• Lockheed Martin, Thales, Nexter Systems, CAE, Diehl Group and Naval Group all involved in virtual internships.
  • Internships are in the fields of advanced technology and the defense and security sector.
  • First batch of 60 UAE engineering students enrolled were due for summer industrial training.
  • Students are currently attending four Abu Dhabi based universities – UAE University, Khalifa University, Abu Dhabi Polytechnic and Higher College of Technology

Abu Dhabi: Tawazun Economic Council (Tawazun) has unveiled an innovative virtual training solution through its partnership with six defense and aerospace companies and four universities in order to ensure continuance of the SEEDS (Sustain and Enhance Emiratization in Defense and Security) program by creating virtual internships.

60 UAE national engineering students benefit from the program that enables them to complete their summer industrial training at major defense companies. This allows Tawazun to ensure the continuity of the program amid the recent Covid-19 situation. Six defense and aerospace contractors, including Lockheed Martin, Thales, Nexter Systems, CAE, Diehl Group and Naval Group continue as SEEDS partners even though the students were unable to be physically present at the individual company’s facilities.

The engineering students currently attend Khalifa University, UAE University, Abu Dhabi Polytechnic and Higher College of Technology. All are required to complete an internship with a reputable company in an engineering-related field in order to complete their respective degree programs. 

Training plans were presented by each defense company to the universities, in order to get the necessary approvals, based on their requirements. The candidates then went through a selection process for the positions.

Now instead of a physical internship, each selected student will be participating in an innovative virtual engineering internship. The engineering majors of the interns include the following subjects; Communication Science, Computer Science, Software Development, Cyber Security, Mechanical, Electrical, Aerospace and Electro-mechanical engineering.

The SEEDS program was launched in February 2019 as one of the new pillars of Tawazun Economic Council’s policy framework. Under SEEDS, Emirati nationals at senior and mid-management levels, as well as fresh graduates of various specialties are given an opportunity to work closely with the world’s top defense and aerospace manufacturers and develop their skillsets. The SEEDS program enables future UAE engineers to gain exposure and access to a protected industry. 

“A key priority is to build on the knowledge and innovation-based economy within the UAE, by supporting the growth and development of our national engineering students.” said Matar Ali Al Romaithi, Chief Economic Development Officer of Tawazun.

“We are pleased to be able to work with our partners in such a creative way. Our students will continue to have access to valuable internships that will lead to their future employment, both benefitting themselves and the UAE defense and security industry as a whole”.

SEEDS offers international defense companies the opportunity to participate in value-driven capability development and job placement programs for UAE nationals. The virtual internships ensure the continued collaboration between Tawazun and international defense companies despite the Covid-19 situation.

“The SEEDS program could not have been so successful without our Partners”, added Matar Ali Al Romaithi, “It is through their assistance that we can continue to identify critical capabilities and support the development of the Defense and Security Sector by building national competencies and skills and providing trained and qualified Emirati resources and expertise.”


About Tawazun Economic Council

Tawazun Economic Council (Tawazun) is a key enabler of the UAE Defense and Security industry, with a focus on economic development. Founded in 1992, to date Tawazun has enabled the creation of more than 90 companies and investment vehicles within eleven sectors.

Tawazun contributes to the development of a sustainable Defense and Security industry by driving economic value, technology & innovation, ecosystem growth, and capabilities development.  Tawazun works with industry players through its two main drivers, Tawazun Economic Program and the Tawazun Strategic Development Fund. Additionally, Tawazun seeks to create job opportunities for Emirati citizens and to develop human potential.

For more information please visit: www.tawazun.ae 

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