Emirates Talent Association, in cooperation with Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University (HBMSU) and Microsoft, has officially launched today (Saturday, January 14, 2017) the ‘Local Programmer’ initiative. The program was launched in the presence of H.E. Lieutenant General Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, Deputy Chairman of Police, General Security in Dubai, and Chairman of the University’s Board of Governors and Chairman of the Emirates Talent Association, receiving praise from UAE-wide educational and academic circles. The initiative will boost national efforts aimed at achieving the goals of UAE Vision 2021 in harnessing the potential of local human capital and investing in the promising talents in innovation, leadership and knowledge in order to make the UAE one of the world’s most advanced countries.

The Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University (HBMSU) has joined the ranks of international academic and research institutions which recently got the ‘Quality Network’ membership from the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE). The membership is HBMSU’s latest global achievement supporting UNESCO’s efforts to raise the quality of higher education which in turn helps advancing sustainable national development.

Starting January 2017, startAD Incubator will accept applications from early stage startups from across the UAE and globally to join its rigorous training program, where up to 15 startups will take part in the first cycle of the program designed to fast track growth and launch new ventures in the UAE and broader MENA region.

Rising to the call of the ‘100 Days of Positivity’ initiative, students of Academia Management Solutions International (AMSI) - a leading academic solutions provider which manages both ISAS and Al Mawakeb Schools – blended numerous engaging activities into their school routine.

The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) has officially opened its section within KidZania®, the award-winning children’s edutainment centre managed by Emaar Entertainment in The Dubai Mall. The new MBRSC space science and technology section enables the young visitors to join a team in designing and manufacturing their very own observation satellite, before witnessing the launch and then controlling the satellite as it orbits the Earth.