In response to the directives of his Excellency Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, and assuming the social responsibility of the Ministry, and in support for issues supporting of the development of the sectors of the UAE community, the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research and the Emirates Foundation signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Tuesday 13th of September, to develop and promote youth-focused projects in the areas of venture philanthropy, social entrepreneurship and sustainability. The Memorandum was signed by Youmna Badowah, Acting Assistant Under-Secretary of Higher Education and Scientific Research and Maytha Al-Habsi, Emirates Foundation’s Chief Programs Officer. It stated that the two parties work closely to exchange knowledge and expertise related to UAE youth development. Ms. Youmna Badowah welcomed the signing of the Memorandum which she describes as an important step within the Ministry's efforts to empower young people, arm them with the necessary skills and capabilities, and enhance their competitiveness. She said: This Memorandum and its initiatives came into existence following the Ministry’s agreement with the Khalifa Empowerment Program for students “UAE AQDAR”, which aims to promote and support the skills of students and provide them with a platform to participate in youth-focused programs organized by the Foundation. She added: "at the heart of the concerns of the Ministry and its responsibilities is to ensure that our sons and daughters have the skills, knowledge and experiences that help them make an effective contribution to society. There is no doubt that the Memorandum of Understanding that we signed today with the Emirates Foundation, is in this direction, and we hope to have a significant positive impact on the younger generations and the UAE as a whole. " Maytha Al-Habsi, said: "Our partnership with the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research is vital to the success of our strategy of promoting venture philanthropy as a self-sustaining model for social investment. Through this partnership, we hope to gain access to the broad base of our higher education population and engage them in a multitude of initiatives designed to make a strong, positive impact on the UAE youth." The Emirates Foundation seeks to implement long-term and sustainable social programs aimed at youth empowerment and addressing the challenges young people face in the UAE. As part of the MoU, both parties will determine areas of cooperation which are relevant to the Foundation's programs, such as Takatof, Sanid, Think Science, Esref Sah (Financial Literacy), and other social programs to achieve a positive social impact in the UAE State. The Ministry will encourage all higher education institutions under its umbrella to cooperate and interact with the Emirates Foundation to facilitate and implement the Foundation’s programs and activities, especially those that rely primarily on access to university students, aiming to integrate them into the Foundation's different programs, particularly in Think Science, Esref Sah.
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