Emirates Talent Association awards Emirati Programmer certificates to 99 youths

DUBAI, — Lieutenant General Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, Deputy Chairman of Police and General Security in Dubai, Chairman of Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University’s (HBMSU) Board of Governors, and Chairman of the Emirates Talent Association, awarded 99 talented Emiratis with certificates for ‘Introduction to Computer Programming’ and ‘Digital Games and Applications Development’.

The certificates were awarded to those youths who successfully completed the first two levels of the Emirati Programmer initiative, a supportive step in harnessing the potential of the local human talents, in line with the goals of UAE Vision 2021.

The awarding of the certification to the second group of Emirati programmers is the culmination of the joint efforts of the Emirates Talent Association, HBMSU and Microsoft to build a generation of programmers who are adept in modern technology and can place Dubai and the UAE among the world’s most advanced countries.

This innovative programme aims to promote innovation, inquisitiveness and collaboration among talented Emirati youth between the ages of 7 and 15. It also provides training in programming by providing opportunities to design games, as well as digital and electronic applications, using Microsoft software and the Cloud Campus platform.

Emirati Programmer promotes the optimal investment of promising talents in programming, and builds national competencies armed with knowledge, innovation, leadership, and the ability to create a competitive, knowledge-based economy, Tamim said.

“This initiative is in line with the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, who has emphasised the necessity of inspiring the younger generations to enrich and enhance their knowledge, imagination and ambitions, and instil creativity and innovation among youths in various fields to place the UAE among the top countries of the world in innovation by 2021,” he added.

Dr. Mansoor Al Awar, Chancellor of HBMSU, added, “We are proud of HBMSU’s leading position as an incubator for talented and creative Emirati youth who would become future leaders of the nation. The success of the Emirati Programmer offers a solid foundation for building a new generation that is capable of innovating and transforming the local economy by mastering the language of programming, which has become essential for economic development. We are honoured to co-operate with Microsoft and Emirates Talent Association in educating and training talented Emiratis, and enabling them to be capable and qualified to employ their potential for the country’s benefit.”

The Emirati Programmer initiative is composed of three levels, starting with an Introduction to Computer Programming Certificate. The second level certification covers Digital Games and Applications Development, while the third level enables students to earn a certificate in the Advanced Level of Developing Electronic Games and Applications. The course, in partnership with Microsoft, allows students to participate in Computer Language Programming Competition, which provides them with an opportunity to compete for the titles of Innovative Programmer and Hackathon.

Source: Emirates News Agency