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.
“I feel as though RATP Dev is the perfect starting point for me as their mission aligns with my own: finding modern solutions in pursuit of achieving sustainable urban living,” she said.
The 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.
“We work hard to prepare professionally skilled individuals who are prepared for smarter, sustainable cities, and able to contribute to the communities in which they live through innovative transportation solutions that benefit the whole society,” said Professor Glyn Watson, University of Birmingham Dubai Provost.
Olivier Badard, CEO Asia-Pacific, Middle East & North Africa at RATP Dev, said: “This partnership reflects our strong commitment to inspire and nurture young talents through adding a new dimension to their educational experience.
“Our academic partnership with the University of Birmingham Dubai is one of our contributions to the Dubai Society goals. 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.”