Marymount recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the American University of the Emirates for joint academic programs. The first initiative of the group was fourteen masters students in the cybersecurity and information technology programs visiting Dubai and Abu Dhabi where they would meet with government representatives, several US companies working in the region, and academics from the university. The focus of this visit was the growing focus on cybersecurity in the region as governments adapt more technology to enhance business and society.
The cultural experience was enhanced by the group visiting the country during Ramadan and seeing how society and businesses adapt given that only 10% of the people are Emirati and many of the foreign workers are not Muslim. The trip was planned by Marymount’s Office of Global Education and led by Victor Becancourt, Executive Director of the MU Center for Global Education, Dr. Diane Murphy, Chair of Information Technology, Cybersecurity and Data Science, and Adjunct Professor Stephen Boyce.
Photo 1: First Day at AUE, Dubai
Photo 2: Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi