Bow Valley College introduces an English proficiency exemption

Removing barriers for newcomers and international students

Calgary, March 20, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Bow Valley College is announcing an exciting change to its admissions process for many international students and newcomers to Canada. Applicants from almost 50 countries around the world are now exempt from taking an English language proficiency test.

“Bow Valley College prides itself on removing barriers to learning. This landmark change provides students from countries where English is the primary language of education the opportunity to realize their academic dreams with a more seamless entry,” says Kara Mott, Dean, Enrolment Management and Registrar, Bow Valley College.

To qualify, applicants must provide transcripts that show completion of required secondary (high school) or post-secondary education. The change applies to virtually all Bow Valley College programs.

“As a former international student, I know firsthand what preparing for an English language proficiency test is like. An exemption for some of our prospective students means one less step, saving them time and money. It will be a game changer,” says Trisha Choudhury, Manager, International Student Recruitment, Bow Valley College.

Please visit our website for a list of countries now exempt from the English language proficiency test and details about the requirements.

About Bow Valley College 
Calgary and region’s only Comprehensive Community College — with 14,000 full- and part-time students, Bow Valley College helps Open Doors – Open Minds to in-demand jobs in Calgary, Alberta, and Canada. Our graduates contribute to the digital economy, careers in business, TV & film production, and serve on the frontlines of healthcare and social services. Bow Valley College invests in three applied research pillars: educational technology, social innovation, and health.


Shannon van Leenen, Senior Media Relations Specialist
Bow Valley College

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VueReal Inc. Announces the Appointment of Kevin Soukup, a Semiconductor Industry Veteran, as a Member of the Board of Directors

WATERLOO, ON / ACCESSWIRE / March 20, 2023 / 2023 continues to see growth opportunities as VueReal builds off the momentum gained from 2022. VueReal remains focused on its vision of enabling new, innovative, and enriching products through sustainable micro-pixel fabrication.

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The significant growth opportunity in automotive, aerospace, consumer electronics, health and medical demands detailed planning to stay focused on its vision. In addition, different fabrication scaleup opportunities for VueReal in North America require deep and tough strategic discussion and planning. To ensure that VueReal can scale up successfully and strategically, the company is excited to welcome Kevin Soukup to its Board of Directors.

Dr. Reza Chaji, CEO of VueReal, said, “We’re excited to announce that Kevin Soukup has joined VueReal’s Board of Directors. Kevin brings a wealth of semiconductor knowledge and experience and will play a key role in helping VueReal scale its business.” Kevin started his career in the semiconductor industry with Samsung in 2000, where he spent 11 years in a variety of engineering and operations leadership roles. Kevin joined GlobalFoundries in 2011, where he supported the ramp-up of its semiconductor wafer manufacturing facility in Malta, NY. He currently serves as the company’s Chief Strategy Officer, responsible for long-range planning, integrated strategy and corporate development.

With the added expertise to our Board and organization, VueReal has set its sights on establishing itself as a critical supplier of micro-pixel fabrication for strategic markets in North America and Europe.

“I’m excited to join VueReal’s board of directors at such a pivotal time for the company,” said Kevin Soukup. “Their talented team has developed innovative technologies which enable mass production of high-quality custom displays that will significantly accelerate the uLED adoption curve. I look forward to working with the VueReal team to help steward this next stage of growth.”

About VueReal

VueReal, a semiconductor and cleantech company, has developed a revolutionary semiconductor fabrication process called the microSolid Printing platform, enabling the efficient, practical, and scalable production of microLED/microSensor applications. This platform extends the use of microLED/microSensors to automotive, aerospace, smartwatch, smartphone, TV, IT, medical, and more. VueReal has established strong partnerships with leading industry players to commercialize its solutions.

VueReal also offers customized display manufacturing services for niche and mainstream markets, leveraging its state-of-the-art facilities and multidisciplinary research team. VueReal has used its platform to develop and commercialize microLED displays for different applications in North America.

Contact Information

Reza Chaji

SOURCE: VueReal Inc.

2nd Morocco-Hungary Academic Forum Held in Rabat

The 2nd Academic and Scientific Forum between the Kingdom of Morocco and the Republic of Hungary was held, Monday in Rabat, at the headquarters of the National Center for Scientific and Technological Research (CNRST).

