|11 September, 2019

Board of Trustees of Dubai Future Academy: The academy is a knowledge hub that fosters best minds and talents to create the future

Focusing on Current and Future Programs of the Academy

HE Omar Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence

HE Omar Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence

Dubai: The Board of Trustees of Dubai Future Academy stressed the importance of elevating the level of courses and training programs organized and hosted by the Academy to promote scientific and future-related knowledge dissemination in various fields, and strengthen its role as a knowledge hub for those creating the future, as well as the need to involve all segments of society in the UAE, ranging from government leaders to school and university students.

During its first meeting, the Board of Trustees reviewed the Academy's current and future programs and strategies, and stressed the importance of concerted efforts and enhanced cooperation with government and private entities in order to prepare a generation of leaders to contribute to the design of various future sectors.

The meeting was attended by HE Sarah Bint Yousef Al Amiri, Minister of State for Advanced Science, HE Omar Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Abdulaziz Al Jaziri, Deputy CEO and Chief Operating Officer of  Dubai Future Foundation, Dr. Joseph Aoun, President of Northeastern University in Boston, Sebastian Thrun, founder of “Udacity” and  Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University, Tom Fletcher, former author and former diplomat, Dr. Khawla Al Kaabi, Chief Innovation Officer and Assistant Professor in UAE University, and Fadi Ghandour, Founder of “Aramex”, Executive Chairman of “Wamda capital”.

Members also reviewed a range of proposals for educational programs and training courses the Academy plans to launch this year as part of its ongoing efforts to prepare talents for vital sectors in Dubai, the UAE, and the region.

Her Excellency Sarah Bint Yousuf Al Amiri, Minister of State for Advanced Sciences and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Dubai Future Academy highlighted that the areas in focus need to be identified by their target audience, allowing the Academy to employ the best methods of delivery. HE also added, "The Academy has an opportunity to be a testbed for the future of education and to empower people to better navigate the future."

HE Omar Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence and Deputy Managing Director of Dubai Future Foundation, stressed the importance of conducting in-depth studies that enable private and government sectors to face future challenges.

His Excellency also highlighted the role of Dubai Future Academy in enhancing knowledge on key topics that will change the future of mankind, and establish a generation capable of shaping the future.

The importance of being future-ready

Dr. Khawla Al Kaabi, Chief Executive Officer of Innovation, Assistant Professor at the UAE University, pointed out the importance of monitoring the successful impact of Dubai future Academy initiatives and programs, while utilizing the extensive partner network from the public and private sector, and the educational and academic institutions to enhance the participants experience.

Fadi Ghandour, founder of Aramex, Executive chairman of “Wamda Capital” pointed out the importance of leveraging world-class expertise in the future foresight, focusing on countries that have made significant leaps in technology and innovation from around the world.

Dr. Joseph Ayoun, President of Northeastern University in Boston, stressed the role of Dubai Future Academy in determining the quality of talents in need in Dubai and the UAE and preparing educational curricula in line with the highest international standards to provide an integrated experience through a variety of training programs and knowledge initiatives.

Dubai Future Academy was established in 2017 under the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, as part of the Dubai Future Foundation's initiatives.

The Academy aims to become the knowledge hub for those creating the future, by equipping leaders of tomorrow with the necessary skills adapt with rapid changes and to provide innovative educational programs that empower them with key skills in various sectors.

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