Dr. Yousef Al-Assaf speaks at the ITU Forum on "Smart and Sustainable Cities"

Dr. Yousef Al-Assaf the president of RIT Dubai spoke in the ITU Forum on "Smart and Sustainable Cities". This Forum was organized by the Arab Regional Office of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), in collaboration with the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) of the United Arab Emirates. The Forum was held in Abu Dhabi from 3 to 4 May 2015. This Forum was aimed to build awareness on using ICT in Smart and Sustainable Cities, focusing on the different roles of the stakeholders in this field. 

RIT Dubai was the only University invited and Dr. Yousef Al-Assaf spoke the session entitled: “Setting the Stage for Stakeholders’ Engagement”. This session was focused on the methods and processes to create a roadmap for smart sustainable cities as well as identify the role that different stakeholders can play to build smart sustainable cities. 

About RIT Dubai's Contribution to Smart Sustainable Cities

Since Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT Dubai) opened one of its global campuses in Dubai in 2008, part of the University’s overall strategy has been to enhance research, innovation and support of the realization of the UAE Vision 2021, particularly in vital areas such as sustainability, energy efficiency, and sustainable environment. Part of this Vision is to transform the emirate into a smart city. 

Earlier this year, his Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum launched multiple initiatives to make Dubai a Smarter City. RIT Dubai interacts with its community and runs initiatives and programs that address the challenges faced by the local and regional community. RIT Dubai is sponsored by Dubai Silicon Oasis, a government-owned free zone that promotes modern technology, based industries with urban master-planned community and state-of-the-art infrastructure. 

RIT Dubai is endeavoring to support Dubai Government entities, especially Dubai Silicon Oasis initiatives, to help transform Dubai into a smart city and complete the ecosystem of Dubai over the next several years as it anticipates the remarkable impact these innovations will have on the community and the world. DSO’s Mission is, “To develop a fully integrated, sustainable and happy community through collaboration, innovation and technology,” and RIT Dubai wants to be part of these efforts. 

The University seeks to educate professional leaders to design, manage and implement smart projects in Dubai.  As an educational organization in Dubai, RIT Dubai is committed to giving professionals the tools to innovate and develop above and beyond the existing technologies and current trends in smart cities. 

RIT Dubai has introduced an innovative Smart City Professional Diploma and announced one of the first Master’s Degrees in City Science in the UAE. 

RIT Dubai has decided to develop a professional diploma so that anyone involved in a smart city project in Dubai is aware of the foundation of the concept and how to create value in this new and modern environment. The current Smart City Professional diploma will end on the 31th May 2015 when current attendees from DEWA, Dubai Silicon Oasis and Dubai Police will present their final project. Three innovative and smart start-up ideas will be presented and judges by a panel of experts. If you wish to attend please send an e-mail to: vllcad@rit.ed 

The Smart City Professional Diploma is split into seven workshops and one assessment workshop, and each individual workshop focusses upon a specific topic. For example, the first workshop is devoted to analyzing the existing views and definitions of a “Smart City and how the use of technologies play a fundamental role in the Smartness concept. Other topics include: Creating Smart City Departments, Communication, Integration & Cooperation, Urban Design & Planning, Environment & Sustainability, Society & Governance, and Economy & Business. 

RIT Dubai is about to introduce a truly new and innovative postgraduate degree in City Sciences (MCS) in association with the Dubai Silicon Oasis.  The new program, which can be completed through full or part-time study, will help foster specialized skills in various areas of smart cities, from energy, water, and smart services to environment, safety, and security. The program is aimed at engineers, architects, economists and graduates interested in becoming highly qualified professionals, able to understand and manage the multidimensional nature of the city. This program will be developed with Spain’s Universidad Polytechnic de Madrid (UPM) and will be taught by faculty from RIT, RIT Dubai, Oxford, Harvard, and UPM. 

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