Page 60 - The UAE University AnnualReport for the Academic Year 2010 - 2011

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Masdar Institute
A cross institutional partnership was forged with
the Masdar Institute of Technology resulting in the
establishment of projects in water resources and
renewable energy and the co-supervision of MSc
and PhD students.
Biotechnology Day
The iWIL Center organized this 3-day program
that included tours and meetings for international
speakers and visitors. It was attended by Directors
and representatives from government and the
private sector in addition to senior students from
UAEU and Zayed University studying Chemical
Engineering, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Food
& Agriculture, and Medical majors. Attendees
were briefed on the different products and the life
cycle of Bio Drugs and the different biotechnology
applications in the pharmaceutical industry and
the problems faced with biopharmaceuticals
culminating in the commercial uses and future of
biotechnology.
An insight was provided into the Emirates
Biotech Pharmaceutical Factory, including the
pharmaceutical raw material that will be produced
by this new factory with its aim to bring high-end
sophisticated technology to the UAE and a new
future global center in the region.
Information Technology Marathon
This nation-wide competition was a partnership
between the FIT and ADEC and is aimed at
exciting school students about the field of IT.
The competition is a team-based activity that
provided students the opportunity to showcase
their IT skills. It spread awareness of the strategic
importance of IT in the UAE and aims to produce
the next generation of IT thinkers in the Nation.
Library Partnerships
Interlibrary cooperation, establishing alliances,
and partnerships is the most effective strategy
in sharing academic and research resources
where the cost of subscriptions and acquisitions
of the libraries core collections is skyrocketing.
The Libraries Deanship is currently involved in
the interlibrary book lending consortium (LIWA)
with HCT and Zayed University, with the aim to
expand the services of LIWA to cover access to all
e-resources at the partner libraries.
As part of its community service mission, with
the ability to generate external funds, the UAEU
Libraries Deanship renewed its contract with the
Zayed II Military College to manage and run its
library.
Two MoU’s were signed; one with the Ministry
of Culture, Youth and Community Development
to promote the concept and mechanisms of the
integration and cooperation between the libraries
and information centers in the country, and the
second with the Ministry of Interior, Abu Dhabi
Police GHQ, to build bridges of knowledge and
cooperation between the University and Abu
Dhabi Police GHQ in the field of scientific research
and information resources.
Children’s Collections
An UAEU initiative to support the improvement of
the nation’s K-12 education system has resulted in
a remarkable collection that is devoted to children
at different stages in their primary education.
The children’s corner holds relevant collections
matching their readership level and a new
children’s service offers storytelling time for school
children in Al-Ain as a literacy initiative that also
engages students enrolled in teaching programs,
and assists educators in utilizing this service as an
educational tool.
Emirates Collection
The Library is adding to the Emirates Collection,
transforming it into a national treasure set up as
an educational, research, and cultural platform.
Continuing Education
In addition to providing developmental education
for the nation’s high-school graduates, the UAEU
worked closely with the broader community in
support of lifelong learning. Continuing education
clients include; the Zayed Military Academy
Academic Program, Abu Dhabi Civil Service ICDL
Training Program, Abu Dhabi Police College
English Program, Abu Dhabi Education Council
Summer Challenge Programs, ADWEA Summer
Camps, ADWEA, TRANSCO and Al Ain Diwan
English Training Programs, Al Ain Municipality
English Program, Toumoh Retraining Program for
UAE Nationals, EPI (Tawazon) Project, ADACH
Museum Guide English Program, UAE University
Staff ICDL and English Training Programs, and a
number of initiatives for the Ministry of Education
(particularly the Al Ain Education Zone).
Additionally, the highly qualified Arabic program
recently completed the development and testing
of its world-class Arabic Proficiency Test (APT),
resulting in an immediate agreement with the Abu
Dhabi Education Council to administer the test and
provide subsequent professional development
to 7,000 Ministry of Education teachers, with the
APT being piloted for potential use as a UAEU
graduation benchmark.
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