Now trending: Futuristic career opportunities

Farhana Chowdhury
Filed on June 24, 2020
Inspired by the new world

Students are spoilt for choice with new programmes, such as space studies, opening portals of opportunities

The UAE is home to a dynamic environment, ever-evolving with new ventures and goals. Its education offerings also undergo extensive re-evaluation to meet the demands of a modern world. Institutions have a finger on the pulse of trends and recently introduced a host of courses that are aligned with the country's aspiring national goals.

The exciting prospects behind space exploration and technology, for instance, is currently encouraging students in the UAE to opt for the specialised programmes. The inspiration stems from recent achievements of Emirati Hazzaa AlMansoori, the UAE's first man in space, as well as the country's latest policies centred on science, technology and innovation that paves the way for future careers.   

In line with the UAE government's National Space Strategy 2030, the United Nations set up a space office in Abu Dhabi, bringing UAE a step closer to becoming a hub for outer space affairs. The collaboration between the UAE Space Agency and the UN's Office for Outer Space Affairs will further boost related activities.

Keeping up with trends, universities in the UAE have introduced programmes that offer foundation to understand terrestrial applications, celestial bodies, satellite communications, security and other aspects relevant to the sspace industry. Astrophysics and space science studies are also aligned with the golden era of the UAE, giving students delve deeper into an exciting field post-graduation. The upcoming mission to Mars, launch of a UAE space agency, followed by a series of satellites - the Khalifasat, Dubaisat 1 and 2 and Yahsat - demonstrate endless opportunities for future careers and contribution to the scientific community.

Other specialised fields are also garnering attention from students. One university is gearing up to introduce a programme centred on criminology and forensics in September 2020. The course, which is accredited by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Bar Standards Board, aims to give students a window of opportunity to explore the heart of the legal system. Paired with psychology and behaviour research, students can aspire to work in the justice field while armed with research, analytical and communication skills.

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