The Forum witnessed a panel discussion entitled "Higher Education and the Future", with the participation of experts in the fields of education, higher education and the labor market; HE Dr. Mohammed Al Ahbabi, Director General of Emirates Space Agency, Dr. Ghaleb Al Hadrami, Deputy Director of the UAE University for Graduate Studies and Research, Dr. Riyad Al Muhaideb, Director of Zayed University and Irish Education Expert Tom Boland.
Dr. Ghaleb Al-Hadrami said that the change currently witnessed by UAE represents a great challenge for higher education institutions and for the educational system as a whole, which requires the latter to keep pace with the occurring change at the appropriate speed.
Al-Hadrami pointed out that the UAE University has made important contributions to the knowledge economy field, sponsoring more than ten innovation projects in addition to cooperating with international companies in the field.
Dr. Riyad Al Muhaideb said that universities are expected to provide the local market with qualified and highly trained staff to move to knowledge economy and new stages. Hence, universities will focus on the basic skills of the students and hall adopt live curricula that interact with the community, with topics that can be developed over time.
"Focusing on developing students' life skills contributes to improving education outcomes, thus reflecting positively on human capital formation, with successful future efficiencies," said Tom Boland.
Dr. Ahmed Al Ahbabi stated that although the Emirates Space Agency is not an educational institution, yet it is involved in the establishment of youth capable of meeting the aspirations of the rational leadership in the field of space and is working hard in cooperation with the educational institutions in the State to include scientific courses related to space, in addition to participating in students' scholarships and sponsoring them within the State.
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