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The University of Birmingham Dubai has signed an agreement with RATP Dev Middle East to support and train the next generation of urban transportation and mobility professionals in the region and support the Smart Dubai 2021 Strategic Plan
The partnership launched with the selection of a virtual paid internship for University of Birmingham Dubai student, Nada Bayoumi. The 19-year-old Business Management student is looking forward to exploring both theoretical and practical case studies in transportation across the UAE and wider Middle East as part of her experience.
“Through securing my internship with RATP Dev, I am most looking forward to employing my entrepreneurial mindset in a real-life working environment, in turn further exploring and developing my own career-oriented skill set. I am positive this will aid me in pursuing a career in the unpredictable and ever-changing business industry in the future,” she commented.
This collaboration between University of Birmingham Dubai and RATP Dev will support undergraduate and graduate academic programmes, research opportunities, and industry engagement. Joint consultancy projects will be offered for final year students, with Continuing Professional Development Programmes (CPD’s) related to the railway industry, in addition to a number of workshops and career events throughout the academic year for students and industry professionals.
University of Birmingham Dubai Provost, Professor Glyn Watson, commented, “As a global university with a civic outlook, we are committed to playing our part in supporting the UAE as it drives economic progress through knowledge and innovation. We look forward to working closely with RATP Dev from this moment forward.”
RATP Dev is a leading mobility actor, developing, operating and maintaining transportation systems around the world, and the undisputed champion of public transportation in the MENA region, operating most major public transport networks (Casablanca, Algeria, Cairo, Riyadh, Doha). The company’s Regional Headquarters for Asia Middle East and North Africa is in Dubai, and it is an active actor of the local ecosystem. With a focus on innovative, sustainable transportation, the Group is keen to develop local talent in the UAE to support the wider Middle East region.
Olivier Badard, CEO Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and North Africa at RATP Dev, stated, “Students will be provided first-hand access to public transport expertise, to facilitate the emergence of a mobility elite that will shape a better urban transport future in Dubai, the UAE and the Middle East.”