Ratio of UAE Nationals at Masdar Institute Set to Reach 46% by May-End
Abu Dhabi-UAE: 30 April, 2012 – Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, an independent, research-driven graduate-level university focused on advanced energy and sustainable technologies, today announced 12 UAE national graduates have signed up to become part of the academic institution and contribute to its administrative success.
The appointments are part of Masdar Institute’s commitment to building, retaining and further developing human and organizational capital through Madeem, a sustainable skill-based Emiratization program. Madeem, which means ‘sustain’ in Arabic, is also in line with the UAE leadership’s directive to strengthen indigenous human capital and give priority to qualified Emiratis at al levels.
The graduates signed their employment contracts in the presence of Dr Fred Moavenzadeh, President of Masdar Institute, and Hamza Kazim, Vice-President, Operations and Finance, and Dr Lamya Fawwaz, Executive Director, Public Affairs, and other officials and heads of various departments that will absorb the new Emirati employees.
The appointment of the 12 UAE national graduates will take the ratio of Emiratization at Masdar Institute to 43%. This is expected to increase further and reach 46% by the end of May.
Dr. Fred Moavenzadeh said: “Mandated to develop the human capital base of Abu Dhabi and the UAE, Masdar Institute focuses on Emiratization as directed by the country’s leadership. Our skill-based Emiratization program has proved effective in organizational development and we believe the talented new recruits will rapidly move ahead in their professional lives. We thank the UAE’s leadership for creating the right system that ensures adequate job opportunities to the country’s citizens.”
On their first day at work, Sara Al Muhairi, Human Resources Director, Masdar Institute, explained the newly employed various advantages of working for a prestigious institution like Masdar Institute.
Sara Al Muhairi said: “Masdar Institute identifies talented and qualified UAE nationals and equips them with the right skill sets as part of its Emiratization process. The collaboration with MIT is only a manifestation of our objective to develop and nurture indigenous capabilities, and raise our benchmark for excellence. We are confident the new employees will make use of the available resources at Masdar Institute and chart their professional careers, while contributing to the country’s growth.”
Masdar Institute implements specific strategies to develop and continuously improve the capabilities of every single UAE employee, who is considered a valuable asset within the organization.
The Human Resources Department at Masdar Institute has developed several Emiratization strategies among which is a one-year Fresh Graduate Program that targets students with high GPAs in various disciplines. Such students get an opportunity to develop professional skills and gain valuable work experience at Masdar Institute.
In coordination with local colleges and universities, summer internships are also offered for undergraduate students to develop skills and gain first-hand experience at one of the administrative departments. Additionally, work placement internships are offered in collaboration with local universities to provide hands-on professional experience and help them gain practical insight into the workplace ahead of graduation.
Through various employment initiatives and a commitment to enhance the UAE’s human capital, Masdar Institute plays a vital role in the development of a sustainable knowledge-based economy in the UAE.
Established as an ongoing collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Masdar Institute integrates theory and practice to incubate a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship, working to develop the critical thinkers and leaders of tomorrow. With its world-class faculty and top-tier students, the Institute is committed to finding solutions to the challenges of clean energy and climate change through education and research.