They discussed the all-important areas of Technology and Innovation development as well as youth empowerment, which are key areas for both institutions.
With IFOW’s Annual Future of Work 4IR Dialogue to be held in October and the UAE hosting COP28 later this year, the Just Energy Transition was another area of discussion, particularly in the context of the socio-economic impact.
The engagement was fruitful, resulting in prospects of meaningful collaboration that could produce impactful solutions for the respective countries.
Areas of common interest for further exploration include:
- Connecting IFOW with UAE institutions with a similar mandate to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and best practices to amplify the work done by these institutions.
- Exploring areas of synergy between TUT and UAE higher education institutions to foster mutually beneficial collaboration.
- Creating linkages between UAE tech-companies and IFOW to guide the commercialisation of solutions and create new possible markets for South African technology.
About TUT's Institute for the Future of Work (IFoW): IFoW is a progressive ideation hub for the future of work, fostering public-private collaboration to address contemporary and future challenges brought about by the 4IR and industrial revolutions yet to come. Through strategic partnerships with multi-sector role players, innovative solutions and engaging in high-impact research, IFoW shapes curricular, works to help resolve the skills conundrum and enables initiatives to propel economies toward sustainable growth.
About COP28: The Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is an international climate summit. Since its inaugural summit in 1995, it has been held annually, unless Parties decide otherwise. COP brings together world leaders to work on solutions to tackle climate change. There are now 199 Parties to the Convention (198 States plus the EU). COP28 will take place from 30 November to 12 December 2023 at Expo City, Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. It will be an opportunity for the world to come together to course correct and drive progress.