University of Dubai joins IBM academic program

IBM Academic Initiative to offer training and research opportunities to University of Dubai

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By  Mark Sutton Published  September 22, 2008

The University of Dubai has signed an agreement with IBM, to join the IBM Academic Initiative program.

Under the MOU, which was signed by Prof Omar Hefni, president, University of Dubai (UD) and Takreem El-Tohamy, general manager of IBM Middle East and North Africa, the university is now a formal academic partner for IBM.

Faculty at the university has already received training on IBM WebSphere and Rational Application Developer, for e-commerce and software development, and will now be able to include key IBM technologies in academic programs.

UD faculty will also be able to take up residency posts at IBM R&D facilities to collaborate on research projects.

Prof Said Selim, Dean of the College of Information Technology at UD commented: “This MOU and the following advanced training opens opportunities for UD faculty and students to further develop the information systems and technology industry in Dubai and the UAE. Drawing on both professional experience and academic knowledge it will facilitate a direct transfer of advanced technical knowledge from IBM specialists to UD students and to the broader business community.

“From a university perspective, this MOU provides the framework which creates professional development opportunities for students and faculty who can attend IBM industry workshops, together with international IT professionals. Thus, it will boost university-industry exchange of knowledge, ideas and research & development projects,” he added.

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