Dubai – MENA Herald: Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University (HBMSU) has launched a series of human capital development courses aimed at producing generations of Arabs who are capable of meeting the needs of the 21st century. The new courses, which will be offered until December of this year, have been designed to provide learners with enriched knowledge and high-level experience on leadership, institutional innovation, change management, entrepreneurship, Islamic banking and social media — all of which are main pillars driving the Arab World’s development today.

The training courses fall in line with the objectives of UAE Vision 2021 focusing on building a competitive economy by enhancing the knowledge of, and encouraging innovations among, the country’s citizens. They give emphasis on the most crucial issues of government excellence, economic recovery and sustainable development. The programs include ‘The Implementation of Innovative Initiatives through Change Management,’ ‘Using Three-Dimension Approach in Institutional Innovation,’ ‘Skills of 21st Century Leader,’ and ‘Creativity in Entrepreneurship.’

The second round of the professional diploma ‘Innovation Leadership in Governmental Sector’ training program is a major boost to ongoing efforts towards building a generation qualified to lead innovative public initiatives. The course also embodies the objectives of the ‘National Strategy for Innovation’ launched by H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, to position the UAE among the most innovative countries in the world by 2021.

As part of its commitment to help make Dubai the capital of the Islamic economy, HBMSU is set to launch the ‘Chartered Institute of Management Accountants’ (CIMA) program focusing on Islamic Banking and Takaful. The learners’ digital skills will also be developed through two programs, namely ‘Using Social Media and Its Role in Enriching Education and Interactive Training’ and ‘Using Smart Phone Applications in Providing Information Services in Libraries and Information Centers.’ The university also offers an integrated workshop in the development of effective budgets and costs control, which is aimed at the development of accounting and financial skills of participants in the preparation and analysis of financial statements and government budgets in accordance with international standards of the government sector. The course offering also looks towards identifying the modern financial analysis methods in the areas of analysis and evaluation of projects, with the training of participants on the preparation of the budgets in different ways.

Dr. Mansoor Al Awar, Chancellor, HBMSU said: “Promoting a culture of innovation and creativity and instilling the spirit of leadership among young people are part of our strategic priorities. We remain committed to meeting the Arab World’s growing needs to build qualified human resources capable of leading an integrated knowledge-based economy for a better future. The recent launching of the new training courses is a strong push towards building generations with strong initiative as well as world-class leadership and creativity skills. This will help position the UAE among the top countries in terms of ease of doing business, global competitiveness, innovation, entrepreneurship and development.  We are in effect working towards achieving the objectives enshrined in UAE Vision 2021.”

Al Awar pointed out that HBMSU is one of the first academic and educational institutions to respond to the vision of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed of turning Dubai into the future global capital of the Islamic economy. “Today, we are making further progress in our endeavors.  We are encouraging our students to make a positive impact on Islamic banking and finance through our valued programs which combine both modern technologies and innovative learning methods for effective transfer of knowledge.”

“Our efforts form part of our vision to make HBMSU as the top university of choice in the Arab World in shaping the future of education and learning through innovative solutions. In light of this, we are committed to develop and design innovative academic and training programs that stimulate creativity, leadership and success to help shape the future, enhance our economic competitiveness and develop a unified society. All of these efforts are aligned with UAE Vision 2021 and Dubai Strategic Plan 2021,” concluded Al Awar.

The offered training courses are ‘Creativity in Entrepreneurship,’ ‘Innovation Leadership in Governmental Sector,’ ‘The Implementation of Innovative Initiatives through Change Management,’ ‘Using Three-Dimension Approach in Institutional Innovation,’ ‘Skills of 21st Century Leader,’ ‘Using Social Media and Its Role in Enriching Education and Interactive Training,’ ‘Using Smart Phone Applications in Providing Information Services in Libraries and Information Center,’ and ‘Integrated Workshop in the Development of Effective Budgets and Costs Control.’ All programs are offered in Arabic except for ‘Chartered Institute of Management Accountants’ (CIMA)/Islamic Banking and Takaful, which is taught in English only.