“Welcome to Rabdan Academy. I am proud to be presiding over this state-of-the-art educational institute that is at the cutting edge of the delivery of resilience education and training for the Government and private sectors. It is an Academy built on the realization in the UAE that resilience is critical to the Nation’s interests and that true resilience is achieved by joined up policies, planning and responses from Government organizations and the private sector, so that the reaction to incidents and emergencies of any kind is coordinated and effective.

Rabdan Academy was developed to educate and train students from a wide range of key stakeholders, in a range of courses from Masters level degrees to short vocational courses. It also seeks to work with stakeholders to assist drive common standards and interoperability of vocational training, and achieve the most effective outcomes in an efficient manner through the development of Centers of Excellence.

The Academy is a future-class, multi-disciplinary learning environment of choice for the continuing development of safety, security, defense, emergency preparedness and crisis management professionals. It is an independent and autonomous institution reporting directly to the Executive Council of the Abu Dhabi Emirate. Its ambition is to contribute to the development of a world-class crisis response capability consistent with the Abu Dhabi Plan and 2030 Economic Vision. The Academy will lead the approach of the UAE in combining academic and vocational education, linking education with research to assist in the development of resilience policies. It is the first in the UAE to provide learning in a dual sector structure that recognizes prior learning and experience, sharing accumulated credits from course to course and job to job. This removes duplication of effort and provides students with clear career pathways and professional development.

While building the dual-sector curriculum, the Academy has become fully accredited by the Commission for Academic Accreditation in the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research. Accreditation is important for our students as course credits are recognized within the UAE and internationally, and also transferable between programs and institutions.

Rabdan Academy is a forward-looking educational organization, capable of going beyond traditional learning models and methodologies to address the educational needs of today’s students. Its curriculum and delivery methodology is applications-based and relevant to both students’ needs and skills necessary for their future professions. It is an Academy dedicated to ensuring that the Nation can respond to future incidents and emergencies, in an uncertain and unstable world, with the necessary resilience to protect its interests.”

 James Anthony Morse

Academy President