Dubai invites Chinese talent to learn and innovate

Higher education agreement offers further incentives for Chinese students to study in Dubai as pre-accelerator bootcamp winners prepare for 100-day programme in the emirate

An event exploring Dubai’s role as China’s global gateway for economic development and cultural exchange yesterday highlighted the possibilities that exist for young, ambitious Chinese talent to accelerate their career paths by studying, working and starting businesses in the emirate.

Demonstrating the growing cultural connections between the UAE and China, Dubai’s Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) and the Chinese Service Centre for Scholarly Exchange (CSCSE) signed an agreement during Dubai Week in China to enable greater levels of collaboration in higher education and student exchange. Additionally, Dubai 100, an initiative supporting entrepreneurs with game-changing ideas, staged a bootcamp offering Chinese start-ups the chance to win a place on its 100-day programme.

Degrees earned in Dubai will now be verified by the CSCSE and the Ministry of Education in China, assuring students thinking about studying in the city that their qualifications will be recognised in their homeland.

“The Chinese community has contributed greatly to the growth of Dubai and we are happy this agreement builds on our relationship,” said Dr Abdulla Al Karam, Director General of KHDA, addressing more than 100 Chinese school leaders, university heads, career advisors and investors at The Langham Hotel, Xintiandi. “International branch campuses in Dubai are known for the quality of education they provide and the multicultural values and skills they offer students. We look forward to welcoming more students from China to our diverse and happy city.”

On a day dedicated to innovation and learning, the excellent study and employment opportunities that a Dubai education can provide Chinese students were explored in sessions co-hosted by KHDA and Falcon and Associates. Panel discussions highlighted the importance of developing cultural intelligence and how Dubai is helping ambitious Chinese talent unlock their potential and develop into future leaders through initiatives such as Dubai Business Internships, a fully-funded programme offering outstanding graduates the opportunity to acquire business knowledge and skills through project-based modules and value-added internships at leading organisations.

Another example is Dubai 100, a pre-accelerator programme helping young innovators meet the health challenges of the future. It staged a five-day bootcamp at The House, Xintiandi, to identity teams for its next intake and, following a hotly contested pitch competition between eight teams, Huang Jiliang of MoDoo was announced as the winner. As well as securing US$10,000 equity-free funding, the start-up from Beijing, that has created the world’s smallest foetus-monitoring patch for expectant mothers who don’t want to wait for bi-monthly ultrasounds, was awarded a place on the intensive 100-day programme in Dubai, starting January 2017.

“I really appreciate the opportunity from Dubai 100 Shanghai Bootcamp and precious help and experiences from the mentors, without them I couldn’t win the prize”, said Huang.

“We definitely are aiming for the world market, and Dubai, which is not only located in the middle of the world, but also an international vibrant hub – will bring us to the world.”

“We were honoured to host our first regional bootcamp with Shanghai’s thriving start-up community,” said Roland Daher, Head of Dubai 100, who also gave a keynote speech at the recent Caohejing Innovation Festival. “Dubai offers many opportunities for Chinese start-ups thanks to its commitment to innovation at governmental and industry level. The calibre of digital health start-ups in China is world-leading and by connecting these start-ups to Dubai’s regional and global network we hope to support game-changing innovations that shape the future of digital health worldwide.”

Three additional start-ups were highly commended and also offered places on the pre-accelerator after impressing the judging panel made up of investors and healthcare experts from China, Dubai and Europe. There were: Healthme, which develops the world’s thinnest, smart wearable thermometer; AmeSante, which delievers remote blood pressure and remote glucose monitoring; and RayPlus, which helps doctors improve their decision-making via cloud-based technology. They will join teams selected from around the world to unlock global opportunities through clinical trials, investment and partnerships.

Later that night, Dubai Sports Council and Falcon and Associates co-hosted Sports Night at The House, in Shanghai’s Xintiandi dustrict, and gave guests the opportunity to learn more about Dubai’s credentials as a world-class sport destination, as well as its increasing significance to China’s own sporting ambitions.

Rio 2016 gold medalists Zhang Jike and Li Xiaoxia, performed a series of trick shots, and posed for pictures with guests alongside fellow Rio 2016 Olympic Games gold medalist Chen Long, winner of the 2014 BWF Dubai World Superseries Finals, and Ryder Cup star Rafa Cabrera-Bello, a Dubai resident currently competing in the 2016 World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions in Shanghai.

Saeed Hareb, Secretary General of Dubai Sports Council, opened the Sports Night with the exciting introduction of the Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Football Stadium, intended to accommodate 60,000 spectators.

Located in Al Aweer, Hareb revealed after his introduction that the stadium would be “accessible for spectators”, and was intended to be ready by 2020. “We have international players and international teams, as well as all of those who all head to Dubai to train during their respective winter seasons,” he said. “His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, wanted a stadium that could accommodate this kind of international sporting excellence.”