Etisalat’s ultramodern Open Innovation Centre welcomed students from UAE universities, as well as a French graduate business school, as part of its activities to mark the UAE Innovation Month.
The UAE Innovation Month was celebrated in February under the theme "The UAE Innovates in Preparation for the Next 50 Years". Etisalat Digital’s team led the tour of the Innovation Centre, a first of its kind in the region showcasing digital innovation, its capabilities and how digitalisation can come to life for Etisalat customers and partners.
Students from Zayed University, American University of Ras Al Khaimah and Grenoble Ecole de Management learned about the value proposition of Etisalat Digital and an overview of its portfolio. Other interesting topics of discussion included Artificial Intelligence implementation and creation; the importance of infrastructure, cyber security attacks, the Big Data platform, a predictive analysis in Internet of Things (IoT); and the role of Augmented Reality in businesses.
Etisalat is committed to supporting educational institutions and fostering innovation among students. This initiative is part of Etisalat’s ongoing efforts to support and develop the education sector in the UAE, and is aligned with the UAE Vision 2021, where the national innovation strategy has identified digital technology as one of the top seven primary national sectors.
Prof. Hany Al Kadi, Dean of Technological Innovation College of Zayed University, said: “We, at Zayed University, focus on teaching our students the highest standards of applied practices in their fields by allowing them to learn from innovative experiences inside and outside the campus. This visit to Etisalat Innovation Centre enables them to look at the use of the latest technologies such as IoT and cloud solutions. They get to realistically experience how what they study is being applied and clarify their expectations of the work environment.”
Dr. Abdul-Halim Jallad, Director and Assistant Professor of American University of Ras Al Khaimah’s Center of Information, Communication and Networking Education and Innovation, said: “We are delighted to have students and faculty from the School of Engineering at AURAK visit the Etisalat innovation centre. Students were able to see and experience real-life demonstrations of modern technologies they study and read about such as Internet of Things, Virtual Reality and cloud-based systems. We look forward to continue the collaboration and communications between AURAK and Etisalat and even expanding it over various other venues.”
The Open Innovation Centre, which opened in December 2017, highlights all the key digital technologies that will give businesses the capability to drive the digital future. Etisalat's corporate strategy is focused on 'Driving the digital future to empower the society' across our customers and enabling them with solutions on this digital journey.