170 young graduates successfully developed their leadership skills and digital competencies
Abu Dhabi, UAE: The Abu Dhabi School of Government (ADSG) -the leading government platform for developing workforce competencies in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi- in cooperation with Abu Dhabi Youth Council, has held its first virtual graduation ceremony for the first cohort of its ‘Abu Dhabi Next Generation’ program. Her Excellency Shamma bint Suhail Al Mazrui, Minister of State for Youth and His Excellency Ali bin Rashid Al Ketbi, Chairman of the Department of Government Support, attended the graduation.
Launched in March 2020, the program was created in partnership with the Abu Dhabi Youth Council and the global e-learning platform Udacity with the aim of enhancing young people’s technical prowess and leadership skills.
The program witnessed the successful graduation of 170 participants who obtained professional and accredited nanodegrees certificates. The first cohort saw 63 participants obtain certification in Digital Marketing nanodegree courses, whilst 107 participants obtained nanodegree certification in Business Analysis.
Aimed at developing the technical skills of Abu Dhabi’s youth, the program prepares participants with the skills and tools needed to adapt to a rapidly changing labor environment, as they play a pivotal role in strengthening the Emirate’s efforts toward digital transformation.
The ‘Abu Dhabi Next Generation’ program also enables its participants to gain a deeper understanding on how to keep abreast of the latest developments, allowing them to strive for excellence in their careers.
Dr. Nama Salmeen Alameri, Dean of the Abu Dhabi School of Government, said: “We are proud to have witnessed the successful graduation of the ‘Abu Dhabi Next Generation’ program’s first cohort. We extend our congratulations to them for successfully completing and passing the program with flying colors. We are committed to continually providing young people in Abu Dhabi with creative avenues to develop their skills and competencies, and we wish all of this year’s graduates success in their future careers. “
In order to provide a more hands-on experience, the program provided the participants the opportunity to work on projects and receive evaluations from technology sector experts in leading institutions and companies. These include IBM, Google, Facebook, Amazon, the University of Boulder, and other leading international tech giants.
The program also provided guidance and support to the participants, as well as the flexibility to align their personal schedules and commitments by making classes available on e-learning platforms.
AlAmeri added: “As part of our commitment to preparing the next generation of leaders in the UAE by empowering them in the fields in which they work, we are looking forward to continually developing programs where the Abu Dhabi workforce can enhance their skills, boost their capabilities and prepare for the future. The Abu Dhabi government’s vision continues to focus on the Emirate’s continued progress and future. As such, we strive to revolutionize learning experiences through our programs and offer training based on international best practices that are designed to suit the needs of Abu Dhabi, so that all of our participants have access to a world-class educational experience.”
Mariam Al Mehyas, President of the Abu Dhabi Youth Council, added: “The launch of the nanodegree programs through the Udacity platform is the fruit of continuous cooperation with the Abu Dhabi School of Government, through which we aspire to provide the best and latest technologies and knowledge in the advanced fields that the labor market needs in the emirate, in line with its aspirations and strategies. The government, and the Youth Skills The Youth Skills Platform will always work to provide advanced courses and programs with the best competent authorities to equip a generation of informed and educated youth to face all future challenges in the service of this dear country.
The second edition of the ‘Abu Dhabi Next Generation’ program witnessed the registration of 500 participants with a focus on Digital Marketing, Front End Web Development, Business Analysis, and Artificial Intelligence certifications.
About the 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.