Emal in AUS higher education tieup
Abu Dhabi, February 23, 2011
Emirates Aluminium (Emal), an UAE-based aluminium smelter, has signed a MoU with the American University of Sharjah (AUS) to create an ‘Industry-higher education Partnership’.
Emal, a JV between Dubai Aluminium Company Limited and Mubadala, said the deal aims to narrow the gap between students’ formal higher education and expertise needed to diversify industry and meet Emiratisation goals set out in Abu Dhabi’s Vision 2030.
The plan creates various channels of co-operation between Emal and AUS including applied research, technical training, and sponsorship of students, with scope to implement specific projects of interest and further pacts in future, said a company statement.
The partnership’s first initiative was announced at the signing ceremony held at the AUS campus in the form of a new Emirati graduate scholarship program named ‘Falah’.
The ‘Falah’ scheme consists of a financial contribution by Emal to the university whereby eligible ‘Falah’ participants will benefit from the company's backing during the course of their studies, the statement said.
In line with the smelter’s Emiratisation strategy, the beneficiary will be offered employment by Emal upon graduation, it added.
Saeed Fadhel Al Mazrooei, president and CEO of Emal, said, "As a leader of the UAE’s diversification we have a responsibility to develop the next generation of skilled Emirati professionals."
"By bringing education closer to industry, this partnership is a pioneering example of the 2030 strategy, and promises one of the best employment opportunities for UAE nationals," he noted.
With a current workforce of 2,000 employees, 14 per cent of which are Emirati, Emal is a cornerstone of Abu Dhabi’s diversification and industrialisation policy, the Emal statement said.-TradeArabia News Service