Dr. Ismail Abdel Ghaffar Ismail Farag speaks during the event.
The Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport, Sharjah Branch (AASTS) successfully participated in the Arab Digital Economy Forum 2022, organized by the General Secretariat of the League of Arab States in cooperation with the Arab Federation of Digital Economy, at Expo 2020 Dubai. The forum brought together a large number of officials and representatives of Arab and international organizations.
Dr. Ismail Abdel Ghaffar Ismail Farag, President of the Arab Academy of Science, Technology and Maritime Transport, delivered a keynote speech at the forum. He highlighted the role of the digital economy in empowering Arab countries to focus on implementing development agendas. He also highlighted the importance of the maritime sector in promoting the blue economy, which is a key pillar for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, especially in emerging economies.
Farag added: “A study prepared by the Arab Monetary Fund titled “Calculation of a composite index to monitor the development of the digital economy in Arab countries”, concluded that Arab countries have made significant achievements in the field. of digital transformation at a number of levels, but this progress remains below that recorded at the global level and below the progress made by middle-income developing countries and their peers at the level of certain other geographical regions.
“Therefore, it is imperative that countries make the most of digital transformation opportunities, in addition to improving the use of artificial intelligence applications to support the digital economy. At the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport, we empower the Arab maritime industry by providing the sector with highly skilled professionals and supporting research and development in the blue economy, which is one main pillars of economic development.
Farag noted that the Academy’s participation in the Arab Forum for the Digital Economy 2022 supports its efforts to strengthen participation in pioneering events and exchange ideas, expertise and the latest developments with experts and specialists in the whole world.
Dr Capt. Ahmed Youssef, Associate Dean of the College of Maritime Transportation and Technology, emphasized, “At AASTS, we strive to provide the maritime sector with advanced research and development capabilities and to provide qualified professionals to meet the growing demand for professionals. of this vital sector, key to the region’s economy and its maritime security. We support the digital economy through technical and administrative studies to help companies continue to grow and expand in terms of product quality and commercial profitability. AASTS also cooperates with shipping company training departments to design specialized training programs in various maritime technical and administrative areas. This is part of our professional development and continuing education programs.
The College of Maritime Technology and Transportation offers two majors: Port Operations and Maritime Operations. Graduates receive a bachelor’s degree in maritime transport technology + a second mate competency certificate; or a Bachelor of Marine Engineering Technology in Marine Mechanics or Marine Electricity + 3rd Engineer Competency Certificate. Both disciplines qualify graduates to work aboard commercial and offshore service vessels. AASTS seeks to attract professionals working in shipping companies in the UAE who wish to take specialized training courses as part of its professional development and continuing education programs.
AASTS also provides renewal of maritime passports for naval officers, engineers and seafarers, and cooperates with the training departments of shipping companies to design specialized training programs in various maritime technical and administrative fields, in using the latest Academy technologies and state-of-the-art simulators. .
His Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, signed a Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of Sharjah and the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport, a subsidiary of the University of Arab States, headquartered in Egypt, to establish a branch of the Academy in Khorfakkan, Sharjah. Dr. Ismail Abdul Ghaffar Ismail, President of the Academy, signed the MoU at the headquarters of the Sharjah Research Academy. In its future plans, the new academy in the emirate of Sharjah will train graduate students specializing in various disciplines in maritime science and technology, international maritime logistics and international maritime law, who will provide quality modern specialized studies and provide the market specialists in all areas of maritime work.