Toward Integrated Strategy on Training and Rehabilitation

  • 12 June 2013

Training has been the key strategy adopted by the West to transform into knowledge-based communities. Founder of the UAE, the Late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (may God bless his soul), who led the UAE’s first sustainable development plan in 1972, left behind a legacy which highlighted work as value and focused on upgrading skills for sustainable development. This helped overcome a situation which appeared extremely difficult due to a paucity of rehabilitation and training centers across the nation.

Things took a different turn after President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan (may God protect him) launched the Emiratization Plan, which had training and rehabilitation of UAE nationals at its core. It was based on the premise that the philosophy of training should adopt a systematic approach on how human resources can be best utilized. Training is hence seen in the UAE as a national duty toward achieving sustainable development, upgrading skills, brainstorming and developing expertise to unleash individual potential and creativity and enabling the individual to overcome work-related impediments.

When the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) launched its Scientific Research Diploma (SRD) for the Center’s staff 12 years ago, the mission was to upgrade their skills, increase productivity and help them assimilate their role in achieving the strategic objective of the nation and build a knowledge-based community. In its infancy the plan may have been limited to a small number of beneficiaries, but it has come a long way in introducing new courses in scientific research, rehabilitation, administration and diplomacy. The ECSSR has defined some objectives for training and rehabilitation, notably dependence on a collective, teamwork-based dialogue, and encouraging trainees to speak out and overcome indecision.

This has been made possible due to the amalgamation of theory with practice – instead of the ‘listen-only’ techniques followed by some countries – and making individual assessment of skills, identifying the programs best suitable for trainees, providing new information, helping trainees develop critical thinking and strengthening the spirits of initiative and teamwork. The ECSSR has been successfully training a large number of its staff in addition to those of the armed forces, ministries of Foreign Affairs and Presidential Affairs, the police force and other establishments. The philosophies of training and rehabilitation on the one hand, and scientific research on the other, are inseparable and serve one single purpose – ensuring sustainable development and building a knowledge-based society.