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The Kanoo Group supports Dubai School of Government's focus on Expanding Women's Participation in Science, Technology and Engineering Fields
Dubai: March 28, 2011

Dubai: March 28, 2011 - Highlighting women's unique contribution to science, technology and engineering (STE) fields in the UAE, The Kanoo Group, a Gulf-based multinational group of companies with over 120 years of entrepreneurial experience supports Dubai School of Government's advocacy focusing on public policy in the Arab world. The lecture aims to expand women's participation towards a knowledge-based economy.

The lecture to be held today, 6:30 PM at Dubai School of Government's Convention Tower, 13th Floor, will be delivered by Dr. Georgeta Vidican, Assistant Professor, Engineering Systems and Management Programme - Masdar Institute of Science and Technology and Noor Ghazal Aswad, Research Assistant, Masdar Institute of Science and Technology.

Mishal Kanoo, Deputy Chairman of The Kanoo Group, said: "Our company recognizes the vital importance of women's economic empowerment as a way to reflect towards the future. Women's natural inclination towards these fields is encouraged to participate especially for national development as reflected in effective policies and innovative initiatives being done by Dubai School of Government."

Using a survey research examined by Dubai School of Government on a sample of undergraduate and graduate women students across the UAE, and semi-structured interviews with professionals in education, policy, and science, technology, and engineering (STE) fields, factors are found that influence women's decisions regarding education and career choices and their attitudes towards STE.

Dubai School of Government puts forward culturally sensitive and informed recommendations for education policy-makers regarding methods to expand women's participation in STE fields. Findings point to the importance of increasing interest in STE by raising awareness of what the fields entail, potential careers, and their suitability with existing traditional and cultural believes. Dubai School of Government also suggests that there is a need to undo negative stereotypes of engineering, implement initiatives for further family involvement at the higher education level, as well as to ensure a greater availability of STE university programs across all Emirates.

Recently held lecture also sponsored by The Kanoo Group, addressed the energy diversification strategy of the EU, and particularly of Eastern European states, in the context of reduced reliance on Russia, and examined the geopolitical and economic dimensions of the GCC countries and the EU.

About the Dubai School of Government

The Dubai School of Government (DSG) is a research and teaching institution focusing on public policy in the Arab world. Established in 2005 under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, in cooperation with the Harvard Kennedy School, DSG aims to promote good governance through enhancing the region's capacity for effective public policy. Toward this goal, the Dubai School of Government also collaborates with regional and global institutions in delivering its research and training programs.

About The Kanoo Group

The Kanoo Group, a Gulf-based multinational group of companies with over 120 years of entrepreneurial experience in Shipping, Travel and Holidays, Machinery, Oil & Gas, Engineering, Power & Industrial Projects, Industrial Chemicals, Freight services, Exhibition services, Commercial Lease and IT Solutions. It operates through more than 15 divisions and on top of the work, the group has entered into joint ventures with some of the world's leading companies such as AXA, AKZONobel, BASF, Maersk, Freightworks, Wolffkran and a number of others.

The Kanoo Group employs about 4,000 staff, with another 6,000 working in the various joint-venture companies. This represents one of the most diverse, talented and innovative workforces across Gulf region.

The Kanoo Group strives towards meeting global standards and ensures it excels at the exacting quality and business excellence standards set by the UAE government. The Kanoo Group is the only corporate group to have won Quality Awards in Dubai and Abu Dhabi for consecutive nine years from 2000 to 2010.