Smart Dubai, Rochester Institute of Technology launch Corporate Happiness Programme

DUBAI, The Smart Dubai Office and the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) Dubai have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to launch the Corporate Happiness Programme.

Offered in conjunction with renowned performance-management and consulting company Gallup, the programme will educate senior professionals on the key concepts of happiness and provide them with tools to bring the concepts back to the organisation.

Regarding the programme, Dr Aisha Bin Bishr, Director-General, Smart Dubai Office, said, “The Corporate Happiness Program is a major milestone in the path of fulfilling the Happiness Agenda launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, earlier this year.

“In line with the ‘Educate’ portfolio of the agenda, learning from the programme will be implemented in the workplace resulting in happier employees, leading to happier customers, helping us attain His Highness’ vision of 95 per cent happiness levels across the city. The Rochester Institute of Technology Dubai has already been a dedicated partner of the Smart Dubai initiative and the Corporate Happiness Program will add to the portfolio of programmes provided by the institute to boost smart and happy learning in the city.”

Dr Yousef Al Assaf, President, Rochester Institute of Technology Dubai (RIT Dubai), added, “We are excited about further building on our relationship with Smart Dubai and helping develop both individual leaders and Dubai through close cooperation, education and research.

“RIT Dubai has a strong commitment to help drive the technical, educational and social development of Dubai, and this agreement with Smart Dubai is an obvious continuation of this. Smart Dubai has always been heavily involved in our Master of City Science degree, and this new programme and joint research activities are the next step in helping drive the human and technical capital agenda of Dubai.”

Through this programme, the Smart Dubai Office and RIT aim to help students in a number of ways: Understand the scientific and practical notions of happiness in a professional environment.

Understand how to evaluate and assess an organization, in terms of individual and corporate happiness, and its related constructs.

Understand leadership strategies and techniques that can increase happiness and apply them in a corporate environment.

Create a Corporate Happiness Strategic Plan for their organization.

Become experts in current best practices of corporate happiness measures in both the UAE and beyond.

The programme consists of six modules and lasts for five months, in which classes are only held three days each month. Along with lecture modules being delivered by subject experts, students will have access to Gallup’s research repository, and will be expected to take part in case study discussions and project work.

Source: Emirates News Agency