• Publication date: February 23, 2010

Speech of Mr. Ali Al Hedeithy, MBC Group General Director, during the signing of “Mohammed Bin Rash

Ladies and gentlemen, honored guests,
On behalf of MBC Group, it gives me great pleasure to announce today the strategic cooperation

Ladies and gentlemen, honored guests,

On behalf of MBC Group, it gives me great pleasure to announce today the strategic cooperation between MBC Group and Mohammed Bin Rashid School for Communication at the American University in Dubai.

We are gathered here today to commence a long term partnership that will allow us to nurture young talents by providing them with the necessary networking opportunities, education and training needs conducted by the most experienced and renowned media professionals from within MBC Group, enabling students to enter into the new realm of their future professional careers and easily transition from University into the work place. Matching the relevance of the curriculum with the needs and the requirements of the market remain the ultimate goals of building a proper knowledge based economy, that will sharpen the student skills from the theoretical world into the practical one and help them meet the challenges and the demands of this dynamic and ever changing media field.

The foundation of this strategic alliance between Mohammed Bin Rashid School for Communication at the American University in Dubai and MBC Group stipulates:

First: MBC Group to provide full access to Mohammed Bin Rashid School for Communication at the American University in Dubai students, hosting them into the studios and other media production facilities; in doing so, allowing the students to gain hands-on experience in Media & Journalism.

Second: MBC Group to promote Mohammed Bin Rashid School for Communication at the American University in Dubai initiatives and activities across its multi platforms.

Third: MBC Group to provide scholarships to a number of outstanding students from Mohammed Bin Rashid School for Communication at the American University in Dubai, as a contribution in determining their professional disciplines and guide them in their graduate studies; thus help them to engage in the labor market following graduation.

Fourth: MBC Group to organize and engage the students of Mohammed Bin Rashid School for Communication at the American University in Dubai in workshops and lectures within the fields of Media and Journalism, moderated by MBC Group’s distinguished media figures.

Today, this cooperation further demonstrates the confidence of MBC Group in the ability of young talented and educated Arabs, and the Group’s belief to nurture such potentials with additional solid education, refinement and care, especially in this region where over 50% of the population is classified within the youth age group.

The broader context of the present alliance is geared towards the respect and appreciation MBC Group holds towards the United Arab Emirates, and the great insight of the visionary leadership of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, Ruler of Dubai, and to reaffirm the Group’s loyalty to this majestic city of Dubai and it’s remarkable people in making it the centre of civilization, economic achievements and a haven for international and Arab media alike as the best incubator for such.

In conclusion, a word of gratitude to the Dean of Mohammed Bin Rashid School for Communication at the American University in Dubai, Mr. Ali Jaber, and the staff, faculty and students at the university, wishing them all further success and progress in their future endeavors.

Thank you.