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Smart Dubai launches new diploma for Smart City Specialists

Smart Dubai launches new diploma for Smart City Specialists


Smart Dubai has launched a Professional Diploma to enhance the skills of the city’s ‘Smart City Experience Specialists’ and introduce them to best practices to improve the design and quality of experiencing current digital services and help create new ones to drive Dubai’s digital transformation and build a smarter city.

The use of current and emerging technologies will be the foundation of the course, helping accelerate innovation, and directly contributing to continued improvements of the economy, the environment and the quality of life in Dubai.

The first of its kind in the region, the Professional Diploma is offered online by Smart Dubai in collaboration with the University of Dubai and the Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation (DIDI). It is accredited by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) and brings together 35 Smart City Experience Specialists from 27 government, semi-government and private sector entities.

“As the government entity tasked with driving Dubai’s transformation into a full-fledged smart city of the future, Smart Dubai is committed to supporting the education sector in its efforts to create new specialisations and programmes that that are needed to build successful smart cities,” said His Excellency Younus Al Nasser, Assistant Director General, Smart Dubai and CEO, Dubai Data Establishment, noting that the new Professional Diploma was designed with this exact objective in mind.

“The audience we will be targeting with the Professional Diploma are experienced practitioners who have extensive knowledge and real-world expertise in services, but are yet to have any formal training in design or research,” H.E. added.

“Focusing on Digital Technologies, Design Basics, Research Methods and Service Design is a unique and comprehensive approach to help learners develop a better understanding of emerging technologies and enhance their knowledge in this domain,” said Dr Eesa Bastaki, President, University of Dubai. “We live in the digital world and we must put in all necessary efforts to research, develop and design better learning methods to be applied in future projects.”

Mohammad Abdullah, President, Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation, said “As urbanisation and populations expand globally, our relationship with the built environment and natural world is continuously impacted. We urgently need to develop new ways of thinking to solve increasingly complex problems. Design and design thinking matter more than ever as they provide the keys to innovation that would help us accelerate our response meaningfully and empathetically. These are skills that we need to place in the hands and minds of the next generation to enable purposeful and humanised digital transformation. For this reason, we are delighted to collaborate with Smart Dubai and the University of Dubai on developing the curriculum for the new Professional Diploma to advance the UAE’s knowledge-based economy and our ability to produce relevant and timely solutions.”

The Professional Diploma consists of four modules and a capstone project, where all of the Diploma’s learnings and takeaways are applied towards a real-life project. As for the capstone project, each participant will be required to choose a project theme from a selection of pre-set project themes at the start of the course. Participants, working individually or in small groups, will also have the option to submit their own project theme, which would be subject to approval by course tutors. The objective is to apply course learnings towards a real-life project that is applicable in the real world, with an expectation of taking the project to actual implementation.

The Professional Diploma was developed with a list of outcomes in mind. Participants are expected to graduate the course with an in-depth understanding of emerging technologies and their utility to designing digital services; an understanding of key aspects and processes of service design; and a clear grasp of research methods that can be applied to service design and provision.

Importantly, the participating Smart City Experience Specialists will have acquired a new perspective on the digital aspect of services and the potential to improve the experience of city services by continued digital transformation.

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