Organized by the Ministry of Higher Education, Scientific Research and Innovation, in collaboration with the Conference of Hungarian Rectors and with the support of the Embassy of Hungary in Rabat and the Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco in Budapest, this academic forum was marked by the presence of university presidents, academic leaders and representatives of institutions in charge of higher education, scientific research and innovation in both countries.

The Forum's opening ceremony was marked by the presence of the Minister of Higher Education, Scientific Research and Innovation Abdellatif Miraoui, the Ambassador of Hungary to Morocco Miklos Tromler, as well as the President of the Conference of Hungarian Rectors and Rector of the University Eötvös Loránd, László Borhy.

In a speech on this occasion, Miraoui stressed that the organization of this meeting reflects the particular importance that the two friendly countries give to the fields of higher education, scientific research, innovation and academic cooperation, considering that this forum provides a platform for discussion and debate on the opportunities offered by bilateral cooperation between the two countries.

He also commended the quality of bilateral relations in the field of higher education and scientific research, noting in this regard the increase in the number of scholarships allocated to Moroccan students to pursue their studies in Hungarian universities which have increased from 100 to 165 scholarships under the STIPENDIUM HUNGARICUM Program.

These scholarships cover several disciplines including medicine and health sciences, engineering, agriculture, humanities and social sciences for bachelor, master and doctoral levels.

For his part, Tromler highlighted the dynamism that characterizes the relations between Morocco and Hungary and both countries’ common desire to continue to expand the areas of their bilateral cooperation.

He emphasized the importance of this academic forum, which works to consolidate cooperation between Morocco and Hungary in the fields of scientific research and innovation.

On the sidelines of this 2nd Forum, Moroccan and Hungarian universities have signed six agreements to give new impetus to Moroccan-Hungarian cooperation in the field of higher education, scientific research and innovation.

Source: Agency Morocaine De Presse

FM Currently Visiting Washington D.C. to Boost Strategic Partnership between Morocco, U.S.

Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccan Expatriates, Nasser Bourita, is currently on a working visit to Washington D.C. on Monday.

The Moroccan top diplomat's visit is part of the ongoing consultations aimed at consolidating the strategic partnership between Morocco and the United States and to consult on various regional and international issues.

During this visit, Bourita will have a series of talks at the White House and the State Department, including with the head of American diplomacy, Antony Blinken. Under the leadership of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, and U.S. President Joe Biden, the partnership between Rabat and Washington D.C. has grown significantly in recent years in all areas.

The Minister’s visit will be an opportunity to consolidate this strong and longstanding bilateral strategic partnership between the two countries in a variety of areas and to discuss international and regional issues of mutual interest, particularly in the Middle East and Africa.

This special visit confirms the dynamic of regular exchanges between Morocco and the United States, which has intensified considerably over the past two years, with the visit to the Kingdom of many senior American officials.

At the political dialogue level, last year was notably marked by the visit of Secretary of State Antony Blinken to Rabat in March 2022. "We support His Majesty the King’s ambitious reform agenda to strengthen Moroccan institutions," the US Secretary of State said on the occasion.

Last year also saw the visit of Blinken’s assistant, Wendy Sherman, during the same month, then of the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, Victoria Nuland, in May 2022, and more recently, in January, Michèle Sisson, Assistant Under-Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs.

In addition, the CEO of the Millenium Challenge Corporation made two visits to Morocco last week and previously, in July 2022, headed a major US economic delegation. In December 2022, the MENA Coordinator at the White House National Security Council, Brett McGurk, also visited Rabat for high-level consultations.

The security consultations were part of the same dynamic of significant reinforcement, especially through the very first visit to Morocco by a Chief of Staff of the American Armies, General Mark Milley, last February.

Visits in 2022 by the Director of National Intelligence, Avril Haines, and the Head of the FBI, Christopher Wray, served to diversify and deepen the ever-growing multi-dimensional security partnership between the two countries.

Exchanges with the US Congress have also been intense, especially over the past three months, with the January visit of the Parliamentary Group on the Abraham Accords to the US Senate, then in February, a delegation of influential senators led by the president of the Foreign Affairs Committee and during March, of the Hispanic Parliamentary Group in the House of Representatives of the American Congress.

