A Boost for Emiratisation: Ministry of Presidential Affairs in partnership with the UAE Academy sends National Graduates into the Local Workforce

Published December 6th, 2007 - 11:21 GMT

The Ministry of Presidential Affairs in partnership with the UAE Academy has given a further boost to Emiratisation in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain with the second annual IBDAA graduation ceremony, sending over 400 skilled Academy graduates into the local workforce.

His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister for Presidential Affairs, attended the ceremony, which was held at the Centre for Strategic and Documentation Research in Abu Dhabi. He met many of the graduating students and commended the 150 private and public sector institutions who work closely in developing the nation’s workforce by hiring IBDAA graduates.

His Excellency Mohammad Omar Abdullah, Under-Secretary of Department of Planning and Economy, Chairman of the UAE Academy said: "The UAE Academy performs a vital role in helping to match local employment needs with highly qualified Nationals who are skilled, committed and motivated.”
The UAE's fast-developing economy is yielding amazing job opportunities in varying industry sectors, but demands on human resources are also increasingly competitive. The IBDAA Programme’s aim is to produce well-prepared future business leaders across all these fields who meet those demands.

Speaking at the event on behalf of the graduates, Ms. Khadija Alawi Al Jefri comments: "Participating in the IBDAA Programme has given me insight into the value I bring to an organization as a UAE National. Not only has it sharpened my commercial skill-set, but it has also given me new-found confidence as to the role I can play in both business and to the development of my Emirate as a whole."

The UAE Academy has partnership agreements with some of the world's leading educational institutions, including University of Washington, Montana State University, Texas International Education Consortium. Courses are delivered in small groups to ensure that each individual's needs can be catered for.  The campuses, located in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain, employ state-of-the-art learning technology and classroom practices to ensure students are fully-equipped with cutting-edge skills and knowledge.

For more information about the UAE Academy please visit www.uaeacademy.ae

About Ibdaa program:
The Ministry of Presidential Affairs in cooperation with the UAE Academy launched IBDAA program. The program prepares UAE nationals who have successfully completed higher education studies to enter the job market, meeting the needs of both private and government sectors with qualified graduates who have the right skills, attitude and commitment to contribute to the development of the nation’s economy. IBDAA graduates receive accredited, internationally recognized professional certificates that enhance opportunities and pathways to employment.  The UAE Academy and IBDAA programs are supported by major educational institutions of higher learning such as the University of Washington, Montana State University, and the Texas university system (TIEC), as well as professional and technical certification groups such as Microsoft, Oracle, Certified Business Program and Institute of Leadership & Management. The program, lasting 28 weeks, is comprised of three phases 1) general skills development 2) specialized certification 3) internship leading to employment.   IBDAA’s mission is workforce development for UAE Nationals, driving the Emiratization process in all sectors of the nation’s economy in close partnership with the business community and governmental organizations. 



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