RABAT, 24th November, 2022 (WAM) — The United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) participated in the ICESCO Forum for Research Centres, which was organised by the Strategic Foresight Centre of the Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (ICESCO) during November at the organisation’s headquarters in Rabat, Morocco.
Prof. Ahmed Ali Murad, Associate Provost for Research at UAEU, presented a research paper titled “The Role of Research Centres in Achieving the National Agenda.” The paper addressed the university’s research centres model role in aligning with national strategies and achieving the national agenda.
He said that the UAEU has invested in developing its infrastructure to support significant transformation in research outcomes. The UAEU has state-of-the-art experimental and computational labs and information technology facilities.
The research and innovation strategy 2023-2026 identified six main research themes, including health and medical sciences, space science and technology, water, energy, food and agricultural sustainability, Digital technology and security, material science and manufacturing, and economics, and emerging humanities, social and economic issues.
He explained that the UAEU research centres were established based on national innovation priorities, which include renewable energy, mobility, education, health, water, technology, and space.
Dr. Murad emphasised that the UAEU research centers aim to bridge the gap between the academic and industrial worlds, not only at the local level, but also regionally and globally. Research centres also support innovation and creativity and contribute to the development of patents.