UAE Space Agency Signs MoUs with 8 Emirati Universities

10.01.2017 UAE
UAE Space Agency Signs MoUs with 8 Emirati Universities

UAE Space Agency Signs MoUs with 8 Emirati Universities

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The UAE Space Agency has signed Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) with eight prominent UAE universities in order to support the space sector through collaboration in space science, education, research, technology and applications.

These include the University of Sharjah, Zayed University, American University of Sharjah, Khalifa University, American University of Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates University, New York University Abu Dhabi, and the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology.

The MoUs provide a formal framework for engagement between the Agency and individual academic institutions. As per the new agreements, the Space Agency and its new partner institutions will develop and activate space research centers and innovative space education programs.

The institutions will work with the Space Agency to jointly identify suitable research and education projects of mutual interest. Finally, the MoUs also cover collaboration in regards to the implementation of directives or initiatives emanating from the UAE’s National Space Policy.

Dr. Khalifa Al Romaithi, Chairman of the UAE Space Agency, said: “These are in line with the foremost goals of the UAE Space Agency. By collaborating with academic institutions within the UAE we will be supporting the space sector, promoting scientific research and innovation, and directly engaging with students in order to inspire them to think about space, technology, and their role in building the future of our country.”

Dr. Mohammed Al Ahbabi, Director General of the UAE Space Agency added: “These MoUs will allow academic institutions to not only assume a greater role in supporting the space sector but collaborate on research and education projects, enhance the opportunities to students and inspire them to consider a career in space.”

Professor Maamar Bettayeb, Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Studies of University of Sharjah, said: “The University is already engaged with the establishment of various space research labs and research groups working in key areas of space research and technology. We look forward to working with the UAE Space Agency to contribute to this area of strategic importance to the UAE.”

Professor Reyadh Al Mehaideb, VP of Zayed University, said: “Zayed University has always been committed to promoting space subjects as a motivator for STEM education among its students through innovative projects and research and hosting of lectures by prominent guest speakers and leading astronauts to give a glimpse into future flights and missions,” he added.  

Dr. Arif Sultan Al Hammadi, Executive VP of Khalifa University, said: “We have worked hard to establish the aerospace engineering program and develop the aerospace research and innovation Centre, so it’s our pleasure to collaborate with the UAE Space Agency, as they will offer our students a platform to employ their innovations and research skills they acquired during their study at the university.”

Dr. Mohammed Al Baili, Vice Chancellor at United Arab Emirates University (UAEU), stressed the importance of this agreement in realizing the university’s mission of developing research solutions in fields of strategic value for the state. The University also engages in active partnerships with stakeholders to enhance the community’s wealth of knowledge, in line with the National Innovation Strategy.

NYU Abu Dhabi Provost Fabio Piano said: “This agreement will connect the NYU Abu Dhabi academic and research environment to the UAE Space Agency in a meaningful way, allowing us to identify opportunities for collaboration and partnership and to positively contribute to the space sector in the UAE and beyond.”

Professor Hassan Hamdan Al Alkim, welcoming Aurak’s latest agreement, said: “Signing a MoU with such a prestigious entity underlines the quality of the research going on at AURAK, through our Ras Al Khaimah Research and Innovation Center, as well as our ICT Center for Teaching and Creativity in Informatics Communication and Networking.” 



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