His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, yesterday attended a ceremony marking the signing of three strategic agreements by the Federal Government in the field of developing abilities and skills of federal government staff. As per directives of Shaikh Mohammed, three specialized training courses will be directed to federal government staff starting from next September, in the areas of government policies, legal management and government communication. Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Gargawi, Minister for Cabinet Affairs signed the agreements on behalf of the Federal Government, at the Presidential Palace. Zayed University was represented by Dr. Maytha bint Salem Al Shamsi, Minister of State and President of Zayed University. Samy A. Mahmoud, Chancellor of the University of Sharjah and Dr. Franz B. Humer, Chairman of the Board of Directors at INSEAD-Abu Dhabi were also present representing their institutions at the signing. Gargawi said, “These strategic partnerships add an important partner to government work, in the light of building its capacity and human resources, where this step is considered as a completion to the efforts of the federal government in order to expand its partnerships. These partnerships include, ministries, federal authorities and local governments, the private sector and civil entities.” He pointed out that by inking these partnerships, the Federal Government began a new phase of building strategic partnerships by strengthening the role of Higher Education and academic institutions towards supporting government work and the march of development being witnessed by the UAE. Under the agreement, the three universities will set up and implement specialised training programmes and enhance the capabilities of federal government staff. According to the agreements, a joint working group was formed between the federal government, represented by the General Secretariat of the Cabinet at the Ministry of Cabinet Affairs, and Sharjah and Zayed Universities, and INSEAD-Abu Dhabi. The agreements also state that Sharjah University will secure a training programme for staff of the federal government in addition to overall supervision of the preparation of training resources. Zayed University will offer a training programme for staff of Government communication departments in various ministries and authorities.