The Mohammed bin Rashid School of Government (MBRSG) has signed an agreement with Tata Consultancy Services Limited (TCS) pledging support on various issues ranging from agile government to good governance, education, research and executive training.
Abdulla Bin Zayed Alfalasi, Chairman of the Board of MBRSG, Chairman and Managing Director of the Government of Dubai Department of Human Resources (DGHR); Dr. Aman Puri, Consul General of India in Dubai, and Dr. Ali Bin Sebaa AL Marri, Executive Chairman of MBRSG, attended the MoU signing event, alongside Sumanta Roy, Deputy President and Regional Manager for Middle East Africa (MEA) at TCS; Ajay Singh, Regional Manager for UAE, Kuwait and Oman at TCS; Professor Raed Awamleh, Dean of MBRSG; Dr. Supriya Kummamuru, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at TCS; and Professor Melodena Stephens, Professor of Innovation Management and Coordinator of the Masters in Innovation Management (MIM) program at MBRSG.
The deal was signed at the multipurpose India Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai, by Dr Al Marri and Singh.
“As the leading institution focused on governance and public policy in the Arab world, the Mohammed bin Rashid School of Government has deployed a commendable portfolio of programs and initiatives to train and empower forward-thinking leaders, and enable governments to be more nimble and better equipped not only to face future challenges, but also to seize promising opportunities,” said Dr Al Marri.
“This new partnership we are establishing with Tata Consultancy Services Limited reflects our commitment to our management’s guidelines to collaborate with leading institutions in the public and private sectors to achieve our goals, which are aligned with the ambitious strategic objectives of the UAE,” Al Marri added. “MBRSG and Tata Consulting Services have extensive expertise in their respective fields; we have much to offer each other.
“At TCS, we believe in pushing the boundaries when it comes to innovation and knowledge development,” commented Roy. “As part of our Memorandum of Understanding with the Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government, we are jointly committed to providing rewarding scholarships to applicants from both organizations, alongside a mutual commitment to creating opportunities for knowledge sharing between our entities. Today, TCS has 500,000 of the world’s best-trained consultants in 46 countries. Our scholarship will build on this by promoting an innovative culture among students in the UAE. We hope this collaboration ensures that learning is an ongoing pursuit.
For his part, Stephens noted, “The Mohammed bin Rashid School of Government has developed a series of courses and programs to train and empower tomorrow’s leaders and promote innovation as a core value in government work environments. To this end, the School always seeks to expand its network of partners and collaborators. We look forward to using our knowledge and innovation programs, combined with the vast knowledge and capabilities of TCS, to provide talented future leaders with the opportunity to hone their skills and embrace innovation.
Through this agreement, MBRSG will become part of the TCS Academic Co-Innovation Network (COIN). The main objective of TCS COIN is to support its stakeholders through open innovation. COIN operates on two fronts: academic (research collaborations) and emerging technology (technology collaborations).
As part of the collaboration, MBSRG and TCS are also offering fellowships to enable knowledge sharing between government and the private sector. TCS will sponsor a scholarship for a deserving Emirati student from the MBRSG – known as the “TCS UAE Innovation Scholarship”, with the MBRSG offering its own scholarship to a deserving TCS employee.
Along with the scholarship, TCS will apply its expertise to support the school’s Master of Innovation Management (MIM) program and the Agile Government System initiative. TCS will provide research and academic advice while organizing courses that take advantage of its Design Thinking capabilities and other related innovation models applied today in the group’s ecosystem.
To help prepare students for the future of industries in an increasingly digitized world and in line with the transformation of government services, opportunities will introduce MBRSG students to various global government innovation models, highlighting real-life examples of how institutions and nations can drive innovation.
PARTNERING TO ADVANCE POLICY
Beyond the various student benefits, as part of the Agile Government Systems initiative, TCS and MBRSG will collaborate to develop a policy sandbox for good governance. The duo will also work on the production of joint policy reports, with the TCS contributing to the training of external stakeholders.
TCS is an Indian multinational information technology services and consultancy – a subsidiary of the Tata Group – headquartered in Mumbai. As of February 2021, TCS is the world’s largest IT services company by market capitalization and operates in 149 locations in 46 countries, including a regional office in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
The MBRSG is the premier research and education institution focused on governance and public policy in the Arab world, offering academic and training programs aimed at nurturing future leaders and preparing them to meet the challenges of administration. public and political affairs in the region. Courses are developed and delivered by a diverse group of scholars, scholars, and researchers.– TradeArabia Press Office