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The UAE Football Association (UAEFA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University (HBMSU). The MoU aims to strengthen the football association’s cooperation with educational institutions in the country to enable its players and technical and administrative members to enroll in the university’s various relevant academic programs.

The signing ceremony took place at the headquarters of the UAEFA in Dubai. The event was attended by Sheikh Rashid bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, President of the UAEFA; H.E. Lt. Gen. Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, Deputy Chief of Police and General Security in Dubai and Chairman of the Board of Governors of HBMSU; the Board Members of the UAEFA; H.E. Dr. Mansoor Al Awar, Chancellor of HBMSU; and Mohammed Abdullah Hazam Al Dhaheri, Secretary General of the UAEFA. Other officials of both sides attended the ceremony covered by the media.

Sheikh Al Nuaimi said: “The UAEFA seeks to build cooperation with the national federations concerned with football. We signed several cooperation agreements during the last period, recognizing that these collaborations are significant for us to develop, share and gain experiences. We plan to establish strong relations with relevant national organizations, the most important of which are educational institutions, to further advance the UAEFA and its members and our society.”

He added: “Our MoU with HBMSU is a vital step in our efforts to establish strategic partnerships with educational and research institutions. The university is an important source of knowledge that serves the community by producing highly qualified and competitive graduates across many disciplines who are capable of leading the UAE towards the future.” 

He continued: “We are confident that the UAEFA members will benefit from HBMSU’s expertise. It is a prestigious university renowned for its capabilities and advanced curricula, among others. Additionally, the UAEFA welcomes all learners of this advanced learning institution who are in need of our assistance to expand their knowledge, complete their research projects and other activities that will hone their skills.”

H.E. Lt. Gen. Tamim noted that HBMSU’s partnership with the UAEFA is in line with the vision of the country’s wise leadership that pays great attention to unlocking the potential of the youth, being the nation's most valuable resource and its strongest bet for the future. 

H.E. Lt. Gen. Tamim reaffirmed HBMSU’s commitment to building fruitful and strategic collaborative initiatives with leading national institutions to further enhance the university’s competitive advantages, as well as improve the capabilities of young Emiratis for them to become a driving force behind the country’s excellence, innovation, and creativity.  The young are also seen to be critical to achieving the goals of the UAE Centennial 2071, which focuses on the nation’s continuous development and sustainable development and the happiness of its people. 

H.E. Lt. Gen. Tamim added: “We are looking forward to working closely with the UAEFA. We are confident that this will pave the way for a new phase of the UAE’s leadership on the sports map. By providing the UAEFA’s players and administrative and technical staff with modern knowledge and key skills, we are helping improve the efficiency and competitiveness of the local sports sector, which will boost the Emirates’ regional and global status in the world of sports.” 

H.E. Dr. Al Awar said: “Our strategic partnership with the UAEFA will allow its players to enroll in higher education and choose from our range of academic programs approved by the Ministry of Education. These programs provide sports competencies with knowledge, expertise and specialized skills related to management, quality, institutional excellence, entrepreneurship, innovation and change management. All these are essential to advancing and enabling the local sports sector to keep up with the rapid changes in the 21st century.” 

“In light of the directives of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Supreme President of the HBMSU, we look forward to launching programs for athletes using our smart education approach. We will look into combining education and sports, with a focus on building the specialized skills of the players and the administrative and technical staff, as well as instilling in them a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship. Our goal is to ensure that they become qualified to bring Emirati sports to a new level of global leadership according to the highest standards of competitiveness and professionalism,” he further stated. 

H.E. Dr. Al Awar added: “Our high-quality programs for sports clubs are designed to enhance the ability of sports teams to apply the principles of quality and excellence to sports, as well as upgrade their competitiveness at all levels. We extend to the UAEFA our extensive experience, advanced technological capabilities, knowledge and academic resources, including our digital university library, with a commitment to provide training and advisory programs in innovation, total quality management and institutional excellence. We are confident that our initiatives will bolster the UAE’s sporting institutions to become on a par with the world’s best.” 

He also said: “At HBMSU, we adopt the principle of ‘entrepreneurs, not job-seekers,’ a principle that is unique to the university, the Middle East and the rest of the Arab region. Through this principle, our graduates are prepared to launch their innovative business projects as soon as they graduate from the university. To prepare our learners to become ‘entrepreneurs, not job-seekers,’ HBMSU equips them with specialized skills and knowledge in a way that will enable them to apply these once they graduate from the university without the need for a long training period.” 

Al Dhaheri was delighted by the UAEFA’s MoU with HBMSU, saying that the agreement will benefit the federation’s players and members by helping improve their performance. He added that the General Secretariat of the UAEFA will gain insights from HBMSU’s experiences, high-quality curricula, and capabilities to enhance the competencies of young learners. 

Al Dhaheri commended Sheikh Rashid bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, President of the UAE Football Association, for developing the Federation’s system to help improve the performance of the national teams. Al Dhaheri pointed out that the signing of the MoU is an important step towards reaching the best and highest quality work performance.