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United Arab Emirates University and Zayed University Announce Winning Proposals under the First UAEU-ZU Joint Research Program

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Dubai, 24 February 2022: His Excellency, Zaki Nusseibeh, Cultural Adviser to His Highness
the President of the UAE and Chancellor of the United Arab Emirates University
(UAEU) addressed a ceremony to celebrate the winning proposals submitted under
the first joint research program between UAEU and Zayed University (ZU). The
ceremony was attended by Her Excellency Noura Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and
Youth and the President of Zayed University, and the Executive Leadership,
senior administration, and faculty and researchers from both universities.

The Chancellor explained the
rationale for the joint research program by saying, “Our two institutions were
created to foster the infrastructure of knowledge and capability that provides
essential foundation for our nation’s stability and progress. We are
responsible for providing qualified and skilled individuals to form future
generations of professionals, entrepreneurs, and creative innovators. We are
entrusted with the resources that researchers and research institutes need to
push forward the frontiers of what is known, to provide solutions for current
economic and social challenges, and to advise us on future possibilities”.

The Chancellor said that the Joint
Research Program recognises that the two Federal institutions share a joint
responsibility to meet these national needs and aspirations. He explained that
the Program is significant because “We know that our sum is greater than our
parts, and therefore our collaboration will bring greater rewards”. He
emphasised that collaboration is also important because, “The heart of human
progress lies in dialogue, cooperation, and exchange of interests and ideas.
The human ability to join forces is essential if we are to care for our mutual
needs and to profit from each other’s talents. Therefore the Joint UAEU-ZU
Research Program acknowledges our commitment to these principles and secures
the vigour of our fraternal and intellectual bonds”.

The UAEU-ZU Joint Research Program
supports research and development projects in areas of national priority:
health sciences, space science and astronomy, water, energy, food and environmental
sciences, big data and artificial intelligence, and social and economic
sciences. The total budget for each winning research proposal is shared equally
between UAEU and ZU up to a total of 400,000 AED for laboratory-based projects
and 250,000 AED for others.  Winners are
identified after external evaluation of each proposal submitted by respected
peers in the relevant academic fields. The evaluation examines the quality of
the proposal in terms of their academic significance, novelty, and alignment to
institutional strategies. The Program will run every year, with the
administration alternating between UAEU and ZU.

A total of fifty-eight proposals
were submitted under a competitive process of evaluation. The Chancellor
explained the rationale for the criteria for evaluation. “They assure us of the
value of the research outcomes in terms of their potential to advance knowledge
and understanding, and their utility and application.  They ensure that our two institutions
continue to serve the national emphasis on innovation and creativity that is
essential to the sustainable development of UAE society and economy. Moreover,
they reinforce the alignment between our institutional missions and areas of
national priority”.

The Chancellor expressed his appreciation
for the efforts of all involved in the Program, saying, “I thank the
fifty-eight teams who submitted proposals for their interest in this great
competitive endeavour. The spirit and energy of your participation provides a
momentum that we all benefit from. I also express my tremendous gratitude to
the individuals from UAEU and Zayed University who provided the leadership,
organisation, and administration that made the Joint Research Program
possible”.

In conclusion he said, “I look
forward to hearing about the progress and development of each project and wish
you the very best of success. I have every confidence that the value of your
joint outputs will be greater than our investments.  Together UAEU and ZU serve the ten principles
set by our nation for the coming fifty years. We serve the economy and unity of
the country. We provide intellectual tools and develop human resources. We
foster collaboration and openness. And we are committed to serving human and
ecological priorities both nationally and globally”.

On her part, Her Excellency Noura Al
Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Youth and President of Zayed University assured
that this cooperation will unite the efforts of two prestigious academic
institutions to continue progress towards elevating the academic and research
standard and efficiency that we offer to the young leaders of tomorrow, and to
the whole world. “We prioritize tasks of preparing more proficient and capable
generations to participate in pushing the barriers of progress and development
during the next phase. This is one of our most important national duties, as we
are overseeing a new era – represented by the Projects of the next 50 years –
that aims to empower our youth for new changes, and the challenges it may
bring, to further develop our nation,” she said.

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