Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University (HBMSU) has announced the successful and complete migration of its systems and applications from its on-premises data centres to the leading technology of the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud. This development is in line with HBMSU’s pioneering efforts to establish a new educational culture by shifting away from the on-premises, traditional model of education in order to raise highly qualified and globally competitive future generations. The advanced Digital Transformation initiative has made HBMSU the first university in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region to shift its on-premises legacy systems to a full cloud computing model on AWS. The achievement further highlights the success of the university’s efforts to develop its technological resources and smart infrastructure, which was lauded by the global technology cloud service provider AWS, as a leading model in the sector in the region.
The strategic collaboration with the AWS reflects HBMSU’s commitment to make a fundamental and positive change in the education system in order to provide the best education to innovators and creators of the future, in accordance with the directives of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and President of HBMSU, to enhance the readiness to build the future based on quality education. The announcement was made during a virtual media event held via the ZOOM platform, with the participation of high-profile dignitaries including H.E. Lieutenant General Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, Deputy Chairman of Police and General Security in Dubai and Chairman of HBMSU’s Board of Governors; Dr. Mansoor Al Awar, Chancellor of HBMSU; Paul Grist, Head of Education, International, AWS; Zubin Chagpar, Head of Middle East and Africa, AWS.
The migration to the AWS Cloud is of great significance as it reinforces HBMSU’s position as a role model in harnessing the capabilities of advanced technologies and cloud computing in reshaping the future of education according to the requirements of the 21st century. The university’s forward-thinking approach focuses on the principles of innovation, scientific research and technological development to establish the culture of smart learning as cornerstones in the creation of a new generation of entrepreneurs, innovators, knowledge ambassadors and future leaders instead of just job seekers. The new achievement is the result of close coordination and joint efforts that lasted several months to ensure the complete and successful migration to the AWS cloud. The achievement also highlights the efficiency and flexibility of the advanced educational technology infrastructure adopted by HBMSU, which positions it as a leading contender on the global education landscape. HBMSU’s efforts to get ahead of other global universities by 10 years are backed by advanced educational methods and innovative academic tools that simulate the future.
His Excellency Lieutenant General, Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, expressed his pride in HBMSU’s regional and global leadership in smart learning, adding that the complete and successful migration to the AWS Cloud is a great milestone and an unprecedented achievement in the Middle East and North Africa region.Click below to share this article