|12 February, 2019

Abu Dhabi School of Government and Coursera sign a partnership to upskill 60,000 government employees

Unprecedented scope and scale of upskilling through a public-private partnership

ABU DHABI, UAE – The Abu Dhabi School of Government (ADSG), and Coursera, the world’s leading online learning platform, today signed a partnership agreement to provide professional training and development programs to more than 60,000 Abu Dhabi government employees in critical skills such as data science, Artificial Intelligence, and digital transformation. This innovative partnership will be a key pillar of the Abu Dhabi School of Government, which aims to close current and emerging skills gaps within the UAE, link citizens to jobs, and provide the government workforce with unparalleled access to online courses from the world’s top universities and instructors.

Starting in February 2019, government employees in Abu Dhabi will have unlimited access to the Coursera platform, specifically curated for different government departments and staff levels, as well as the needs of Emirati nationals. The courses, produced by 170 of the top universities and industry partners in the world, prioritize in-demand leadership and technical skills such as data science, artificial intelligence, computer science, and IT. In addition to high-quality content, HR officials will have access to Coursera analytics to track learners' progress, measure utilization, and benchmark their skills against other governments and companies globally. To make the content more accessible, 70 courses will be offered with Arabic subtitles and 30 fully translated.

“Training government employees and equipping tomorrow’s leaders with globally-relevant skills is crucial for Abu Dhabi’s investment in the future, as we build a sustainable and open economy driven by a confident and capable workforce. This partnership with Coursera provides unprecedented access to a vast, world-class library of courses geared to the professional development of Abu Dhabi government employees,” said Solveig Nicklos, Dean of ADSG. “As we build an institution that can make the greatest difference to the future of a country, we are guided by the vision and determination of the Emirati leadership to quickly and tangibly elevate government employees and civil service systems to a new level of excellence that will drive the future success of Abu Dhabi.”


ADSG was formed to develop the capabilities of employees across all government entities and accelerate their career progression. Using a combination of online and classroom learning, Abu Dhabi School of Government is partnering with best-in-class academic institutions, local and international, to bring unparalleled executive training access to its workforce. ADSG will help unlock government potential through competency-based learning and by equipping staff across all government entities with world-class managerial, operational and administrative tools.

“As emerging technologies transform work globally, upskilling citizens is not just a business requirement but an imperative that will define long-term economic competitiveness of countries,” said Jeff Maggioncalda, Coursera’s CEO. “Our partnership with the Abu Dhabi School of Government represents a milestone in Coursera’s expansion into the Middle East, a region marked by innovation amidst a major technology transformation. We are fully committed to supporting Abu Dhabi’s ambition of upskilling its governmental workforce and fulfilling its potential as a knowledge economy.”

This partnership is Coursera’s largest government partnership to date, and comes on the heels of the continued success of Coursera for Governments and Organizations, which enables countries to build the workforce of the future via Coursera’s curated online learning platform. Launched in 2017, the program trains government employees and citizens across the United States, Singapore, the Philippines, India, Australia, France, Colombia, Egypt, Pakistan, and Kazakhstan.

Abu Dhabi School of Government enables all government employees to reach a requisite international standard, while providing a platform to excel at their careers and be prepared to navigate through fast-paced market conditions.


About Coursera

Coursera was founded by Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng with a vision of providing life-transforming learning experiences to anyone, anywhere. It is the now world’s largest online learning platform for higher education. 170 of the world’s top universities and industry educators partner with Coursera to offer courses, Specializations, and degrees that empower over 38 million learners around the world to achieve their career goals. Over 1,500 companies trust the company’s enterprise platform Coursera for Business to transform their talent. Coursera is backed by leading venture capital firms such as Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, New Enterprise Associates, GSV Capital, and Learn Capital.

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About Abu Dhabi School of Government

The Abu Dhabi School of Government was established in 2018 and is the government entity responsible for overseeing and planning the learning and development of all Abu Dhabi government employees. Its remit is to develop the most effective government workforce for the emirate through the provision of high-quality training and development activities, based on international best practice, while considering the priorities and requirements of Abu Dhabi.

Abu Dhabi School of Government is a supporting pillar of the ‘Ghadan 21’ program, which was unveiled by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, in September 2018. ‘Ghadan 21’, which means ‘Tomorrow 21’ in Arabic, aims to enhance the overall competitiveness of Abu Dhabi.

ADSG is instrumental in achieving the goals of ‘Ghadan 21’ by adopting innovation in promoting and supporting the education within the government work environment, in addition to incorporating the latest trends and research, while maintaining its focus on the emirate’s future needs. To achieve its mandate of offering a world-class comprehensive learning experience to UAE government employees, ADSG is forging partnerships with the best local and international academic institutions, as well as online educational platforms from around the world.

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