MBRSG students visit China to view latest breakthroughs in innovation, research, science

DUBAI, 27th April, 2018 (WAM) — The Mohammed bin Rashid School of Government, MBRSG, the first research and teaching institution focusing on governance and public policy in the Arab world, recently organised a trip for its students to visit leading institutions centres across China.

Themed around innovation, the trip was part of the School’s efforts to provide a comprehensive educational experience to its students, allowing them to get inspired and build valuable business relationships with some of China’s most prominent thought leaders.

The trip was organised with the aim of helping students benchmark their organisational innovation strategies and effectively use what they discover in their respective organisations’ growth. With seven students in participation, it created a platform for exploration across several industries including health, finance, technology and digitalisation. The students were able to gain first-hand insight into breakthroughs across diverse sectors in Beijing, Hangzhou, Jiaxing and Shanghai.

MBRSG’s Executive President Dr. Ali Sebaa Al Marri said, “The Mohammed bin Rashid School of Government seeks, first and foremost, to empower future managers and leaders, and arm them with the knowledge they need to navigate our rapidly changing and increasingly complex society. We consider it our duty to not only educate, but inspire our students, and expose them to current and future global trends and practices, in line with the objectives of the UAE National Innovation Strategy 2021.”

“It is with this objective in mind that the School organised this eye-opening trip to China,” he asserted. “The tour introduces our students to the latest breakthroughs in innovation, research, science and technology, which our wise leadership has underlined as the foundations for a robust knowledge-based economy.”

The tour kicked off at Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business, CKGSB, where the MBRSG students attended seminars on innovation in China delivered by CKGSB’s alumni and faculty, followed by a seminar on Innovation Management in the GCC delivered by MBRSG’s Associate Dean of Academic Affairs Prof. Martin Spraggon.

“We sought to expose our students to international best practices and advanced technology infrastructure management techniques by taking them inside some of the best-performing companies and academic institutions in the world,” said Professor Spraggon. “By visiting leading universities in all four cities, we also used the trip as an opportunity to explore areas of future collaboration, strengthen the relationship between the UAE and China, and promote the culture of knowledge sharing between the two countries.”

Other notable university visits included Tsinghua University, which is ranked as the best engineering and computer science school in the world, Zhejiang International Studies University, Zhejiang Gongshang University and Jiaxing Hongchuan Institute.

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