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Education Initiatives Inspire the Next Generation in the Middle East

Higher Colleges of Technology electrical engineering students get hands-on with Raytheon at IDEX 2013.

From helming a ship simulator to trying out a handheld translator, college students got a first-hand glimpse of the latest defense technology as Raytheon’s guests at the 2013 International Defense Exhibition (IDEX) in Abu Dhabi.

A group of students and faculty from The Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) in Abu Dhabi visited the Raytheon stand at the IDEX International Defense Conference for an exclusive look at some of the latest technology from the company. The visit by students is part of the company’s broader efforts to inspire students in the Middle East.

"We highly appreciate the opportunity Raytheon has provided our HCT students today, as they were able to see products that are based on fine-tuned defense technologies and see how practical science is applied. This is very strongly linked to HCT’s philosophy of learning by doing through hands-on, practical experiences," said Dr. Marco Mugnaini, member of the faculty of electrical engineering technology.

Raytheon worked with Johns Hopkins University to establish a master’s degree in engineering program at HCT in the United Arab Emirates, and it continues to send leaders to speak at HCT events.

Raytheon Missile Systems President Taylor W. Lawrence, spoke at the most recent “Education Without Borders” gathering in Dubai. Speaking to more than 700 students at the Dubai Men's College, Lawrence described how breakthroughs in the aerospace industry have led to widely used commercial products like microwave ovens and cellular phones. He encouraged the students to stay focused, work hard and follow their dreams.

“Raytheon is deeply committed to inspiring the next generation of engineers, scientists and technologists,” Lawrence said. “I have no doubt some of the students attending this conference will help solve many of our planet’s greatest challenges.”

The most recent “Festival of Thinkers” conference in Abu Dhabi opened with a special address to students by Lynn A. Dugle, President of Raytheon Intelligence and Information Systems, who spoke about the impact that global population growth is having on economic and social systems.

Dugle speaks with graduate students attending the biennial Festival of Thinkers Conference. (Nov. 2011)

"The global population growth is straining economic and social systems, and putting unprecedented pressures on the allocation of already scarce natural resources, from water and food to energy supplies and oil," Dugle said.

In addition to her speech, Dugle participated in a panel on "Women in Leadership" moderated by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Julie Cart of The Los Angeles Times.

In another educational initiative, Raytheon partnered with the Centre of Excellence for Applied Research and Training  – a part of the UAE Higher Colleges of Technology – to sponsor a technology forum in support of math and science education.

Held in Abu Dhabi, the forum brought together 150 current and future military leaders, students and industry professionals. Attendees participated in briefings about current and emerging technologies and experienced interactive demonstrations on cybersecurity and control of unmanned aircraft. The forum provided a unique opportunity for students to network with Raytheon’s technical experts.

Raytheon has also embarked on education initiatives with Khalifa University of Science, Technology and Research in the UAE, King Saud University in Saudi Arabia and the Technical and Vocational Training Corporation, also in Saudi Arabia.

Published: 09/24/2014

Last Updated: 03/12/2015

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