Innovative university and industry collaborations to power global digitisation

Schneider Electric expert lauds education-industry synergy potential ahead of inaugural Youth Preparedness & Knowledge Economy Summit

Innovative university and industry collaborations to power global digitisation

Two-day event will feature a diverse range of engaging discussions around preparing talent for ‘Next Gen’ roles, youth empowerment and economic growth

Abu Dhabi, UAE: Nurturing the next generation of labour force contributors to shape a half-century of industrial growth and develop digitisation and sustainability strategies across vital economic sectors will fall under the spotlight at this year’s inaugural Youth Preparedness & Knowledge Economy Summit powered by Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) Academy, organised by Informa Connect in collaboration with the UAE Ministry of Education.

Being held 20-21 September at ADGM Authorities Building, Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi, the new networking platform will see C-suite level speakers explore workable solutions for accelerating the country’s economic growth, boosting employment and enhancing UAE youths’ career preparedness.

At the Summit, Natalja Kissina, Vice President – HR of Gulf Countries at Schneider Electric, the multinational energy and automation leader, will deep-dive into the role of youth in empowering diversified economic performance during her keynote session: How a Leading Organisation is Taking the Lead in Promoting Apprenticeships.

Stressing the importance of cross-industry collaboration to ensure students have the relevant experiences to thrive in the future workplace, Kissina said: “The workplace is changing dramatically and organisations have to rethink how they engage and prepare youth to enter the workforce. The shifts towards digitalisation and sustainability, coupled with the rise of new concepts such as artificial intelligence, means businesses have to think hard about how they’re collaborating with governments, universities and young people to provide the knowledge and tools young people need to make the right career choices in coming years”.

Elsewhere, confirmed speakers from UAE entities including Tanfeeth and Etisalat will discuss: TheGovernment’s Role in Supporting and Empowering Young Minds and Talent; Equipping Students for Predicted Future Skills; and TheBenefits of an Apprenticeship. The diverse range of expert-led content will include industry-shaping sessions by a line-up of over 30 visionary speakers from entities including NYU Abu Dhabi, Jacobs, ACTVET, Etihad Aviation Group, SEDRA, Majid Al Futtaim, the Department of Health, and du.

Day one of the Summit will see a keynote by H.E. Hussain Ibrahim Al Hammadi, the UAE Minister of Education, provide insights into the Ministry of Education’s post-COVID response and recovery strategy. Other opening sessions include: Empowering Youth to Shape the Future through Innovation and Technology; Preparing for the 4th Industrial Revolution; The Importance of Developing, Promoting and Retaining our Homegrown Experts in the Highly-Competitive Age of 'Talentism'; and Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility to Make the Future Work for All.

Also looking at cross-industry collaboration at the Summit will be Ameena Thabet, Executive Director – Human Capital and Emiratization at Mubadala Investment Company; “I am honored to be speaking at the very first edition of the Youth Preparedness & Knowledge Economy Summit powered by ADGM Academy, during a panel discussion titled Academia-Industry Collaboration: Supporting Youth in their Transition from Education into the Labor Market, where I will discuss guiding the younger generation for a fulfilling, impactful career in the workforce by leveraging strategic partnerships.

The Summit aims to highlight the importance of preparing the next generation for the future of work, in line with our vision at Mubadala to prioritize preparing and developing young UAE Nationals to thrive as members of the workforce. I look forward to sharing my insights and thoughts at the Summit, motivating the youth to remain prepared, work hard, and continue contributing to the UAE's positioning as a knowledge-based economy.”

Additionally, panel discussions will centre around Structuring a Competitive Curriculum for High-Quality Workforce Ready Graduates; Academia-Industry Collaborations; and Effective Professional Education for Increased Relevance in the Workplace.

Day two of the Summit will see an opening session by Dr. Amna AlDahak AlShamsi, Assistant Undersecretary for Care and Building Abilities Sector at the Ministry of Education, who will discuss a Holistic Approach for UAE Youth Capacity Building and Empowerment, highlighting the Ministry’s efforts and providing insight into various initiatives.

With advancements in technology disrupting the working environment and reshaping the required skillsets for the modern workplace, panel discussions on day two will centre around whether Success is Dependent Upon Core Academic Knowledge or Occupational Skills; The Role of Science, Technology and Innovation in Transforming UAE into a Knowledge-based Economy, and more.

The SEDRA Foundation for Inclusion, the official Knowledge and Inclusion Partner of the Summit, will be taking a look at the importance of shaping a shared future for and with Youth of Determination through their talk. Speaking ahead of the event, Reem Al Fahim, CEO, SEDRA Foundation for Inclusion, said:  "As we, the citizens and residents of the UAE, guided by our visionary leaders, are currently planning together for the "Next 50 Years:2071" no time to organize the Summit could have been any better. SEDRA is delighted to participate and explore with other experts how Youth of Determination can contribute to the new Economy 4.0 as a benefit to all.

We reassure our constant commitment to support all subsequent and similar efforts to make the United Arab Emirates the best global role model for Unity, Accessibility and Equity; where everyone is welcome to live in dignity and flourish as per one's ability. We can only achieve this goal of an inclusive and sustainable society through youth empowerment and all-around future-preparedness. The question is, what to add to their toolbox, so Youth can efficiently play their active role in the ever-accelerating knowledge-based economy and other socio-cultural developments."

The Strategic Partner of the transformative Youth Preparedness & Knowledge Economy Summit powered by ADGM Academy is the Ministry of Education, UAE.  In addition to the Ministry of Education and ADGM Academy key partners include, Abu Dhabi Chamber, NYU Abu Dhabi, SEDRA, and the Department of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi. The Summit is organised in association with Najah, Tawdheef, HRSE (HR Summit & Expo), and EdEx MENA.

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About The Youth Preparedness & Knowledge Summit, powered by ADGM Academy:

The Youth Preparedness & Knowledge Economy Summit, powered by ADGM Academy is an exclusive, invite-only platform, bringing together illustrious speakers and distinguished delegates from government, semi-government, cross-industry organisations and universities to facilitate discussions and strategic tie-ups that address challenges to increase creativity, innovation and career preparedness of the UAE’s youth and to accelerate UAE’s economic growth towards sustainable development.

In line with UAE’s vision to empower youth and strengthen their role in various sectors, the Youth Preparedness & Knowledge Economy Summit, powered by ADGM Academy aims to support and uplift youth to harness their talent and help the UAE transition to a knowledge-based economy by promoting innovation, technology and research & development.

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