Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE), December 14, 2010 - The Centre of Excellence for Applied Research & Training (CERT) partners with Dassault Systèmes (Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA), a world leader in 3D, Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions and search based applications, to boost the UAE’s burgeoning digital-based economy by developing cutting edge engineering programs based on PLM solutions.
An agreement was signed today by H.E. Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research and Chairman of the Board of CERT Group of Companies and Philippe Forestier, Dassault Systèmes Executive Vice President of Global Affairs and Communities.
This ambitious long-term program will allow the UAE’s Ministry of Higher Education and Research, through the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) and its commercial arm CERT, to develop world-class PLM curricula for its tertiary students, as well as providing Dassault Systèmes-certified continuing education offerings for professionals.
Under the agreement Dassault Systèmes will provide technical assistance to HCT to develop and operate a world class outreach education program designed to maintain the intake of UAE nationals in HCT’s technical disciplines.
The parties will also explore opportunities for CERT to provide training services in the use of Dassault Systèmes Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) family of software throughout the UAE.
Going far beyond a simple software acquisition, the program being developed with Dassault Systèmes and its local partner DASBAT touches the core of the UAE’s education system. It includes various facets such as expert advice, course material, faculty training, certification, student internships and industry study tours, outreach projects to promote engineering careers to the UAE society and schools, and visiting lecturers selected amongst Dassault Systèmes’ international industrial and academic partners.
Dassault Systèmes, which is part of the global Dassault Group, will utilize its ground-breaking and innovative CATIA virtual design solution in the future engineering programs operated through CERT and HCT. CATIA is used extensively throughout the world as a design tool in the aeronautical, automotive and building industries. In Abu Dhabi only, it has been used to design the Yas Hotel, the Gary Player Saadiyat Beach Golf Course Clubhouse and Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim Museum.
Dr Tayeb Kamali, Vice Chancellor of the Higher Colleges of Technology and Chief Executive CERT Group of companies, said CERT and HCT were fulfilling their respective mandates by partnering with a technology leader such as Dassault Systèmes to develop a range of technology and education solutions which will help the UAE economy.
“CERT and HCT continue to deliver innovative and cutting-edge courses so that graduates are actively sought by UAE industries for their technical and communications skills and for their adaptability to actual workplace conditions,” Dr Kamali said.
“This strong partnership with Dassault Systèmes in the area of 3D design programs will ensure that the student graduates are in demand for their skills as part of the UAE’s growing economy, and in the regional and global business communities.”
“This dedicated program will express its values in many strategic sectors of the UAE economy – providing students with the highest education standards, preparing them for exciting technical careers within the ambitious projects developed by the UAE industry.”
The industry sectors will include aerodynamics design, composite aero structures, space, automotive, virtual reality-based eco-design or genomics research.
Philippe Forestier, Dassault Systèmes Executive Vice-President Global Affairs and Communities commented: “Dassault Systèmes and the UAE’s Ministry of Higher Education and Research with HCT and CERT represent the perfect match that will allow the efficient ramp-up of the number of trained technicians and engineers to support the fast growth of PLM adoption in the UAE and in the region. This partnership is the bright illustration of a fruitful long-term relationship between the Dassault group and leading institutions in the Emirates.”
General (Ret.) Khalid Al Bu-Ainnain, Chairman of DASBAT, said: “The program will contribute to the achievement of a knowledge-based digital economy in line with the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030. We are very proud to put this high technology in the hands of HCT under the vision and leadership of HE Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan.”
“DASBAT is thrilled to see CERT and HCT taking full advantage of PLM solutions and gain competitiveness in the quickly transforming UAE economy.
“The initial deployment of CATIA virtual design solution started in 1998 in the UAE Air Force’s Flight Test and Development Center (FT&DC) and at UAE University. Due to the accelerated growth of the UAE industry, the solutions under deployment within UAE customers now not only include CATIA but also SIMULIA for realistic simulation, DELMIA for digital manufacturing, ENOVIA for collaborative PLM, 3DVIA for realistic 3D experience and EXALEAD CloudView for search and search-based applications.”
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About Centre Of Excellence For Applied Research & Training - CERT
CERT is the commercial, research and training arm of the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT), which is the largest higher education institution in the United Arab Emirates. Since its creation in 1996, CERT has grown to be one of the largest private education providers in the Middle East and has become synonymous with quality in education, training, research, and socioeconomic progress.
The CERT Group of Companies leverages unique relationships with global leaders in education and business to provide a wide range of educational, applied research, training and consulting services to government, private sector institutions and businesses in the UAE and the region at large. These include the CERT Thales Institute and the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School – a leading business school.
The Centre is involved in strategic alliances with a number of multinational organizations to develop a diverse range of business and technology solutions. As a result, CERT has helped thousands of professionals and companies meet their goals and achieve the next level in their development. Its strong ties with business and industry have resulted in large numbers of HCT graduates finding rewarding employment.
CERT holds the MENA training rights for many ‘best in class’ programs such as the American Management Association qualification and is the exclusive health and environment educator for the General Health Authority in Abu Dhabi.
It is the regional facilitator of the INCONET-GCC program which sees 18 government and private research organizations, from Europe, the GCC and Yemen collaborate on bi-regional science and technology research partnerships.
About Higher Colleges of Technology - HCT
Founded in 1988 the Higher Colleges of Technology has grown to be the largest of the higher educational institutions in the UAE, gaining a well-respected reputation for innovative learning. More than 18,000 students attend 17 modern men's and women's campuses throughout the UAE.
HCT offers more than 90 different, English-taught programs in six core fields which are all relevant to the UAE’s fast growing and evolving economic sectors. The programs are designed in consultation with business and industry leaders to ensure that the students’ skills are job-relevant and to high standards.
All students learn in a technologically sophisticated educational environment that encourages development of the independent and life-long learning skills necessary to success in a fast changing world. HCT has awarded over 48,000 academic credentials to its graduates.
HCT focuses on meeting the needs of the local economy and community while at the same time meeting international benchmarks and accreditation standards. To do this it has established active links and collaborations with major companies and entities in the UAE and with many of the world’s leading universities and organizations.
About Dassault Group presence in the UAE
Dassault Group (GIMD) is Dassault Systèmes’ largest shareholder. It was in 1974 (just three years after the creation of its Federation) that UAE saw the landing of the very first Dassault Aviation Mirage V fighter aircraft at Bateen Air Base. Since then, the Dassault group has been present in the UAE through its Dassault Aviation subsidiary serving the UAE Air Force as well and civilian customers with its Falcon range of business jets. Dassault Aviation has developed various advanced technology cooperation programs with the UAE Armed Forces, as well as educational partnerships with HCT and UAE University since 1998.
About DASBAT Aviation
DASBAT (DASBAT AVIATION LLC), a joint-venture between Baynuna Aviation Technology and Dassault Aviation, was founded in 2008. It is headquartered in Abu Dhabi, and is dedicated to contribute to UAE self reliance in the field of High tech software, aeronautics and advanced aviation systems, advanced training and services, outsourcing of maintenance and R&D. DASBAT has decided to focus a new activity on services and solutions for Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), creating value for its clients by combining state-of-the-art technology and a pragmatic approach to engineering and manufacturing processes to reduce costs and time to market. Since 2009, DASBAT is Dassault Systèmes’ value-added re-seller and partner in the UAE. Benefiting from the unique know-how and experience of its well known partners, DASBAT develops products and services in order to contribute to the development of advanced technology in Abu Dhabi, including development/manufacturing of advanced aircraft and sub-systems and components, software, information systems integration, operations and maintenance.