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UAE approves new strategy to develop advanced skills

UAE approves new strategy to develop advanced skills

The strategy is based on five key themes focussing on areas such as education, economy and the quality of life

The UAE Cabinet has approved a new strategy that aims to develop advanced skills among nationals in the country.

The Strategy for the Advanced Skills National Programme is part of plans to develop future skills in vital areas in the UAE.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, said that the UAE is focussing on education as a top priority and on making it sustainable, diverse and adaptable to the requirements of future development plans.

“We want Emiratis to be prepared for the changes around us and equipped with advanced skills that maintain UAE’s competitive edge,” he said.

The strategy is based on five key themes and a number of initiatives focussing on areas such as education, economy and the quality of life.

* The first element includes the definition of advanced skills, identified through the study of international systems and models of advanced skills required in UAE’s government and job market, in collaboration with over 70 different entities.

A total of 12 different skills have been identified for the UAE in four main categories: basic skills, competencies, personal traits, and specialised skills.

* The second element includes advanced skills measurement tools, which will be done through a number of partnerships with international organisations, research institutions and academia to develop skills measurement mechanisms.

* The third element aims to identify the target groups. The national programme aspires to reach a number of target groups: students at various academic and academic levels, new graduates and employees in the public and private sectors.

* The fourth element includes policies and programmes to ensure the participation of stakeholders, and build strong partnerships with the private sector, as well as develop the content of educational and training programmes.

* The fifth element is to inspire the community by raising awareness of the importance of advanced skills and providing opportunities for all groups to acquire such skills and lead their own development through continuous learning.

The UAE Cabinet also adopted the formation of the Advanced Skills Council to oversee relevant policies, programmes and initiatives.

The council includes representatives from the ministries of Economy, Education, Human Resources and Emiratisation; the Federal Authority for Government Human Resources; the Federal Youth Authority; Advanced Sciences portfolio; Artificial Intelligence portfolio; the Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge; and Dubai’s Knowledge and Human Development Authority.

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