Dubai SME, University of Manchester sign MoU

DUBAI, Dubai SME, part of the Department of Economic Development, DED, in Dubai, and the University of Manchester Middle East Centre have signed a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, to form a strategic partnership that will focus on talent, with the aim of promoting innovation and leadership among entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized enterprises in Dubai.

The MoU aims to create occupational development and job opportunities for university students in part-time masters programmes and the university’s graduates in the region, as well as for employees and members of Dubai SME. Both parties will be able to access their services and will have opportunities for cooperation.

According to the agreement, both sides will cooperate in occupational development and provide business education opportunities, as well as manage talent and occupational services, and benefit from the university’s programmes and joint services, such as research, job opportunities and professional networking. Their occupational development and executive education opportunities will give them the advantage and option of accessing education and development opportunities provided by the university.

Dubai SME offers small and medium enterprises a comprehensive support system, which includes licencing and organising business incubators and accelerators in Dubai, with the aim of ensuring the necessary direction and supervision for this sector, supporting the fluidity of jobs provided by the business incubators and accelerators and creating an appropriate environment for the growth and development of creative entrepreneurs.

In this regard, Ibtihal Al Naji, Director of the Department of Entrepreneurs’ Capabilities Development at Dubai SME, said they strive through the partnership with the University of Manchester Middle East Centre in Dubai to empower the entrepreneurs to become strategic leaders in the field of knowledge and business.

Randa Bessiso, Director of the University of Manchester Middle East Centre, said that the university includes a wide regional community of gifted students and graduates with practical experience and many of them show a clear interest in entrepreneurship. Cooperation with specialised bodies such as Dubai SME allows them to support and develop the university’s presence and its positive impact, which benefits both parties, he added.

Source: Emirates News Agency