Dubai Global Internship Programme is launched

DUBAI — The Dubai Development and Investment Authority (DDIA) launched the Dubai Global Internship Programme (DGIP), in association with Harvard University, Columbia University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Johns Hopkins University.

By A Staff Reporter

Published: Wed 22 Jun 2005, 10:26 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 4:45 PM

The objective of this programme is to provide high potential students with exposure to top economic development projects in Dubai.

The DGIP will enable graduate students to apply their academic skills to Dubai's ambitious development initiatives across sectors including humanitarian, tourism, energy, industrial, financial, entrepreneurship and policy development. The interns will interact with top business leaders and key decision makers in the Government of Dubai will be based in Dubai for a period of eight to twelve weeks during the summer starting 2005.

Saeed Al Muntafiq, Director General of DDIA said: "Education and knowledge creation are central to Dubai's success and reputation as the Middle East's city of the future. The DGIP will help make the UAE an employment destination of choice for young, emerging leaders."

"We are very pleased to develop long-term partnerships with high caliber academic institutions and we foresee a strong and complementary long term relationship. Our aim is to further expand the programme as well as the list of participants in the coming years to eventually attract talent from all corners of the world," Al Muntafiq added.

Dean Lisa Anderson of Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) said: "An increasing number of our students are taking courses related to the Middle East and are studying Arabic. These students are very enthusiastic about the opportunity to participate in development projects in Dubai through the DGIP program."

Dubai, under the leadership of General Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Defence Minister of UAE, has embarked on development initiatives in recent years to make the UAE the economic hub of the region through sustainable development and knowledge creation and extensively leverage international partnerships for success.

Graham Allison, director of the Belfer Centre for Science and International Affairs at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government said: "We are delighted to be part of the internship program with the DDIA. Last year we assisted with the formation of the Dubai School of Government. This new programme will give our students an opportunity to take part in developing innovative strategies for economic growth and development."

The DGIP has already generated strong interest from some of the most well-known names in education.

The programme's initial participants currently include Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government (KSG), Columbia University; School for International and Public Affairs (SIPA), MIT, Sloan School of Management and Johns Hopkins University, School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

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