Scholarship Innovation Lab – New Project of DGHR

The Government of Dubai’s Department of Human Resources (DGHR) in collaboration with its strategic partners in Dubai’s government sector organized the “Scholarship Innovation Lab”, a knowledge-sharing initiative aimed at exploring ways to develop a unified framework for the Dubai government’s scholarship programs.

The Lab, held at the DP World Pavilion at Dubai Expo 2020, discussed the development of sustainable scholarship programs that support the government’s efforts to build a highly skilled talent pool for future industries.

“In line with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, DGHR is committed to harnessing the exceptional talents of UAE citizens to build the new competencies that will be needed in the evolving job market. We are focusing on building a strong local skills base that will meet the human resource requirements of Dubai’s government structures,” said Abdullah Ali bin Zayed Al Falasi, Director General of DGHR.

He noted that Dubai’s leadership is particularly interested in offering scholarships to outstanding Emirati students enrolled in specialized programs at prestigious universities focused on science, technology and knowledge-intensive industries.

The ”Scholarship Innovation Lab” builds on DGHR’s extensive talent development programs and also offers a platform for exchanging ideas and experiences. Al Falasi explained that for the past several years, DGHR has been working on ”Future Talents,” an integrated talent development system that has two parallel tracks. The academic track offers scholarships to Emirati students in vital disciplines related to promising industries and sectors that are vital to the UAE’s long-term sustainable development strategies. The second track includes professional development programs designed to develop the abilities of Emirati employees in the Dubai government.

Lieutenant Colonel Mansoor Al Balushi, Director of the Dubai Police Scholarship and Recruitment Department, spoke about the Efaad initiative, a smart, interactive and comprehensive platform that meets the needs and demands of Dubai Police scholars and supports university and college students as well as members of the organization on their educational journey. The platform has helped the Dubai Police strengthen partnerships with various state and local institutions that support the education and scholarship system.

A panel discussion organized as part of the Scholarship Innovation Lab discussed the future of Dubai and its labor market, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the labor market, and international best practices in developing talent to meet future labor market demands.

The panelists included Maryam Al Falahi, Advisor for Social Development Policies and Strategies of the Executive Council of Dubai, and Dr. Hamad Al Kaabi, Director of the Scholarship Department of the Ministry of Education.

Al Falahi affirmed that the Executive Council continues to increase its efforts to develop local talent based on recent developments, research and statistics. “As demonstrated during the pandemic, Dubai has shown the highest level of commitment to ensure access to a skilled workforce even during global crises and that education and professional development are not affected. We continue to actively update our plans for the future based on an analysis of global trends,” Al Falahi added.

Al Kaabi stressed the need for talent development programs to focus on science and innovation, including industry, space, information technology and artificial intelligence.

Other panel discussions with Dubai government representatives from various entities explored ways to generate innovative ideas, solutions and proposals to develop talent and address the challenges they face.

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