Thursday, February 23, 2017

Dubai Future Academy launches training programme

The Dubai Future Academy has launched its first training programme – the Future Design Diploma – in its Office of the Future in Dubai, the world’s first 3D-printed office.

High-ranking executives are set to take part in the 10-day intensive program including executive directors, heads of departments, and decision makers from federal and local government departments, as well as private companies operating in sectors of strategic interest to the UAE, such as healthcare, economics, aviation, education, transportation, and real estate.

The program is designed to develop participants’ future forecasting and planning skills, and to render organizations more future-ready.  

Maha Al Mazeina, the project manager at Dubai Future Academy, said: "The academy seeks to enable government agencies to forecast and proactively plan for the future of strategic sectors. With that in mind, the program targets leaders and strives to develop their future-planning skills."

"This, in turn, allows them to transform their vision into reality, adhering to the ambitious directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, who called on decision makers to start building the future today and cement Dubai’s status as a leading global hub for the future industry," she noted.
 
“The Academy’s programs were designed in collaboration with experts from prestigious international institutes and universities,” explained Al Mazeina.

“They seek to educate our national human resources and hone their innovation skills, so that they may formulate solutions for future challenges using scientific tools and models. Our programs also enable leaders in the public and private sectors to proactively come up with future solutions in key sectors,” she noted.
 
The Future Design Diploma seeks to build a highly capable future-oriented national workforce by launching future-focused strategies and services.

According to her, the program seeks to empower leaders to analyze trends, propose solutions, and launch initiatives to face the challenges that may arise in the future and turn them into opportunities.
 
the program touches on a range of theoretical topics, including an introduction to future forecasting and future thinking, as well as analyzing the environment and future trends, stated Al Mazeina.

It also offers practical applications where participants draw up future scenarios, generate ideas, develop prototypes for future experiments, and put timetables for their implementation, she added.
 
The program enlists top-tier future experts from around the world, including Scott Smith, Founder and Managing Partner at Changeist, who has extensive experience in research, strategic planning, and design in social, economic, and technological fields, as lecturers.

Smith’s research focuses on combining anecdotal evidence and exploring unexpected future events.
 
Before joining Changeist in 2007, Smith spent a decade leading start-up research and consulting teams for international technology research firms in New York City, Washington, and London. He has offered consulting services for a number of international institutions on how to take advantage of future opportunities, including UNICEF, Nokia, Ford, and Honda, as well as government entities in the US, Finland, New Zealand, and the UK.
 
“The Future Design Diploma is based on a set of tools allow participants to better understand global trends in several sectors, and to contribute creative ideas that lead to sustainable solutions for the challenges of the future,” Smith said.

“The program expands the study of sectors to anticipate the challenges that lie ahead, and to propose ideas and solutions to those challenges. It launches experiments and feasibility studies to implement them on the ground and build a better future for coming generations. The program establishes a culture of planning for the future in government departments in the UAE,” he added.-TradeArabia News Service



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