Monday 1, February 2016

Ajman – MENA Herald: Emirates-based shipyard Gulf Craft signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ajman University of Science and Technology (AUST) in an agreement that aims to promote industry research and help cultivate the next generation of UAE professionals.

The new partnership will facilitate the exchange of information and expertise, and will enable AUST students to apply theoretical knowledge in an industrial setting at Gulf Craft’s award-winning yacht and boat building facilities. Distinguished students will also have an opportunity to intern at Gulf Craft across various fields, ranging from communications and information technology, to interior design and engineering.

“Research and development plays a critical role in the progress of the leisure maritime sector, and that is why we continue to forge new relationships and build on existing ones that support us in our endeavor to continuously innovate,” said Erwin Bamps, CEO of Gulf Craft.

“Technology is constantly changing, and our ability to produce oceangoing yet comfortable craft that meet evolving market requirements relies on credible and scholarly information. We look forward to working closely with AUST towards our mutual goal of disseminating knowledge and advancing the UAE as a global and regional industrial hub,” Bamps added.

The partnership will also support the development of new university programs that cater to changing industry needs.

Professor Ahmed Ankit, Assistant to President of External Relations, said: “Nurturing homegrown talent with the right skills mix is critical to the success of a country’s economy, and there is no better way to prepare students for the real world than to immerse them in it.”

“This agreement will give our students an exciting opportunity to apply what they have learned in the classroom in a real work setting, empowering them with the knowledge and experience they need to excel in their careers and realize their potential,” Prof. Ankit concluded.