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Dubai International Academic City, Dubai Knowledge Park Promote Innovation through Education

To mark the UAE Innovation Month, the academic partners of Dubai Knowledge Park (DKP) and Dubai International Academic City (DIAC) have organised a line-up of activities and events that promote the understanding of advanced technologies and discovery of new concepts among students and universities.

In line with the UAE National Innovation Strategy, the UAE Innovation Month aims to boost the development of new ideas and innovative capabilities that reinforce the country’s status as a global innovation hub.

Mohammad Abdullah, Managing Director of DKP and DIAC, said: “At DIAC and DKP, we strongly believe that excellence in education lays the groundwork for innovation in the UAE. Today’s students will become tomorrow’s entrepreneurs, innovators and leaders. Our mission lies ensuring the highest quality of education, by attracting the best global institutions with world-class faculty to develop our country’s human capital to its full potential.”

He added: “Embracing our leadership’s vision for an innovation-led economy is key to nurturing our future generations that will one day make up the UAE’s talented workforce. We are delighted to open our campuses to events that celebrate the best of innovative ideas and shape an enabling and creative environment.”

Throughout February, DIAC and DKP partner universities and professional learning institutes are hosting seminars, competitions and other activities to inspire innovation. To accelerate the adoption and understanding of game-changing technologies, technology-driven laboratories at S P Jain School of Global Management are offering a series of courses on big data, artificial intelligence and blockchain.

Meanwhile, BITS Pilani Dubai Campus is organising a festival that displays innovative student projects involving the extraction of hydrogen from waste water, converting leftover food into nutritional powder and a smart dustbin capable of segregating waste. The prestigious educational institution is also holding inter-university student competitions, hackathons and workshops.

Another notable event that explored futuristic technology is Heriot-Watt University Dubai’s inaugural Vice-Chancellor’s Distinguished Lecture Series, delivered by globally renowned robotics expert Professor David Lane. The lecture shed light on how artificial intelligence and robotics have the potential to dramatically boost growth and productivity at the time of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Furthermore, Amity University Dubai hosted a special session by Professor David Provenzani about the disruptive changes to expect in the coming decades and their implications on future careers. In addition, the Manipal Centre of Robotics Excellence (MCORE) at Manipal University Dubai is showcasing student inventions including a chess-playing robot, a remote-controlled robotic arm and an AI-powered talking cap.

Apart from technology-themed activities, events that inspire creativity and innovation in the fields of design, hospitality and art are also on the agenda. Curtin University Dubai is hosting its inaugural Urban Arts Festival in DIAC that features a contest to discover the next up-and-coming artist. Similarly, the International Centre for Culinary Arts (ICCA) Dubai is introducing a new way of culinary training – an online course certified by City & Guilds and delivered through the centre’s e-learning platform, Fatafeat ICCA Academy Online.

Taking the innovative designs of fashion students off campus, ESMOD Dubai and Al Khaznah Tannery have partnered together for a special accessories collection, made from camel leather that has been sustainably-sourced. This collection will be exhibited at the Leatherworld Middle East trade show, slated to run from 27 February to 1 March at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

In addition to celebrating the UAE Innovation Month, DIAC and DKP will hold their respective Weeks of Welcome festivals this February. The annual orientation events for students of all universities across the two campuses will revolve around innovation, entrepreneurship and the Year of Zayed. The DIAC Week of Welcome will take place from 20 to 22 February, while the DKP event, set to feature several pavilions dedicated to innovation, a spring bazaar, competitions and other activities, will run from 26 to 28 February.

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