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Abu Dhabi UPC inks MoCs with four UAE universities

Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council has inked collaboration agreements with four UAE universities to develop the next generation of Emirati urban planners

Abu Dhabi UPC has signed collaboration agreements with four UAE universities in a bid to promote Emiratisation within the field of urban planning.
Abu Dhabi UPC has signed collaboration agreements with four UAE universities in a bid to promote Emiratisation within the field of urban planning.

Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) has signed memoranda of collaboration (MoCs) with four UAE universities in a bid to develop the next generation of Emirati urban planners.

The council has inked collaboration agreements with New York University Abu Dhabi, Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi, Dubai’s Zayed University, and American University of Sharjah.

Under the terms of the MoCs, internships and student training programmes will be established, and UPC planning manuals will be integrated into the syllabuses of several degree courses.

Commenting on the collaboration agreements, Eng Abdulla Al Shamsi, executive director for UPC’s Strategic Affairs Sector, said: “The UPC is dedicated to improving and expanding the range of Emirati talent in a sector that gives employees the opportunity to contribute in shaping the future of Abu Dhabi.

“These significant agrements not only enable the UPC to select candidates from a wider pool of talent, but also represent considerable support for Abu Dhabi’s Emiratisation initiative, as part of Vision 2030,” he explained.

The latest MoCs, which are designed to facilitate Emiratisation efforts within the field of urban planning, follow similar agreements with Abu Dhabi University and United Arab Emirates University.

As part of the agreements, UPC will provide universities with training materials and manuals related to its regulations, as well as the Emirate’s Estidama sustainability programme, the Abu Dhabi Urban Street Design Manual, and the Abu Dhabi Utility Corridors Design Manual.

“We look forward to collaborating with universities across [Abu Dhabi] and [the] wider UAE to run courses and workshops to share knowledge, build awareness, and provide opportunities and exposure to the work of the UPC for our Emirate’s next generation,” added Al Shamsi.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to nurture a creative Emirati workforce that is passionate about the future of Abu Dhabi, is knowledgeable of our planning manuals and the Estidama programme, and has an understanding of our overarching ethos,” he concluded.

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