Center for Professional Development

Enriching General Education in the UAE

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As part of an important national innovation strategy, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) launched a large initiative to develop innovation talent across the nation’s 79 degree-granting institutions. The Prime Minister’s Office and the Ministry of Education turned to Stanford to create an undergraduate general education course on innovation and entrepreneurship, and to develop a large base of faculty with expertise to teach the course effectively. Co-academic directors Tom Byers and Pam Hinds, along with VPTL’s Stanford Center for Professional Development and the Stanford Technology Ventures program, collaborated with the UAE on a multi-year, multicomponent program. The program has empowered UAE faculty members, students, and others within government and industry to cultivate a more innovative mindset and drive concrete action.

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