iMOVE to take part in NAJAH exhibition this week
The German education organisation iMOVE has praised the UAE for being a pioneer in the importance the country’s leaders attach to education.
Speaking about the organisation’s participation at this week’s NAJAH exhibition, the director of iMOVE, Sabine Gummersbach-Majoroh, underlined that the Emirates have recognised as one of the first how important a competitive education system is in the knowledge-based society of the 21st century. With the influence of oil resources decreasing, the importance of other sectors of the economy, in particular education, is constantly growing in the UAE and the wider Gulf region. And as the economy is being diversified, leaders of the Emirates have made just the right decisions to prepare the country’s society for the fundamental changes taking place, according to German education initiative iMOVE.
iMOVE (International Marketing of Vocational Education) is an initiative of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, designed to promote and support international activities of German companies providing vocational education and training under the trademark "training – made in Germany".
Ms. Gummersbach-Majoroh emphasised that the Emirates have recognised how restructuring the economy and changing demands in the working environment require a new approach to education. This approach has to take into consideration not only requirements of the knowledge-based society of the 21st century which makes education and vocational training ever more important. Under the pressure of social and demographic changes, education systems also need to be highly competitive.
"This has been widely realised in Arab countries where great efforts are being put into further development of education and vocational training. Moreover, increasing levels of funding are constantly being invested in the education sector as well. Decision-makers across the Gulf countries, particularly in the United Arab Emirates, place education extraordinarily high on the political agenda. All seven Emirates now invest heavily in their education infrastructure which will further increase the employability of its citizens, making the UAE a pioneer in the region", Ms. Gummersbach-Majoroh stated.
Closer cultural cooperation is also an important part of the strategic partnership agreement between the UAE and Germany, in place since 2004. Thus, cooperation and exchange, for example between universities in Germany and the UAE are continuously being intensified.
German education initiative iMOVE will this year for the first time take part in the NAJAH exhibition, taking place in Abu Dhabi from 19 to 21 October 2010. At NAJAH exhibition, representatives of the initiative will inform visitors about key activities at the joint trade fair stand which is shared with five partners from the German education sector such as Renewables Academy AG (RENAC), iVWA business academy, TÜV SÜD Middle East Academy, Gpdm and Leading Performance. For these German education service providers the fair is a highly valued opportunity to meet new potential partners to discuss German-Emirati cooperation in education and training that both sides are set to benefit from.
NAJAH is the leading annual exhibition in the United Arab Emirates focusing on the education, training and career sector in the country. The exhibition is held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, and is strongly supported by government bodies. NAJAH aims at educational institutes that seek to improve recruitment opportunities for their students. The exhibition also targets companies aiming to meet qualified Emiratis and other talented graduates.
Germany’s highly developed education system, including the German industry’s professional education, enjoys an excellent reputation abroad. Education institutions in the country benefit from many local companies offering innovative technology and high quality services. With vocational education directly linked to market demands, a strong focus is placed on practical skills and professional, social, and methodical abilities. All these features make German education providers a reliable partner to develop competitive education institutions and tailor-made continuous education, which could also be of great interest to the UAE and the wider Gulf region. iMOVE works to further intensify the already highly developed bilateral relations in this in this sector by fostering trust in international cooperation with the help of trade missions, conferences and participation and trade fairs, such as NAJAH.
Issued on behalf of iMOVE by bridge:media FZ-LLC, Dubai Media City.
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iMOVE-News Release, October 14th, 2010