UAE Launches National R&D Leadership Programme to Propel Innovation and Knowledge-Based Economy

UAE Launches National R&D Leadership Programme to Propel Innovation and Knowledge-Based Economy

The Emirates Research Development Council (ERDC) has launched the National Research and Development Leadership Programme, marking a significant milestone in the UAE’s pursuit of an innovation- and knowledge-based economy.

Overseen by the Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology’s General Secretariat team, the programme has been launched in collaboration with the Advanced Technology Research Council (ATRC) and Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences (MBRU). It reflects the nation's commitment to implementing the leadership’s strategic vision and cultivating capabilities as part of the national Research and Development agenda.

The programme is unique and first-of-a-kind in the region, aiming to cultivate leaders in innovation by focusing on best practices in Research and Development management. It will enable the participants to adopt and promote excellence in Research and Development and innovation management in line with national Research and Development priorities, aiming to strengthening the UAE’s position as a hub for innovation.

Sarah Al Amiri, Minister of State for Public Education and Advanced Technology, said,

“The UAE is building a knowledge-based economy driven by an advanced innovation and Research and Development ecosystem. Investing in national capabilities to drive large-scale Research and Development programmes is vital to achieving national objectives and furthering the UAE’s position as a global hub for technological advancement. This programme is instrumental in equipping exceptional local talent with hands-on experience to enhance the impact of a diverse range of Research and Development projects and foster innovation across the nation.”
"Addressing the global tech talent gap is crucial in an era shaped by advanced technologies",

said Faisal Al Bannai, Secretary-General of the Advanced Technology Research Council (ATRC).

"Empowering local talent and leaders with cutting-edge expertise ensures the UAE's preparedness for rapid growth, establishing it as a key player on the global innovation stage.”

Dr. Amer Sharif, CEO of Dubai Health and Member of the Emirates Research and Development Council, said,

“At Dubai Health, we aim to impact lives and advance health for humanity, by fostering a mindset of innovation and unity. We are honored to contribute to the UAE's vision of a knowledge-based economy, driven by an advanced ecosystem of innovation and research and development. As Dubai’s first integrated academic health system, we believe that through the integration of our four missions – care, learning, discovery, and giving, we are instilling a transformative mindset and uniting in support of national capacity development and patient centric excellence. Together, we advance health and knowledge, shaping a brighter future for all."

The programme is tailored to meet the specific needs of the UAE's Research and Development ecosystem and comprises carefully selected modules that encompass the entirety of the Research and Development journey. As part of the programme’s curriculum, participants will learn what it takes to strategise, plan, manage, and commercialize Research and Development projects, participating in practical experiences to foster Research and Development collaboration, efficiency, and streamlined Research and Development governance, aiming to build consistency across stakeholders in Research and Development.

Modules cover the entire Research and Development journey, beginning with the principles of Research and Development and innovation management, managing Research and Development units, developing Research and Development strategy, operating Research and Development funds and grand challenges. Participants then explore technology transfer and managing IP strategy, before learning about Research and Development evaluation and measuring Research and Development outcomes. In addition, participants will learn essential Research and Development management and soft skills such as managing Research and Development funds, reporting Research and Development data, and communicating Research and Development results.

The National Research and Development Leadership Programme brings together 22 carefully selected UAE nationals based on their roles in Research and Development management across 20 entities from the public, private and academic sectors. This assembly, representing a broad spectrum of Research and Development stakeholders in the UAE, seeks to foster a collaborative environment that encourages synergies among government officials, leaders from the private sector, and academia.

The leadership programme will be delivered by New York University Abu Dhabi and the University of Manchester. The two institutions will bring their unique strengths and capabilities to the programme. NYU Abu Dhabi brings its hands-on experiences in designing innovation management and soft skills, while the University of Manchester is a centre of excellence for combining international expertise in developing science, technology, and innovation policies and Research and Development management programmes.

The learning journey will span seven months and will incorporate a variety of learning methodologies to ensure that participants can apply the knowledge and skills gained. Participants will not only acquire technical expertise in the domains of Research and Development and innovation management but will also actively participate in group assignments, engage in site-visits, exchange experiences with senior executives in Research and Development management, delve into real-case studies, attend mentorship sessions, and partake in various interactive activities.

News Source: Emirates News Agency

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