His Excellency Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, and Chancellor of the United Arab Emirates University chaired the second meeting of the University Council for Academic Year 2015-2016 on Wednesday 6th January, 2016. It was held in his office at the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research in Abu Dhabi.
The University Council discussed important topics related to the university’s pursuit of excellence and the promotion of cultural and social values. They also discussed how to reinforce sustainable development and reach international standards for academic and institutional accreditation. The council reflected on their strategic plan to achieve quality and excellence and discussed the “2016 - Year of Reading” initiative. This is to promote learning about other cultures through various initiatives and projects.
The council were briefed on accredited academic programs which had already received accreditation from international institutions. They were also briefed on the draft of the university’s 2017-2021 strategic plan, which seeks to strengthen research, graduate studies, innovation and entrepreneurship at the university in line with the proposals from Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (in cooperation with Stanford University). These courses will be offered from the start of the second semester of the 2015/2016 academic year.
The council adopted various resolutions and stressed the importance of the Science Park’s strategic partnerships. These aim to make the UAEU Science Park a global platform for research, entrepreneurship, innovation, knowledge creation and sustainable development.
The University Council includes His Excellency Mohammed Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs; His Excellency Hussain Al Hammadi, Minister of Education; Her Excellency Noura Mohammed Al-Kaabi, Chief Executive Officer of the Abu Dhabi Media Zone Authority (twofour54); Her Excellency Aisha Abdullah Omran, Editor-in-Chief (Gulf Today); His Excellency Saif Mohammed Al-Hajeri, Chief Executive Officer of Tawazun Holding; His Excellency Abdullah Nasser Al-Mansouri, Chairman of the Board of Al-Nasser Holdings; His Excellency Eissa Abdulfattah Kazim, Director of Dubai International Financial Center; His Excellency Dr. Mohammed Ali Al Sheryani; His Excellency Dr. Ali Rashid Al Noaimi, Vice Chancellor of UAEU; Dr. Butti Sultan Al-Muhairi, College of Law; Dr. Fatima Abdulbaqi Al-Jasmi, College of Medicine and Health Sciences; Dr. Asma Abubaker Al-Menhali, College of Science and Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al-Suwaidi, College of Education.