Zayed University officially inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Abu Dhabi Tourism &Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi), the governmental authority responsible for the preservation, protection and promotion of the emirate’s cultural heritage, tourism and culture at Zayed University in Abu Dhabi campus.The MoU was signed by Professor Reyadh AlMehaideb, Vice President of Zayed University, andHE Saif Saeed Ghobash, Director General of Abu Dhabi Tourism &Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi), in the presence of a number of senior officials from both sides.The MoU came to serve as a framework to facilitate joint collaboration and cooperation between the two parties with an aim to create mutual opportunities of partnership and exchange of expertise and benefits.Zayed University and TCA Abu Dhabi both agreed to consolidate efforts and cooperate towards achieving Emiratisationand the Smart Government initiative.
Speaking on the occasion, Professor Reyadh AlMehaideb, said: “We are very pleased to collaborate and partner with TCA Abu Dhabi. This partnership will cement stronger ties between the two parties and allow exchanging knowledge, training programs, internships, expertise and benefits particularly in relation to the Smart Government initiative, which was launched in 2013 by His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and aimed at making all services available through smart platforms.”“The MoU will further strengthen the skills of Zayed University students through assisting them in the preparation of a working plan to develop a mobile application, as part of their graduation projects. The various training programmes, seminars, internships, and research activities will also help promote a culture of innovation among talented nationals as well as provide hands-on experience on how the industry operates in real settings.” AlMehaideb added.
From his side, HE Saif Saeed Ghobash, Director General of TCA Abu Dhabi,said: “This agreement is conducive to Abu Dhabi’s role as a facilitator in skills development and builds on a long history of collaboration with Zayed University in the fields of practical work experience through internships for university students.”“The partnership will allow us to enhance and improve the skill set of Emirati nationals for the purpose of increasing their participation in the tourism sector work force. A growing number of Emiratis are now entering the tourism industry on a number of levels, and beyond providing access to hands-on practical work experience, increased cooperation in the fields of research and development with our information technology expertise will empower the University's students to be at the forefront of technological advances in the sector.” he added.
ABOUT ABU DHABI TOURISM & CULTURE AUTHORITY (TCA Abu Dhabi)
Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority conserves and promotes the heritage and culture of Abu Dhabi emirate and leverages them in the development of a world-class, sustainable destination of distinction, which enriches the lives of visitors and residents alike. The authority manages the emirate’s tourism sector and markets the destination internationally through a wide range of activities aimed at attracting visitors and investment. Its policies, plans and programmes relate to the preservation of heritage and culture, including protecting archaeological and historical sites and to developing museums, including the Louvre Abu Dhabi, Zayed National Museum and Guggenheim Abu Dhabi. TCA Abu Dhabi supports intellectual and artistic activities and cultural events to nurture a rich cultural environment and honour the emirate’s heritage. A key authority role is to create synergy in the destination’s development through close co-ordination with its wide-ranging stakeholder base.
About Zayed University
Zayed University is today the premier national university in the United Arab Emirates and a regional leader in educational innovation and change. It has created and implemented a skills-rich, outcome-based general education program that systemically develops student skills, knowledge, and values associated with liberal learning and provided a solid foundation for pursuit of disciplinary majors and future careers. Zayed University welcomes national and international students, and provides them with a high quality education, offered by seasoned teaching scholars to prepare them to shape the future of the United Arab Emirates.Zayed University offers Undergraduate and Graduate degrees in the following Colleges: College of Arts & Creative Enterprises (recognized as substantially equivalent by NASAD), College of Business (Accredited by AACSB), College of Communication & Media Sciences (Accredited by ACEJMC), College of Education (Accredited by NCATE), College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Natural and Health Sciences, and College of Technological Innovation (Accredited by ABET).