The Rochester Institute of Technology, Dubai campus, (RIT Dubai) signed a Technical Agreement with the United Nations World Food Program (WFP), launching a new strategic partnership between the two institutions. As part of the university’s Outreach program, the partnership aims to foster collaboration opportunities in various fields, such as project development and cooperative education between RIT students and faculty, and UN WFP.
Pierre Honnorat, WFP/UNHRD Network Coordinator at WFP Headquarters in Rome, Italy commented on the new alliance between RIT Dubai and WFP: “Partnership with universities is essential because it joins academic enthusiasm with practitioners and stimulates the development and effectiveness of our humanitarian activities”
The partnership has begun with a collaboration with the UN Humanitarian Response Depot (UNHRD) Network, working on improving its performance monitoring, reporting and information management to best serve its Partners. RIT faculty and computing students will work on this project for six months.
Dr. Yousef Al Assaf, President of RIT Dubai commented: "We are excited about this partnership as it allows our faculty and experts to share their experiences with WFP and support their humanitarian activities. It will also give our students the opportunity to engage in current industry projects and work on the implementation of new solutions."
RIT Dubai’s Outreach program is a strategic initiative to promote collaboration between the university and industry partners and institutions from across the United Arab Emirates. The Outreach program spans various fields of collaboration, such as research, cooperative education and career placement, specialized training, tuition discounts and project development.