Students from the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, DEWA, Academy came first and second for their innovative projects in the “From Idea to Innovation Category” of the 8th Learning Skills Development Initiative.
The achievements of the students reflect DEWA’s efforts to support vocational and technical education in the UAE and instil the concept of innovation among future generations, to implement the leadership’s vision to achieve a knowledge-based economy.
The Hamdan bin Mohammed Smart University hosted the event, which was attended by H.H. Sheikh Saeed bin Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Omar bin Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Dr. Eesa Bastaki, President of Dubai University and Chairman of the Emirates Science Club, Dr. Riad Al Muhaidib, Director of Zayed University, and several educators, academics and sponsors.
The students won the category for their “Smart Bridge Alarm System,” which features an accurate sensor to monitor bridges.
They also came second in the same category for their project, “Super Power Workshop Trolley,” which replaces hand-drawn carts used to transport materials and heavy equipment between workshops with mechanical solar-powered trolleys.
“DEWA aims to achieve progress in the UAE’s vocational and technical education, with the launch of the DEWA Academy, which is in line with the vision of the Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, to ensure that education will help the country continue its development and achieve its overall ambitions. It will also support the UAE Centennial 2071, which is a long-term government work roadmap that aims to shape the UAE’s future for the coming generations, as well as the Dubai Plan 2021 that aims to make Dubai the home for happy, creative and empowered people,” said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA.
“DEWA is committed to helping to build and advance the country and its nationals. Through its academy, it will provide opportunities for Emirati youth to acquire the technical skills required to enter the labour market. The programme is accredited by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority in Dubai, KHDA, and is the equivalent of the Secondary School Leaving Certificate in the UAE and a certificate issued by the Business and Technology Education Council, Pearson BTEC. The annual programme was established in 1984, and over 30 million students from 70 countries, including the UAE, have participated,” said Dr. Yousef Al Akraf, Executive Vice President of Business Support and Human Resources at DEWA.
The initiative’s participants included 64 students from 15 organisations, with 33 winners and 10 who were shortlisted in four categories – “Electronic Programming,” “Best Application Supporting the Arabic Language,” “Best Teacher Strategy,” and “From Idea to Innovation.”