Abu Dhabi launches free online learning programmes for all UAE residents

It will include courses developed by institutions such as Yale University, Duke University, Imperial College London, Google, and IBM

The Abu Dhabi School of Government (ADSG) will make its digital learning platform accessible to all residents of the UAE for free under a new campaign called Digital Learning for All, it said on Monday.

The academy will provide complimentary access to over 4,000 courses from over 190 of world’s top universities and learning institutions.

Over 300 courses are available in Arabic tailored to the context of users in the UAE.

The programmes are developed by institutions such as Yale University, Duke University, Imperial College London, Google, and IBM.

Learners can earn international certificates and degrees in a variety of fields such as business, health, technology, data science, artificial intelligence, arts and humanities.

ADSG will be disclosing details on how to register and access its e-learning platform in due course, reported official news agency WAM.

This Digital Learning For All Initiative has three pillars which includes Virtual Experiences, Community Solidarity and Constant Innovation.

It is aligned with Abu Dhabi Inspires campaign launched by Sheikh Khalid bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, member of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council and chairman of Abu Dhabi Executive Office.

ADSG, a Department of Government Support (DGS) entity decided to launch the e-learning programme to all citizens and residents of the UAE following the success of its recent digital learning programmes for government employees.

ADSG had previously launched the Digital Learning Challenge as part of the Abu Dhabi government’s ‘Digital Month’ which was open to all Abu Dhabi government employees through the academy’s online learning platforms.

“As the world adapts to remote working and physical distancing, digital learning has never been more accessible. The leadership has moved quickly to ensure the stability of the national economy through its stimulus packages, and it is vital that our institutions also play a central role in providing additional technology and digital infrastructure so that the people of the UAE can upskill themselves in the most in-demand skills of the future,” Ali Rashid Al Ketbi, chairman of DSG.

Meanwhile, Alia Abdulla Al Mazrouei, acting director general of ADSG added, “By providing complimentary access to ADSG’s e-learning platforms, we are expanding the scope for our organisation and helping all learners in the UAE to navigate the evolving market conditions. This initiative will be vital to cultivating an e-learning culture across the UAE and empowering our communities with invaluable learning opportunities.”