x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

'Small science' students in Taiwan

The group is training on nanotechnology, as the UAE tries to bolster its resources and fill positions in the science sector.

ABU DHABI // A group of students from the Institute of Applied Technology (IAT) have flown to Taiwan for advanced training on nanotechnology, as the UAE tries to bolster its resources and fill positions in the science sector. As part of the summer training programme, the interns will visit eight nanotechnology research centres and the Hsinchu Science and Technology Park, which is home to 360 hi-tech companies, said Dr Abdul Lateef al Shamsi, the IAT's director general.

"The Taiwan training programme falls within the IAT's educational strategy to build capacities of students and hone their academic knowledge and experience so as to improve national educational output," he told the official state news agency WAM. The IAT was set up in 2005 to train a generation of Emiratis to work as scientists, engineers and technicians as part of Abu Dhabi's effort to diversify its economy.

It is one of several overseas exchange projects run by the institution. Thirty six students from IAT, along with 12 students from Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) arrived in South Korea last week for practical training at nuclear power plants. In June, the Abu Dhabi Education Council announced a major push to train Emirati scientists and engineers to try to meet labour market needs. Mohammed al Bawardi, the secretary general of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council visited 20 students on a mechanical engineering exchange in Germany.

The drive to "transfer technology, to create a strong industrial base, to build capacities and promote research and innovation in industrial and technical fields" are all part of the city's 2030 plan, he said. @Email:newsdesk@thenational.ae