DSG ties up with Chicago Irving school
Dubai, March 11, 2009
The Dubai School of Government (DSG) has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Irving B. Harris School of Public Policy Studies at the University of Chicago to jointly work towards knowledge exchange and develop projects of mutual benefit.
DSG is a research and teaching institution focusing on public policy in the Arab world.
Dean Tarik Yousef of the DSG and Dean Susan Mayer of Harris School of Public Policy Studies signed the agreement in the presence of Nabil Alyousuf, executive president and vice-chair of the Board of Trustees of the DSG.
The agreement will include academic programs hosted by both institutions, allowing students from either school to pursue additional postgraduate studies in public policy at the other institution.
The MoU also mandates both entities to collaboratively launch joint degree programs.
Dr Tarik Yousef, DSG dean, said: 'Through this strategic partnership, we aim to give our students access to some of the world’s leading thinkers on matters of public policy.'
'We strongly believe our association with the University of Chicago, which has a strong tradition of research and work in public policy, will prove highly valuable not only to our students but to the region as a whole,' he added.
The agreement assumes added significance in the wake of increased collaboration between the Arab world and the United States in the fields of academia, public policy and research.
Dr Asma Siddiki, associate dean for development at DSG, said: “We are particularly excited by the possibilities of knowledge exchange and synergy that can result between the two schools. I believe this relationship will pave the way for greater exchange of ideas that will help get new projects off the ground.”
Dr Mayer said, 'Of all the institutional relationships that the Harris School has, our affiliation with the Dubai School of Government is the one of which we are most proud.'
'We are confident of the capacity of DSG, and look forward to exploring productive synergies between two institutions who are fully committed to quality scholarship and teaching in the field of public policy,' she added.-TradeArabia News Service