Ajman University Teaches Accounting with ACCPAC

Qatar Foundation implements Oracle E-Business Suite
Hyperlink chosen to implement Oracle Financials and Oracle Human Resources Management System for streamlined financial accounting, purchasing and personnel management

DOHA -vApril 24, 2003 Hyperlink, which is the Middle East's leading consulting firm specializing in the integration of technology to support business objectives, has begun implementing an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution for Qatar Foundation, a non-profit educational organization, using the Oracle E-Business Suite. The Qatar Foundation undertakes a series of varied and far-reaching programmes in the fields of education, health and community development.

"We are happy to be working with a leading regional business consultancy provider such as Hyperlink who has created a comprehensive solution aimed at streamlining all of our current and future operations while providing accurate and timely financial reporting," said Dr. Saif Al-Hajari, Interim Managing Director of the Qatar Foundation. "We look forward to building a rewarding and mutually beneficial relationship with a company like Hyperlink."
"Hyperlink has established itself as a leading Oracle solutions implementer in the region," said Dani Diab, Executive Vice President-General Manager of Hyperlink. "Our vast experience and acknowledged expertise in delivering custom-made solutions to our extensive clientele has been instrumental in creating a position of trust in the regional markets. Our strength in the educational sector and a thorough knowledge of the Qatar market has also been very beneficial."

The Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development is a private, non-profit organization, which was founded in 1995 on the personal initiative of His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Emir and Head of the State of Qatar. Based on the philosophy that people are a country's most valuable resource, the Qatar Foundation works to ensure the full development of current and future generations through a series of varied and far-reaching programs.

In order to achieve its objectives, a number of separate but interrelated bodies have been established within the Foundation, working in the fields of education, health and community development. Hyperlink's Oracle-based solution will automate the Financials, Human Resources, and Distribution set-ups within the Qatar Foundation. The solution will help the Foundation to streamline its financial and human resources procedures within different centers providing accurate information, timely reporting, embedded operational and financial control as well as budget control.

The Oracle applications will cover the corporate requirements in the back office financials at the Qatar Foundation. It will facilitate distribution and purchasing, project modules, human resources and payroll including Oracle's HR self service and training administration modules to handle training departments in various companies. The solution, which offers strong multimedia support, is web enabled.

Qatar Foundation for Education, Science, and Community Development was established in 1995, pursuant to a decree issued by His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar; as an educational, development, charitable non-profit organization so as to contribute, together with other similar institutions, in the achievement of cultural and scientific development of the country, and to give an example in the field of co-operation between society and its leadership. Her Highness Sheika Mozah Bint Nasser Al Missned, Consort of H.H. the Emir, serves as Chairperson of the Qatar Foundation, and personally guides the organization's objectives and programs. For further information, please visit www.qf.org.qa

Panasonic introduces Amal Hijazi as the Panasonic brand ambassador in the Middle East

Amal Hijazi to launch Panasonic's new branding campaign in the region

Dubai - April 24, 2003 As part of its efforts to consolidate its position as the leader in consumer electronics in the Middle East, Panasonic has recently announced its international brand strategy and campaign for the region at a press conference held today (Thursday, April 24th 2003 in Dubai). In addition, the conglomerate also introduced Ms. Amal Hijazi, the renowned Lebanese singer, as its brand ambassador for 2003 in the region.

Introducing its new global branding concept slogan of "PANASONIC ideas for life", the company will be implementing a worldwide brand strategy, here in the Middle East. The new slogan is reflective of Panasonic's aim to redefine its brand value, which will deliver ideas that are valuable and beneficial to their customers in their daily life.

"At Panasonic, we are driven by the needs and requirements of our customers, who are of immense significance to us. The name Panasonic is built on quality and trust," said Shoji Itoh, Managing Director, Panasonic Marketing Middle East FZE. "Our new brand strategy, will help us increase our brand equity and provide added value to our customers. From this emerges our core concept of "Ideas" which will deliver Panasonic's brand value. We hope to ensure the smooth flow of ideas to create new products and services that are extremely valuable to our customers in their daily lives. "PANASONIC ideas for life" will be our new global branding initiative and will represent our business philosophy - "to always stay close to our customers and create valuable products to enhance their life and the society."

