In line with the decision of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, declaring 2017 as “the Year of Giving” and the global vision of Endowment adopted by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, the Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government (MBRSG) has announced the allocation of 60 seats as endowment for students from GCC and Arab countries in the field of government excellence applications, In collaboration with the Mohammed Bin Rashid Global Centre for Endowment Consultancy and the Arab Administrative Development Organization. The initiative complements efforts to spread knowledge and government best practices across the Arab world. The School will cover all tuition fees for the selected students.
Accordingly, Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government has received the Dubai Endowment Sign from Mohammed Bin Rashid Global Centre for Endowment Consultancy, one of Mohammed Bin Rashid global initiatives, in recognition of its community contribution as a role model in the education and training sector in the UAE.
Following the directives of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, the Dubai Endowment Sign allows private institutions to acquire a preference for procurements and contracts in the government of Dubai.
Dr. Ali Sebaa Al Marri, the Executive President of MBRSG, says, "With the thoughts and vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the School was founded; and that thought has also established for our societal and educational role, which motivated MBRSGt to participate in the initiative of Mohammed Bin Rashid Global Centre for Endowment Consultancy, through the allocation of educational seats as endowment for students from GCC and the Arab world in the field of government excellence applications. As those wishing to benefit from our initiative can contact directly with the administration of the School”.
He asserts that this partnership is in line with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed, President of the UAE, and the global vision for Endowment adopted by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai.” Moreover, the initiative reflects the School’s commitment to documenting the UAE’s unique experience in government, as well as to spreading government best practices across the Arab world. The initiative falls in line with the School’s objective to document the UAE’s outstanding experience in government performance and to promote best practices in the Arab world.
In collaboration with the Arab Administrative Development Organization MBRSG will hold a workshop entitled "Applications of Institutional Excellence in the Government of Dubai", which aims to highlight key concepts of corporate excellence by identifying best practices in leadership, strategies, methodologies, initiatives and services by the Government of Dubai, as well as other governments. Also, the workshop will work to establish a comprehensive perspective and practical approach to fast-track governmental institutional performance across the Arab countries.
Dr. Hamad Al Hammady, Secretary-General of the Mohammed bin Rashid Global Centre for Endowment Consultancy, stressed the importance of the participation of MBRSG, saying, "All the initiatives of the Centre vary according to the needs of the community on the one hand; and according to the innovative thought of each institution involved in the creation of new endowment methods on the other hand, in order to include diverse groups from all sectors of the society both at domestic and Arab level. The initiative of the School is not limited to the UAE only, but it includes students from outside the country, which comes in line with “the Year of Giving” declared by His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan and the objectives of the global Vision for Endowment adopted by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai".
The Secretary General of the Centre said that the website - www.MBRgcec.ae is ready to receive inquiries from all interested individuals and organizations wishing to obtain the Dubai Endowment Sign.
The Centre will also provide the necessary consulting to public and private institutions in promoting community contribution by the Dubai Endowment Sign, which helps build a range of community services that address the most important needs of the community through the active participation of institutions.
The Dubai Endowment Sign was launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, as a key initiative of the Global Vision for Awqaf and Endowments, and highlights community participation by providing an opportunity to government and private sector institutions to participate in community service through innovative endowments in favor of the development needs of the community.
The Mohammed Bin Rashid Global Centre for Endowment Consultancy, one of the Mohammed bin Rashid Global Initiatives, will oversee the largest global initiative to revive Endowments including legislation and rules for endowments, products and services and the Endowment district. The new Centre will work on the implementation of the Dubai Awqaf and Endowments Strategy and achieving the Global Vision in this area by stimulating and empowering awqaf and endowments to meet the pressing social needs of people. The Centre will provide services to members of local, regional and global institutions at no cost to convert Awqaf into one of the main catalysts of development in the Arab world. The Centre works to provide Awqaf and endowment consulting according to international best practices, and consulting in wqaf and endowments deployment options to enhance the social impact for the benefit of the Arab people. The Centre also works on knowledge management in the field of Awqaf and endowments through research, studies and the organization of conferences, workshops and partnerships, as well as capacity-building and raising the efficiency of employees working in this area.
Dubai's Global Vision of Awqaf and Endowments, aims to revive Endowments and transform Dubai into a global center to stimulate and enable Awqaf and endowments to serve humanity through eight enablers including a comprehensive strategy, a clear legislative environment, effective consulting, adopting global best practices in the creation and management of Awqaf and endowments foundations, maximize the impact of Awqaf and endowments through highlighting innovative social opportunities, monitor urgent social needs that can be addressed by Awqaf and endowments, and finally by stimulating Awqaf and endowment through collective funding opportunities. These eight enablers work together in an integrated approach to achieve Dubai’s global vision in this area. These enablers address four strategic objectives, the first of which is to turn Dubai into a catalyst to serve the community through endowments and donations.
The second objective is to transform Dubai into a strategic regional hub to meet the social needs in the Arab world harnessing Awqaf and endowments. The third objective is to transform Dubai into a source of global best practices for Awqaf and endowments, while the fourth objective is to transform Dubai into a global center for research and expertise of Awqaf and endowments.
The Center utilises the Dubai Monitoring system for the social needs in the Arab world, a system created by the Center for monitoring the most prominent social needs that can be met through Awqaf and endowments in the Arab world. The system harnesses reliable global data sources to calculate and develop a heat-map of the most important needs of each country in the Arab world. The system data is updated periodically. The Mohammed Bin Rashid Global Centre for Endowment Consultancy also provides consulting in this area for the concerned local, regional and global institutions.
The Centre has also developed a Best Practices Guide for Awqaf and endowments that combines global best practices with practical examples of various international experiences in the creation and management of Awqaf and Endowment foundations. The Guide explains the best way for the formulation of strategic plans for organizations that operate in the field of Awqaf and endowments customized based on each organizations’ needs, size and objectives. The Guide also includes options for organizational structure, the general framework for setting priorities for projects to maximize social impact, investment management, performance indicators, as well as development operations. The Centre provides the necessary consulting in this area for existing or yet-to-be-established Awqaf and endowment institutions.