HE Dr. Mugheer Khamis Al Khaili: Promoting Quality Higher Education and Reinforcing Its Outputs Is Our Main Priority
Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi (PSUAD) has affirmed its keenness to build the needed human resources and create the foundation for developing the required skills for the job market to allow students to acquire such skills equally in all offered specializations and programs. PSUAD highlighted the fact that, in order to achieve this goal, the university has established partnerships with a number of world-class local and international businesses to provide students with the necessary foundational skills, deliver a distinguished teaching environment, and ensure contact with some of the world’s most prestigious work systems.
The statements were made at a seminar jointly organized by the university and BNP Paribas on Banking Industry outlooks and the challenges of working in the world of banking. BNP Paribas have been on-going supporters of the Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi since 2010 through their relationship with Les Amis de la Sorbonne. The partnership has seen more than 170 students sponsored and given the opportunity to achieve an International degree locally.
PSUAD confirmed that the emirate of Abu Dhabi has made great strides towards advancing the quality of its educational system in keeping with the highest international standards and offering students the best educational opportunities so that their training caters to the demands of socio-economic development and enables them to respond to job market needs and global competition.
H.E. Dr. Mugheer Khamis Al Khaili, Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) Director-General and Vice-President of PSUAD Administrative Council, stressed the importance of aligning educational outputs with job market needs as he highlighted the fundamental role played by key partners representing the priority sectors established in the Abu Dhabi Vision 2030 in supporting higher education institutions towards achieving ADEC’s higher education strategic plan.
Dr. Al Khaili reiterated that aligning higher educational outputs with job market demands contributes to the evolution of education and academe and supplies the job market with talented and competent individuals capable of fully assuming the functions and positions they are assigned to. He indicated that learning outputs move the educational process from solely concentrating on raising the knowledge of students to focusing on honing the skills and building the character of learners, in addition to expanding the scope of their knowledge. As such, graduates become professionally and personally qualified to assume the responsibilities and roles expected of them without the need to train in and acquire professional basics during the course of their education.
Dr. Al Khaili explained that ADEC’s strategic plan to develop higher education in the emirate seeks to achieve four priorities, namely: promoting quality higher education and reinforcing its outputs in keeping with international standards and aligning higher education with the social, cultural, and economic needs of Abu Dhabi, in addition to creating an integrated system for scientific research to support an innovation-based economy and ensuring access to higher education for all eligible students.
“PSUAD is working on implementing the policy of the government of Abu Dhabi which seeks to transform the emirate into an innovation-based and knowledge-generating economy. The university also strives to meet the government’s vision in building an oasis of knowledge and discovery with strong ties to the global community and economy while being, at the same time, rooted in the culture and heritage of the emirate. We hope to support this vision by keeping pace with intellectual advances, promoting scientific research, innovation, moral values, and critical thinking, and preserving our culture and heritage in order to contribute to sustainable economic development and the diversification of income sources. This allows us to cater to the changing needs of society and the demands of the job market and of human capital, and to ensure equal access to such opportunities for all eligible students,” said Dr. Al Khaili.
“Abu Dhabi is forging ahead, through innovative and effective strategies, towards building a knowledge-based economy,” he added. He affirmed that the Abu Dhabi strategic plan reflects a global vision based on effective plans to develop human resources, reduce reliance on oil, expand manufacturing, foster innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship, and support education and training projects.
Pr. Eric Fouache, PSUAD Vice-Chancellor, asserted that the UAE has become a leader in higher education in the region thanks to the vital role played by the government and partnerships with government institutions in helping colleges and universities focus their efforts on the critical needs of the UAE. He indicated that PSUAD had a lot to offer in such community partnerships, notably building strong connections between the business world and the university’s faculties towards training competent graduates, capable of succeeding in the workplace.
“PSUAD is keen on performing its chief mission in disseminating knowledge and creating balanced and sustainable partnerships with existing institutions in the UAE and the region in order to serve the bests interests of the students, teachers, and economic structures,” Pr. Fouache said.
Fouache highlighted the importance of bridging the gap between the university and the socio-economic arena and PSUAD’s aspiration to participate in the socio-economic growth of the UAE, in addition to its efforts to adjust its course offerings to market demands in order to meet the goals of the Abu Dhabi Economic Plan 2030 and ensure the assimilation of graduates into the professional world.
Fouache asserted that connections between PSUAD students and institutions is a crucial priority of the bridging strategy, especially that such innovative interactions and exchanges with institutions give students the necessary maturity to deal with the professional world. He pointed to other collaborations developed by PSUAD with public and private sector institutions based on integrated axes and goals, including ongoing training, research, sponsorship, and educational and cultural exchanges.
“Closer ties between PSUAD and the business community allow such businesses to recruit students from various fields in addition to communicating with them through relevant meetings and round tables and at the annual job fair, and availing themselves of the infrastructure provided by the university and its experience,” said the PSUAD Vice-Chancellor.