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Network International and American University of Sharjah collaborate to empower youth in the FinTech sector

By Leandra Monteiro

December 02, 2022

  • American University of Sharjah
  • Digital Transformation
  • FiEx Fintech Youth Hub
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Network InternationalNetwork International, an enabler of digital commerce in the Middle East and Africa, and American University of Sharjah (AUS), a regional education and research institute, initiated a collaboration to explore knowledge and career-building avenues in FinTech for students studying at the university.

The collaboration aims to hone digital and leadership capabilities among the youth and help them discover meaningful careers in the FinTech space, while also supporting Network International’s quest to attract and retain high-quality talent graduating from the university.

As part of the collaboration, Network International has sponsored the first-ever FiEx Fintech Youth Hub, which brought together high school and university students interested to learn more about FinTech from industry experts. Moreover, both partners in the year ahead will explore launching training programs, organizing career fairs and student competitions, and facilitating guest lectures with veterans from the industry.

Speaking about the partnership, Nandan Mer, Group Chief Executive Officer of Network International, said, “The Middle East’s fintech market is booming. While we expect this trend to grow over the next few decades, we must also recognize that we are at risk of stunting our growth due to skill and talent gaps. In this context, we’re extremely pleased to collaborate with a prestigious educational institution like American University of Sharjah and believe that to be a leading fintech player, we must work closely with them to inspire and build the next generation of talent. This collaboration is a major step in our journey and we look forward to future-proofing our industry by being a change agent for good.”

Rania Morsi, Interim Executive Director of Advancement and Alumni Affairs at AUS said, “The collaboration with Network International is in line with our commitment to providing our students with the very best. As a leading university in the UAE, we have an immense talent pool that is passionate about learning and growing. To serve them, we are always looking for ways where they can engage in practical learning programs that will help them prepare for the future. Together with the Network team, we look forward to equipping the UAE’s future workforce with in-demand digital skills and fintech experience and bridging talent and skill gaps in this era.”

The collaboration between Network International and AUS signals the commitment of both partners to build a knowledge-based economy and give access to students studying at AUS to venture into FinTech and related disciplines.

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