In line with its strategic plans for 2017, the University of Dubai (UD) has signed a Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) with Dubai Electronic Security Center (DESC) and Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center (MBRSC) to enhance research in the areas of information security, communications, information systems and the development of national human resources capable of working in technology and space research sectors.
Both agreements were signed by H.E. Yousef Hamad Al Shaibani, Executive Director of DESC and Director General of MBRSC, and H.E. Dr. Eesa Bastaki, UD President. Both MoUs also aim at empowering national leaders and cadres in the field of information security and space technologies in the UAE and enhancing the status of individuals in the society.
UD Signs a MoU with DESC
According to the first agreement, the two parties aim to raise the level of innovation in the various fields of electronic security by providing the necessary consultation, holding training workshops and seminars and organizing events to spread scientific awareness on electronic security issues.
The MoU also provides the platform for both partners to promote innovation in cybersecurity and attract international and local students who are willing to develop their skills in the following areas: cyber security, cyber protection, digital forensics, cloud computing, data science, Internet security, and open source software security. Moreover, it grants students and supervisors the opportunity to conduct research and develop solutions for emerging electronic security issues.
UD Signs a MoU with MBRSC
According to the MoU, both sides will coordinate to design and prepare educational, training or qualification programs in the scientific specialties related to the space sciences technologies and satellites. In addition to that, the Centre and university will cooperate in providing students practical training opportunities, scholarships under MBRSC’s “Entaliq” Scholarship Program and job opportunities for outstanding students.
H.E. Al Shaibani highlighted the importance of signing such agreements with academic institutions, which will enhance the status of the individual in the society and the rehabilitation of national cadres specialized in e-security and support scientific research and innovations.
He also praised the “efforts of University of Dubai in offering educational programs that meet highest educational standards.” “The signing of the MoU coincides with the Centre's mission and strategy in building qualified national cadres in space field to support developing a unique UAE space sector,” he added.
"We believe that MBRSC as a scientific and research center specialized in space and advanced technology and higher education institutions have a complementary role to build capabilities and develop human resources and research activities in space science," Al Shaibani concluded.
UD President Dr. Eesa Bastaki said: “Space is the future. The University of Dubai seeks to establish a generation of pioneers, engineers and intellectuals aiming for the top.” “Our role as an educational institution is to provide knowledge, the necessary tools and equipment, and stimulate scientific research.”
Dr. Bastaki added that the agreements, which he categorized as fundamental, will contribute to the development of the educational sector and enhance innovation and creativity, in line with the country's strategic plans.