Middle East, Technology, UAE

UAE launches ‘One Million Jordanian Coders’ initiative

The UAE has launched the ‘One Million Jordanian Coders’ initiative in the Jordanian capital Amman, marking a step forward in the mutual commitment of the UAE and Jordan to promoting partnerships and knowledge sharing.

The initiative was launched under the patronage and in the presence of Prince Al Hussein bin Abdullah II, Crown Prince of Jordan, and in line with the UAE-Jordan strategic partnership in government modernisation.

‘One Million Jordanian Coders’ aims to position Jordan as one of the most advanced countries in the field of coding through providing the necessary training for young people, enabling them to keep pace with the rapid developments in computer science, equipping them with future skills, building their capacities, and increasing their competitiveness in the job market.

The initiative seeks to empower Jordanian youth to spearhead the development of the country’s digital economy, thus contributing to bridging the digital gap in the Arab world.

Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs and the Future, said, “Coding is the language of the future. Jordan has valuable experience in providing its human capital with advanced technical skills.”

He noted that ‘One Million Jordanian Coders’ will continue for several years in Jordan under the patronage of His Royal Highness Crown Prince Al Hussein bin Abdullah II. Its strategic goal is to build a new generation of Arab youth that is fluent in the language of the future. The initiative offers free training schemes and internationally accredited certificates, a career platform and scholarships for high achievers.

“The Arab youth have the capacity to compete with the best technology companies globally. We have successful examples in the UAE and Jordan that give us the confidence to shape a better technological future for the region. The UAE and Jordan have initiated a partnership programme in government modernisation, and a package of joint projects will be announced over time,” said Al Gergawi.

Eng Mothanna Gharaibeh, Minister of Digital Economy and Entrepreneurship of Jordan, said, “The One Million Jordanian Coders initiative aligns with our keenness to develop digital knowledge and skills among Jordanian youth. The accelerated technological advancements in the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution have made it imperative for everyone to master digital tools to keep up to date with global developments.”

Organised in partnership with Microsoft, Udacity, Facebook and Bayt.com, the ‘One Million Jordanian Coders’ initiative offers accredited free online coding courses that are managed by the Crown Prince Foundation.

The three-month learning journey covers a wide array of topics and skill levels. Upon completion of the courses, the participants will receive accredited certificates. Serving as a virtual home for a community of coding students, educators and experts, the platform also features e-forums for coding enthusiasts and a career portal with coding job listings for graduates. Furthermore, students who excel in the courses can also receive scholarships for internationally recognised training programmes.

Registration for ‘One Million Jordanian Coders’ is now open to interested candidates. At a later stage, the initiative will offer advanced training sessions to outstanding students over a six-month period. The graduates of these workshops will receive a globally recognised Nanodegree.

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