In the presence of the Vice Chancellor:
On Wednesday, November 23rd his Excellency Prof. Mohamed Albaili, Vice Chancellor of the United Arab Emirates University, opened the "Educational Creative Chemistry Laboratory", in the presence of Her Excellency, Sara Al Amiri, President of UAE Council of Scientists. Prof. Ghaleb Al Hadrami, Deputy Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Studies, Dr. Ahmed Murad, Dean of College of Science, and a number of faculty members and students at the College also attended.
Prof. Mohamed Albaili confirmed that these new laboratories are an opportunity to teach chemistry in an innovative manner that stimulates creativity and innovation among students. He also stressed that the United Arab Emirates University is keen on developing its scientific laboratories. This will support innovation and encourage students to be leaders in their areas of specialization. He added that "UAEU is keen to adopt the best learning methods, so as to raise the quality of education and disseminate knowledge".
Her Excellency Sara Al Amiri expressed her admiration for the events and activities in the "Creative Chemistry Laboratory", such as the chemical activities, presentations on interesting properties of chemical elements and compounds, and presentations on the basics of chemistry. She also toured the Laboratory sections, which include the Vehicles Section, the Educational Games and Library Section, the Cosmetics Section and other educational sections.
For his part, Dr. Ahmed Murad said: "The Laboratory is another vital and interesting part of the educational life at the College of Science. It seeks to attract students to study science through securing an appropriate place for students to showcase their innovations. They will have knowledge about the chemical properties of materials and how they interact, and learn in an engaged manner mixed with creativity, as this kind of laboratory is a bridge of knowledge between the university and public schools.
Dr. Mohamed Al Azab, Head of Department of Chemistry, stressed that "the Department is keen on diversifying the methods of presentation of chemistry in new and creative ways, in order to motivate students to learn chemistry and make them love it. This will overcome students’ reluctance to study chemistry and attract them to study this branch of science, explaining that the Department will launch a link for the "Educational Creative Chemistry Laboratory " on the website of the College of Science, which will contain information and fun experiences to be used in schools as needed.