Abu Dhabi / WAM
Abu Dhabi University (ADU) announced a new partnership with the University of Reading, one of the United Kingdom’s (UK) top 30 universities and a world leader in research and teaching in agriculture, food science and climate change.
The university’s work on climate change has been recently honoured with a Queen’s Anniversary Prize, the highest national honour for a UK institution in higher and further education.
The collaboration was announced through a memorandum of understanding (MoU), signed by Professor Waqar Ahmad, Chancellor of ADU, and Professor Paul Inman, Pro-Vice Chancellor (International), University of Reading, during Professor Ahmad’s visit to the
University of Reading.
The two institutions will explore the provision of teaching, research and consultancy in areas of critical importance to the UAE and the region, including agricultural business, food
security and agricultural technology. A delegation from the University of Reading (UoR) is expected to visit ADU later this year for further discussions on taking this partnership forward.
The ADU Chancellor said, “The UoR has an international reputation in teaching, research and engagement. It is a world leader in many subjects, including agriculture and food security, areas of great strategic importance to the UAE. This partnership focuses on giving access to world-class teaching and research in areas of critical strategic importance, not only to the UAE but also the region.”
For his part, Professor Inman said, “It was a great honour and a pleasure to welcome the Chancellor of Abu Dhabi University (ADU), Professor Waqar Ahmad, to our campus. We are proud of the work our colleagues and experts at the UoR have been doing in addressing global issues, including sustainable food production, biodiversity conservation, animal welfare, food security, poverty alleviation and international development. In addition to climate change adaption and mitigation, ethical food systems, consumer behaviour, diet and health.”
To bolster joint research and expand its course offerings through a partnership with prestigious international universities, the ADU has signed several international MoUs with the
world-leading institutions, including Rice University (USA), University of Arizona (UA) (US), Arizona State
University (USA), Monash
University (Australia), University College Dublin (UCD) (Ireland), Trinity College Dublin, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) (Malaysia), and Politecnico di Milano (Italy).