Minister of Education visits Rochester Institute of Technology at Dubai Silicon Oasis

DUBAI, Hussain bin Ibrahim Al Hammadi, Minister of Education, today visited Rochester Institute of Technology � Dubai, RIT Dubai, a leading American university wholly-owned by Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority, DSOA, and located at Dubai Silicon Oasis, DSO, the integrated free zone technology park.

He was welcomed by Dr. Mohammed Al Zarooni, Vice Chairman and CEO of DSOA, in the presence of Dr. Juma Al Matrooshi, Deputy Chief Executive Officer for Operations and Client Affairs at DSOA, Humaid Sultan Mutaiwee, Executive Director of Dubai Government Workshop, Dr Yousef Al-Assaf, President of RIT Dubai, and Dr. Mohamed Yousif Baniyas, Director of the Commission for Academic Accreditation, CAA, of the Ministry of Education.

During his tour, Hussain bin Ibrahim Al Hammadi was introduced to disruptive education solutions and cutting-edge technologies implemented at the Dubai campus of the renowned New York-based educational institution.

He noted that the first step towards forecasting the future is providing an integrated educational ecosystem, from elementary school through to university, which would create a working environment that is built on competitiveness and innovation.

He commended the joint efforts of research and education institutions, in the public and private sectors alike, across industries, to promote sustainable best practices and cutting-edge educational methods with a focus on serving the National Agenda of the UAE Vision 2021.

Al Hammadi was also briefed about the new RIT Dubai campus. Taking shape across 129,000 square metres at a total cost of AED500 million, the building will accommodate 4,000 students once completed. Its state-of-the-art academic facilities will leverage elements of sustainability and smart cities to link the university to the outside community in line with the requirements of modern education.

Dr Al-Assaf presented a brief about the new campus that will be implemented in two phases. The first phase is scheduled for handover in 2019, while the second phase will be completed in 2023.

Dr Al Zarooni said, “DSO aims to become the first smart community in Dubai by combining the components of future smart cities with a world-class educational offering and a unique business environment conducive to innovation. In achieving this priority, DSOA facilitates the translation of creative ideas into reality through its wholly owned Dubai Technology Entrepreneurship Centre, Dtec, which supports innovators in launching their start-up ventures. Furthermore, Silicon Park, an upcoming addition to DSO, set for handover in Q1 2019, will be the first fully integrated smart city in Dubai.”

Source: Emirates News Agency

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