The National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD), the Number One Bank in the UAE, has partnered with American University of Sharjah (AUS) to jointly develop training programmes and cooperate on recruitment, sponsorships and job training.
The new partnership follows NBAD’s recent partnerships with Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi and Zayed University and serves the Bank’s strategy to actively contribute to the development of human resources and recruit top talents. It also in line with NBAD’s strategy to support educational providers that paly major role in preparing tomorrow’s leaders which in turn will contribute greatly to the progress of the UAE.
“We are very pleased to have entered into this collaboration with NBAD,” said Dr. Peter Heath, Chancellor of American University of Sharjah. “AUS has always looked to partner with prominent national organizations and this agreement will help us explore and develop areas of mutual interest and benefit.”
Under a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between NBAD and AUS, NBAD would provide career guidance to the university’s graduates. The Bank would also provide tutorial, seminar expertise and lecturing to American University of Sharjah. Furthermore, NBAD and AUS would develop joint venture training programmes.
“These programmes will give AUS students and graduates the chance to combine academics with practical knowledge as wellas boosting NBAD employees’ skills. In addition, it will help to enhance the relationship between educationalproviders and employers and provide academic and professional programmes to fulfill market needs,” said Ehab Hassan, the Group Chief Human Resources Officer of NBAD.
He added: “The partnership will provide a framework of corporation and facilitate collaboration between NBAD and AUS allowing us to mutually benefits from opportunities offered and become stronger in our respective fields.”
NBAD has been consistently recognised and honoured for programmes that are instrumental in the training of its employees and the recruitment and development of talented UAE nationals. Recently, Emirates Institute for Banking and Financial Studies (EIBFS) honoured NBAD for its strategies to search, identify and hire UAE nationals who seek careers in financially services and proved their motivation through academic achievements. In another accolade, IFS School of Finance, the leading provider of professional banking and financial qualifications, has awarded Michael H. Tomalin, the Group Chief Executive of NBAD an Honorary Doctorate of Science in Banking and Finance in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the financial services industry.
NBAD has a number of partnerships with governmental and non-governmental agencies to advance Emiratisation goals.NBAD is a founding member of Higher Colleges of Technology Foundation’s 100-club and funded two Deans in Banking and Finance based at HCT’s Abu Dhabi Women’s College and Al Ain Men’s College.
Moreover, the Bank launched the Derasatee Programme with Abu Dhabi Tawteen Council (ADTC) and EIBFS to hire and train UAE national job seekers. Under Derasatee, ADTC and NBAD sponsor young UAE nationals to study at EIBFS toward a specialised Banking Diploma. Currently several students in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Sharjah are in the Derasatee programme, who are will work for the Bank upon graduation. The Bank also works closely with the National Human Resource Development and Employment Authority (TANMIA).
NBAD also runs its own prestigious training and educational programmes to enhance its Emiratisation strategies. It recently launched “Tomouh” under which NBAD sponsors overseas education of UAE nationals and allows them to intern with the Bank during their education pursuit. Tomouh is part of NBAD’s Watani Development Programme.
Under the Watani Development Programme, NBAD also offers AFAQ, in which young talented recruits study toward a Master’s degree in partnership with Zayed University; Mustaqbali, a sponsorship and internship programme for Emirati university students with the chance to work for the Bank upon graduation, A Bedaya, which recruits and trains high school graduates, and Al Sadara, which helps talented Emiratis get a professional certification.
The state-of-the-art NBAD Academies in Abu Dhabi and Dubai strengthens NBAD’s Emiratisation and ‘learning culture.’