19 March 2019
The University of Sharjah today signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with DarkMatter Group to boost educational teaching in the country and build a digitally and cyber skilled workforce. His Excellency Prof. Hamid M.K. Al Naimiy, Chancellor of the University of Sharjah, signed the MoU along with Karim Sabbagh, Chief Executive Officer of DarkMatter Group. Prof. Maamar Bettayeb, Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Studies, attended the signing along with Mr. William Matt Easdown, Vice Chancellor for Administrative and Financial Affairs, and Dr. Salah Taher, Vice Chancellor for Community Affairs.
The collaboration between the two organizations will foster local talent in areas such as cybersecurity, STEM and digitization; getting them ready to effectively participate in the economic, political, and social aspects of the UAE's growing knowledge society.
The University of Sharjah and DarkMatter Group will work together to transform and equip the UAE's workforce of the future with the tools necessary to keep businesses and governments smart, effective and cyber resilient. Both entities will collaborate on DarkMatter's Associate Talent Program (ATP), which is designed to retain high performing Emirati talent in the fields of cybersecurity, applied analytics, software development and data science. The two organizations have also committed to working on an exchange of research to promote industry and academic symbiotic initiatives, and students and faculty members of the University will participate in the DarkMatter Annual Research Award and the Research Conference for Cybersecurity.
His Excellency the Chancellor welcomed the attendees and expressed his joy in signing this MoU with DarkMatter Group. He stressed that the University of Sharjah is one of the largest in the UAE in terms of the number of programs it offers in the various disciplines and is currently working on adding more innovation and advancements in the digital and technology fields. He also stressed that the University is in the process of establishing the Sharjah Research, Technology and Innovation Park. This to follow the vision of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council, Ruler of Sharjah, and President of the University of Sharjah, to connect with the companies and organizations that support students and graduates in various disciplines and scientific research that serve the community.
Karim Sabbagh, CEO of DarkMatter Group, said:
"Our Associate Talent Program, first launched in December 2018, has been anchored in the national ambition of a young country. The UAE wants to be recognized as a center of innovation, a growing tech hub of the region with new technologies such as AI, blockchain, cryptography creating the need for digital and cyber-skilled human capital.
"Developing local Emirati talent, together with joint efforts in research and IP creation is integral to fulfilling the country's growth and ambition over the longer term. DarkMatter is playing a vital part to attract and develop a pipeline of UAE experts and innovators in digital technology and cyber security. That process starts with identifying and attracting high potential UAE talent and requires collaboration with institutions like the University of Sharjah."