14 July 2020

Abu Dhabi School of Government collaborates with IBM to enhance digital skills of young talent and professionals in the UAE

  • Young people and professionals registered with ADSG will have access to the new platform
  • Users will learn about emerging technologies such as cloud, artificial intelligence, Internet of Things, blockchain, data science & analytics and cybersecurity

The Abu Dhabi School of Government (ADSG) and IBM today announced their collaboration to promote digital skills among young people and professionals within the ADSG ecosystem, via IBM Digital - Nation learning platform. 

Available throughout the summer season, IBM Digital – Nation is an online learning and innovation platform, delivered on IBM Cloud. It is designed to deliver advanced knowledge and skills in key emerging technologies and is part of IBM's global initiative to close the digital skills gap, help them become digital-ready and empower youth with the most in-demand IT and soft skills. 

IBM Digital – Nation will help equip students, communities and professionals in the UAE with the latest digital knowledge to innovate, develop their own digital solutions, and upskill their professional abilities. The platform will provide a range of courses, with a focus on highly sought-after advanced IT skills in future and emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain, cloud, coding, Internet of Things (IoT), quantum computing, data science and analytics, and cybersecurity. It will also enable youths and professionals selected by ADSG to have access to local job recruitment portals. 

The final handshake on the agreement was through a virtual ceremony attended by Dr. Nama Salmeen Alameri, Dean of Abu Dhabi School of Government, and Bashar Kilani, Region Executive, IBM Gulf and Levant. 

Through our collaboration with IBM we will be able to support Abu Dhabi’s ongoing digital transformation plans, which in turn will play a vital role in our transition to a sustainable knowledge-based economy. The IBM platform will ensure that both young people and professionals are equipped with the necessary knowledge in the latest digital concepts, while gaining experience which can underscore Abu Dhabi’s role as a leading global hub for innovation and technology.

Dr. Nama Salmeen Alameri, Dean of Abu Dhabi School of Government (ADSG)

Bashar Kilani, Region Executive, IBM Gulf and Levant, said: “Preparing and empowering young talent and professionals with the necessary digital skills are key to making them relevant in the workforce. ADSG’s selection of IBM Digital-Nation is a testament to its commitment to supporting digital literacy in the UAE and the region and giving youth and professionals the tools to create new and innovative solutions. The platform will help build upon the success of ADSG’s current learning programs and initiatives and in creating a digital-ready community.” 

The courses will be offered at three levels – Explorer, Innovator and New Collar. “Explorer” provides users with a series of short videos, introducing key emerging technologies and examples of how the technology is being applied. “Innovator” provides an introduction to the design thinking methodology and, more importantly, access to “IBM Cloud Lite” services where users can build their own ideas and solutions online. Finally, “New Collar” has been designed to offer users the ability to gain key digital skills in web application development, cloud, AI, IoT, data science and blockchain development. Successful completion of each level will earn users IBM digital credentials. 

ADSG has been investing in several education programs this year and recently made its learning platforms available to all nationals and residents across the UAE under the “Digital Learning for All” banner. Over 4,000 courses were opened up from leading educational institutions including Yale University, Imperial College, IBM and Google. In addition, the academy has further enhanced its professional training and development offering by launching the Professional Certification program. The PCP will focus on four specific areas for professional certifications: accounting, finance, audit, and project management.



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