She identified continuous learning and self-development as musts in managing competitiveness, advocating for specialization and in-depth knowledge in areas of interest so that one’s contribution remains relevant. She draws inspiration from the late Sheikh Zayed who cited that the duty of each national is to develop their potential and elevate their own education to contribute to the country’s growth. Her ambition post-graduation is to be an innovative expert in governance and public administration, effectively contributing to shaping the future in line with national priorities.
When asked why she chose this sector, Sheikha said: “I have always been interested in policies and how they impact people. When you know your work is influencing the public directly, you develop a passion for change and positive impact”.
Upon completing the program, Sheikha aims to become a policy expert and lead the development of groundbreaking policies in the government that affect rising sectors in the UAE, including entrepreneurship, biotechnology and more. She would also like to introduce a new methodology for policy creation, one that depends on the right input from the main stakeholders.
He identifies proactive empathy and compassion as some of the most valuable skills he learned: “I believe it’s a crucial skill because it enables us to be stable, secure and creates a healthy work environment. It also enables better leadership, human connection and higher productivity levels. Such skills empower people to be their best, which in turn leads to powerful and tangible business results”.
Afra chose medicine because she believes she gained the great opportunity and privilege to not only make someone feel better, but also be better. She decided to specialize in Family Medicine because she says: “It offers an integrated continuous care for patients regardless of their age and gender.”
She wants to use this program “...as a platform to tackle healthcare issues by communicating and working with the different sectors of the economy”. She firmly believes that healthcare concerns everyone and that it is important to work together with all sectors to promote and integrate it into all aspects of development.
“I believe in the importance of the role of arts and culture in the portrayal and preservation of a region’s identity and history... Specializing in the sector of arts and culture will enable me to build stronger programs in terms of exhibitions and educational services to serve the community better,” she shares.
After completing NEP, Noora aspires to use her newly acquired skills and deeper understanding of the sector to present deeper and more specialized programs to the community. Her goal is to help young budding artists turn their talents and skills into profitable jobs, which she believes requires a mindset shift of arts from being a “hobby” to one that is recognized in the community as a respectable and significant job.
His ambition is to create a fully integrated network of educational specialist transferring their knowledge across the country with the hope that a few years down the line, the UAE educational innovation and practices get international acclaim.
Her ambition is to work with experts on programs to develop and grow sports amongst the youth in the UAE as well as studying and researching to identify gaps, and improve the physical education programs and curriculum in schools. She also wants to introduce sports scholarship programs to raise high the national flag.
He extolls the benefits of specialization to be leveraged as the basis for new development. “Given how fierce the global competition on resources is, specialization is key to remain competitive,” he shares. “A good example is the boom we have seen in the tech sector in China... such as Alibaba, which is driven by leveraging the expertise of Silicon Valley and localizing it to fit the context”.
Ultimately, she hopes Abu Dhabi and the UAE can look into an aligned tourism and culture strategy, which would further involve other sectors and activate the economy further.
Through this program, he hopes to further his knowledge which in turn will allow him to pursue his goal in developing the manufacturing industry in UAE and elevating its standards of quality, research and development, as well as knowledge transfer.
She describes herself as very ambitious and plans on honing her communication competencies, multilingual skills and knowledge in diplomacy to serve the national agenda and do her part in furthering the reputation of the UAE and hopefully be an agent of positive change.
With the future of research in mind, Asma states: “My dream is to establish national bio-technology companies where we conduct our research and introduce our products to world markets. I hope that I will work in the right place so that my scientific research, academic and governmental abilities will be used optimally and that I will be a link between our state and the academic and research institutions around the world”.
His ambition within the sector will be to continue working towards creating world-class real estate destinations that anticipate future demand. “My aim would be two-pronged,” he confirms, “with a focus on advising on potential reforms in the regulatory framework surrounding the industry, while simultaneously providing the market with world-class real estate developments that cater to the future”.
He defines specialization as mastering a specific job and expertise as in-depth sectorial knowledge with rapid and efficient problem-solving solutions. He aspires to develop an integrated program and a comprehensive study on how to benefit from both government and private data through analysis and consideration from another perspective.
“There is a race between technology and its regulations which fall short in keeping pace,” shares Mohamed. “After graduating NEP, my ambition is to formulate a national policy to establish regulations for the future to give innovators in our field from all over the world, an attractive working environment fully regulated and formatted for testing and prototyping. This would also strengthen the UAE's reputation as a legislative pioneer.
His ambition from this program is to gather as much knowledge as possible and understand how energy security is calculated. “I am also interested in learning how strategies regarding energy securities are drawn and what factors affect decision making. By the end of the program, I aspire to gain enough knowledge that will allow me to become a pioneer in this sector”.
“It is imperative that we balance consumption and conservation,” he says, “I aim to do my part in helping the UAE achieve the highest standards in environmental quality and lead the international ranking reports in all environmental aspects and serve as an example in the world”.
He believes specialization is critical in light of the complexity and frequency of changes happening in the field of cybersecurity. “...This requires a depth of knowledge for effective decision-making, otherwise current concepts of operations may easily be outdated and surpassed,” he says. He hopes to develop his skills as a cyber-security specialist and develop his sector in context of other fields such technological developments, education and foreign affairs.
She believes a support system is critical to helping people challenged with health and weight issues “...and I can proudly say that my patients see me as their support system. I learned to listen, to understand where they come from and most importantly, I learned to believe in them because that will make them believe they can and will achieve their desired goal, once reached, that’s where I see my success”.
On choosing this sector, Aisha said: “Social responsibility, philanthropy and sustainability are my passion and I have spent the last 8 years developing my experience in this field both internationally and locally.”
Aisha aspires to become a professor able to share and empower others with her knowledge. She believes the top skills she acquired so far are resilience, a continuous thirst for knowledge in addition to priority management and strategic planning.
In the future, he would like to develop and create new systems and processes for the diplomatic corps that would not only yield positive external results but also engage staff members and drive them to innovate and amplify collaborative efforts.