UAE Government Leaders Programme visits US companies
Field trip for government leadership students visits GE, NASA, Google and Twitter
The UAE Government Leaders Programme has conducted a series of Knowledge Trips to the United States, to learn how major organisations manage skills, innovation, technology and make them part of their best practice.
The US trip, for graduates from the Diploma in Government Innovation programme and Chief Happiness and Positivity Officers, visited companies including General Electric, Twitter, Google, Highway1, Autodesk, Cisco, and TechShop.
The tour included a visit to General Electric headquarters in New York, where GE management explained how the company manages future skills requirements for its workforce, and creating a happy and positive workplace.
The trip also took in NASA's Ames Research Center, and a visit to the mayor's office of San Francisco.
Her Excellency Hessa Essa Buhumaid, Assistant Director General for Government Services at the Prime Minister's Office - Ministry of Cabinet Affairs and the Future, said: "The trip to the General Electric headquarters comes on the heels of last year's successful visit, which was the fruit of the strategic partnership between the company and the UAE Government Leaders Programme. It serves to hone government employees' skills and increase their familiarity with international best practices.
"The UAE Government Leaders Programme firmly believes in lifelong learning and continuous progress which allows participants and graduates to use future trends to their benefit, and acquire the skills necessary for government officials in the 21st century."
Dr Dalya Al Muthanna, President & CEO of GE Gulf, added: "Training future leaders and equipping them with the necessary skills for success in the 21st century - most notably a future outlook, innovation, and initiative - is a cornerstone of the vision of the UAE's wise leadership.
"Our partnership with the UAE Government Leaders Programme allows us to support federal government departments to achieve their strategic objectives," Dr Al Muthanna continued.
"The programme bolsters public-private partnerships as it encourages the exchange of experiences, knowledge, and success stories. As an industrial and digital company, we strive to provide high-quality training at our academy in Crotonville, where we aim to cultivate employees' knowledge and leadership skills, in line with the forward-thinking vision of the UAE's leadership."