Sheikha Bodour seeks to boost Emirati talent, skills at AUS - GulfToday

Sheikha Bodour seeks to boost Emirati talent, skills at AUS

Sheikha Bodour during the meeting at AUS.

Gulf Today, Staff Reporter

Sheikha Bodour Bint Sultan Al Qasimi, President of the American University of Sharjah (AUS), has reaffirmed the university’s commitment to fostering national talent at a meeting with Eng. Omar Khalfan Huraimel Al Shamsi, Member of Sharjah Executive Council and Chairman of the Directorate of Human Resources in the Emirate of Sharjah, where they discussed ways to boost the university’s Emiratisation strategy.

The meeting reflects the UAE government’s efforts to attract top global talent while simultaneously enhancing opportunities for UAE citizens to bring fresh, local perspectives, and enabling more inclusive growth for organisations and society at large. “This focused and action-oriented meeting advances the American University of Sharjah’s ambition to create fresh opportunities to nurture national talent.

The university and its students stand to benefit greatly from the knowledge and professionalism of Emiratis who have undergone excellent education and training at local and international institutions. In turn, working for one of our region’s top universities and a top UAE employer will enhance the confidence and capacities of the local workforce,” Sheikha Bodour Al Qasimi said.

“Our Emiratisation strategy at AUS will also be focused on building a gender-diverse workforce by enabling more local women to participate and rise to senior positions. A diversity of ethnicities, experiences and ideas ultimately contributes to building great organisations and successful nations, and I am certain that our strategic and future-focused Emiratisation policies will add value to the collective contribution of our existing workforce educators and administrators who hail from several countries,” the AUS President further added.

Furthermore, Eng.Omar Khalfan Huraimel Al Shamsi, Member of Sharjah Executive Council and Chairman of the Directorate of Human Resources in the Emirate of Sharjah added, “We are pleased to work with the American University of Sharjah to advance the role of UAE citizens in building a resilient and fast-growing economy. The Directorate has a crucial role in implementing the directives and visions of His Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, UAE Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah.

This is achieved by implementing human resources policies and making the most of our national talent pool; adding that the Directorate firmly believes in the capabilities and talents of every Emirati. Sheikha Bodour Al Qasimi's ambitious agenda to cultivate local talent as a key strategic focus, aligns with our vision for a strong and capable Emirati workforce."

He went on to say that the Directorate is committed to advancing collaborative efforts with strategic partners in all industries to fulfil the goals and ambitions of the government. “We look forward to joining forces with AUS to implement effective Emiratisation strategies that will enhance opportunities for local talent to thrive and succeed,” he added. During the meeting, Sheikha Bodour Al Qasimi asserted that Emiratisation at AUS is more than merely a box to be checked, adding that the university will fully support Emiratis entering the workplace at the university by designing and implementing training programmes to keep the local workforce at par with latest workplace requirements.

The university aims to foster a welcoming social atmosphere that enhances the sense of belonging and national pride of local employees, especially Emirati youth. Recently, the American University of Sharjah (AUS) celebrated its annual Global Day, a festival of culture and colour. Sheikha Bodour Bint Sultan Al Qasimi, President of AUS, inaugurated the event, which is one of the university’s most anticipated celebrations of the cultural heritage of the AUS community. The AUS is a close-knit community that embraces diversity, providing a rich and supportive environment to its students to thrive as they become outward-looking and responsible individuals ready to join the world.

This has earned AUS a place among the top five universities with the highest percentage of international students, according to the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings (2022). This year’s celebrations turned the AUS Main Plaza into a carnival, with visitors strolling in and out of the colourful pavilions of more than 30 cultural and student-interest clubs, as they enjoyed the beat of folkloric music and dance, and observed elaborate traditional fashion from countries around the world. 




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