* The editors of Aden College website offer their sincere condolences and sorrow to the family
of alumnus Whaheed Ghazi Baig on the news of his death last month in the UK. May Allah rest his soul in peace.
Whaheed was an outstanding student at Aden College and according to Aden College Journal of 1958 he was active in sports and the Arts. He assumed the role of captain of Aden College cricket team and lead the team to wins against other Aden school teams. He was fascinated by acting and was involved in acting roles in Aden College Drama Society in the 60s. He played the flute in the play A Mid-Summer Night's Dream and acted in the play of Julius Caesar.
* Alumnus Jamal Abdul Hamid, Civil Engineer paid a tribute to Waheed Ghazi Baig who passed away last month. Whaeed Ghazi Baig joined Aden College after he passed the entrance exam from Saint Joseph School in Crater Aden in 1955. He passed 8 0’Levels and 3 A Level subjects at Aden College and followed that with an Honours BSc Degree from London University in Electrical Engineering and a MSc in Communications Engineering at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology.
During his Aden College days, Waheed represented the College at badminton, cricket, hockey and football. He was quite athletic and sporty.
In his early career, Waheed worked on Optical Character Recognition at Philips Research Laboratories in the UK, and in connection with this he developed a new solid state camera system; at the end of the project he held a patent for the design of a machine used in Philips factories to track televisions and other products.
Waheed was a cheerful and gentle soul. We will miss him greatly: his cheery face, his cheesy jokes, and his lovingly made chocolate sauce.
In the years 1977 to 1980 Waheed was a lecturer at the University of Petroleum and Minerals, Systems Engineering and Computer Science Department, Dhahran, in Saudi Arabia. He returned to the UK in 1980 and worked as a Senior Microprocessor Engineer on a fire and gas alarm shut down system for a North Sea oil platform.
He was incredibly intelligent as one can tell by his academic achievements, but he was also generous and a giving person. During my hard-up college days, he helped me change digs, once transporting my suitcase in his well travelled second hand Goggomobil bubble car. It was slow but got us from A to B without much fuss. I think he drove it around Kingston upon Thames and the West country for about a year before parting with it. He later acquired a Morris Minor and again helped me move to Lancashire where I was posted for work.
Wishing to return to the Middle East, from 1981 to 1987 Waheed worked in Bahrain for BAPCO as a Systems Analyst in the refinery Computer Services dealing with process and control vendors in the USA and UK. Following this, for family reasons , he returned to work in the UK.
Waheed achieved a lot during his life. In 1990 he contracted to work in Belgium for SPACEBEL and was responsible for two large projects. He spent 5 years on Mission Preparation and Training Equipment project which was a facility for the training of astronauts and ground control operators in the use of the European Robotic Arm which is attached to the International Space Station. They also provided a facility to monitor the Robotic Arm on the ground. Waheed was the project manager for the team of two Belgian companies working on this jointly.
The second project on which he spent 6 years working as project manager, was Columbus Ground System. This was part of the European contribution to the International Space Station. Waheed was responsible for the development of the two software products for the Columbus Ground System, Data Base Server and Test Evaluation Software. Versions of this software have been used also by NASA and Boeing in the USA and the Japanese Space Agency.
From 2001 to 2005 Waheed worked as a Consultant at Brussels Airport to implement an electronic document and record management system and from 2006 to his retirement in 2009 he worked for the European Commission in Brussels. Waheed was an active member of the Project Management Institute in Belgium.
In more recent years, Waheed travelled from the hills of Pego, Spain where he bought his villa in Spain to Quesada much further down south in the valleys to help me carry out house repairs. He really adored his villa in Pego to which he made several structural and cosmetic improvements. He was a keen swimmer: he planned, designed and supervised the construction of his swimming pool, chattering happily to tile laying Moroccans in Arabic, to carpenters and builders in French and in pigeon Romanian to the pump installers and pipe layers. The panoramic views from the patio of the villa were breath taking.
I have very fond memories of the time I spent with Waheed in Aden, in England, and in Spain. He will be greatly missed. Memories may fade but his ever loving mother and warm hearted brother and sisters, alongside his devoted wife and charming daughters will keep reminding me of him.May Allah SWT rest his soul in peace. He was 74 years old.
* Dr. Thanos Petouris is a frequent writer on Yemen's affairs. He attended a two day conference in London, UK which was organized jointly by the London Middle East Institute and the British-Yemeni Society. That conference was the fifth major conference on Yemen to be held in the UK in the last 30 years.
The conference was attended by academics, journalists, Yemeni politicians and a large number of Yemenis who lived in the UK.
Read more on the conference here.
* Dr. Qais Ghanem had just finished writing his 2nd novel in Arabic. The novel will be published soon. It was reviewed by Dr. Adel Aulaqi and Ashraf Girgrah.
In his comments, Dr. Adel Aulaqi said, ''The story has tackled many aspects and attitudes of a certain class of Yemeni society, social, political and economic and it ventured into belief in religion (Islam) through the comparative lens of East/West binary paradigm. ''
Ashraf Girgrah commented, ''The suspense is great which demonstrates your full command of writing a novel with suspense. It is great that you utilized the story of rape and murder of a yemeni student who is still on the run after EIGHT years.
Farouk Abdulhak is in Yemen and has refused to return to the UK where he is accused of killing the Norwegian Martine Vik Magnussen in 2008.
Congratualtions, you have great creativity.''
To read more on the murder click here.
* Top Universities in Canada 2016/17.
The launch of the latest QS World University Rankings website sees 26 Canadian universities feature among the world’s best.
This includes three top universities in Canada in the worldwide top 50, with a further 10 in the top 300. Read on for more information on the top universities in Canada this year, starting with the top 10.
Read more on the ranking here.
* Alumnus Farooq Murshid sent information on the unbelievable facts about the human body.
Read the facts here.
* From Architecture to Technology: How the Moors of Spain Influenced Today’s Society
In the year 1492, the Muslim Moors who held parts of Spain for nearly 800 years were driven out after losing the Battle of Granada to the armies of the Catholic Monarchs. It was the end of an era for the Moors who had come across the Strait of Gibraltar and brought with them not only their culture and religion, but also their knowledge. Under Moorish rule, advancements were made in science and mathematics, as well as geography and philosophy. The impact the Moors had on Spain can still be seen today.
From the architecture to the language, and even the agriculture, the Moors shaped a significant part of Spain’s history.
Read more here.
* Dr. Shihab Ghanem mentioned that the 6th Poetic Heart for the year 2017 was due to be held in Dubai academic city near Zaid university at the Emerates Institute for Banking and Financial Studies.