Dubai - The programme will contribute to building the talents of the youth and investing in their energies and skills.
A programme launched in Dubai on Saturday will build the capabilities of the youth to become "future leaders in the field of economics".
Launched under the patronage of Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, the Young Economist Programme is a first of its kind in the Arab world. It aims to "equip the UAE youth with the necessary skills and exposure to jump-start their careers" in international and national economic organisations.
Sheikh Hamdan announced the programme launch on Twitter. "I learned from His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, that betting on the youth is a win-win situation. The youth's success will boost the nation's economy," he tweeted.
The Dubai Crown Prince added that the programme will contribute to building the talents of the youth and investing in their energies and skills.
Sheikh Hamdan said young Emiratis are being prepared to shape the future of the country and help build its knowledge-based economy. "We are living in a world marked with constant challenges and change. It is very important to engage the youth and equip them with the competencies needed to steer the future of our economy. Our youth have the ability to think outside the box and produce innovative ideas and solutions for modern challenges."
He added that the UAE's economic successes are inspiring countries around the globe. "In a short period of time, the country has been able to join the ranks of the world's leading economies. The UAE leads many global competitiveness indices. It is our responsibility to build on our achievements and empower a new generation of Emirati economists to attain greater heights".
3-month scheme for 50 participants
According to the Federal Youth Authority's Emirates Youth Professional School website, economics graduates aged 21-35 can apply for the programme till August 22. The three-month scheme will start in October and train 50 participants.
It includes over 60 training sessions, technical workshops, field visits and meetings with leading economic experts. It also gives participants opportunities to attend local and international conferences and access to a wide range of specialised books and reports in the field.
The programme has over 20 partners including local public and private sector organisations, and specialised global organisations.