MBRCGI and MIT sign innovation deal

Mohammed Bin Rashid Centre for Government Innovation and MIT to promote innovation in UAE govt leaders

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MBRCGI and MIT sign innovation deal MBRCGI and MIT have signed a deal to host workshops to encourage the spirit of innovation among UAE government leaders.
By  Mark Sutton Published  May 7, 2016

Mohammed Bin Rashid Centre for Government Innovation has a signed an agreement with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to hold workshops on the culture of innovation for UAE government officials.

As part of the deal, the an initial workshop for 70 government leaders from federal government entities has been held under the theme of ‘Radical Innovation'.

The seminar included practical applications and interactive panel discussions that defined the concepts and mechanisms to identify and evaluate innovative policies and government services. It identified the mechanisms of innovation incubators, and reviewed ways to spread the culture of innovation and develop proactive plans to meet the future challenges.

The agreement was signed by Her Excellency Huda Al Hashimi, Assistant to the Director-General for Strategy and Innovation in the Prime Minister's Office, and Professor Sanjay Sarma, Vice President of Open Education in Professional Education Program at MIT, and Bhaskar Pant, Executive Director of the Institute of Professional Education at MIT.

HE Al Hashimi commented: "The agreement also aims to strengthen partnerships with specialized international institutions, and work on building national innovation capacity. It will help define the latest trends, offering opportunities to embrace the best practices and benefit from distinguished international experiences in support of the government's efforts to spread a culture of innovation to make the UAE one of the best innovative countries in the world."

His Excellency Tariq Hilal Lootah, Undersecretary of the Ministry of State for Federal National Council Affairs, said: "Innovation is the engine in the process of institutional development, and the UAE government has adopted a practical concept of radical innovation by following policies and proactive solutions to challenges of the future."

The next workshops will be attended by the heads of the innovation in federal entities and be focused on topics related to the designing of innovative ideas to find effective solutions in government work. In the coming seminars, the participants will gain training on effective tools for managing innovation, and gain insights into the role of working group heads in stimulating strategic innovation and developing innovation teams.

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