UAE University launches the Research and Innovation Strategy (RIS) 2023-2026
Mon, 15 May 2023
In the presence of H.E Zaki Anwar Nusseibeh, the Cultural Advisor to H.H. the President of the UAE, and the Chancellor of the UAE University, the UAE University launched the Research and Innovation Strategy (RIS) 2023-2026. The launch ceremony was attended by Prof. Ghaleb AlBreiki, Acting Vice Chancellor, college deans, directors of research centers, and a number of faculty members.
In his opening speech, H.E Zaki Anwar Nusseibeh, Chancellor of the University, emphasized that, “Since its inception in 1976, the United Arab Emirates University has undergone significant changes. The research, innovation and achievements at the UAE University now encompass a wide range of disciplines, including Humanities and Social Sciences, Education, Law, Economics, Information Technology, Engineering, Science, Food and Agriculture, Medicine and Health Sciences.”
H.E added that the UAEU has fostered an enabling environment and research capabilities that have led to increased investment in research and innovation. As a result, the university has witnessed a significant growth in the outcomes of scientific research. This progress has had a notable impact on the global ranking of the university, particularly in 2023. Notably, the university's performance has earned it a position among the top 100 universities based on the number of patents from US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in 2021.
H.E stressed that the university is committed to providing ongoing support for important research initiatives, advanced innovation, and scientific research with a global and societal impact. This commitment aligns with the university's ambitious strategic goals, which are derived from the principles of the next 50 years.
H.E, the Chancellor of the University, explained that the UAEU's RIS 2023-2026 is a clear affirmation of the university's sustainable educational approach, that is based on the knowledge economy. This approach involves implementing qualitative initiatives that enhance the university's position as a distinguished research and knowledge hub with international standards. These initiatives also aim to empower our students with research skills that contribute to the construction and development of the society.
Prof. Ahmed Ali Murad, Associate Provost for Research and Chairman of the Supreme Committee for the RIS, stated, “The Research and Innovation Strategy 2023-2026 outlines the future directions for research and innovation at the UAE University. It encompasses the university's research vision and mission, the primary research goals, as well as the strategic scientific research areas and themes.”
Prof. Murad pointed out, “The Research and Innovation Strategy 2023-2026 holds significant importance as a strategic catalyst, positioning the university among the leading institutions in scientific advancement. At the university level, a steering committee and a technical committee, consisting of researchers, academics, faculty members, and administrators, have been established to develop a strategy that aligns with the research goals and the university's aspirations to foster scientific activity, creativity and innovation. Emphasizing areas of national priority, the university aims to expand its scientific endeavors.” He further emphasized that the university will continue to promote interdisciplinary research and encourage cooperation and resource integration among the various colleges, research centers, and industrial partners.
Prof. Mohsen Sherif, Director of Research and Sponsored Projects, and Chairman of the Technical Committee for RIS, added, “The Research and Innovation Strategy includes five main goals that will be achieved through 14 specific projects, each with a designated timeframe and individual objective. This comprehensive strategy aims to create an engaging environment that empowers students, faculty members, researchers and staff to reach their full potential in research and innovation.”
At the end of the ceremony, H.E Zaki Anwar Nusseibeh, Chancellor of the University, expressed his gratitude to those in charge of developing the Research and Innovation Strategy 2023-2026, and extended his best wishes for their success.
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