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RIT and UAE TRA deal for IT scholarships

TRA's ICT fund to offer 24 scholarships for Emiratis at Rochester Institute of Technology Dubai

RIT and UAE TRA deal for IT scholarships
(l-r) Dr Jeremy Haefner, Vice-President of RIT New York; Dr Luther Troell, Interim President, RIT Dubai; Dr Abdulqader Al Khayat, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the ICT Fund, TRA and Dr Eissa Al Bastaki, CEO of ICT Fund.

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) Dubai and the UAE TRA's ICT fund have signed an agreement to provide 24 scholarships for Emiratis to study ICT.

The deal will provide scholarships that will cover tuition, application, registration, and preparatory programmes fees as well as books, administrative services, accommodation and monthly stipend. Student's progress will be monitored by RIT Dubai, and students will commit to working in the ICT sector on graduation.

The ICT Fund was established to drive the growth and competitiveness of the UAE's IT sector.

Dr Eissa Al Bastaki, CEO of ICT Fund, commented: "TRA is focused on three key areas including education, support centres and research and development to stimulate growth in information technology and communications. RIT Dubai plays a prominent role in developing a valuable national task force in the UAE, especially in the engineering and technology space. We are confident that the scholarship programme will nurture graduates to match the needs of the marketplace.

"Under the agreement, the university will choose students based on criteria approved by the RIT- Dubai and the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, which supports TRA in achieving the objectives of its educational programmes. In addition to developing high scientific competencies among Emirati professionals, the scholarship is designed to help graduates gain employment in the information technology and telecommunications sector."

Dr. Luther Troell, Interim President, RIT Dubai added: "The establishment of RIT-Dubai, in Dubai Silicon Oasis in 2008, was a fundamental step in encouraging transfer of scientific and technological know-how from the patron university in the US to the UAE. The transfer of knowledge has helped accelerate technical progress and scientific research to promote the development of a strong knowledge based economy in the UAE. The partnership between RIT-Dubai and TRA will take forward the objective of knowledge sharing and development to achieve the larger objectives set by the wise leadership of the UAE."

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