Memorandum of Understanding signed by Sharjah Tatweer Forum and the Sharjah Higher Colleges
February 13, 2008

Talented student leaders will be the main beneficiaries of an agreement between Sharjah Higher Colleges of Technology and Sharjah Tatweer Forum that aims to foster private and public partnerships in the emirate.

Under the directives and vision of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qassimi, Member of the Supreme Council, Ruler of Sharjah and the honorary chairman of Sharjah Tatweer Forum, the agreement seeks to nurture, develop and encourage innovation in a joint effort to raise the overall competitiveness of Sharjah and to nurture young leaders of the UAE.

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed by Sharjah Tatweer Forum and the Sharjah Higher Colleges to promote and encourage emerging young leaders to become integral members of society as Sharjah and the UAE undergoes rapid transformation and expansion.

This agreement was signed by Tarifa Ajaif, Acting Dean, Student Services on behalf of Dr. Farid Ohan, Director, Sharjah Higher Colleges of Technology, and Mr. Nasser Farid Akram, Tatweer Board Member and Head of the Academia Committee on behalf of Mr. Hussein AL Mahmood, Director at Sharjah Tatweer Forum.

Sharjah Higher Colleges director Dr. Farid Ohan welcomed the joint initiative that aims to facilitate the implementation of new ideas and projects, encourages innovation and promotes best practices.

'In line with the vision of our Chancellor, His Excellency Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan Sharjah Higher Colleges provides fertile ground for nurturing talented students and providing the ingredients for tomorrow's leaders. This is a significant partnership that links education with industry for the common good of this country.' Dr. Ohan said.

SHCT and the Sharjah Tatweer Forum will work in cooperation to fulfill its joint mission of nurturing and developing emerging young leaders in the Emirate and fostering private-public partnerships between the various sectors of society with the aim of raising the overall competitiveness of Sharjah.

Under the terms of the agreement, Sharjah Tatweer Forum and the Sharjah Higher Colleges of Technology will organize conferences, workshops and specialized lectures and seminars to examine current developments, trends and best practices of interest to both parties. Tatweer will also be given the opportunity to participate and attend various events, conferences and seminars usually reserved for students and faculty.

Sharjah Tatweer will, wherever possible, use the facilities, academic staff, and student volunteers for its activities, and will promote the university as a sponsor of such activities. It will also engage SHCT students to work on projects and events as interns. Sharjah Tatweer Forum will also provide access to a network of young members who represent future leaders of the Emirate as well as numerous networking opportunities with the private and public sectors and international and local institutions. Both parties will work on joint programs and projects that support their respective institutional goals as well as enhance the competitiveness of Sharjah.

Sharjah Tatweer Forum chairman Hussain Al Mahmoudi said; 'This partnership with SHCT is part of a series of agreements initiated by Sharjah Tatweer Forum to utilize the best available academic institutions as well as other international and local organizations to support the objectives of the forum, hone the skills of Sharjah's emerging young leaders and encourage wider cooperation between the various sectors of society. It is an honor for Sharjah Tatweer Forum to be associated with a prominent institution such as Sharjah Higher Colleges of Technology.

'As part of Sharjah Tatweer Forum's first annual Knowledge Conference held last November, guest speaker Juan Enriquez, director of Harvard University's Life Sciences Project addressed students from SHCT about the effects of biotechnology on their lives.'

'We hope through this agreement to provide SHCT students with a glimpse of what is expected of them when they enter the job market, and to identify and nurture young emerging leaders from among the student body of SHCT,' Mr. Al Mahmoudi said.