Dubai Future Academy, the capacity building arm of the Dubai Future Foundation (DFF), has announced the launch of three digital courses.
The launch falls within the efforts of the Dubai Future Foundation to promote future knowledge and develop a global information model that supports the capabilities and competencies of future makers in various fields and enables them with the needed tools, a statement said.
Additionally, it emphasises the importance of being proactive about the future and preparing for any changes and using future opportunities in a way that makes the most efficient use of them.
Participants can enhance their skills in a variety of fields by taking these free digital courses in the UAE and around the world. They will also be introduced to significant opportunities in the fields of Future Methodologies, Future Technology and Future Literacy, and how the most prominent ways of using future foresight tools in the private sector as well as the government sector.
The courses are designed in a way that allows participants to choose when to watch the pre-recorded lectures without the requirement to commit to a schedule. This allows participants to control the pace by which they take the course. The courses are taught in English and Arabic.
Participants will receive a certification from the Dubai Future Foundation, once they have completed the course, passed with 90 per cent or more on the final exams and have proposed an idea for a future initiative that shapes the future of Dubai and the UAE.
Foundations of Foresight
The first course, titled Foundations of Foresight, aims to introduce participants to the most important foundations of future foresight, its concepts and ethics, its role in today’s world, how to explore future scenarios and the mechanisms for applying these principles of strategic thinking.
Foundations of Emerging Technologies
Participants in the Foundations of Emerging Technologies course will learn about the most important technological foresight tools within today’s emerging technology, opportunities to employ artificial intelligence and machine learning, as well as to blockchain applications, virtual and augmented reality, internet-of-things, 3D printing and others.
Foundations of Futures Literacy
The third course, titled Foundations of Futures Literacy, enables participants to explore, study and practice future communication skills and tools, enhance cognitive, motivational, and dynamic capabilities as well as introduce them to the most important skills of the 21st century and provide tools to build a forward-thinking mindset that helps them actively participate in building the future.
Dubai Future Academy launched 3 free digital courses that will help in developing skills of the future and explore the world of future thinking and strategic foresight.
— Dubai Future Foundation (@DubaiFuture) November 20, 2022
Saeed Al Gergawi, head of Dubai Future Academy, another initiative at Dubai Future Foundation, commented that preparing members of the public with future foresight tools is one of the most important pillars for Dubai Future Foundation, adding: “This initiative is an open invitation to anyone who has the ambition to leave a mark in the field of future design.”
“Through this initiative, we aim to export Dubai’s way of future thinking to the world by opening up the opportunity to everyone to participate in these programmes, and this contributes to the sharing of future knowledge based on a complete and consolidated vision that keeps up with the changing times and the new trends as well as employs the latest innovative practices,” he added.