Emirati professionals from across the country have been invited to apply for the third edition of the National Experts Programme (NEP 3.0).
NEP equips participants with the knowledge and expertise to have a transformative impact on key social and economic sectors aligned with the UAE’s centennial strategy. This edition will focus on unlocking the potential of 15 Emirati professionals across three key clusters: Economic Growth, Social Development, and Sustainability and Infrastructure.
NEP 3.0 is strategically positioned to advance the priorities presented in the President’s speech on 13th July, 2022. The programme develops talented Emirati professionals whose skills are essential to accelerating sustainable social and economic growth and improving the UAE’s global competitiveness. For example, the sectors of Space and Health and Well-Being are both key to expanding the national science and technology infrastructure; Culture and Heritage are essential to preserving the UAE’s traditions and artefacts, and Education is a vital element of realising a knowledge-based economy.
Under the Economic Growth cluster, candidates working in the fields of Economic Development, Advanced Sciences and Research, Technology and Innovation, Space, Media and the Creative Industries, Tourism, Retail and Lifestyle are eligible to apply.
Within the Social Development cluster, Emiratis who work in the fields of Culture and Heritage, Education, Health and Well-Being, Community Development and Social Services, and Policy and Government Services are encouraged to apply.
As for the Sustainability and Infrastructure cluster, technical experts working in the sectors of Environment and Climate Change, Mobility and Logistics, Energy and Renewables, and Food and Water Security are invited to apply.
Commenting on the application process, Ahmed Talib Al Shamsi, Director of the National Experts Programme and CEO of Emirates Foundation, stated,
"We thank President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan for his inspirational speech presenting the vision and priorities for the UAE. The NEP is committed to investing in the development of our incredible wealth of Emirati talent that is at the foundation of achieving that bright vision. This programme provides dynamic and career-focused Emiratis with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play a central role in shaping a better future for their country and helping realise the vision of our wise leadership."
Successful applicants will embark on an eight-month course that includes thought-provoking academic learning with top global education partners, immersive work experience on strategic projects, and one-on-one mentorship with an influential government or business leader in their sector.
To date, 46 Emiratis from a range of professional backgrounds have taken part in the NEP. Several projects developed by graduates during the programme’s first two editions are currently implemented across various sectors.
The NEP is open to Emirati professionals with more than 10 years of work experience, including five in their selected sector. Applications will be accepted until 8th August, 2022.
News Source: Emirates News Agency