American University of Sharjah
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American University of Sharjah (AUS) signed a partnership deal with Beta Information Technology on Wednesday to provide practical training and internship opportunities in various IT sectors to students of the AUS College of Engineering (CEN).

The deal was signed under the AUS Engineering Al Nukhba (Elite) Program, which creates industry partnership collaborations in various areas including research, development, training programs, internships, exchange of information and personnel and field trip visits.

The program aims to equip students with the skills and insights required in today's global workplace. In addition, the collaboration blends academics with industry expertise through joint supervision of capstone and research projects.

Dr. Fadi Aloul, dean of the AUS College of Engineering, appreciated this collaboration with Beta Information Technology, a software company based in Dubai, as it will offer students an opportunity to learn directly from leading industry professionals.

"This aligns perfectly with our strategic objectives of community involvement, student-focused education and cutting-edge research and innovation, in line with the UAE's vision for technological advancement," Aloul said, as per WAM.

Mamoun Daour, UAE country manager at Beta Information Technology, is impressed with the AUS students' knowledge, technical background and ability to engage smoothly in the workspace. He also noted that this partnership will open enormous opportunities for AUS interns to benefit from Beta Information Technology's Interns of the Future program.

"Beta Information Technology's internship aims to help students explore advanced technologies that are shaping the industry today. It also helps students develop the minimum set of soft and interpersonal skills needed for graduates' employability and to advance in their careers," Daour added.

Meanwhile, the UAE is constantly working toward making changes to improve students' lives.

Earlier this week, the Middle Eastern country introduced a new private teacher work permit to curb the haphazard practices in the education sector while also regulating private coaching outside educational institutions and helping improve the country's educational system.

Last month, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai, inaugurated the 2023 edition of the Prototypes for Humanity exhibition where students and recent graduates showcased 100 projects, offering practical solutions related to social and environmental issues.

In November, UAE-based students earned two Guinness World Records for having the highest number of nationalities attending a climate awareness lesson and for hosting the largest climate change awareness lesson.