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UAEU Welcomes Dr Mohamed Yousef Hasan Baniyas as Provost

The Vice Chancellor of the United Arab Emirates University (UAEU), Dr. Abdulla Al Khanbashi, was pleased to announce that His Highness Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Higher Education & Scientific Research, and Chancellor of UAEU University, has appointed Dr. Mohamed Yousef Hasan Baniyas, Vice Provost for Medical Sciences and Dean of Medicine, as the new UAEU Provost. 

Dr. Abdulla Al Khanbashi said: “I believe Dr. Mohamed is the individual best prepared to assume this important leadership position in the University. His deep understanding of the issues and challenges currently facing the University and his extensive experience as both a faculty member and senior administrator, will allow him to successfully lead the academic team and become a valuable addition to the Vice Chancellor’s Senior Executive Cabinet.”

Dr. Mohamed’s broad range of experiences include: earning full professor status in 2006; serving as the Vice Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health; Director of Graduate Studies programs, and Associate Dean for Admissions, Student and Alumni Affairs. He currently serves as the Vice Provost of Medical Sciences and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences and is also a current member of the University Academic Council. He will assume his new responsibilities as Provost on June 3, 2012.

Dr. Mohamed has built an impressive academic career after receiving his Ph.D. in Pharmacology and Therapeutics from the University of Wales. His training includes residency and fellowships of the American College of Forensic Examiners and the American College of Clinical Pharmacology. He holds board certifications from the American Academy of Pain Management, the American Board of Forensic Examiners, the American Psychotherapy Association and the American Board of Applied Toxicology. Dr. Mohamed also serves as Advisor for national and international organizations on drug safety.

Dr. Abdulla Al Khanbashi looks forward to working with the new UAEU Provost, “as together we continue to elevate every aspect of academic programs: undergraduate studies, graduate studies, and research.” 

The incumbent UAEU Provost, Dr. Mohamed Yousef, said: “It gives me great pleasure to extend my sincere thanks and appreciation to His Highness Sheikh Nahayan Mubarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, and UAEU Chancellor, for this trust and I consider it a mandate to serve the university and the country.”

He added further: “I will devote all my time, effort and my knowledge to serve the university and its goals so it occupies a prominent place among others.”

“In this framework, I’m pleased to work with His Excellency Dr. Abdulla Al Khanbashi, Vice Chancellor and the University community to develop plans that help to elevate the academic, scientific and administrative aspects.”

“Regarding the academic aspect, there are intensive academic programs focusing on the scientific side. We also have well prepared and qualified students but they need to develop their practical skills to prepare them to meet the labor market demands through enriching their educational programs for the different skills: such as leadership, communication skills and using the new technologies. In addition it is necessary to enhance their educational and practical circumstances and improve their self-training to be capable to serve the country.”

Dr. Mohamed continued: “As for scientific research, there is capable scientific faculty at UAEU. We are very proud of them, as they are involved in reputable scientific research. This faculty should work in scientific groups to form a base for specialized scientific centers such as vital biotechnology, renewable energy, strategic studies and economic development.

“As for higher studies, specified standard requirements should be applied for admission and graduation and to facilitate admission procedures.”

Dr. Mohamed concluded: “In the administrative arena, UAEU has qualified faculty and staff, these need to coordinate and work as a unified team; and the deans and unit directors shall be the focus of academic decision making. The role of the provost office shall be supportive to their resolutions.”

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United Arab Emirates University (UAEU)

  • 21st Century research-based university, providing research solutions to support the UAE and, through its global partners, the wider world
  • Founded in 1976 by HH Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan; the UAE's first national university
  • Chancellor: His Highness Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research
  • Nine Faculties:
    • Business & Economics
    • Education
    • Engineering
    • Food & Agriculture
    • Humanities & Social Sciences
    • Information Technology
    • Law
    • Medicine & Health Science
    • Science
  • 12,500 students enrolled in Fall 2011/2012
  • First PhD program in UAE national institution commenced in January 2010
  • Strong focus on providing specific research solutions and benefits to society − the new model of a 21st Century university, furthering research as part of the global network of discovery and innovation
  • Ranked 338 worldwide by the QS Ranking of International Universities


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