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RIT Dubai sets standards for future collaborations


Mustafa Abushagur, president of RIT Dubai, left, and Marwan Al Sawaleh, general manager of human resources at DUBAL, following completion of an agreement to create a research and education partnership between the two organizations. The memorandum of understanding was signed last month during a ceremony at the campus of RIT Dubai.

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RIT Dubai has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Dubai Aluminum Company to create a unique partnership that will offer specialized postgraduate degrees and advanced graduate certificates to the firm’s employees, while also enhancing RIT Dubai’s research and outreach efforts.

Dubai Aluminum, also known as DUBAL, is the world’s seventh largest aluminum producer and one of largest industrial manufacturers in the United Arab Emirates.

“Over the past 180 years, RIT has successfully developed leaders in various educational and industry disciplines,” notes Mustafa Abushagur, president of RIT Dubai. “We feel honored to be able to continue these efforts through our partnership with DUBAL, which reflects our commitment to forge strategic alliances with top global performers.”

“At DUBAL, we consider our associates the nucleus of our operations and nurturing their talent is imperative to future growth,” adds Marwan Al Sawaleh, general manager of human resources at DUBAL. “The partnership with RIT Dubai will endow our staff with advanced industry know-how and innovative skills and enable us to take the next step in enhancing productivity and implementing new innovations.”

The specialized programs developed through the initiative will target employees working in finance, human resources, engineering and network administration. In addition, advanced graduate certificates of international standards will also be offered in computer information assurance and project management.

RIT Dubai hopes the partnership will serve as a model for future collaborations with industry while also enhancing the overall educational and career development of the Middle East’s growing professional class.

“Our collaboration exemplifies the emphasis DUBAL places on educational development and investment in human capital, and we intend to promote these types of initiatives with additional companies throughout the region,” says Abushagur. “We are delighted to collaborate with DUBAL and transfer our applied knowledge and skill sets to their team of professionals.”

Will Dube

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