Back in October 2018, as part of the UAE capital’s vision to accelerate the growth of knowledge economy and bolster the development of human capital, the government announced the launch of the Abu Dhabi School of Government (ADSG), a world-class professional development academy for Abu Dhabi government employees.
In January 2019, the ADSG confirmed the appointment of Ms. Solveig Andres Nicklos as the first Dean of the academy. Ms Nicklos joined ADSG from Columbia University in New York, USA. She is an expert in strategy development, executive education, and working in partnership with diverse stakeholders. Her commitment to lifelong learning and professional development is clear and ensures the success of the initiative. “I am proud to be part of this exciting journey,” she said.
Abu Dhabi School of Government (established in May 2018 by Law 15 2018 as a government entity) was formed to develop the capabilities of employees and help them excel in their careers. To achieve its objective, ADSG aims to foster and develop leaders and high performers in Abu Dhabi by equipping staff across all government entities with world-class managerial, operational and administrative skills. The academy will be doing this by “partnering with best-in-class academic institutions, both locally and internationally, in addition to international online educational platforms that will bring unparalleled, comprehensive learning to government employees,” reported WAM/Nour Salman/MOHD AAMIR.
ADSG is responsible for overseeing and planning the learning and development of all Abu Dhabi Government employees and ensures government employees get the highest quality of training tailored to Abu Dhabi’s context. Professionals will have access to the latest and most advanced learning opportunities so that they can develop their skillsets.
In helping all government employees to progress their skills and talents as they become the future leaders of the Abu Dhabi Government, Solveig Nicklos, the dean of the Abu Dhabi School of Government and Jeff Maggioncalda, Coursera’s chief executive spoke to The National about their partnership ahead of the Milken Institute’s Mena Summit in Abu Dhabi recently (February 2019), where they were taking part in a discussion titled ‘Building Tomorrow’s Global Workforce’. Coursera is a renowned online learning platform that provides training in a great variety of areas, including data science, AI, leadership and digital transformation.
Coursera announced its expansion into the Middle East region and the intention to open an office in Abu Dhabi to better serve the county and to emerge as “a knowledge-powered economy.” This comes at a time when Coursera already conquered customers in UAE to include DEWA, Etihad Airways, TECOM Group, and Dubai Asset Management to partner with the online training platform and provide their employees with high-quality content.
Now, more than 60,000 Abu Dhabi Government employees will be provided with access to 3,000 online courses, drawn from a program catalog including the world’s top universities and educational institutions such as Johns Hopkins, Duke and Stanford University. Thirty courses will be fully in Arabic while 70 will have Arabic subtitles, tells The National.
“This is Coursera’s largest partnership to date and establishes a new global model for public sector skills transformation,” tells arab24.news. This is an occasion to “upskill every employee in the Abu Dhabi government,” says Nicklos. In a workplace being changed by emerging technologies, it’s essential for workers to have access to professional training and development programs for critical skills that are more adapted to this technology-led future, adds Leah Belsky, Vice President of Enterprise at Coursera.
Visit the ADSG website for more information on the joint venture partnerships where education will generate knowledge for young talent and future leaders.