"I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Ms. Amal Hijazi for undertaking this new role and welcome her to the Panasonic team. Panasonic is indeed delighted to be associated with a performer of such caliber," he added.

"I am immensely pleased to be chosen to represent the Panasonic brand in the Middle East," said Amal Hijazi, famous Lebanese singer and newly appointed Panasonic brand ambassador. "This is indeed an exciting project and I would like to thank Panasonic in the Middle East for providing me with this opportunity. Ranked as the leading brand in the world, I am thrilled to be associated with them and I look forward to a strategic relationship. With an extensive target audience, Panasonic's commitment to innovation and technology is very commendable indeed," she added.

"Ms. Hijazi is symbolic of all that represents the new brand line message to the customers. As Panasonic's first ever brand ambassador for the Middle East, we are sure that this initiative will be of immense value and she will create an emotional tie between Panasonic and our customers in this region," said Itoh "It is only fitting that one of the leading singers in the Middle East is associated with the leading consumer electronic company in the region. This move reflects our commitment to the Middle East, as she will represent Panasonic's innovation, its futuristi
c vision through mass media ads and shop front. It will also prove to be vital in widening our target audience, thus resulting in a significant increase in our market share in the region "

Ms. Amal Hijazi also launched a range of Panasonic audio-visual equipment at the press conference, which included the SV-AV20, comprising of the new "D-Snap" SD Multi AV Device. The stylish units combine a digital video recorder, a digital still camera, a digital player with new SD-Jukebox software and a digital voice recorder. It also offers a user-friendly interface and improved video resolution. The ergonomically designed NV-GS70 digital video camera, which was also launched, employs a 3CCD camera system and offers a more expressive capability to include a "Soft Skin Detail" function, which renders enhanced skin appearance. Aimed at families with young children, the NV-GS50 is designed to be extraordinarily user-friendly. With its ultra-compact and portable design, it is packed with a host of convenient and practical features. While the NV-DS 65 is a small and user-friendly video camera with network functions to enable connectivity using SD Memory Card, USB cable and application software.

Ajman University Teaches Accounting with ACCPAC

Computerized accounting education program aims at building practical knowledge for accountants in the United Arab Emirates; first step in a series of technology-based education programs for Ajman University business school

Ajman, 23rd April 2003 Ajman University of Science and Technology announced today the launch of its first technology-based education program for the university's accounting and finance students. The program, incorporating ACCPAC Advantage SeriesÔ accounting software, helps build the students' knowledge and expertise in applied technologies focused on accounting and finance. Dr Yahya Haddad, Dean of the Faculty of Business Administration at the University, comments: "Ajman University has a firm commitment to providing technology-based education. We believe this is a strategic approach towards building the knowledge skills necessary to meet today's business and management challenges."

The program will be rolled out simultaneously throughout all of the University's campuses in Ajman, Abu Dhabi and Al Ain, UAE. "Over 500 students will be trained on the ACCPAC Advantage Series-based program this year," says Dr Lilyan Gheyath, Professor of Accounting at Ajman University. She explains that accounting students will be practicing accounting principles learned from books using the software programs. "With ACCPAC, we have tremendous flexibility in education. It starts with live business illustrations and extends to home work assignments, the ability to revisit concepts and implementations when necessary and finally, testing students' understanding of concepts using practical, real-life scenarios." She continues, "By training our students on ACCPAC Advantage Series, we are guaranteeing them career prospects in accounting and qualifying them for the increasingly competitive labour market locally and abroad."

According to Marc Van Der Ven, general manager for ACCPAC Middle East, ACCPAC Advantage Series is an internationally available accounting package that is extremely user-friendly, making it ideal for educational purposes and establishing it as the standard software for teaching accounting in many educational institutions around the world. "ACCPAC is committed to providing educational institutions with business management software that gives students the practical skills they need to enter a career in accounting. For the accounting students at Ajman University, learning on ACCPAC Advantage Series will give them crucial knowledge as they work to become professional accountants." Dr. Haddad concludes, "We have many other planned educational programs that build onto ACCPAC business management systems and touch other aspects of a typical business. We will be introducing these in the near future." -keralamonitor.com