UAE to attract gifted graduates from across the globe to drive 50-year development plan

UAE leaders have launched the Moonshot 2071 apprenticeship programme to guide the country towards its centenary

The UAE has launched a major recruitment drive for gifted graduates from across the globe, to help propel the nation to new heights over the next 50 years.

Its Moonshot 2071 apprenticeship programme will target the brightest and best from leading universities, colleges and other academic institutions, both in the Emirates and around the world.

The government initiative aims to unlock the potential of the next generation of thinkers and creators to guide the country towards its centenary.

Organised by the Mohammed bin Rashid Centre for Government Innovation, the ambitious programme will support graduates as they seek to find answers to pressing challenges.

It will help harness their abilities and empower them to develop ideas, under a brain trust of a select group of ministers, government officials and renowned international experts.

Mohammed Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs, said the scheme would cement the UAE's reputation as a global hub for innovation and a place where talent can thrive.

"Moonshot 2071 embodies the directives of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, in embracing and empowering young talents in the UAE and the world, and transforming their ideas into projects and initiatives that will support shaping future governments," he said.

"Covid-19 has imposed a great pressure on government to keep up with society's aspirations, through developing new models which will enhance performance and provide services effectively, while being agile enough to deal with any future crises or challenges."

Over three months, the apprenticeship programme will provide an interactive digital platform that will enable participants to collaborate on developing action plans to address long-term challenges. These plans will be adopted by the government.