The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has signed an agreement to fund the information and innovation center and build a laboratory for the American University of Ras Al Khaimah (AURAK), held during the first day of GITEX 2016. The fund’s value is worth AED 3.4 million.
The agreement is one of the TRA’s social responsibility contributions especially in the field of higher education. The TRA highly values the role of youth in ensuring the country’s continuing development and become a global leader in all sectors.
By funding the innovation and information center, the TRA seeks to promote and support innovation among university students, support the national higher education national sector and attract more engineering students to enroll in bachelors and masters degrees. Establishing the innovation and information center will also provide benefits to other educational entities which can use the center, including the collaboration of the center with the industry and other higher education entities.
H.E. Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, TRA Director General, stated that innovation is important in shaping the future of the country. He noted that empowering university students is a major element for modern technology to bring about innovation in the ICT sector and enable them to lead and develop technologies that serve local needs and lifestyle.
“Following the directives of the country’s wise leadership, the TRA has placed innovation as one of the top priorities among its programs by providing educational scholarships and harnessing the innovation spirit among students such as the TRA innovation camp. ICT is a major factor in innovation. The TRA considers itself as an essential partner of the education sector in promoting creativity and developing technologies out of their innovations.” H.E. Al Mansoori added.
The agreement is one of the various accords and partnerships signed by the TRA with various educational entities in recent years in bid to enhance the education sector’s infrastructure in universities, including providing scholarships for students to help them qualify for jobs and keep pace with the needs of the business sector.