GE programme bridging gap between education, experience in Middle East

DUBAI - General Electric (GE), global leader in technology is using its Summer Internship Programme (SIP) to bridge the gap between university education and actual work experience in the Middle East.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Fri 13 Aug 2004, 11:59 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 11:45 AM

Since it's inception 5 years ago, GE's SIP has trained more than 30 students from the Middle East. This year, eight university students from the American University of Dubai (AUD), University of Sharjah and American University of Beirut (AUB) participated in the eight-week training programme to enhance their skills and experience GE's global network, its latest technological innovations, path-breaking R&D initiatives and international work ethics.

The SIP serves as a clear example of successful partnership between the private sector and educational institutions in the region. GE works closely with leading local universities to enable students to upgrade their skills and gain relevant work experience that will aid them in their future career growth.

Abdullah Taibah, Corporate Regional Executive, GE, Middle East, said: "It gives us great pride to extend GE's heritage of corporate citizenship to the Middle East and be actively involved in the community we live and work in. Through SIP, we are offering valuable work experience in our global corporation and are allowing students to apply their knowledge to a real-life working environment. SIP started in 2000 as a joint partnership between GE and local educational institutions in the UAE and has been extremely successful. We at GE, value the contribution made by the summer trainees. Next year, we plan to roll this programme to reach additional GE Middle East markets such as Saudi Arabia. Plans to recruit fresh graduates to work with the company are in the pipeline. We see the internship programme as a perfect way to identify local talent in the region."

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