PRLog (Press Release) – Feb 27, 2012 –
27 February, 2012
Injazat Data Systems, a leading Information Technology (IT) and business process managed services provider in the UAE, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) – the largest institution of higher learning in the UAE – in support of its long-term Emiratization strategy.
Under the terms of the MOU, Injazat and HCT will collaborate on capacity building initiatives and programs to help HCT students develop skills and careers in the IT services industry.
In 2011 both parties successfully partnered on a number of internship programs for HCT students that focused on specific areas in Workplace Operations, Network Security and Application Development. Students gained valuable workplace experience and on-the-job-coaching provided by Injazat Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) and under the guidance of the Injazat Institute (Ti2), to further support their academic studies. Internship candidates had the opportunity to spend 4 to 8 weeks at Injazat’s Premier Data Center – the Middle East’s first Tier IV design-certified data center – to have exposure to state of the art technologies servicing clients and allowing them to gain operational experience that will greatly support their academic studies.
“Our MoU with HCT provides exciting ground to encourage, assist and nurture the country’s future Emirati ICT leaders, especially as we share HCT’s passion for innovation and practical knowledge. This collaboration also reaffirms our belief in the important role that UAE Nationals play in advancing the growth of the ICT field and national development in general,” said Ibrahim Mohamed Lari, CEO of Injazat Data Systems.
At HCT, we provide our students with the best possible learning environment, and therefore we select only the best industry partners as well. Our MoU with Injazat reflects our commitment to excellence in terms of exposing our students to the country’s most promising sectors and its leading talents and companies. Through our agreement we hope to groom our students for productive careers in ICT while promoting technology-empowered education,” added Dr Tim Hegstrom, Vice Provost of the Higher Colleges of Technology’s.
Emiratization ranks high among Injazat’s org anizational priorities. While Emiratization in the UAE’s IT sector is estimated at around 5 per cent, Injazat has been able to maintain an internal rate between 15 and 20 per cent occupying key management, technical and professional positions since 2008. Injazat has implemented Career Development Plans (CDPs) for all its Emirati employees who are exposed to unique opportunities such as secondment programs with international partners. Through a ‘blended approach’ to learning employees benefit from internationally recognized certification programs in areas such as PMP, Leadership, CISCO, HP, Microsoft, Oracle and ITIL, with a focus on fast-tracking the professional development of its Emirati employees..
The Higher Colleges of Technology was established in 1988 in fulfillment of UAE Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research H.H. Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan’s vision of establishing a postsecondary educational system for UAE Nationals that would emphasize productivity, self-determination and excellence. HCT places a strong emphasis on an innovative, project-driven and student-centered curriculum. It currently oversees 17 campuses throughout the country, with separate colleges for male and female students. More than 50,000 UAE nationals have graduated from the institution. IT Workplace services