Dubai Womens College and DEWA Examine the Idea of Sustainability
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Dubai Womens College (DWC), a Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) flagship institution, recently collaborated with Dubai Water and Electricity Authority (DEWA) in a day of learning about sustainable resources.
The aim of the cooperation is to trigger students social responsibility and conservation sensibility from within for the cause of our environments well-being.
During a thought-provoking presentation, Professor Reuben Andrews from the Department of Consumption Sustainability (DEWA) challenged DWCs Year 1 Biomedical Engineering students to think critically about their own use of valuable resources. Humankind is the greatest art ever on canvas Earth. If its blessings and beauty are to be sustained, its peace and prosperity improved upon, every individual on our blessed planet will have to conscientiously work for it, he said.
Professor Reuben added that with groundwater reserves in the UAE dwindling to alarming levels, the country is reliant on desalinated water. The production of potable water requires high energy consumption which places added stress on an already stressed environment.
Commenting on the event, Alison Oglesby, DWC Health Sciences faculty said, If the UAE is going to balance its ambition with an environmental conscience, its varied communities must all take roles to achieve the sustainable future it aspires to.
After the presentation students visited an exhibition by DEWA at the DWC Student Centre where they gained valuable conservation tips and advice on how to reduce their personal consumption. Later, those students took their turn in presenting the information to faculty and students at DWC by looking after the display booth and answering questions. Halima Ali, Health Sciences Year 1 student said, A home is the first place where we can save electricity and minimize wastage of energy. If we look at our daily routine, we can find many small things that we can do to save energy.
DWC Biomedical Engineering students are currently involved in a participatory action research project which requires them to monitor their household consumption levels and devise methods to reduce them through energy saving measures that their entire families can participate in. Students can gain extra credit in this project by convincing a friend to monitor their own household for a month.
About Dubai Womens College
Dubai Womens College (DWC), with more than 2,200 students, and over 4000 working graduates, is part of the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT). The HCT is one of the leading higher education institutions in the United Arab Emirates with 17 campuses located throughout the country delivering a wide range of quality programs to over 18,000 students. DWC was established in 1989 and offers Bachelor and Diploma degrees in Business, Information Technology, Education, Health Sciences, and Applied Communications. Today, DWC is the quality provider of top-quality National women graduates in Dubai. DWC's mission is to provide a learning environment for young women to Practice the Future by developing confidence, professional excellence and an ethical commitment to leadership roles in a rapidly developing local economy.