DUBAI, 16th September, 2018 (WAM) — Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, DEWA, is providing its employees with the opportunity to join the online MicroMasters programme from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT, in the United States. This is part of DEWA’s strategy to develop the capabilities of young Emiratis, and its commitment to continuously develop the skills of its staff, according to the highest international educational and training standards.
The specialties for DEWA staff include Statistics and Data Sciences; Supply Chain Management; and Data, Economics and Development Policy. DEWA is providing this to 40 Emirati staff in the first stage. The programme builds on the strong relationship between DEWA and MIT, which was expanded during the visit by HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Managing Director and CEO of DEWA, to the United States this past June.
Al Tayer emphasised that receiving a MicroMasters from MIT opens the door for DEWA’s ambitious staff to improve their academic capabilities and continue their studies to obtain further qualifications in fields and disciplines that the UAE needs now and in the future. He noted that the programme underlines DEWA’s commitment to work with leading institutes, universities and research centres around the world, and to develop the capabilities of its employees, benefiting from its partnerships with many prestigious international organisations.
“Through the Data, Economics and Development Policy MicroMasters programme, and other open learning initiatives, we look to identify and engage talented people who are passionate about learning,” said Sanjay Sarma, Vice President of Open Learning at MIT.
“We collect evaluations and feedback from learners who engage in the MITx MicroMasters programmes. Collectively, the students report a tremendous interest in continuing their education. In fact, recent survey results show that more than 50 percent of MITx MicroMasters learners report a desire to pursue their first or second master’s degree,” said Tracy Tan, Director of MicroMasters programmes at MIT Open Learning.
Dr Yousef Al Akraf, Executive Vice President of Business Support and Human Resources at DEWA, noted that DEWA will select 40 top-performing employees to join the first group participating in the programme, which is a globally recognised professional and academic qualification. Participants have to complete the programme in 18 months, alongside their regular workload at DEWA. The programme, which entails rigorous studies online, is equivalent to six months of full-time studies at MIT. After successfully completing the programme, employees can apply for an accelerated on-campus master’s degree programme at MIT or other top universities.