Zayed University is working with the Abdullah Al Ghurair Foundation for Education to support the digital skills of youth in preparation for the work of the future

Dubai – Zayed University and the Abdullah Al Ghurair Foundation for Education announced that more than 2,500 Emirati students have joined the Al Ghurair Young Thinkers Online programs to prepare for the future labor market, in celebration of International Youth Skills Day , and the two parties celebrated this achievement, after the second anniversary of their successful partnership after signing a memorandum.

The two parties have confirmed that Zayed University students are now able to participate in the Abdullah Al Ghurair Foundation for Education’s TechUp platform, following the recent expansion of their partnership’s horizons, as the partnership between them initially was limited to the Al Ghurair Young Thinkers Program, the advanced platform for online education and career readiness. .

The new training project “TechUp”, in collaboration with “Udacity”, is part of the leading training tracks of the “Nomou” initiative of the Corporation, and is designed with the aim of developing and creating job prospects for young talents for the lack of digital competence by providing them with basic digital skills and highly specialized technical certificates in line with the needs of the labor market and enabling private sector companies to contribute to the development of the skills of the workforce as well as to the future to improve education to ensure the upgrading of Emirati competencies. It is estimated that global demand for advanced information technology and programming skills could increase by up to 90% by 2030.

On International Youth Skills Day, Vice-Chancellor of Zayed University and Head of Academic Affairs prof. Clayton McKenzie emphasizes: “Our partnership with the Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation for Education is a key focus of the academic institution’s commitment to groups of students with greater readiness for the challenges of the future. We are all increasingly aware of the importance of digital skills in all fields, and therefore we invite university students to seize the opportunity to participate in modern TechUp programs to learn the appropriate digital skills that play a major role in the future of work. ”

In turn, the dr. Sonia Bin Jaafar, CEO of the Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation for Education, said: “This partnership translates our shared vision to achieve our goal of developing and empowering Emirati youth, and that the relationship with Zayed University continues to expand. , despite the global challenges we have faced over the years.In the past, we were able to increase the level of digital skills of young people through our TechUp initiative.We have more than 2,000 young men and women in the program registered since its launch in less than 4 months, across the UAE, and 215 of them have obtained their first certificate. We recognize how eager and deeply committed the faculty and staff of Zayed University are to ensure that their students receive the best possible educational opportunities, and they share our belief that Emirati youth should focus on honing and developing their digital skills along with their academic programs. ”

It is noteworthy that Zayed University has increased its focus over the past year to provide students with the skills needed to ensure their success in the workplace, as a survey conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers in 2020 among CEOs in the Middle East done, found that 80 percent believe that the lack of basic digital skills is a challenge for some businesses.


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About the Abdullah Al Ghurair Foundation for Education The Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation for Education aims to empower Emirati and Arab youth to develop and contribute to sustainable development in the region by providing innovative educational solutions and truly effective partnerships. As one of the largest private sector-funded educational institutions in the Arab region, the Foundation works to provide high-quality, technology-based educational opportunities, as well as to develop relevant skills that enable a successful transition to higher education and the labor market. . The institution was established in 2015 with the aim of

Achieving the fourth and eighth goals of the sustainable development goals adopted by the United Nations, and working to provide quality, equitable and high quality education that contributes to the improvement of the standard of living for all.

An overview of Zayed University:

Zayed University was established in 1998 as a modern scientific institution that proudly bears the name of the founder of the state and the builder of its renaissance – the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. The university is guided by strengthening the founding father’s principles to his position as an innovative and pioneering institution in the field of higher education and research. The university currently houses more than 10,500 Emirates and foreign students in its various programs.

The University, led by Her Excellency Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Youth and Chairman of the Board of Trustees, strives to meet the requirements of the state and contribute to its economic, social and cultural growth process by middle of its two advanced universities. campuses in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. It is a leading institution in the creation of educational curricula based on the best educational programs.

The University is proud of its pioneering role in promoting academic excellence, refining leadership skills and raising the level of knowledge in local, regional and global communities. Zayed University is also eager to encourage students and improve their skills to contribute to accelerating the ambitious process of change in the UAE and to achieving its promising plans for the next fifty years.

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