To become proficient in artificial intelligence and related technologies, the program aims to nurture the UAE’s national workforce
Emirates NBD has partnered with the Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy and Remote Work Applications Office to launch the ‘National Digital Talent Program’, as part of its efforts to support the UAE government’s National Strategy for Artificial Intelligence 2031.
To become proficient in artificial intelligence and related technologies, the program aims to nurture the UAE’s national workforce.
In line with the program, to provide the necessary resources to equip young UAE nationals with critical skills and practical knowledge needed to flourish in the field of digital and information technologies including artificial intelligence, Emirates NBD has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with partners including Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) and University of Sharjah (UoS).
Fostering Artificial intelligence talents
Emirates NBD highlighted that there is a good opportunity to up-skill STEM graduates as there is a high percentage of the UAE student population pursuing core STEM areas including Information Communication Technology (ICT), Engineering, and Natural Sciences. Through its new talent program, to support the digital economy, while bridging academia and industry, the banking group aims to nurture and develop young Emiratis, making them future-ready.
Omar Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy and Remote Work Applications, affirmed the UAE’s keenness to prepare future generations, building their capabilities, and equipping them with advanced knowledge, enabling them to contribute in the UAE Government mission in building an innovative future, enhancing its global status.
To support national efforts in building a strong digital economy, Al Olama noted that enuring qualified digital talent is a responsibility that falls on all sectors in the UAE.
He further noted, to develop talented nationals by enabling them to learn, train and enhance their readiness to work in various industries and raise the level of the nation’s digital economy, Emirates NBD sets a great example of developing local skills to the industry standard and leading positive efforts in the banking sector.
Advancing UAE’s digital economy
Emirates NBD will offer internship opportunities for UAE national students through its partnership with Higher Colleges of Technology and University of Sharjah to shape their future and create a stronger talent pipeline to support the bank’s Digital and Information Technology departments.
The paid internships will provide undergraduate students an exposure to the latest technologies and innovations in the financial services industry and directly learn from its digital transformation leaders in Artificial Intelligence, Cloud, Open Banking, Robotics, Platforms, FinTech and Security.
“We are extremely pleased to support the UAE’s mission to become one of the world leaders in Artificial Intelligence by 2031. As a leading regional bank and a pioneer in the digital services industry, we are confident that in partnership with Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy and Remote Work Applications Office and prestigious institutions such as Higher Colleges of Technology and University of Sharjah, we can help develop the digital capabilities of young UAE talent, who form the future of the nation and will contribute to building an agile, future-proof economy,” said Abdulla Qassem, Group Chief Operating Officer, Emirates NBD.
“As a bank that has always championed innovation and is a leader in digital banking, we are committed to catalysing the digital capabilities of our future workforce and will continue to invest in building the national digital economy.”
Participants of the programme will also have an opportunity to gain valuable experience in solving financial technology challenges as capstone projects, which they would showcase at internal and external platforms such as Coders HQ, part of the National Program for Coders initiatives.
To create the highest number of coders per capita and attract global talent to set up their base in the UAE, Emirates NBD also supports the Coders HQ’s mission. Including coding hackathons, design and test hacks, the bank, in line with this, will provide more than 20 real-world business challenges through structured events and deliver at least 40 curated learning interventions with the help of top digital and information technology.
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