The ICT Fund, a subsidiary of the UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, is offering around 100 scholarships for Emirati students to study ICT as part of the Betha Program.
Under the progam, high school graduates and those who have already graduated from university will be able to take higher education courses in ICT disciplines at universities in the UAE. The aim of the program is to encourage young Emiratis to join the ICT sector, to support the UAE's strategic development plans, in line with the vision of the wise leadership in the state and indicators of expected growth by 2012.
The program focuses on Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Information Technology, to help provide skilled personnel to support the work done by the TRA including network and information security, development of smart applications and software, network engineering and areas of specialty related to infrastructure networks, e-commerce, and the development of websites.
Omar Mahmoud, Acting CEO, ICT Fund said: "The ICT sector is a key economic pillar, growth driver and source of national income, which is one of the main drivers for launching the Betha scholarships program back in 2013. Today, Betha contributes to achieving the 2021 vision that aims to secure first-rate education for the new generations to lead and play an active and positive role in society. It also represents a fantastic opportunity for any Emirati student who wishes to study a subject relating to the ICT field in the UAE.
"The ICT sector is experiencing an unprecedented growth in the UAE and has witnessed remarkable change as the rate of technological developments has continued to evolve in the country. That being said, we feel that it is our job to invest in our country's young talent and put a strategy for continuous growth. With the country being a regional leader in terms of easy access and use of internet and providing a number of quality universities, our goal is to create a positive impact through our scholarships. Further to the goals put forward by His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai to develop the ICT sector, we feel it is imperative to help spread this message and convey the importance of investing in both our people and the ICT sector as the two key pillars of growth for UAE. We will continue to promote our scholarship program in the upcoming years to ensure we leave a good imprint on the overall success of the country decades from today, which is our ultimate aim."
More information about the Betha Program can be found at www.Betha.gov.ae