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Pact to empower UAE’s future leaders in Artificial Intelligence

Omar Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, member of the Board of Trustees of Dubai Future Foundation and deputy managing director and Dr Ali Sebaa Al Marri, executive president of Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to enhance cooperation and empower young Emiratis.

This MoU helps in preparing a generation of leaders by honing their leadership skills, developing their practical experience and enhancing their knowledge in employing Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology in government work through training, educational courses and workshops, a press release said.

The MoU is part of the UAE Artificial Intelligence Summer Camp initiative. It provides an opportunity for specialised individuals in the public and private sectors, and school and university students to learn about effective implementation mechanisms for the UAE strategy for Artificial Intelligence.

“Preparing young Emiratis for Artificial Intelligence and the use of its techniques to create innovative solutions to future challenges, supports the vision and directives of our leadership, to strengthen the UAE’s position as a global hub in the use of Artificial Intelligence to shape the future,” said Al Olama.

“The creation of government services, programmes and initiatives that enhance the quality of life in the community and support having a competitive knowledgeable economy requires tools, skills and future potentials. These tools have been commonly used worldwide and will have a major role in shaping the future,” he added.

Al Marri said the MoU aims at honing the skills of young Emiratis and unleashing their creative potential to transform their innovative ideas into realistic work practices and models and to employ Artificial Intelligence to advance the pace of construction, progress and governmental efforts. This works to develop future work methods that contribute to enhancing the quality of life in the community and strengthen the UAE’s position.

Under the MoU, the Mohammed bin Rashid School of Governmentoffers the executive education programme ‘Governance of Artificial Intelligence’ to leaders and government decision-makers. The members will learn about the benefits of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and the development of AI technology as well as the benefits of employing Artificial Intelligence tools and techniques in vital areas such as health care, transportation, education, security, agriculture, retail, trade, finance, insurance, banking, etc.

The intensive training programme is offered by Nicolas Miailhe, co-founder and president of The Future Society at Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

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