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Emirates Talent Association launches Local Programmer Initiative

Local Programmer Initiative will encourage young Emiratis to learn to code

HE Lt General Dhahi Tamim at the launch of the Local Programmer Initiative.
HE Lt General Dhahi Tamim at the launch of the Local Programmer Initiative.

Emirates Talent Association, in cooperation with Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University (HBMSU) and Microsoft, have officially launched the Local Programmer initiative, a program to encourage young Emiratis to learn computer programming.

The initiative will train students in the basics of programming, along with practical application in designing games and applications. The program is aimed at young people between seven and fiftenn years of age, and will include online training and access to HBMSU's Cloud Campus learning platform.

The program is intended to promote innovation, inquisitiveness, and cooperation among students, and enable them to learn through hands-on experience.

H.E. Lieutenant General Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, Deputy Chairman of Police, General Security in Dubai, and Chairman of the University's Board of Governors and Chairman of the Emirates Talent Association said at the launch: "The ‘Local Programmer' initiative reflects the success of the Emirates Talent Association in embodying the visions related to investment in local human talent. It is in accordance with a methodology that aims to instil creativity and innovation among the youths in line with the goals of the National Innovation Strategy to prepare individuals who are talented and innovative in order to make the UAE on of the world's top ten countries in innovation by 2021.

"We are so proud of our new program, which is an advanced step on the path of excellence in providing the new generation with tools that are compatible with the technology and has become the language of the new era."

Students will be able to learn TouchDevelop and KODU languages, and participate in practical exercises. Workshops are being held every Saturday morning until 11th February, supported by virtual activities via the ‘Cloud Campus.'

Participants in the initiative will be able to qualify for three levels of certification, an introduction to programming certificate, digital games and application development certificate, and advanced games and application certificate.

The program also includes a Computer Language Programming Competition in partnership with Microsoft.

Samer Abu-Latif, regional general manager, Microsoft Gulf, said: "Microsoft believes that nurturing young talents through innovative education is a major goal for the UAE, so we are working hard on initiatives that would stimulate innovation and help students overcome their challenges while providing them with the latest tools, advanced educational programs, and training courses under the supervision of IT professionals to hone their skills for the future. We are committed to support the UAE's strategy and Vision 2021 through these education programs that contributes to the building of a knowledge-based economy. We are happy and ready to work again with HBMSU to help young people further develop their creativity and boost the UAE's drive to become a global leader in innovation."