30 April, 2014

DSOA Signs MoU with Universidad Politecnica de Madrid to Promote Collaboration in Smart City Concepts

Master's Programme Introduced in Line with UAE Leadership's Vision and Directive

Educational Programme to Develop Talent in the Field of Smart City Applications

Academics from Five Leading International Universities to Oversee Programme

Dubai-UAE: 30 April, 2014 - Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (DSOA), the regulatory body for Dubai Silicon Oasis, Dubai's integrated free zone technology park, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Spain's Universidad Politecnica de Madrid (UPM) to promote technical and academic collaboration in smart city concepts.

Dr Mohammed Alzarooni, Vice Chairman and CEO of DSOA, signed the MoU with Prof Carlos Conde Lázaro, UPM President, at the university campus in Spain, Madrid. 

As part of the agreement, UPM is set to offer a Master's in Smart City Sciences (MCS) a cutting-edge post-graduate programme in Smart City Concepts, through the Rochester Institute of Technology-Dubai.

Set to become an international benchmark, the advanced MCS programme provides a macro view on the development of smart cities. The programme is also expected to complement DSOA's goal to promote smart urban planning.

His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of DSOA, said: "The signing of this agreement is in line with the DSOA's core objective of playing a vital role in the implementation of the Smart Dubai Strategic Plan to transform Dubai into a smart city in the next three years as envisioned by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, in March 2014. The academic program will help build and foster specialised skills in various areas related to smart cities."

His Highness added: "This program is a qualitative addition to technical education offerings in Dubai and the UAE. It will provide an opportunity to build and develop local expertise in smart cities. It is our belief that this program, which will be delivered by academics from prestigious universities such as the University of Oxford, Harvard University, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, London Business School and Rochester Institute of Technology, will equip local cadres with specific knowledge of smart city applications."

Dr Mohammed Alzarooni, said: "The true indicator of a nation's development is the progress of its science and technology domains. At DSOA, we have always aimed at adopting and introducing advanced sustainable innovations for enhanced urban living. We are happy to collaborate with UPM and explore possibilities for mutually beneficial projects. We are confident that the infrastructural advantages of DSOA and RIT-Dubai expertise will complement the academic know-how of UPM and, together, we will effectively empower community with the skill-sets needed for today's urban environment."

The agreement will additionally catalyse the exchange of best practices in entrepreneurial and start-up incubation programmes, besides facilitating interaction among academic and technical staff. The two entities will engage in collaborative research, host joint symposia and exchange lectures, while exploring possibilities for cooperative research on projects of mutual interest.

Prof Dr Carlos Conde Lázaro, UPM President, said: "Dubai Silicon Oasis is an ideal model of futuristic, sustainable urban living where technology and human capital converge to create a unique environment of learning and development. UPM is extremely pleased to exchange competencies with DSOA, and collaborate in its efforts to pioneer projects that are certain to redefine the concept of urban planning at a regional and global level."

A wholly-owned entity of the Dubai government, Dubai Silicon Oasis operates as a free zone technology park for the semiconductor, microelectronic and other high technology-based companies looking to set up their regional headquarters, as well as research and development facilities in the Middle East and North Africa region.

Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, or The Technical University of Madrid, is the oldest and largest of Spain's technical Universities, with most of its Schools dating back over a 100 years, to the 18th and 19th centuries and existing independently until they were grouped together as UPM in 1973. With 35,000 students attending classes every year, UPM is also part of the TIME network, which groups 50 engineering schools throughout Europe.


About Dubai Silicon Oasis: 
Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (DSOA), a 100% owned entity by the Government of Dubai is a free zone, strategically placed on Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed road. DSOA's urban master-planned community spans 7.2 square kilometers of state of the art office towers, R&D and industrial zones, educational institutions, luxury apartments, villas, hotels, healthcare and a full range of lifestyle facilities which translate into a dynamic commercial and social environment. Businesses can flourish under the unrivalled package of incentives, including 100% ownership, and high end IT infrastructure that allows companies to begin operating immediately.

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For further information, please contact:
Mazen El Dirany
Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority
Senior Associate Manager - Corporate Communications
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Mathilda Saad
APCO Worldwide
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