The Abu Dhabi School of Government celebrates the first batch of graduates from its ‘General Competencies’ program


216 participants from 25 government entities in Abu Dhabi successfully graduate from the first cohort

The virtual graduation broadcast on YouTube has amassed over 700 views to date

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: The Abu Dhabi School of Government, the leading government platform for developing workforce competencies in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, has organized the virtual graduation ceremony for its first batch of graduates from the ‘General Competencies’ program. The virtual graduation ceremony was attended by Dr Nama Salmeen Alameri, Dean of the Abu Dhabi School of Government, and Shaikha Al-Ahbabi, Director of Public Programs at the Abu Dhabi School of Government.

The ceremony, which was broadcast on YouTube, showcased the graduation of 216 employees from 25 government entities in Abu Dhabi. It has amassed over 700 views to date.

Recognising their hard work and passion in their learning journeys, each graduate was given an accredited certificate for successfully completing the ‘General Competencies’ program. Divided into six behavioural competencies, participants were able to gain a deeper insight into self-development, building sustainable relationships, inspiring and empowering others, shaping and initiating others, accountability and customer centricity.

Over the course of four months, participants attended 82 virtual sessions presented by qualified trainers and mentors, with access to support and guidance during the early training stages. In addition, graduates completed 4,180 self-learning hours on digital platforms, 902 digital modules on the Maarifa digital platform and 243 programs on Coursera. Their learning journey also included the development of 34 innovative ideas and future projects for government sectors in the Emirate.

The ‘General Competencies’ program aims to develop employees’ capabilities, enhance their skills, and improve their work ethic at individual, collective, and institutional levels, in order to optimize their duties and job responsibilities, as well as well enable them to take on new responsibilities to support future government needs and trends.

Dr. Nama Salmeen Alameri, Dean of the Abu Dhabi School of Government said: “We are pleased to witness the successful graduation of the first batch of the ‘General Competencies’ program. We extend our highest congratulations to them and wish them all success and excellence in their careers.”

“At the Abu Dhabi School of Government, we are dedicated to empowering the future leaders of the UAE through world-class training programs. Our specially designed programs grant Abu Dhabi employees the opportunity to develop their skills and enable them to become more efficient, which will ultimately play a pivotal role in helping to realize Abu Dhabi’s vision of becoming a sustainable and open economy that exceeds global standards,” she added.

Aligning with the vision and direction of the UAE’s wise leadership, the program comes as part of the Abu Dhabi School of Government’s mandate to train and transfer knowledge to Abu Dhabi’s workforce, and provides participants with the opportunity to enhance their competencies and job ethic, whilst helping to foster a culture of competitiveness and creativity.

At the graduation, the graduates expressed their gratitude to the Abu Dhabi School of Government by stressing the role of the ‘General Competencies’ program in igniting their passion for continuous learning and development. Participants also displayed their appreciation for their trainers, coaches and Abu Dhabi School of Government employees, who displayed exceptional levels of professionalism and expertise.

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.