Launch of "Next Generation Abu Dhabi" digital platform targets Abu Dhabi's youth

Abu Dhabi School of Government and Abu Dhabi Youth Council launch new digital platform to upskill the Emirate's youth

  • Developed in partnership with leading online learning platforms and technology experts
  • New programmes will commence in April

Abu Dhabi:  The Abu Dhabi School of Government (ADSG) and Abu Dhabi Youth Council has today launched “Next Generation Abu Dhabi” as part of the Abu Dhabi government’s Digital Month. The initiative was launched with the support of His Highness Sheikh Khalid bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Office and Chairman of the Executive Committee

The platform was launched with the aim of building the skills required for the age of digital transformation. The platform promotes the concept of continuous learning and will enable young people to adapt to the changes of future market conditions.

Learners on the platform can obtain professional learning certificates which provide insight into the latest developments in technology and teach learners how to apply their learnings in their workplace, preparing them for future job opportunities. These certificates will be critical to those looking to contribute to the advancement of digitization in the Emirate.

The “Next Generation Abu Dhabi” was developed in partnership with various technology experts from the most prominent international institutions and universities, such as IBM and University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder).

The programmes will also provide an opportunity for hands-on learning by working on projects that will be evaluated and graded by global learning experts. Learners will have the opportunity to complete the e-learning programme flexibly from any location.

Starting in April, the platform will launch its data science programme in cooperation with Coursera Data Science Academy. The programme contains several learning paths which aim to develop the skills of youth in data science, data analysis, and artificial intelligence. The programme will also teach learners how to apply basic data skills in jobs across various sectors. 

Participants will also learn how to analyse data, build query language (SQL), create forms using Excel, and learn how to study and view data models using tools such as Python.

His Excellency Ali Rashid Qannas Al Ketbi, Chairman of the Department of Government Support said: "We are committed to enhancing the capabilities of our youth, in order to adapt to changing global market conditions across all business sectors. This platform will enable the Emirate to pave a future path towards sustainable development. Under the guidance of our leadership, we are providing young people with the tools to navigate future challenges and preparing for the challenges of the next fifty years.” 

Her Excellency Alia Abdulla Al Mazrouei, Acting Director General of Abu Dhabi School of Government, said: “A driving purpose behind developing and delivering this programme is to embed a culture of continuous learning among the youth of Abu Dhabi. We want to ensure that learners are prepared and can adapt to the accelerated pace of technological advancement in an era of unprecedented digital transformation. Next Generation Abu Dhabi will provide young people with the opportunity to continuously build on their skills as business requirements evolve over time.”  

Mariam Abdullah Al Mehyas Al Ali, President of Abu Dhabi Youth Council, said: “The launch of Next Gen Abu Dhabi is a manifestation of the vision of our leadership to deliver the strategy of the Abu Dhabi government. The Abu Dhabi Youth Council was first established to empower the young people living in the Emirate and provide them with an active role in society. The programmes on the platform will support our ambition to build the skills of our future workforce.”

The platform targets young people between the ages of 18 and 35, who are residing in Abu Dhabi, without any prior work experience. Programmes are taught remotely and require a commitment of ten hours a week per learner. Additional programmes will be announced on the platform in coming months on the Abu Dhabi School of Government website.


About Abu Dhabi School of Government (ADSG):

ADSG 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.

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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