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AURAK Signs MoU with Education For Employment (EFE)

Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates -Saturday, February 11th 2017 [ ME NewsWire ]

The American University of Ras Al Khaimah (AURAK) has signed a memorandum of understanding with Education For Employment (EFE), an international not-for-profit network that creates employment opportunities for youth across the Middle East and North Africa region.

The agreement seeks to provide jobseekers and university graduates in the UAE, regardless of nationality, with training opportunities as well as linkages to employers through developing relationships with local businesses and industries. Through this agreement, AURAK has become EFE’s first university partner in the UAE.

Speaking after the signing ceremony, Prof. Hassan Hamdan Al Alkim, president of AURAK, commented, “I have very high expectations for this new relationship. As one of the leading institutions of higher education in the country, we are confident that we are producing top-quality graduates. Now, with our new partner, Education For Employment, we are delighted that we can ensure that our graduates will be well supported in their search for meaningful employment within highly-competitive job markets.”

On her part, Jasmine Nahhas di Florio, Senior Vice President of Strategy and Partnerships at EFE-Global added, “Each day, Education For Employment’s 40,000 graduates across the Middle East and North Africa send a clear message: with the right skills and tangible employment opportunities, youth can create a bright future for themselves, their families, and their communities.  We are honored to partner with AURAK, one of the country’s leading education institutions, to help youth in the UAE to transition from school to work and achieve their full potential.”

Education For Employment’s mission is to create economic opportunity for unemployed youth in the Middle East and North Africa by providing world-class professional and technical training that leads directly to employment and the world of work.

The American University of Ras Al Khaimah is a government-owned institution of higher education which provides an integrated North American-style education. It is accredited by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research and offers a total of 22 undergraduate and graduate programs across a wide range of disciplines.                     

About the American University of Ras Al Khaimah (AURAK)

Nestled between the picturesque Hajar mountain range and the alluring waters of the Arabian Gulf, the American University of Ras Al Khaimah is an independent, co-educational, state-owned institution of higher education that provides an integrated North American-style, undergraduate and graduate education, with a strong focus on the local indigenous culture. AURAK has emerged as a prestigious institution of higher learning in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The university offers eighteen undergraduate programs and four graduate programs - a total of twenty-two programs – all of which are accredited by the Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the UAE’s Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (MOHESR). The university is also working towards institutional accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), a regional body for accreditation of degree-granting institutions of higher education in the United States. To learn more, visit

About Education For Employment (EFE)

Education For Employment (EFE) is the leading youth employment network in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).  To create job opportunities for unemployed youth, EFE pioneered market-driven skills training that leads directly to tangible outcomes like jobs, business startup support, internships and other pathways to employment.  Since 2006, EFE has linked over 40,000 high-potential youth to a job or the world of work, while supporting more than 2,150 businesses to obtain the entry-level talent they need to grow.  Over half of EFE’s graduates are young women, reflecting EFE’s special focus on supporting women’s entry into the workforce.  The EFE Network is comprised of locally-run EFE affiliates in Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Palestine, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia and Yemen, with support hub offices in the USA (New York City and Washington, DC), Europe (Madrid) and the United Arab Emirates (Dubai).  To learn more, please visit and follow @EFE_Global.


Eóin Brown
Communications and Public Relations Department
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