10/07/2019
Dubai Police hosts 'Skills Cube' to encourage "Scientific Skills" among employees

The Dubai Police General HQ hosted Skills Cube- launched within  the "My Skills 12x12" campaign, a twelve months-long national programme for fostering advanced skills, lifelong learning, talent identification and capacity building-and discussed with its employees the Scientific Skills the skill of the month for September, in Umm Suqeim.

The event was attended by His Excellency Dr. Ahmad Belhoul Al Falasi, Minister of State for Higher Education and Advanced Skills; Major General PhD. Mohammed Ahmed bin Fahd, Assistant Commander-in-Chief of Academic Affairs and Training at Dubai Police; Major General Expert Khalil Ibrahim Al Mansouri, Assistant Commander-in-Chief for Criminal Investigation Affairs; Major General Mohammed Saeed Bakhit, Assistant Commander-in-Chief of Community Happiness and Logistics; Major General PhD Ahmad Eid Al Mansouri, Director of Forensic Science and Criminology Department, and Major General Kamel Butti Al Suwaidi, Director of the Operations Department, alongside a number of senior officers and officials.

H.E. Dr. Ahmad bin Abdullah Humaid Belhoul Al Falasi, Minister of State for Higher Education and Advanced Skills, said: “The National Program for Advanced Skills represents a road map for sparking a qualitative shift in empowering all community members and prepare them for the future and arising challenges. The 12 Advanced Skills reflect the practical needs of the UAE community, in line with global developments, to ensure the UAE keeps pace with the latest scientific and technological advancements and global practices in managing and deploying resources and capabilities. This would enable us to improve performance across different vital sectors in the UAE and achieve a quantum leap in all fields, thus driving the overall development process.”

His Excellency added: “Acquiring scientific skills is crucial to the development of nations, as they allow individuals to understand and analyse surroundings by using scientific methods or developing and testing theories. Applicable in all fields of work, such skills qualify individuals to advance across several interconnected specialisations, which continue to grow more complex. Drawing on the importance of skills in development came the role of scientific skills in arming individuals with knowledge of the basics of scientific thinking and methodologies, as well as research and development efforts, resulting in better performance and advancement across different disciplines, which can be seen in our daily practices and the different economic sectors.”

Al Falasi noted that individuals must seek to obtain more scientific skills, which have become an essential part of life, enabling them to develop themselves, enhance their chances of success and contribute in shaping the UAE’s future.

Al Falasi concluded: “Dubai Police’s hosting of the Skills Cube to explore scientific skills is an important step towards qualifying the police force and highlighting the importance of such skills in bolstering their tireless efforts to provide security and ensure the safety of community members. Acquiring the 12 Advanced Skills has become imperative, as they help promote lifelong learning in societies and making it a culture passed down across generations. Science and skills are two sides of the same coin in the process of empowering and preparing humans to smoothly venture through broader horizons of development in the future and make achievements that benefit generations to come.”

PhD Major General Ahmad Muhammad bin Fahd, expressed the force's pride in hosting the event at Dubai Police Academy as "it contributes to building and enhancing employee skills, besides identifying talented employees and graduates". bin Fahd praised the high standards of the programme and its contribution to the Dubai Government's objectives and to the force's goals.

His Excellency Haitham Al Rayes, Executive Director Government Policies at the General Secretariat of the Cabinet, highlighted the scientific basis of government policies in the art of decision-making support and the main characteristics of the success as well as the integration of policies and identifying key stakeholders as one of the essential priorities in the success of those policies. He also pointed out that making a specific decision is necessarily followed by going through a series of pillars, including information collection & analysis and measuring the impact over a particular time to ensure the ultimate decision serves the nation's overall happiness.

His Excellency Al Rayes added that six additional characteristics should be taken into account when introducing a successful policy; The scientific evidence based on scientific proof and facts, the existence of a comparative study of global best practices, the validation of assumptions, the consideration of data collected from parties involved, an additional review, and the evaluation of effects and cost versus interest. 

For her part, Fatima Al Wari, Specialist at the National Advanced Skills Program, talked about the strategy of the National Advanced Skills Program, and its goal in consolidating the principle of lifelong learning, referring to the twelve skills and their belonging to three main categories: basic skills, competencies and personal traits.

She explained that the twelve skills keep pace with the future variables to ensure the continuity of development in various vital sectors in the country, and a skill is allocated every month for learning and development. She also touched on the UAE's position in the global competitiveness and priority sectors of the country's economic future, as well as making reference comparisons with international countries to identify the most prominent skills of the future characterized by continuous.

'Skills Cube'

The National Programme for Advanced Skills launched the "Skills Cube" initiative at the Zayed University's main campus in Abu Dhabi to determine and enrich the skills of students, workers, and the general public with scientific and practical expertise.

The National Programme for Advanced Skills that was approved by the Cabinet is based on five main pillars. It introduces advanced skills to the community and enables them to understand and measure them, all while inspiring community members to identify the skills they possess – all of which are objectives fulfilled by the "Skills Cube" initiative.

The initiative is aimed at creating new opportunities for employment and excellence in various vital sectors across the country and include a number of activities and workshops on "growth mindset skills".