency Dr. Mona Mohammed Al-Balushi, Her Excellency Sheikha Tifla bint Mohammed Al Khalifa, and His Excellency Dr. Mansour Muhammad Sarhan.
At the beginning of the meeting, the Council congratulated the students of the Kingdom of Bahrain for achieving an unprecedented educational achievement in the results of the TIMSS 2019 tests, which were recently announced by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA). As these exams witnessed the participation of many countries that fulfilled the conditions of participation that require meeting many of the precise conditions and standards, and thus the performance of Bahrain's students at the school level moved from low-medium to medium-high at performance, in accordance with international standards.
After that, the Council started the agenda, where it approved the previous agenda, and viewed a report submitted by the University President, Prof. Riyad Yousif Hamzah, on the implementation of the decisions of the previous meeting. Also, the Council reviewed the presentation made by the University President on the progress of work and achievement, what the university had done for the continuity of education in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, and what measures had been taken to ensure the uninterrupted functioning of the University. The Council commended the administration of UOB on e-learning and the support students receive in this regard, and the continuity of distance learning. Also, the Council reviewed the implementation of the strategic plan for the development of UOB 2020-2025. In addition, the University President presented a number of the steps taken in the previous period to the Council, such as the digital transformation of the University and work done to develop the website.
Sustainable Development Goals
4 Quality education
17 Partnerships for the goals
Board of Trustees of the University of Bahrain, international trends in mathematics and science tests, progress of work and achievement, e-learning, the strategic plan for the development of the University of Bahrain
In Cooperation with A Research Team From GCC
An Academic at UOB Uses Microbes for Diesel Desulphurization
The Dutch scientific journal “Biotechnology Reports” published an applied environmental study, in which the Assistant Professor in the Department of Life Sciences at the University of Bahrain (UOB), Dr. Maison Nizam Awadh participated as part of a team that included a group of researchers and experts from the GCC universities. The study aims to use types of biological microbes that work to desulphurize diesel fuel in petroleum refineries since Sulphur causes environmental and health problems, as it affects the tissues of the upper respiratory tract, eyes, and skin.
The researcher Dr. Awadh, worked on separating a mixed-strains bacterial farm from Galali Lake in the Kingdom of Bahrain, and then studied its ability to bio-remove Sulphur from diesel fuel. Furthermore, Dr. Awadh confirmed that the study revealed that the reason for the lake’s pink color is caused by the presence of Sulphur-reducing bacteria using inorganic sulphur present in the surrounding medium to produce food, as the bacteria use natural pigments with bright colors found in their cells to do photosynthesis and make their own food. It is noteworthy that Galali Lake, which has a distinctive pink color, appeared in an area prone to marine fill, as the first salty lake of its kind in the Kingdom of Bahrain.
Also, Dr. Awadh explained that what distinguishes this study is the use of advanced OMEX techniques to study the biological and functional diversity of the bacterial communities present in the different environmental samples, as the OMEX techniques are mainly based on the direct extraction of the genetic material of the microbes present in the environmental samples, which prevents 99% of the defects of the traditional method that is based on microbial farming using food cultures.
The research and study team included professors from different Gulf universities, led by Professor Wael Al-Muslimani, a specialist in microbiology and environmental biotechnology at the Arabian Gulf University, Dr. Huda Mahmoud, a specialist in marine environmental sciences and microorganisms at the University of Kuwait, and Professor Raed Abed, a specialist in marine environmental sciences and microorganism at Sultan Qaboos University.
It’s worth mentioning that the Dutch scientific journal Biotechnology Reports is the most prestigious scientific journal with a high scientific index in the field of biotechnology research and falls under the umbrella of the international publishing house (Elsevier).
Sustainable Development Goals:
3 Good health and well-being
4 Quality education.
7 Affordable and clean energy
13 Climate Action
14 Life below water
15 Life on land
17 Partnerships for the goals
Research, diesel fuel, microbes, Gulf universities, scientific journals, University of Bahrain, environment, diesel fuel desulphurization, petroleum refineries, OMEX technologies, microbial farming