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UAE University opens 'Innovation Hub powered by Google'

Innovation hub will provide educational courses for children in emerging technology areas

UAE University opens 'Innovation Hub powered by Google'
HH Sheikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan opened the centre, and toured the facilities.

The UAE University has opened a new Innovation Hub at its Science and Innovation Park in Al Ain.

The ‘Innovation Hub, powered by Google', has been launched in co-operation with charitable organisation Al Bayt Mitwahid Association, UAEU, the Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK) and Google.

The hub is intended to become a facility for high tech lessons for students in areas such as machine learning, application development, 3D printing and laser-cutting. The centre has been launched to increase the levels of science and technology education in the UAE.

The educational facility was inaugurated by HH Sheikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Interior for the UAE, and was attended by HE Hussain bin Ibrahim Al Hammadi, Minister of Education, HE Omar bin Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, HE Dr. Ali Al Nuaimi, Chancellor of United Arab Emirates University (UAEU), Chairman of ADEK, and a member of the Executive Council, HE Khalifa Bin Salem Al Mansouri, Acting Undersecretary of the Department of Economic Development in Abu Dhabi, and HE Saif Al Qubaisi, Chairman of Al Bayt Mitwahid Association, as well as other Government ministers and representatives of Google.

HE Saif Ali Al Qubaisi, Chairman of Al Bayt Mitwahid Association, said: "I'm extremely proud that we've opened the Innovation Hub Powered by Google; it's a state-of-the-art facility that will allow students to participate in valuable high-tech classes, which will benefit the next generation of talented minds here in the UAE. One of Al Bayt Mitwahid's main goals is to continuously contribute towards the development of the innovation and tech industry, by collaborating with likeminded partners and creating innovative platforms which empower the youth, in order to create a prosperous future; we are positive that the Innovation Hub is exactly that. Alongside UAEU, ADEK and Google, we aim to achieve the long-term vision for the UAE by developing the innovative and technological skills of the country's people."

HE Dr. Ali Rashid Al Nuaimi, Chairman of ADEK, Chancellor of UAEU and a member of the Executive Council stressed that: "launching the ‘Innovation Hub powered by Google' at UAEU, the nation's flagship university, and in partnership with the Al Bayt Mitwahid Association, is a part of the UAE's strategic agenda. This is an agenda that aims to enhance awareness of the importance of innovation and digital creativity. This initiative is aligned with UAEU's vision of excellence and leadership, as well as meeting the needs of the labor market by developing the skills and capabilities of Emirati students, while encouraging young people to contribute to building and supporting a knowledge-based economy in the UAE. Artificial intelligence is the engine driving forward the fourth industrial revolution; it encourages companies around the world to design innovative products by using artificial intelligence. As the ‘University of the Future', UAEU offers a great deal of expertise as the UAE makes a paradigm shift to a sustainable knowledge-based economy. It is thanks to the forward-thinking support of the nation's leadership that innovation and creativity have become integral to UAE culture."

Selim Eddé, Head of Public Policy and Government Relations at Google in MENA, added: "We are very excited about our collaboration with Al Bayt Mitwahid Association. The usage of internet and mobile app is expanding at a very fast pace in the Middle East and North Africa region; and it is necessary to equip the youth with the skills needed to be active contributors to this technological growth. At the innovation hub, students can benefit from a range of courses including machine learning which was used by Google engineers to develop programs such as Google Translate. We look forward to seeing the impact of this hub on the youth of Al Ain and Abu Dhabi."

The Innovation Hub is now accepting applications from students to participate in its App Factor, MakerSpace and Machine learning courses. More information on the courses is available through Innovation-hub-sip@uaeu.ac.ae.

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