Dubai e-Government strengthens university link

Dubai eGovernment and the UAE University are to forge closer links after signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU).

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By  Patrick Phelvin Published  January 26, 2004

Dubai eGovernment and the UAE University are to forge closer links after signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU). The MOU outlines a commitment by the e-Government and the university to share resources relating to research and benchmarking, content for e-learning, hands-on training of Dubai eGovernment systems and participation in seminars and training courses. The MOU was signed by Salem Al Shair, Director eServices, Dubai eGovernment and Dr. Hadef Bin Jouan Al Dhahiri, Vice Chancellor, UAE University, at a ceremony held recently at Dubai eGovernment offices. “This MOU paves the way for enhanced cooperation in research, internship and training at government departments for UAE University students. It will also open doors for Government employees with bachelor’s degrees to pursue masters degrees at the UAE University. Additionally, the recent opening of the UAE University’s Dubai offices at Knowledge Village will give a further impetus to this partnership,” says Salem Al Shair, Director eServices, Dubai eGovernment. “We are extremely pleased to sign this MOU with an institution that symbolises the UAE’s highest attainments in the field of higher education, especially in IT,” he adds. Under the new partnership, Dubai eGovernment will create well-defined opportunities for UAE University students and faculties to work on real results-oriented research and benchmarking projects under joint supervision. UAE University will dedicate students to work on Dubai eGovernment projects through the Capstone Course. Dubai eGovernment will offer internship programs to the university’s students as well as arrange workshops and seminars for them. Both will formulate and conduct applied research and related activities as part of the MOU. “The UAE University has one of the region’s finest infrastructures for delivering IT education to students, including cutting edge wireless technology. We offer a variety of IT courses and focus on in-house training at private and public sector companies,” says Al Dhahiri. “We share a common vision with Dubai eGovernment to leverage technology to ease people’s lives.” In the field of e-learning, Dubai eGovernment will provide topics, objectives and guidelines for developing a suite of e-learning courses. UAE University in turn will create, edit and provide the content for the courses. “This MOU marks the start of a mutually beneficial partnership that will allow both organizations to boost research and benchmarking standards, through shared expertise,” says Dr. Al Dhahiri. “We are positive that the exchange of ideas between the two sides will help create innovative solutions in the selected areas of cooperation, to enhance the standards of both organisations,” he adds.

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