UAE varsity unveils internship programme

AL AIN - The UAE University unveiled yesterday an ambitious programme, called Internship and Work-Integrated Learning (IWIL), aimed at providing students with work-integrated learning in the fields that are related to their respective academic or career goals.

By Sadiq A. Salam

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Published: Wed 1 Oct 2003, 12:14 PM

Last updated: Wed 1 Apr 2015, 11:23 PM

"The new strategy is aimed at building bridges between the world of employment and the world of learning," Dr Abdullatif Al Teraifi Al Shamsi, Director of IWIL said at a Press conference yesterday.

The programme comes in partnership between the employer, students and the university, each with specified responsibilities and distinct goals, he added.

He pointed out that it comes as a realisation of the directives of the President, His Highness Shaikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who has called upon, ministers, departments and the various business sectors to shoulder their responsibilities in training and qualifying the national youths for direct entry into the labour market. The plan was also aimed at reforming and institutionalising the university to present internship programmes through common operational procedures, which preserve the distinctive feature of each specialisation, he added.

"This is in addition to enhancing the students learning through academically approved learning experiences, taking in mind that students absorb information best when learning-by-doing. Through the programme, we would be able to set up a unified internship registration for all students who fulfill the programme requirements. It also involves, intensive students preparation and career orientation through interactive pre-internship preparation," he said.

"This is in addition to, university wide internship job bank through nationwide partnership campaign, focused on private sector employers," he added. The programme also offers students opportunities for individualised education by streamlining their services, career and personal interests with academics. It also provides faculty with expanded teaching opportunities beyond the traditional classroom experience, he said.

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