Smart City University aims to increase UAE's digital workforce

Dubai 10X initiative project set to boost digitally skilled talent in the UAE to 10% by 2020
Smart City University aims to increase UAE's digital workforce
By Staff writer
Thu 26 Apr 2018 01:44 PM

The Smart City University, a blockchain-powered decentralised learning platform has been launched by the Smart Dubai Office to support the development of digital skills in the UAE.

The project aims to increase the percentage of digitally skilled talent in the UAE to 10 percent by 2020.

Developed in cooperation with the Dubai Future Foundation, the Smart City University is part of the Dubai 10X initiative, which aims to place Dubai 10 years ahead of other cities.

Dr Aisha bint Butti bin Bishr, director general of Smart Dubai Office said: “There is a need to develop the digital skills of the workforce. Through the Smart City University, we are committed to providing the community with the right tools to acquire and develop digital skills.

"We aim to bridge the digital skills gap by increasing the percentage of digitally skilled talent in the UAE to 10 percent by 2020.

"We also seek to support the global effort to enhance digital skills and strengthen Dubai’s international position in the digital field,” she added.

She said the Smart City University will enable individuals not only to build their own educational paths, but also benefit from and get certification for skills acquired through non-traditional learning channels such as work projects, reading materials, conferences, workshops and online courses.

The project will also allow users to choose from a wide range of digital certifications that will enable them to combine learning programmes in different sectors and technologies such as artificial intelligence in transportation and internet of things (IOT) technologies in the energy field.

The Smart Dubai Office is developing the platform with the support of ConsenSys, the world’s leading specialist firm in blockchain technology.

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