RIT Dubai and Smart Dubai Office launch region’s first corporate happiness program

The signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Rochester Institute Technology Dubai (RIT Dubai) and the Smart Dubai Office (SDO) has signaled the launch of the first Corporate Happiness Program of its kind in the region.

The program, which has been created in conjunction with global performance management consultancy company Gallup, will launch in this year and is designed to educate senior professionals on the key concepts of happiness and to give them the tools to bring their learnings back to the workplace.  It includes the latest Gallup research on the subject and provides practical ideas and frameworks to support a corporate environment. 

The MOU, which was signed in the presence of H.E. Dr. Aisha Bin Bishr, Director General of Smart Dubai and Dr. Yousef Al Assaf, President of Rochester Institute of Technology Dubai (RIT Dubai), further strengthens ties between the two entities which have close cooperation in the areas of program development, research and smart cities. 

H.E Dr. Aisha Bin Bishr said: “The Corporate Happiness Program is a major milestone in the path of fulfilling the Happiness Agenda launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai earlier this year. In line with the 'Educate' portfolio of the agenda, learnings from the program will be implemented in the workplace resulting in happier employees, leading to happier customers, helping us attain His Highness' vision of 95% happiness levels across the city. The Rochester Institute of Technology Dubai has already been a dedicated partner of the Smart Dubai initiative and the Corporate Happiness Program will add to the portfolio of programs provided by the institute to boost smart and happy learning in the city."

Dr.Yousef Al Assaf added: “We are excited about further building on our relationship with Smart Dubai and helping develop both individual leaders and Dubai as whole through close cooperation, education and research. RIT Dubai has a strong remit to help drive the technical, educational and social development of Dubai and this agreement with Smart Dubai is an obvious continuation of this. Smart Dubai have always been heavily involved in our Master of City Science degree, and this new program and joint research activities are the next step in helping drive the human and technical capital agenda of Dubai."

The program has been designed to be flexible to suit working professionals, with intensive classes held for three days a month over the course of five months. Interested participants can find out more about the unique course structure and program content here and are encouraged to apply online here.