Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the American University in Dubai, to exchange experience and skills and enhance cooperation in research and practical studies, to support the strategic goals of both parties, and to offer the best services to the public.
Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA and Dr. Lance de Masi, President of the American University in Dubai, signed the MoU at a ceremony, which was attended by Waleed Salman, Executive Vice President of Strategy & Business Development at DEWA, and other DEWA and AUD representatives, at DEWA’s head office.
AUD President Dr. Lance de Masi commented, “It used to be that students attended university to learn by listening. That is far from the case today. They are hungry for learning by doing, and universities are challenged to provide them and their professors "real world" project-based opportunities that open the doors to inquiry and discovery. The DEWA-AUD agreement will facilitate the educational activity sought by students and faculty and add value to DEWA through a strengthened collaboration with an institution committed to the pursuit of knowledge. In the end, the whole of society will benefit.”
"As part of the National Innovation Strategy, launched by Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and in line with DEWA’s vision to become a sustainable innovative world-class utility, DEWA continuously works to improve its employees’ abilities, and to improve the research and practical studies carried out by the students in its academy, to enhance innovation and creativity, to contribute to DEWA’s government excellence goals. We are positive that this cooperation will benefit both parties, and will allow DEWA employees and the excellent students at DEWA’s Academy to progress their studies at the American University in Dubai. It also gives the university students access to information, to learn about DEWA’s pioneering projects, which have become a model for international best practice," said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA.
"DEWA believes that the knowledge that will be exchanged by the signing of this MoU, plays a part in our strategy to build, develop and enable the UAE workforce, to support Emiratization, and to continuously improve the skills of our employees. We prioritize cooperation with academic organizations to further our research, because we are certain that it leads to excellent results in improving efficiency and enabling UAE workers, in addition to improving government work procedures in line with world-class standards," he added.
Al Tayer confirmed that this MoU, and similar agreements, contribute to the development of a solid research base that offers academic resources to encourage a culture of research among DEWA’s employees and the students at DEWA’s Academy. This is in addition to the UAE researchers who actively find solutions to challenges, by implementing an academic approach.
According to the agreement, DEWA will nominate employees and some DEWA Academy students from various fields, including administration, and electrical and mechanical engineering, to continue their studies at the university. DEWA and the university will also exchange books and publications, published by both parties, to learn practical skills, especially electronics. This supports the Dubai Government goal to transform all services into smart services that will be available around the clock.
"This MoU improves knowledge and innovation at both organizations, in line with our goal to enhance innovation in all of our work. This also reflects DEWA’s and the university’s commitment to contribute actively to the process of sustainable development, and to enhance cooperation in areas of mutual interest. This includes training a workforce, and exchanging experience and skills to improve performance," said Waleed Salman, Executive Vice President of Strategy & Business Development.