As the UAE builds its high-tech industries, the demand for skilled personnel increases. Two academic institutions are highlighting their efforts to not only produce highly employable skilled engineers and technicians, but also help in driving new technologies.
The United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) has more than 15,000 students and is a research-intensive institution that undertakes a range of research and development projects. Being highlighted at IDEX are a 3D tele-operated robot that can be controlled remotely by an operator wearing a smart suit, and Smart Autonomous Transportation Systems. Also on show are a system in which drones co-operate with ground vehicles to respond to disaster situations, and a GeoDrone that can be used for asset inspection and site survey.
Also present at IDEX is ADVETI (Abu Dhabi Vocational Education and Training Institute), which has a range of technical schools and technology/scientific institutes throughout the Emirates.