DUBAI: The Emirates Institution for Advanced Science and Technology (EIAST) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) to strengthen its relationship with academic institutions within the UAE.
The MoU is in line with both parties’ strategic visions that aim to build local specialized talents for the benefit of the UAE. The MoU aims to develop local human resources and prepare them to work in the field of space technology and contribute in developing space sciences in the UAE.
Yousuf Al Shaibani, Director General, Emirates Institution for Advanced Science and Technology and Dr Tayeb Kamali, Vice Chancellor of the Higher colleges of Technology, have signed the MoU in the presence of senior officials from both sides.
According to the MoU, HCT will work to create and adjust its academic and training programs in science majors related to the field of space and satellite technology in order to better serve the UAE’s public interest. In return, EIAST will create job opportunities for distinguished graduates that left a mark in science, technology and space projects in addition to providing scholarships for engineering and technology students who excel in their studies.
Yousuf Al Shaibani, Director General, Emirates Institution for Advanced Science and Technology, said, “The MoU is the first agreement of its kind between EIAST and a leading academic institution in the UAE that hosts highly qualified talents. Furthermore, it is in line with our vision to train university students within the technology and space industry.” He added, “We are confident that our cooperation with HCT will bear fruit. Both parties are keen to introduce new majors and programs related to space sciences in keeping with the national strategy for innovation and the vision of Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, in order to achieve further progress in science and technology in the UAE.”
Al Shaibani concluded, “Our primary focus is to develop the talents of Emirati college students in the field of space technology and involve them in projects launched by EIAST or through projects launched in cooperation with HCT to build new satellites.” Tayeb Kamali, Vice Chancellor of the Higher colleges of Technology, said, “We are pleased to sign a MoU with one of the leading national institutions in the space technology industry. EIAST had long been attracting a number of our qualified graduates in the field and so the MoU was the natural step forward.” “A great number of students graduate from HCT annually equipped with the knowledge necessary to be able to work in leading institutions in the UAE. Our aviation sciences graduates are considered to be among the most talented nationally and the opportunity to work for EIAST will have a positive impact on their careers and will help develop their ambitions within space science,” added Kamali.