Minister of Higher Education and Rolls-Royce to support students at Dubai Airshow “Futures Day”

Sunday, 13 November 2011

HH Sheikh Nahayan Mubarak Al-Nahayan, the UAE Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, has expressed his support for "Futures Day‟, which will be held on 17 November 2011, the last day of this years Dubai Airshow. The important initiative also gained support from Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, which is the first Gold Sponsor.

Futures Day will invite up to 400 students from universities and colleges across the UAE to join an innovative programme which will highlight to them the diverse career opportunities which are available in the aerospace industry.

HH Sheikh Nahayan Mubarak Al-Nahayan said: “One of the Ministry's main goals are supporting scientific research and encouraging innovation. Futures Day at the Dubai Airshow 2011 is a chance for our university students to meet innovative companies that invest in scientific research.

“I wish to thank the Dubai Airshow organisers and Rolls-Royce for organising this activity and I would encourage students who participate in this initiative to ask questions and engage with the important global companies who will be on hand providing their expertise and knowledge for our benefit.”

Rolls-Royce will host a seminar for the students to provide detailed insight into the exciting career opportunities in science and engineering across the industries that the Group participates in, globally.

Rob Watson, Rolls-Royce, Regional Director – Middle East, said: “Supporting educational programmes in the Middle East is a key priority for Rolls-Royce and demonstrates the company‟s long-term commitment to skills development and industrialisation in the areas where we operate. Future‟s Day is an important opportunity to showcase the diversity and benefits of careers in science and engineering and is an initiative we are very pleased that HH Sheikh Nahayan Mubarak Al-Nahayan has expressed his support for. We look forward to working with HH Sheikh Nahayan and other partners to make this a success for Emirati students.”

The Dubai Airshow is organised under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and in co-operation with Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Dubai Airports and the UAE Armed Forces.

  1. Rolls-Royce is a world-leading provider of power systems and services for use on land, at sea and in the air, and has established a strong position in global markets - civil aerospace, defence aerospace, marine and energy.
  2. As a result of this strategy, Rolls-Royce has a broad customer base comprising more than 500 airlines, 4,000 corporate and utility aircraft and helicopter operators, 160 armed forces, more than 4,000 marine customers, including 70 navies, and energy customers in nearly 120 countries, with an installed base of 54,000 gas turbines.
  3. Annual underlying revenues were £10.8 billion in 2010, of which more than half came from the provision of services. The firm and announced order book stood at £61.4 billion at 30 June 2011, providing visibility of future levels of activity.
  4. Rolls-Royce employs over 39,000 skilled people in offices, manufacturing and service facilities in over 50 countries. Over 11,000 of these employees are engineers.
  5. In 2010, Rolls-Royce invested £923 million on research and development, two thirds of which had the objective of further improving the environmental performance of its products, in particular reducing emissions.
  6. Rolls-Royce supports a global network of 28 University Technology Centres, which connect the company‟s engineers with the forefront of scientific research.
  7. The Group has a strong commitment to apprentice and graduate recruitment and to further developing employee skills
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