|11 June, 2019

Rochester Institute of Technology Dubai collaborates with IBM to bridge skills gap in data science and analytics

The IBM Skills Academy is a training and certification program that is designed to bridge the skill gap between the University and the market industry

Dubai: Rochester Institute of Technology Dubai (RIT Dubai), a global American University in Dubai, UAE, has collaborated with IBM (NYSE:IBM) to equip its students with future-ready skills in the fields of data science and analytics through the IBM Skills Academy program. The IBM Skills Academy is a training and certification program that is designed to bridge the skill gap between the University and the market industry.

Through this collaboration, RIT students will be given the opportunity to gain new key digital skills, improve their employability and act as accelerators for entrepreneurship to motivate economic growth. This program is one of IBM's set of initiatives that are designed to address the skills gap in the region and digitally enable current and future talent.

In 2017, Smart Dubai and RIT signed an agreement to develop a specialized interdisciplinary Master's degree in Data Science and Analytics. Under the new collaboration, IBM will also help RIT in formulating and teaching the introductory courses of the Master’s degree and provide mentorship opportunities for the Master’s degree students.

Dr Yousef al Assaf, President of RIT Dubai was delighted to cooperate with IBM, Dr Al Assaf commented, “we are proud to cooperate with IBM, a leader in the information technology sector worldwide. The IBM skills academy will concentrate on preparing students to face the future advancements and challenges. We are looking to equip our students with hands on experience, not only the theoretical aspect of learning, and IBM is the best partner for this.”

“Data is the driving force behind innovation, transformation and any strategic decision,” said Amr Refaat, General Manager, IBM Middle East and Pakistan. “Equipping our talent and future leaders with the necessary data and analytics skills will not only improve their employability but accelerate their contribution to innovation and economic growth.”

Rochester Institute of Technology Dubai, a highly technologically-focused American university, is located in and sponsored by Dubai Silicon Oasis. Established in 2008, RIT University in Dubai is accredited both in the United States and by the UAE Ministry of Higher Education. RIT Dubai is a branch university of RIT New York. RIT Dubai offers internationally recognized American degrees in Business, Engineering, and Computing, both for Bachelor’s and Master’s programs.  Students can also study at RIT’s global campuses in New York, Croatia, and Kosovo, and are guaranteed to earn relevant work experience while studying through RIT’s nationally-unique co-op program. A graduate of RIT Dubai has the same benefits of RIT New York and the graduates’ degree come from the main campus at Rochester, NY.

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