Abu Dhabi, UAE, April 22, 2013: Organized under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation and Head of the General Women’s Union, the EmiratesSkills National Competition is taking place April 23-25 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre. Skills that are being highlighted during the competition include web design, IT software solutions, automobile technology, electrical installations and robotics.
Masdar is participating in the event as an “Educational and Community Partner” along with the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, an independent, research-driven, graduate-level university focused on advanced energy and sustainable technologies; and the Zayed Future Energy Prize, the world's pre-eminent award for innovation in renewable energy and sustainability.
“As a key contributor to Abu Dhabi’s long-term social and human-resource development objectives, Masdar Institute plays an effective role in developing the individual talents of its Master’s students.” said Dr. Fred Moavenzadeh, president of Masdar Institute. “The support of the UAE’s leadership has consistently guided us in formulating suitable programs for empowering our students this way.”
Students from Masdar Institute are joining other young people in technical and vocational competitions at the event. A Masdar Institute team is displaying a project that has the potential to help the UAE increase its agricultural production while using less water. The project can also help secure the country’s internal food supply, while minimizing the environmental impact of agriculture.
The Zayed Future Energy Prize is raising awareness among youth about the Global High Schools category, which encourages students to incorporate renewable energy and sustainability into their schools. The Prize also highlights the sustainable development principles that the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the Founding Father of the UAE, embraced.