du and Zayed University discuss future partnership at technology forum

Published March 9th, 2010 - 11:04 GMT

In an open forum held in Dubai, Zayed University hosted du CEO Osman Sultan, who addressed students on the subject of the impact of technology on human lives, entitled ‘Today's Technology: Curse or Opportunity for Tomorrow?’, in the presence of Director of Zayed University Dr Sulaiman Al Jassim who also shared his views with Sultan and the students on the current and future impacts of technology on human life. Following the speech, Osman, Al Jassim and members of the faculty from the University discussed areas of potential partnership based on the mutual benefits of the university’s academic expertise and du’s expertise in the telecom sector.

The event is part of du’s Emiratisation strategy to connect and create a dialogue with prominent educational institutions in the UAE and also act as an avenue to identify potential Emirati talent as future leaders.

Osman thanked the University for giving du the opportunity to participate in the event, and during his discussion with the students he said: “The fast development of technology in the current age affects everyone’s lifestyle. This development will make our lives subject to three screens; mobile, computer and TV, since any important application for conducting our daily lives will be available through these.”

Sultan encouraged the students to benefit from the fast development of technology in order to achieve the utmost success and channel their creativity. He went on that because of technology, nowadays, one man can deliver what hundreds of employees in a company would have achieved in the past, citing the example of shooting a movie and uploading it on prominent websites, which provides easy access to an extensive archive of information.

“The UAE has made rapid strides in applying state-of-the-art technologies to its academic programmes, in line with the future vision of the UAE leadership to keep pace with today’s educational requirements. This positive step has been possible through the fruitful cooperation and collaboration between Zayed University and the various public and governmental bodies and institutions, all of which has contributed to entrenching community participation and involvement. I am very excited about the cooperation between the University and du, which aims to enhance digital literacy in the field of communications and technology,” said Dr Sulaiman Al Jassim, Vice-President of Zayed University.

“I am keen to provide the latest academic and technical programmes in order to achieve quality and excellence in education and nurture a cadre of bright, bilingual, young minds who – armed with technological skills and in-depth understanding – are able to create active solutions for solving issues,” continued Al Jassim.

The meeting between the two parties was attended by Sophia Saeed Alarqbany, development manager and faculty members of Zayed University. Also in attendance were Fahad Al Hassawi chief human resources and corporate services officer, du, Hala Badri EVP of brand and communications, du, and Jamal Khalifa Lootah, Senior Director National Recruitment & Development, du.

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