DUBAI, 27th April, 2018 (WAM) — The Mohammed bin Rashid School of Government, MBRSG, the first research and teaching institution that focusses on governance and public policy in the Arab world, has organised an academic field trip to Geneva, Switzerland, involving 11 students from its Master of Public Administration, MPA, and Executive Master of Public Administration, EMPA, programmes.
The delegation visited the Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations, the United Nations International Labour Organisation, ILO, the World Economic Forum, the United Nations Development Programme, UNDP, the International Trade Centre, ITC, the World Trade Organisation, WTO, the World Health Organisation, WHO, and several other international organisations and institutions.
Dr Ali Sebaa Al Marri, Executive President of the MBRSG, said, “This is our second annual academic trip to Switzerland, which aims to introduce its participants to the best international practices and expose them to new knowledge and cultural experiences, which will enhance their capacities and confidence. The trip offers an ideal opportunity to showcase the unique Emirati experience in government knowledge and governance while underlining our commitment to investing in human capital and talented young nationals, who are the future of government in the UAE.”
Al Marri thanked the UAE’s diplomatic mission in Geneva for its close support, as well as Obaid Salem Al Zaabi, Permanent Representative of the UAE to the United Nations, UN, and other International Organisations in Geneva, for his hospitality and guidance.
“We are delighted to host the student delegation from the MBRSG, and to get acquainted with this distinguished group of promising national talents,” said Al Zaabi. “The delegates shared their valuable opinions and suggestions, and we look forward to working with them to promote the exchange of knowledge between the UAE and prominent universities and institutions in Geneva. We are also committed to highlighting the academic achievements of our country while benefiting from the strong relations between the UAE and Switzerland, especially in education and training,” he added.
During the visit to the Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations, the student delegation attended a lecture by Professor Eduardo Messioni, Visiting Professor, who introduced them to the procedures and organisational structures of several high-profile international organisations, non-profit organisations and non-governmental organisations.
At the ILO, the students learnt about the nature of the ILO’s work, as well as international labour laws, labour rights protection laws, and the organisation’s Special Tripartite Committee’s regulations for governments, chambers of commerce and trade unions. The delegation also visited the Office of the UNDP and was introduced to its 17 sustainable development goals, as well as to its plans to implement them and the performance indicators that it will adopt.
Dr Mona Mostafa El Sholkamy, Assistant Professor at the MBRSG, said, “The knowledge our students acquired during their trip to Geneva has honed their skills, developed their capabilities, and enhanced their academic and scientific knowledge and practical experience. The visit has introduced its participants to the latest international developments in public policy, international relations, trade, economy and development. It also familiarised them with new ways of stimulating innovation and creativity at institutional and government levels, which play a key role in enhancing the global competitiveness of any organisation.”
During their visit to the World Economic Forum, the students learned about the nature of the Forum’s work and creative initiatives, such as the Young Leaders Initiative, as well as its role in promoting innovation, stimulating economic growth, and strengthening partnerships between international organisations.
Dr Immanuel Azaad Moonesar, said, “The main objective of this trip is to step away from familiar academic courses to more innovative approaches, where students can closely examine the international public policy practices of important international organisations, many of which are based in Geneva. This will broaden the outlook of its participants, and will allow them to embrace creativity and innovation and implement their new knowledge in their own institutions.”
During their visit to the ITC, the delegation was introduced to the role played by the private sector and small and medium-sized enterprises in the economy, as well as ways to attract promising start-ups from around the world. The students also explored trade agreements, trade agreement governance, and ways of resolving international trade disputes at the WTO, where their visit coincided with the 22nd anniversary of the UAE’s permanent membership to the organisation.