Mohammed committed to support UAE youth

DUBAI - Recent graduates of Edaad Scholarship Programme while stressing the importance of their programme, have said that it reflects the commitment of General Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and UAE Minister of Defence, to constantly support UAE youth.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Fri 11 Jun 2004, 11:09 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 1:54 PM

This support enables young nationals to participate in the fast-paced and multi-faceted development that the country is witnessing in the social, economic and political spheres.

"The launch of Edaad under the patronage of Shaikh Mohammed, reflects his sincerity, devotion, and sustained commitment to truly develop able leaders who are intelligent and flexible in their approach to handling issues, thus equip them to take on numerous challenges that the globalisation age presents in the form of a new economy and the communication and knowledge revolution," said a group of current Edaad scholars.

Graduates also praised efforts that the entire Edaad team has exerted to guide its scholars towards opportunities that maximise their educational experience. One such opportunity is the Edaad requirement that each of its students complete a work internship before or right after they graduate so that they have some directly relevant work experience.

Khaled Mohammed Basaeed, one of the graduates, who earned a Masters degree in Urban Planning from Edinburgh University, said: "The programme offers a wide range of options for participants to choose from, as they are granted the right to study in prestigious American, English, Canadian, and Australian schools."

Iman Al Qassem, a Bath University graduate, who earned a Masters degree in Business Administration and who is working as Operations Officers for General Motors said: "The fact that the government has created such a programme to motivate UAE nationals, is amazing. It creates a sense of pride among UAE nationals."

According to her, Edaad fully supports all of its scholars from start to finish of their programme. "It ensures that the scholars are gaining full benefit from the degree they are pursuing. This motivates them to work hard and achieve excellent results, so that upon returning of the UAE, they can use their knowledge and skills to become part of successful organisations," she added.

Iman further noted," This practical experience helps students realise all of the challenges that exist in the real business world. Educational world differs from the business world, and the practical work experience that Edaad encourages, helps develop individuals and prepares them for working environment."

Commenting on the compatibility of the schools' curriculum and the job market requirement, Mr Mohammed said: "The programme carefully studies the disciplines chosen by the scholars and compares them to the job market requirement - taking into consideration the pre-requisites offered by the leading universities and institutes, which prepare the students to aggressively enter the job market get themselves adjusted."

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