Dubai – MENA Herald: HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has honoured 39 high-performing Emirati students who are part of DEWA’s scholarship programme. The move supports the directives of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to support and develop talented Emiratis. It also supports DEWA’s strategy to promote Emiratisation and develop a UAE National workforce for the energy and water sectors. The award ceremony, organised at DEWA’s head office, was attended by Dr. Yousef Al Akraf, Executive Vice President of Business Support and Human Resources at DEWA, DEWA officials, the students and their families.
Al Tayer commended the students for their high academic grades, and urged them to continue their excellence and work harder to broaden their knowledge and skills, to honour their country and be role models for their peers.
“DEWA has an established strategy to encourage Emiratisation by developing a National talent pool. This supports the vision of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to enhance Emiratisation. It also supports the UAE Vision 2021 for the UAE to become one of the best countries in the world and develop a knowledge-based economy, and the Dubai Plan 2021 for Dubai to be a city of happy, creative, and empowered people. DEWA is one of the leading government organisation in the UAE to launch training programmes for Emirati students who wish to further their studies in the energy sector at home and abroad,” said Al Tayer.
“We have many training programmes for Emirati students to complete their studies in the energy sector in the UAE or abroad. Our objective is to create a generation of Emiratis capable of leading the different aspects of the energy sector, contribute to developing a generation that realises the role of professional work in achieving sustainable development, and create quality jobs that benefit both the citizen and the country. These efforts support our role as a socially-responsible organisation,” added Al Tayer.
“DEWA has a comprehensive strategy to encourage Emiratisation. It includes different programmes to train and prepare Emiratis in technical fields. DEWA’s scholarship programme gives outstanding students the opportunity to continue their studies at prestigious universities in the UAE and abroad. Each year, we honour high-performing students in the scholarship programme to encourage them and motivate them to exert more effort,” said Dr. Al Akraf.
DEWA works with many local and regional universities and institutes to prepare and qualify high school Emirati graduates for engineering jobs in DEWA. The scholarship programme includes a Bachelor’s degree in electrical and mechanical engineering in collaboration with the United Arab Emirates University for 20 students annually, Intilaq Programme, which offers a bachelor’s degree in mechanical and electrical engineering in various private and government universities and colleges, for 60 students annually, a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering at the Higher Colleges of Technology in Dubai (Dubai Men’s College) for 20 students annually, and an overseas programme offered for ten students annually to get a Bachelor’s degree in renewable energy.