Al Ain: At the end of the year 2022, the United Arab Emirates University has accomplished number of academic achievements that enhance its role and position as a leading national university that anticipates future and achieves the national strategic vision to improve the educational system and its academic outcomes that meet the requirements of national development projects, with the competencies of graduates in various academic disciplines. In addition, it has strengthened its role as a leading university in the fields of scientific research and strategic consultation, which serve decision-makers and national institutions.
Prof. Ahmed Murad, Associate Provost for Research, said
The university participated, during 2022, in different local, Arab, regional, and global events and activities, through its academic achievements, and its educational infrastructure, providing the country with the best educational outcomes, and contributing to the progress of educational, economic, literary, and cultural activities and programs, which enhances its position as the university of the future.
He added that the university has made a great achievement through the active participation at Expo 2020 Dubai, as an academic platform that looks forward to prospects, and the only educational institution that participated in the Expo through organizing different scientific and educational events and international conferences. The number of visitors to the UAEU pavilion exceeded 41,000 visitors of various nationalities, in addition to VIPs. University at Expo was able to develop new international partnerships that support the ambitious mission of the university, in addition, to strengthen the value of volunteering of students and staff through Volunteering Program of Students at Staff at UAEU Pavilion in which more than 200 students and staff participated as volunteer.
The university also organized the first international conference on “Management and Sustainability of Water Resources: Solutions for Arid Regions” in March with the participation of more than 240 scientific papers of international experts from more than 55 countries in the occasion of World Water Day. The university also remarkably participated in the 11th International Government Communication Forum, which was organized by the Sharjah Government Media Bureau, through organization of specialized session and also organizing the “University Challenge” Competition the Universities Challenge Program, with the participation of 13 teams, representing 8 local universities, and the UAE University won first place.
The university also participated for the first time in the International Exhibition for National Security and Resilience, which was held at Abu Dhabi from 10-12 October 2022, within the pavilion of the Ministry of Interior. The university participated in the 1st Global Media Congress to present the societal role of the university, which was organized by the Emirates News Agency. In addition, the university, in collaboration with the Ministry of Interior, organized the “Secure Retirement Forum”. The university also participated in the Global Sustainable Development Congress In order to strengthen the international role of the university, which was hosted by the University of Glasgow, from October 31 to November 2.
However, in partnership and support the research, the university signed 36 cooperation agreements with national and international entities. A strategic partnership with TRENDS Research and Advisory was launched with 11 initiatives. The university also organized, in partnership with Daman Health Insurance Company, Interuniversity SDG Debate for local and international universities operating in the country during 25-27 October with participation of 15 universities.
To ensure the reputation and ranking of the University, The UAE University was ranked first locally, with the University of Sharjah, and within the 251-300 category globally, according to the Times Higher Education ranking 2023. The Master of Business Administration program ranked first locally, and within 121-130 globally, according to the Global QS MBA ranking 2023. The university was also ranked 90 globally, according to the number of granted patents based on 2021 data, according to the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). The University also has been ranked 12th best university in the World for SDG4: Quality of Education in Times Higher Education Impact Ranking. In addition, UAEU is ranked 101-200 globally in SDG 7, which captures institutional commitment to affordable and clean energy.
The university also launched the Sustainable Development Goals Research Program for undergraduate students, with the participation of 256 students in 56 research projects in its first cycle. Also, the university the National Faculty Members Research Program, and announced the winning research projects for the UAE University-Zayed University Research Program, which included 12 research projects in its first cycle.
He added that the university registered 24 patents, while faculty members, students and researchers published more than 2,250 research papers. The university received the award for the contributions of academic institutions from the Society of Exploration Geophysicists at the level of the Middle East and received the award for the best organization in the first Chinese-Arab short videos competition, which was hosted by Chinese-Arab TV.
The university also launched a research partnership with the Emirates Driving Company, in safe driving education. In addition, 52 faculty members at the UAE University were included in the world’s top 2 % scientists, according to the Stanford list.