Dubai: The Ministry of Economy has launched “NextGen Talent,” a groundbreaking virtual forum created to assist students in the UAE in developing the skills necessary for the future of work.
5,000+ students from across the nation attended the event, where they learned from top international technology companies about how to succeed in a rapidly changing digital environment.
The event was initiated in association with the Ministry of Education. Dr. Thani Al Zeyoudi, Minister of State for Foreign Trade and Minister in Charge of Talent Attraction and Retention, is in charge of the Ministry of Economy’s NextGen Talent program.
The activity offered top-notch skill guidance in the areas of cutting-edge technology and the industries of the future with the goal of empowering and preparing future leaders in the technology field. The program reinforces the Ministry of Economy’s initiatives to quicken economic diversification, which was outlined in the 50 Principles in September of last year.
The UAE’s Minister of Education, Dr. Ahmad Belhoul, gave a keynote speech to the students regarding the importance of programs like NextGen Talent in demonstrating the country’s continued commitment to its youth. Dr. Belhoul also commended the UAE’s educational institutions for taking action to promote digitally-driven courses like artificial intelligence, computer science, and engineering.
The forum was sponsored by prominent fintech platforms Capital.com and Currency.com. Senior officials from META, Oracle, Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Stripe, VMWare, Finclusive, FinCEN, SureStart, Hedera, FourthBrain, APCO Worldwide, Verse Estates, Espresso Systems, and the Crypto Council for Innovation gave advice on enhancing advanced technology skills to help stand out in a crowded job market at the NextGen Talent forum.
Ms. Mina Al-Oraibi, Editor-in-Chief of The National, Ms. Maggie Lake, a former CNN anchor and host, and Dr. May El Barachi, Director of Computer Science and Information Technology programs at the University of Wollongong in Dubai, were the moderators of the sessions.
The UAE minister further added that, “But we also recognize that this vision requires motivated, highly skilled, homegrown talent. NextGen Talent is an important bridge connecting the world of academia and the world of work, and the insights shared by some of the leading lights of the local, regional and international technology sectors will help inspire our students to go on and contribute to our industrial transformation journey.”
Mr. Viktor Prokopenya, the creator of Capital.com and Currency.com, emphasized the value of equipping the UAE’s talent pool with the information necessary to successfully navigate the knowledge economy’s hazy terrain.
According to the CEO of Oracle, Ms. Safra Catz, the next generation is likely the most significant renewable asset companies have, and the company’s strategy has always placed a high priority on hiring, educating, and training those just out of college.
NextGen Talent was introduced after the historic July launch of the NextGenFDI program, which aims to draw digitally-empowered businesses to the UAE. The NextGenFDI initiative’s enterprises will promote the transfer of knowledge, technology, and skill sets to the UAE’s next generation of young people, making NextGen Talent and NextGenFDI complementary initiatives.