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EMC and TECOM sign academic agreement

EMC CEO visits Dubai to sign MOU to bring Academic Alliance to TECOM universities

(l-r) Mohammed Amin and Joseph Tucci of EMC, with Dr Ayoub Kazim, TECOM Investments.
(l-r) Mohammed Amin and Joseph Tucci of EMC, with Dr Ayoub Kazim, TECOM Investments.

EMC and Dubai's TECOM Investments today signed an MOU to co-operate on academic initiatives, to drive the growth of knowledge workers in the region.

The agreement will see EMC work with eight universities in TECOM's International Academic City, as part of its Academic Alliance programme.

EMC chairman and CEO Joe Tucci was in Dubai to sign the agreement, with Dr Ayoub Kazim, managing director, TECOM Investments' Education Cluster.

Tucci said that the MOU aims to give academic institutions advanced curricula on new technologies, without an EMC-bias.

"Without a doubt this is a knowledge economy, and understanding how to use and share information assets is very important. What we will be doing with TECOM is to make sure that we are working with those universities, to get incorporated into the curriculum, knowledge about technologies like cloud architecture, about information itself, how information is stored, managed, protected, secured, and very importantly, how we can get knowledge out of that information," he said.

EMC will provide four open curricula to TECOM institutions, focusing on areas including information storage and management, cloud infrastructure and services, data science and big data analytics, and backup recovery systems and architecture. All course material, along with support for faculty and students will be provided free.

EMC will also look to take interns from TECOM and involve them in its EMC's Fresh Graduates hire programme.

Tucci said that there will be a growing demand for IT professionals as volumes of data grow.

"If you think about information and a knowledge-based economy, as more people are exposed to information as more people are connected to the internet. It is kind of a virtuous cycle, as more information gets created.

"By the end of this decade we will have more than 35 zetabytes of information to deal with. If you are talking about people, there will be 50% more people in IT. How do you deal with that? You are going to need parallels in productivity - that productivity is going to come in a large part from two sources, technology and smarter, more knowledgeable people who know how to use that technology," he commented.

Dr Kazim said that the alliance would play a vital role in helping the UAE to continue its drive as a knowledge-based economy with a diversified economy.

"The important role played by the ICT sector is well acknowledged, both as a driver of economic activity and a contributor to almost every other industry. In this scenario, the demand for human resources that meet the needs of the ICT industry is continually growing. We look forward to supporting EMC's Academic Alliance program through collaborations with our academic partners at Dubai International Academic City to offer programs that respond to industry requirements," Kazim said.

Mohammed Amin, EMC senior vice president and regional manager for Turkey, Emerging Africa and Middle East Region added: "EMC recognizes the positive impact that technology can have on people's lives and on the role it plays to strengthen the economy, especially in countries like UAE, pioneering to adopt the latest technologies. The EMC Academic Alliance program is a key social investment asset that EMC offers to education institutions to help them advance transformational technologies among the youth and bridge the growing knowledge and skills gap businesses are facing today. We are proud to collaborate on this initiative with such a reputable organization in UAE as TECOM."