Shaikh Mohammad interacts with children at a school. The Vice-President approved the new generation of schools during a tour of educational facilities in Fujairah and Kalba. Image Credit: WAM

Highlights

  • Dubai Ruler approves new generation of UAE school, allocating Dh1.5 billion to build the first group of these schools
  • The new schools will have laboratories for robotics, artificial intelligence, health and the environment, as well as specialized sports facilities
  • HCT’s new approach that aims to transform colleges into economic zones launched
  • Shaikh Mohammad approves a Dh100-million-fund to nurture business-oriented minds and develop career paths for 65,000 students in the hospitality, retail, oil and gas and logistics sectors.
  • Dubai Ruler issues instructions to establish “Specialized Professional Academies”
  • He also issued instructions to implement a Fast Track system to allow excellent students get their bachelor degree in just three years
  • Shaikh Mohammad opens Innovation Building and Tolerance Hall

Dubai: A new generation of UAE schools has been approved, with investments of Dh1.5 billion to build the first group of Emirati model schools.

His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, tweeted on Monday that the first group of the new generation of schools adopted by the UAE will be built.

The new generation of schools will include laboratories for health sciences, manufacturing, robotics, home economics, artificial intelligence, and the environment, as well as service facilities including restaurants, libraries and indoor and outdoor sports venues.

Development of our schools helps shape a better future for our country, and our future generations need new thinking and different skills.

- His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai

“Our coming generations are in need for different tools and a new way of thought,” Shaikh Mohammad said.

Shaikh Mohammad announced the approval for the new generation of schools while continuing his field tour to the UAE emirates, where he visited various educational facilities in Fujairah and Kalba.

Shaikh Mohammad has also announced on twitter the allocation of Dh100 million to support new entrepreneurs and business people graduating from technical colleges created in the new economic zones.

Shaikh Mohammad in his tweet said that “on my visit to the technical colleges in Fujairah, we launched our new approach. Transforming colleges into economic zones.”

Transforming colleges into economic zones

Shaikh Mohammad also launched a new approach for the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT), which will be based on transforming colleges into economic zones, and approved a Dh100-million fund to nurture business-oriented minds and develop career paths for 65,000 students by 2030 in the hospitality, retail, oil and gas and logistics sectors.

Shaikh Mohammad observes the creative activities of children at a school during his tour yesterday. Image Credit: WAM

Shaikh Mohammad also HCT officials to implement the fast-track system, which allows distinguished students to get their bachelor degrees in just three years.

The projects Shaikh Mohammad tweeted about are part of his 50 year plan that he has announced earlier this year “50-year Charter”.

“We want to pass the next 50 years with a new education, different schools and a generation that has the tools and skills to complete the development progress. The sustained development in the education sector is the flexible key to respond to future developments,” Shaikh Mohammad said.

“The development of our schools helps shape a better future for our country, and our future generations need new thinking and different skills. We want our colleges to not only graduate students, but also graduate companies and employers,” Shaikh Mohammad added.

Building the future

“When people hesitate because of economic fluctuations, we swiftly respond by a change and when they fear the future, we do our best to build it. Our national vision today focuses on the next 50 years,” the Vice President further said.

During his tour, Shaikh Mohammad launched the fourth generation of education at Higher College of Technology, which is based on hybrid education that combines academic education with specialized professional certificates.

Mohammad Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs and Future, Nasser Bin Thani Al Hamli, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratization and Chairman of the Higher Colleges of Technology, Dr Ahmad Belhoul Al Falasi, Minister of State for Higher Education, and Jameela Bint Salem Al Muhairi, Minister of State for Public Education, accompanied Shaikh Mohammad during his visit.

Shaikh Mohammad’s visit covered Al Furqan Primary School and Al Shohadaa Primary School, in Kalba, Sharjah, where he inspected various facilities and the infrastructure of the two schools.

While at the HCT, Shaikh Mohammad issued instructions to establish “Specialized Professional Academies” to support new students willing to change their career path in a way that empower the UAE’s economic sectors with qualified national cadres, in line with the latest technological development and skills.

Innovating Building, Tolerance Hall

Shaikh Mohammad also opened the “Innovation Building” and the “Tolerance Hall” and reviewed students’ innovative projects.

65000

students to benefit from fund by 2030 in various sectors

He also reviewed the "Integrated Education" system by which a scientific lecture was linked between four branches of HCT faculties in Fujairah, Sharjah and Al-Dhafra.

Dubai Ruler also participated in placing the last piece completing the plaque “Year of Tolerance”, which was designed by students in celebrations of the Year of Tolerance.

He was also briefed by Abdul Latif Al Shamsi as Director of Higher Colleges of Technology, about the “Post Employment Plan” which falls under the so fourth generation of education that is part of HCT strategy 2017-2021.

The plan daws up a roadmap for the post-employment plan, which includes three tracks: Graduating a new generation of technical experts and entrepreneurs, developing businesses in accordance with the 50-year charter, and achieving the principle of "Education for all".

Speaking on the occasion, Nasser Al Hamli, said that Shaikh Mohammad’s visit to HCT in Fujairah reflects his attention and support to the educational sector and his keenness to continuously communicate with UAE sons.

“Shaikh Mohammad’s directives represent a springboard for the HCT, and will contribute to developing future generations” Al Hamili added.