Tecom Investments and EMC sign MoU to prepare IT professionals of the future
- United Arab Emirates: Saturday, December 10 - 2011 at 13:26
- PRESS RELEASE
Tecom Investments, a diversified conglomerate and a member of Dubai Holding, and EMC Corporation, the world leader in information infrastructure and virtual infrastructure technologies and services, announced today, through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), the intent to work together on joint initiatives through the EMC Academic Alliance program that will be designed to help prepare future IT professionals for successful careers in the new and constantly changing information and communications technology (ICT) industry.
The MoU was signed today at a press conference by Dr. Ayoub Kazim, Managing Director, Tecom Investments' Education Cluster, and Joe Tucci, Chairman and CEO of EMC. The event was also attended by members of EMC's local senior management team including Mohammed Amin, EMC Senior Vice President and Regional Manager for Turkey, Emerging Africa and Middle East Region, and other officials from Tecom Investments.
Commenting on this collaboration, Abdullatif AlMulla said, "The UAE has achieved significant accomplishments in building the foundations for an information and knowledge-based society. Developing a strong educational base is imperative to ensuring the sustained development of our future generations, especially in a dynamic ICT industry. Working with EMC, the world's leading developer and provider of information infrastructure technology, will strengthen our efforts to empower our graduates with the needed education that boosts their readiness and takes advantage of the latest technologies transforming IT today."
Joe Tucci said, "The explosive growth of digital information is a major challenge facing the IT industry. It is a call to action, to fundamentally change the way we build, operate, and consume IT. Tecom and EMC understand that it's imperative that graduates entering this rapidly transforming industry be able to fully leverage enhanced and emerging technologies. EMC is committed to technology enablement in the markets in which we operate, and develop education programs with companies like Tecom will play an important role."
Dr. Ayoub Kazim, Managing Director, Tecom Investments' Education Cluster, said: "The important role played by the ICT sector is well acknowledged, both as a driver of economic activity and a contributor to almost every other industry. In this scenario, the demand for human resources that meet the needs of the ICT industry is continually growing. We look forward to supporting EMC's Academic Alliance program through collaborations with our academic partners at Dubai International Academic City to offer programs that respond to industry requirements."
"EMC recognizes the positive impact that technology can have on people's lives and on the role it plays to strengthen the economy, especially in countries like UAE, pioneering to adopt the latest technologies. The EMC Academic Alliance program is a key social investment asset that EMC offers to education institutions to help them advance transformational technologies among the youth and bridge the growing knowledge and skills gap businesses are facing today. We are proud to collaborate on this initiative with such a reputable organization in UAE as Tecom," said Mohammed Amin.
The EMC Academic Alliance program offers four 'open' curricula - which focus on the principles, best practices and underlying technology most prevalent in the industry, rather than specific vendors' products - to Tecom's academic institutions specializing in IT. EMC provides the materials at no cost to the schools, as well as support to both the faculty and the students:
- Information Storage and Management, covering a broad range of concepts and principles including storage systems, storage networking and virtualization, business continuity and storage security and management.
- Cloud Infrastructure and Services, providing a strong and essential foundation of technical principles and concepts to enable all IT professionals who will be required to collaboratively make informed business and technical decisions on migration to the cloud
- Data Science and Big Data Analytics, building a solid foundation for data analytics with a particular focus on the opportunities and challenges presented by Big Data
- Backup Recovery Systems and Architecture, covering backup and recovery infrastructure and the concepts and technologies used in backup and recovery environments.
With more than 750 leading colleges and universities, in over 50 countries participating, the EMC Academic Alliance program has educated more than 80,000 students since its inception in 2006.
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