Rabdan Academy and GCAA to Enhance Cooperation in Research, Development and Exchange of Expertise

Rabdan Academy and GCAA to Enhance Cooperation in Research, Development and Exchange of Expertise


  • The MOU expands the strategic partnership to enhance scientific research, exchange of expertise and sharing experiences in line with global changes and developments
  • The initiative offers promising opportunities of integrated development plans and specialised capacity development programs within the framework of an ambitious future vision


Abu Dhabi – 08 September 2022: Rabdan Academy and the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to enhance joint cooperation in scientific research, exchanging experience & information, and holding specialised capacity development programs in the Safety, Security, Defence, Emergency Preparedness and Crisis Management Sectors (SSDEC).

The signing ceremony took place at Rabdan Academy’s main campus in Abu Dhabi, where the MoU was signed by H.E. Saif Mohammed Al Suwaidi, Director General of GCAA, and H.E. James Morse, President of Rabdan Academy, in the presence of a number of senior management members of both parties.

The initiative supports the expansion of the strategic partnership between Rabdan Academy and GCAA to include research, development, knowledge and exchange of technologies and services in accordance with the best international standards, which contributes to strengthening the Civil Aviation Sector and achieves the best desired results in the fields of safety and security.

Under the MOU, the two parties seek to provide technical and consulting services to empower and develop GCAA’s staff through the implementation of a number of specialised capacity development programs in the risk & threat assessment and the preparation of effective response plans within an integrated educational and training framework that includes lectures, discussions, simulation exercises and practical application scenarios.

H.E. Saif Mohammed Al Suwaidi, Director General of GCAA, said: “The signing of this MOU comes as a culmination of the government’s directions and the GCAA’s strategy in providing the Civil Aviation Sector with specialised national cadres and opening opportunities for GCAA and Rabdan Academy’s Staff to develop the capabilities and skills in the UAE Civil Aviation Safety & Security through exchanging experiences and establishing a mechanism for training plans and joint cooperation in research and development within scientific and academic fields, together with organising joint seminars, scientific conferences, training courses and workshops”.

H.E. James Morse, President of Rabdan Academy, said: “This strategic partnership embodies the efforts to achieve our 2025 vision in promoting cooperation and coordination between relevant national institutions through the provision of like-minded, jointly qualified individuals, and GCAA is considered one of the institutions that we are keen to collaborate with in the context of developing joint scientific, academic and research programs that enhance the civil aviation safety and security, and support the comprehensive development process in the country.”

Rabdan Academy employs joint efforts to develop specialised training programs and high-level scientific & practical skills, through the establishment of a number of strategic partnerships and cooperative agreements with world-leading academic and research institutions.

The Academy has full academic licensure and accreditation from the Commission for Academic Accreditation of the UAE Ministry of Education, and it applies Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Accumulation Transfer (CAT), reflecting the best global practices in this regard.

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