Mason’s RAK Campus Signs Agreement with UAE Telecom Authority

Posted: November 12, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Jennifer Edgerly

As part of an initiative to increase the number of qualified Emiratis in information technology, Mason’s Ras Al Khaimah Campus recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the United Arab Emirates Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA).

The TRA, which regulates the telecommunications and information technology sector in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), found a marginal number of UAE nationals in engineering and information technology communications in the country when compared with the growing market demand. The authority has agreed to provide full scholarships for up to 50 UAE national students to attend Mason’s Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) Campus.

As part of the agreement with Mason, the first university to sign an MOU with the TRA, students who successfully complete a bachelor’s degree program in electronics and communications engineering within five years will be eligible for employment at one of the authority’s many divisions throughout the UAE.

“For George Mason University’s RAK Campus, this is a great opportunity to be able to meet the growing need for information technology and engineering professionals in the UAE,” says Abul Hasan, academic dean at the RAK Campus. “This agreement also serves as a reminder of the trust vested in a Mason degree by the local community.”

The MOU was signed on Oct. 21 by Hasan and His Excellency Mohamed Naser Al Ghanem, general manager of the board of directors at TRA. The agreement also outlines plans to develop a communications laboratory in the first year. The laboratory, which will be part of the Electronics and Communications Engineering Department, will feature hardware and software components to enhance students’ practical knowledge.

Mohamed Naser Al Ghanem, general manager of the board of directors at TRA, left, and Abul Hasan, academic dean at the RAK Campus, signed an MOU last month.

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