Aalto EE strengthens the partnership with a top university in the United Arab Emirates

Aalto University Executive Education Ltd (Aalto EE) and the United Arab Emirates University (UAE University) signed a co-operation agreement on Monday, February 3rd, 2020 to deepen a partnership launched in 2019 with a memorandum of understanding.

From left to right: Samir Azzeh, UAE University; Jaakko Skantsi, Embassy of Finland in Abu Dhabi; Prof. Ghaleb Ali Al Hadrami Al Breiki, UAE University; Raija Kuokkanen and Dr. Pekka Mattila, Aalto EE; Dr. Eissa Eid Jawar AlFaraj Al Rumaithi, UAE University; Viet Phan and Minna Wickholm, Aalto EE.


“Times are changing in the United Arab Emirates, which now needs to re-examine the pillars of its economy as it enters a post-oil era. This kind of an innovation and transformation challenge is naturally an attractive proposition for Aalto University,” says Pekka Mattila, Group Managing Director for Aalto EE and Professor of Practice at the Aalto University School of Business.

Aalto EE and the UAE University ran an innovative leadership program together in the summer of 2019, and the two partners are currently working on a program focusing on public service innovation design.

“Together we are building on the strengths of Aalto University such as digitalization, design thinking, and entrepreneurship. In addition to that, we are looking forward to the new openings enabled through combining the strengths of the two universities,” comments Raija Kuokkanen, Head of New Ventures and Partnerships, Thought Leadership and Design at Aalto EE.

Aalto University and the UAE University are both ranked among the world’s top 50 universities of less than 50 years of age. The partnership gives the United Arab Emirates and neighboring regions an opportunity to benefit from Aalto University’s wide range of expertise.

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Dr. Pekka Mattila
Group Managing Director, Professor of Practice 
Aalto University Executive Education Ltd 
Telephone +358 40 738 7221 

Raija Kuokkanen
Head of New Ventures and Partnerships; Thought Leadership and Design
Aalto University Executive Education Ltd
Telephone +358 10 837 3737

Aalto University Executive Education Ltd 

Aalto University Executive Education offers high-quality leadership development services (Aalto EE), professional development services for experts and managers (Aalto PRO), and creative solutions covering the whole life-cycle of entrepreneurship (Aalto ENT). Aalto University brings to our offering a multidisciplinary approach, together with innovative learning methods; this provides a unique combination of practical expertise with latest research. 

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