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Feb 28 2020

RTA inks MoU with American University in Dubai to boost academic research

Image after signing MoU with AUD

Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the American University in Dubai (AUD) to enhance academic cooperation. It covers academic and practical training, scientific consultations, employee-enrichment programmes, and training of university students in relevant fields.


Yousef Al-Rida, CEO of RTA’s Corporate Administrative Support Services Sector and David Andrew Schmidt, President at AUD, signed the agreement at the premises of RTA.


“The signing of the MoU with the AUD is part of RTA’s efforts to cooperate with universities to realise its vision, especially as academic programmes RTA offers to employees are related to those run by local universities,” he said.


“This MoU provides for RTA to refer to the AUD as an accomplished academic institution in its website, internal offers and matters related to academic, training and post-graduate studies for employees. It calls for mentioning the AUD as a provider of such programmes through a link to the university’s website,” he noted.


“Cooperation between the two parties covers forums, conferences and research related to RTA’s business in fields like artificial intelligence, envisioning the future, big data, sustainability, innovation, customers happiness, and investment prospects among others,” added Al-Rida.


David A. Schmidt, president of AUD expressed his delight at the timely signing of this MoU, with RTA being one of the biggest entities at the local, regional and international levels. “RTA’s high profile in the field of roads and transportation makes us proud to forge such a comprehensive and mutually beneficial cooperation. Its impressive record in infrastructure development has contributed to elevating the standing of Dubai on a global scale.


“We are certain that this will be a fruitful partnership between RTA and AUD, as we offer our research services, faculty expertise and student talent in a joint effort to grow RTA’s prominence and help to achieve their bold vision. Our Cooperation and research with the RTA is open to all disciplines offered at AUD, giving both parties the chance to undertake groundbreaking and disruptive research and projects for the advancement of both institutions. Under the MoU, the AUD will welcome RTA scholarship students at the Undergraduate, Postgraduate and E-MBA levels. It will also give RTA’s staff access to university labs to undertake research projects, and engage with the academic and research board in developing solutions for industry and innovation challenges encountered by the RTA across all disciplines,” concluded David Schmidt.


The American University in Dubai is a private, independent institution of Higher Learning that is fully accredited in the US & the UAE. AUD is consecutively ranked among the top 150 universities worldwide. AUD was ranked in 2018 & 2019 #1 university in the region to deliver work ready graduates, and the Master of Business Administration offered was ranked by THE as the #1 MBA Program in the UAE.

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