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UPC to nurture skilled urban planners

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Dubai / Emirates Business

The Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) signed collaboration agreements with four universities including New York University Abu Dhabi, Zayed University, Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi and American University of Sharjah, with the objective of nurturing a talent pool of skilled urban planners.
Under the terms of the agreement, internships, student training programmes, and integration of UPC planning manuals into the syllabus of a number of Degree courses will be offered. Students may also be requested by the UPC to carry out research projects related to urban planning.
The UPC will also provide annual internship opportunities for students, as well as the chance to work on some of its key planning and policy projects. The move follows similar recent agreements with Abu Dhabi University and United Arab Emirates University.
“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,” said Abdulla Al Shamsi, Executive Director, Strategic Affairs Sector, UPC. “These significant agreements 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.
“We look forward to collaborating with universities across the Emirate 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 the Emirates’ next generation.
“This initiative represents a major milestone in developing future generations of urban planners who will have a big role to play in creating Complete Sustainable Communities and supporting the realisation of Vision 2030,” he added.
The UPC will organise workshops, forums and training courses, exchange spatial and physical data for projects executed by the UPC in order to support academic and research activities, and share equipment, devices, systems and laboratories. Students will be fully supported throughout their graduation projects.
Professor Eric Fouache, Vice Chancellor at Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi, PSUAD, said, “We are so honoured to be among the universities in the UAE to collaborate with the UPC to nurture a talent pool of skilled urban planners and work together for the same objective. Based on the fact that we are an Emirati French University, we believe in the capacity of this collaboration to support local talent and the Emiratisation strategy which is aligned with the UAE’s vision.”
Prof. Fouache added, “We are committed at Paris-Sorbonne University to fully support our local students through offering them all the needed materials and assistance to learn the French language and be able to succeed in their studies. We also provide all kinds of support to them after they graduate to make sure that they are doing well in their professional careers. Moreover, 35% of our students are UAE Nationals, the highest ranking among the other nationalities that we have. This fact showcases their interest to learn new languages, meet new civilisations and earn new skills.”
“We are excited to sign this agreement with Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council,” said Dr. Bjorn Kjerfve, Chancellor of the American University of Sharjah.
“Collaborations such as these serve as important links not only between academia and the public sector but also between our emirates. We look forward to working with UPC in a number of areas including research activities, organising forums, and training sessions as well as providing internship opportunities for our students,” he added.

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