Abu Dhabi reduces learning curve; Launches nano-degrees for youth

By Rahul Vaimal, Associate Editor
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Department of Government Support’s Abu Dhabi School of Government (ADSG) collaborated with the Abu Dhabi Youth Council to unveil the first “Next Generation Abu Dhabi” program, in partnership with the global leader in the field of online learning, Udacity. 

The new programs will be part of the “Youth Skills Platform”, which was first launched in February 2020, during the Innovation Month, to build the skills required for Abu Dhabi’s youth to embrace the age of digital transformation.

In the initial rollout, the program has partnered with Udacity to provide the nano degrees,  certified courses with a duration of less than four months to provide learners with the latest technological content, knowledge and practical skills. The first cohort of the business analytics and digital marketing nano degree program has more than 270 learners. This follows a rigorous assessment stage of more than 2,000 candidates. The first cohort will proceed with their journey over the next four months.

Alia Abdulla Al Mazrouei
Alia Abdulla Al Mazrouei
Acting Director-General
Abu Dhabi School of Government

“These courses will be foundational and practical, as well as highly relevant to several digital transformation projects that are underway in many emerging industries. The courses have been designed to be relevant to the future of skills requirements of the nation and we want to ensure that our young people are prepared for the many challenges that they will face in the future business environment. The nanodegrees will be an essential part of our educational offer and we believe they can make a real difference to the future economy in the emirate.”

Maryam Al-Mehyas, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Youth Council, said, “Launching nano degrees through the Udacity platform is a result of the continuous cooperation with the ADSG, through which we aspire to provide the latest technology and knowledge to support the needs of the market and help deliver the strategy of the Abu Dhabi government.”

The project was originally developed in partnership with more than 200 experts in the field of technology including  Amazon, Facebook, Google, and other leading international technology giants.

The program targets locals and residents between the ages of 18 and 35 and requires a commitment to delivering projects on deadline including some remote hours study. Additional programs within the platform will be announced on the ADSG and the Abu Dhabi Youth Council websites in the coming months.

To register in programs under the Next Generation Abu Dhabi initiative, please visit the following link: adnextgen(dot)questionpro(dot)ae