Four students were recognized for their work based on their ability to contribute to the nation, the details of their research, the feasibility of the solution and their passion for the subject. The program coordinator, Professor Melodena Stephens, who was also the student lecturer, worked with them during the semester. MBRSG uses project-based learning, which gave students access to various workshops, allowing them to critically analyze their problem and explore international best practices. The students introduced themselves to an external stakeholder, making the pitching process more realistic.
The first place went to Mrs. Maryam Ahmed AlSharif for her project on “Social Cohesion: Building one community at a time”. Maryam is an accountant and head of the Youth Council at the Ministry of Finance. For her project, she focused on her organization, Ferjan Dubai, of which she is the co-founder. She worked on a strategy to scale up the project and maintain an engaged community. His plan is to work on one community at a time, evolving it across Dubai to create a unique community spirit for the city.
“During my enrollment in the MIM-711 Frontiers of Innovation course, I developed the skills to assess and evaluate different dimensions and theories, apply strategic thinking and achieve innovative results,” said Maryam. “Being trained in this course under the umbrella of Innovation Management created an opportunity for me as an Emirati to implement strategies by filling the gaps within my community. My project, “Social cohesion: building one community at a time”, aims to achieve the national agenda, which aims, among other things, to build a cohesive society by establishing a strategy for the Emirati community of Dubai. This project will be implemented among the more than 200 nationalities of the city and will be extended to all the communities of the United Arab Emirates, allowing them to live in synergy, tolerance and cohesion.
The second prize went to Mr. Abdulla Alhammadi for his project on recycling waste solar energy. Abdulla is a mechanical engineer working at DEWA in the mechanical maintenance department of the generation division. The goal of his project was to make renewable energy truly carbon-free and sustainable in terms of production and end-of-life. He chose the subject out of a passion for renewable energies and a deep need to protect the environment against climate change. Abdulla says, “Solar PV panels are producing waste at a higher rate than expected with the increasing demand for PV installations, and this is being accelerated due to the impact of dirt and dust on PV panels due weather conditions. This problem, in turn, creates toxic waste from the panels. He hopes to increase awareness of wasted panels during their installation, by implementing policies for purchasing, transporting, maintaining, collecting and disposing of photovoltaic panels to establish a circular economy that will create new markets. .
Third place went to Ms. Indra PriyaDharsini Thamizhan. Indra has 20 years of experience in the information technology industry, in various geographies and fields such as insurance, investment banking, commercial banking and retail. She is Project Director in the Middle East and manages digital transformation projects for Tata Consultancy Services Ltd (TCS), the world’s largest IT services provider by market capitalization. This experience in IT projects led her to take an interest in electronic waste, the fastest growing waste stream in the world. It is critical from a health point of view (very toxic), sustainability (no proper disposal means, a large part of electronic waste is exported) and from an economic point of view (the recovery of metals from soil scarce will prevent the exploitation of mineral resources). Indra says: “The opportunity to do a Masters in Innovation Management at MBRSG will help me learn the framework and develop skills that will eventually support me in managing / developing / creating innovative strategies for them. organizations. “
Fourth place went to Ms. Aisha Al Ali, who works as an IT specialist at the Dubai Future Foundation. Aisha has nearly nine years in various government sectors. Its main project was to accelerate the transition to an e-learning system in the least developed countries. The pandemic has exacerbated the education divide, especially as many countries lack the infrastructure and tools for online education. Its strategy focused on improving collaboration between the private and public sectors and the role the UAE could play in finding innovative solutions and co-creating the future of humanity in Africa. Aisha says, “The innovation program offered by the Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government introduces business methodologies and fosters a culture of innovation to strengthen the region’s capacity to put in place effective public policies. The Frontiers of Innovation course helps us improve our research, writing and analytical skills to become better problem solvers and easily tackle complex projects in accordance with government and public policies. In addition, the program connects us with many professionals and classmates from different backgrounds and we work with professors who are industry leaders, providing real world knowledge through their valuable networks.
Project-based learning improves critical thinking and future skills. These are essential for solving the unknown challenges of tomorrow. The MBRSG is one of the first universities to adopt this type of pedagogy in the UAE in the master’s program, as well as the first Arab institution focused on public policy and good governance in the region.
© Press release 2021