* The year of 2016 ended and the time certainly seems to fly! As we bid farewell to 2016 we also bid farewell to sad events which occurred during the course of the year.
Aden and the people of Aden were shocked to hear the death of Fadhl Mohamed Ali Luqman an educator and one of the sons of a prominent family in Aden; the death of Sultan Ali Abdul Karim Al Abdali of Lahj and the death of the singer and composer Fursan Khalifa.
The editors of Aden College website convey their deep sorrow and condolences to the families of each of the diseased. May Allah rest their souls in peace.
Dr. Mohamed Ali Al Bar conveyed his sympathies and condolences to the family of Sultan Ali Abdul Karim. He said that he used to meet with the Sultan in Jeddah to receive letters from his father in Cairo, Egypt.
Read more on the Sultan here.
*The late Fadhl Luqman is remembered as and educator who played an important role in educating students of Aden Technical Institute in Maalla, Aden in 50 and 60s. He served as a Principal and later in life worked as an expert with UNESCO in Paris, France.
Teacher and Principle of Aden Technical Institute Mr.Fadhl Luqman mentioned, in an email to Dr. Abdulla Al Sayyari, that Aden Technical Institute was the first technical educational system which introduced technical coeducation for males and females in the entire Arabian peninsula in the 60s.
There were 15 registered female graduates in construction engineering. Out of the 15 females, 12 finished their National High Technical Certificate from London, UK.
He is remembered by his sister's sons Drs. Qais Ghanem and Shihab Ghanem.
* Alumnus Abdulla Taher Ali Abdulla wrote to express his sympathies at the death of Fursan Khalifa and mentioned that the lyrics of one of one of his songs were written by his classmates in Aden College Abdullah Abdul Kareem. He said that Fursan lived at one time in Shaib Al Aidrous where he lived.
He used to socialize with the late Fursan on his street.
* The late Fadhl Luqman was an occasional contributor on Aden College website and maintained his own blog on Facebook. He mentioned in his blog in 2003 that the Technical School was founded in 1921 and was based in the city of Aden (Crater). The school continued to receive students until the year 1929 when it closed due to lack of funds to run it. Some of the students who attended the school were:
Ahmed Hussein Suqi, Muhammad Hamid Khalifa, Saeed Ahmed, Hussain Abdul Hussain, Hussain Babu Khan, Sayed Jaafar Hussain Ali, Mohamed Rahmt Allah, Saleh Ali Gazee. Muhammad Mola, Ahmad Saleh Al Seafi, Mohammed Taleb, Mohammed Jaber Khan, Ali Abdulla Roberts, and others. Some of the teachers who taught in the school were:
the late Ahmad Al-Yaqoob.
The school specialized in teaching carpentry and furniture-making. The government made a contract with the school to furnish all its offices in Kamaran with the school’s manufacture. The students at the school made a fancy cigar box of wood and presented it as a gift to Prince of Wales who was on his way to India. The Prince sent the students in October 1922 a message of thanks for the students gift.
* Dr. Mohamed Ali AlBar co-authored with Dr. Hassan Chamsi-Pasha a study paper entitled ''Teaching Islamic Medical Ethics". The paper was published on the medical Education Publish website. In its introduction the paper states that Medical ethics is becoming an important part of the medical curriculum today (Beigy 2016). The clinical years of medical student education are an ideal time for students to learn, practice and develop ethical thinking and behavior. It is well known that there is no single, best model for medical ethics education (Parker 2012). Traditional undergraduate medical ethics courses teach preclinical students how to identify ethical issues and deal with them at a theoretical level. However, incorporating these ethical principles into clinical training remains a challenge (Fryer-Edwards 2006). Any attempt to develop a comprehensive ethics curriculum must recognize the broader cultural environment within which that curriculum will function. Regular updates, including relevant literature and bioethical controversies, are crucial for the maintenance of a meaningful syllabus.
Read more on the subject here.
* The distinguished Gulf region intellectual, Dr. Manahel Thabet, daughter of Aden College alumnus Mahmoud Thabet was granted the rare privilege of The Freedom of the City of London by the Court of the Chamberlain. This venerable honor, which cannot be obtained without the support of London Livery or Guild Members, is one of the oldest surviving traditions, dating back to 1237, the century of Magna Carta.
Famous, illustrious and historic holders of this honor include Admiral Lord Nelson, the Victor of the Battle of Trafalgar, Princess Diana, actor Morgan Freeman and the late Nelson Mandela. Mediaeval rights conferred by this prestigious honor include trading permissions representing a huge commercial advantage in the Middle Ages, and the privilege of wearing a sword within the precincts of the ancient City of London, which itself reaches back in time to the days of Julius Caesar. The modern Freedom emphasises the keeping and protection of The Queen's Peace and maintaining the customs and franchises of The City of London.
Awardees have emerged from the worlds of military conquest, royalty, aristocracy, the arts, diplomacy and politics. Dr Manahel shines as an intellectual beacon, bestriding the spheres of Science, gifted education, women empowerment while acting as an emissary between the cultures of The Middle East and The West.
Watch the award cermony here.