The latter visited Dakhla, marking the first visit of American elected officials to the Southern Provinces since the recognition by the United States of Morocco’s sovereignty over its Sahara in December 2020.

Source: Agency Morocaine De Presse

Students learn about Bahrain’s rich history during fieldtrip

Bahrain Middle School seventh graders and Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) students went on a fieldtrip to Bahrain Fort.

The fieldtrip for the 70 students was designed to learn about Bahrain's rich history and the ancient Dilmun civilization and to give students exposure to new educational opportunities and teach them the significance of using the skills of listening and observing during trip experiences.

The trip was also used to teach critical thinking to gain insights into how complex societies and civilizations shared the common characteristics of religion, job specialization, cities, government, language/record keeping system, technology, and social hierarchy.

The trip, supervised by seven teachers, including School Principal Shana Seawright, was also used to enhance the students’ understanding of collaboration by working in groups during team-building and motivational activities or problem solving.

Source: Bahrain News Agency

South Africa Works for Well-Known Agenda by Supporting Armed Separatist Group – Morocco’s Delegation

The Moroccan delegation deplored, on Monday at the United Nations Palace in Geneva, the attitude of the South African delegation, which is working for a well-known agenda in the region, by supporting the vain destabilizing aims of an armed separatist group.

In exercising its right of reply, the Moroccan delegation recalled that the Kingdom contributed to the struggle for independence of the South African people, as part of its efforts to decolonize the continent, among others, by hosting and supporting its historic leader, the late Nelson Mandela.

As part of the work of the 52nd session of the Human Rights Council (HRC), Morocco has invited the South African delegation to more restraint on issues which it does not master the ins and outs, and for which it blindly follows a predefined thesis, which serves its political interests.

Instead of continuing to venture into politicizing the human rights issue, the Kingdom recommended that the South African delegation take the interest desired by the mandate holders in order to provide adequate responses to put an end to the numerous human rights violations committed on its territory.

Source: Agency Morocaine De Presse

French version of Qal’at al-Bahrain launched

The Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities (BACA) today launched the French version of the book the book "Bahrain Fort: The Ancient Port and Capital of Dilmun" by its author Dr. Pierre Lombard.

The launch ceremony was hosted at the Bahrain Fort Site Museum on the sidelines of the celebration of the International Day of Francophonie.

The event was attended by BACA President Shaikh Khalifa bin Ahmed bin Abdullah Al-Khalifa, the French Ambassador to the Kingdom of Bahrain Jerome Cauchard, in addition culture and media figures.

BACA president hailed long-standing cultural relations between the two friendly countries, pointing out that the French archaeological mission contributed to the discovery of the archaeological treasures of the site registered on the World Heritage List.

He praised Dr. Lombard's efforts in editing the book, noting his role in supervising the excavation work at the Qal'at al-Bahrain site for more than 4 decades.

The French Ambassador commended BACA's efforts to strengthen cultural relations between the Kingdom of Bahrain and France, stressing the importance of launching the book in its French version to reach the wider Francophone world.

Dr. Pierre Lombard noted that French version contributes to promoting the civilization and culture of the Kingdom of Bahrain, highlighting the importance of the Bahrain Fort, the first site of Bahrain on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

The first version of the book was published in 2016 within the 17th Bahrain International Book Fair, shedding light on Qal'at al-Bahrain site museum, which is built on an area of 2000 square meters.

The company that designed the museum was keen to combine its international experience and features of local architecture to construct an exceptional space that combines interaction, exploration and memory of history.

Source: Bahrain News Agency

SLRB President receives copy of Master’s Degree thesis

President of the Survey and Land Registration Bureau (SLRB), Shaikh Salman bin Abdullah bin Hamad Al Khalifa, received in his office Shaikha Meriam bint Mubarak bin Sabah Al Khalifa, the senior legal researcher in SLRB, on the occasion of obtaining a Master’s Degree from the University College of Bahrain.

Shaikh Salman bin Abdullah Al Khalifa praised her research thesis on empowering female leaderships in the Kingdom of Bahrain. He praised her efforts in conducting the study, wishing her every success in her academic and professional life.

Shaikha Meriam bint Mubarak Al Khalifa expressed utmost thanks and appreciation for the support given to her by Shaikh Salman bin Abdullah bin Hamad Al Khalifa and the officials in SLRB.

Source: Bahrain News Agency