The Advisory Board of the College of Science at United Arab Emirates University held its fourth meeting at the Innovation Lab in the Crescent building on October 10, 2016. The topic was the Pursuit of Happiness initiative. The meeting was attended by Dr. Ahmad Murad, Dean of the College of Science, Board Member, his Excellency Sultan Al Hadji, Vice President of Total E&P in the UAE, and the Chairman of the Advisory Board of the College. Also in attendance were a number of members of the Board: Dr. Mohammad Murad, Director of the Decision Making Support Center at Dubai Police; Suhail Al Muhairi, Executive Director of the Municipal Infrastructure and Assets Sector at the Al Ain Municipality and a board member; Mohammed Mulla, Expert at the Ministry of Energy; Dr. Mohamed Yousef Al Madfaei, the Executive Director of the Integrated Environment Policy and Planning Sector at the Environment Agency in Abu Dhabi and Dr. Asma Al Menhali, Deputy Dean and Rapporteur of the Council.
Dr. Ahmad Murad pointed out the importance of this meeting to achieve the first mission of UAE University which is the need to strengthen the wealth of knowledge in the society. This positive contribution is achieved by preparing confident graduates that possess the professional skills and the quality required for their future jobs. He stressed that the College of Science is committed to providing a learning environment with a research nature through the development of laboratory-based courses and field practice in partnership with the industry sector, and other local and international organizations.
Mr. Sultan Al Hadji emphasized that this cooperation between the University and Total Company would benefit both institutions, while pointing out that UAE University always leads to support effective partnerships with other institutions to prepare a conscious generation and pioneering in all critical areas for the State. At the beginning of the meeting, Mr. Al Hadji reviewed the agenda of the meeting and the minutes of the third meeting were approved, and some of the accomplishments achieved in the academic year 2015/2016 as well as completion rates were attributed to performance indicators.
The fourth Board of the College included revision of this year's plan, in line with national trends, with plans to include initiatives for happiness, positivity and foreseeing the future. The Advisory Board members praised the achievements made by the College in the previous academic year, the Board also congratulated UAE University and the College on the reaccreditation of the Chemistry Department by the British Royal Society.