UAE’s Top-Ranked University Equips Students with Knowledge and Skills to Lead UAE’s Knowledge-Economy of the Future
Khalifa University announced that nearly 30 government institutions and private sector organizations participated in the virtual Internship Fair 2021 to attract and recruit qualified and talented students for internships. Students and organizations view internships as a major first step in the careers of young professionals, capable of contributing to the growth of the UAE’s knowledge economy.
A total of 457 students attended the virtual Internship Fair that offered more than 120 Internship opportunities in a wide range of industries such as healthcare, biotechnology, clean energy, nuclear engineering, aerospace, oil and gas, as well as other advanced technology sectors such as robotics, artificial intelligence, supply chain logistics, and infrastructure.
Some organizations that offered internships included Etisalat, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), EDGE Group, Tawazun, du, Microsoft, GE, General Motors, PwC Middle East, Total, Schlumberger, Accenture, and Emirates NBD Bank. Others included Schneider Electric, Lockheed Martin, Boston Consulting Group, Al Masaood Oil and Gas, National Petroleum Construction Company, Strata, Noor Abu Dhabi, National Marine Dredging, Det Norske Veritas (DNV) and Direct TT.
The virtual Internship Fair 2021 also included five workshops, CV clinics for 23 students, and a session on ‘Build Your Network and Advance Your Career on LinkedIn’ that received 47 participants. More than 100 students attended a session titled ‘An introduction to EDGE Group and Trends that are Shaping the Workplace’.
In keeping with the prevailing extraordinary circumstances, students and alumni were offered a virtual platform to interact with each organization, who had digital booths. Employers were able to meet students in virtual space via chat rooms, sometimes as groups as well as in one-to-one interaction, during which interviews were conducted and internship details offered. Through videos and digital brochures, companies provided virtual visitors details on relevant training programs.
Dr. Ahmed Al Shoaibi, Senior Vice-President, Academic and Student Services, and Associate Professor, Khalifa University, said: “Khalifa University’s comprehensive academic, research and outreach portfolios that are designed to equip the students with the right expertise, provide the participating corporate and government sector entities with the talent they seek for their organizations. Being part of Khalifa University provides the students with 21st century knowledge and skills to prepare them for the jobs of the future. Our students are well-rounded in personal and professional credentials. They are ambitious and bring fresh perspectives to help companies with innovative solutions and ideas. Our alumni have made significant impacts in key industry sectors such as energy, sustainability, space and healthcare among others. We are confident that this new group of student interns will build on that legacy by adding value to their host organizations.”
In order to foster relationship building with the industry and maximize contribution of students and graduates to the UAE economy and the world at large, Khalifa University’s Career and Alumni Services Office organizes a number of events such as the Annual Career Fair, Internship Fair, Employer on-Campus Day and Majors Day. The Career Services Office constantly works to build and maintain meaningful relationships with industry leaders who support Khalifa University students and graduates in their search for internships, job opportunities and other possible types of student-company engagement.
According to the Career Services office, a significant number of Khalifa University students have received employment, training or internship offers in the past during such annual events. Every year, these events provide an opportunity for students to transition into major corporate entities and government sectors as professionals. Moreover, some Khalifa University students successfully secure international internship experiences with multinational corporations and partners, contributing significantly while gaining exceptional practical experience beyond their comfort zone. Internships that are conducted abroad, whether in-person or virtually, contribute to Khalifa University’s commitment towards internationalization and preparing the students to become global citizens.
English Editor Specialist
15 April 2021