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Smart Dubai signs technology deal with UK's Oxford University

Partnership agreement is signed with the university's Centre for Technology and Global Affairs at GITEX

Smart Dubai signs technology deal with UK's Oxford University
The agreement signed between the two entities will see them exchanging expertise and experience in the fields of technology such as artificial intelligence, blockchain, big data, IOT, drones and more.

Smart Dubai, the government department which has a mandate to make Dubai the happiest city on the earth through technological innovation, has signed a partnership agreement with the Centre for Technology and Global Affairs at the University of Oxford.

The deal with one of the world’s most highly regarded and prestigious academic institutions was signed at GITEX Technology Week 2018.

The agreement signed between the two entities will see them exchanging expertise and experience in the fields of technology such as artificial intelligence, blockchain, big data, IOT, drones and more, a statement said.

“Smart Dubai is using the world’s most disruptive and innovative technologies to transform city experiences for Dubai’s resident and visitors. The University of Oxford’s Centre for Technology and Global Affairs harnesses the creative power of the industry’s best minds - we are delighted to be able to partner with such an esteemed academic institution” said Smart Dubai Office director general Dr Aisha Bint Butti Bin Bishr.

The University of Oxford’s Centre for Technology and Global Affairs is the first global initiative to focus on studying technology in an international relations and political science department at any of the world’s major universities.

One of its key objectives is to collaborate closely with private companies to gain direct knowledge of Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies and to test its ideas and theories.

“We believe that Smart Dubai’s unique experience in developing and applying artificial intelligence, big data and blockchain technologies aligns exceptionally well with the University of Oxford's Centre’s activities and research agenda. We believe firmly that both parties would benefit from a close collaboration,” said Artur Kluz, chairman of the University of Oxford’s Centre for Technology and Global Affairs.

The cooperation between Smart Dubai and The University of Oxford Centre for Technology and Global Affairs will be carried out through the sharing of knowledge through workshops to be organised between the two parties to discuss the development of policies and technological progress.

It is hoped that the partnership will put the two organisations on a mutual path to disrupt technology and transform at the city level, with both expressing their commitment to leading the thinking of the next era of politics, government, city and business disruption through digital innovation.

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