Zayed University students design special banknotes


September 13, 2014

A group of talented Zayed University created new banknotes with special features in the hope that these will be used across the UAE some day.

Out of five competing teams, only one team — comprising three students — won a trip to Switzerland to introduce them to the world of designing, producing and issuing banknotes and to give them information on high-security printing industry.

The results were announced during a ceremony held earlier at Zayed University in Abu Dhabi, where Professor Reyadh AlMehaideb, Vice President of Zayed University, honored the winning students and reconfirmed Zayed University’s commitment to providing students with a learning environment that encourages innovation and uniqueness.

Winning students pointed out that their designed currency notes would feature Braille characters that could be readable by the visually impaired.

The ceremony was also attended by His Excellency Adrian Bless, Deputy Head of the Embassy of Switzerland, who spoke on the occasion.

“I am impressed by the students’ creativity. Some of the banknote designs display a great deal of thought and attention to detail, showing originality and conveying a clear message. Out of this competition, enriched with new knowledge and skills, all teams come off as winners,” Bless said.

The Embassy of Switzerland in the UAE and KBA-NotaSys of Switzerland hosted a workshop on banknote design at Zayed University in June, as part of the graphic design curriculum.

KBA-NotaSys in Switzerland is the main driver of innovation and excellence within the high-security printing industry. It offers a unique range of products and services to authorized security printers and central banks, enabling them to design, produce and issue banknotes according to their specific and individual needs.

Source: Gulf News

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