8 January 2018
The University of Sharjah (UoS) organized a 'Scientific Research and Higher Education' workshop this morning at the Chancellor office with the participation of members of UoS Board of Trustees (BoT), vices of the chancellor, and board of deans.
The workshop was headed by Dr. Obaid Al Muhairi, BoT Academic Committee Chair, and in presence of H.E Prof. Hamid M.K. Al Naimiy, Chancellor of the University of Sharjah (UoS), BoT members, vices of the chancellor, deans of colleges, and directors of scientific research centers.
During the workshop, of H.E Prof. Hamid M.K. Al Naimiy and BoT members heard the report of Prof. Maamar Bettayeb, Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Studies, on graduate activities during the past three years. The report assured UoS' steady progress to achieve the vision of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Board, Ruler of Sharjah and President of the University of Sharjah, to enhance UoS' position as one of the top universities in the region, in terms of scientific research and higher education. The UoS currently offers 9 PhD programs, 19 Masters programs, and one diploma program. Prof. Maamar Bettayeb cited the latest statistics, as UoS students increased from 833 in 2014 to 1295 in 2017, graduate programs also increased from 24 programs in 2014 to 29 in 2017. Graduates from PhD and Masters Programs increased from 201 in 2014 to 236 graduates in 2017.
The audience heard UoS' strategy on the future higher education plan, which focuses on offering graduate programs that attend to solving UAE community problems. The plan will also establish graduate interdisciplinary programs, in which more than one discipline are taught. For example, the UoS actually launched the Biomedical Engineering (BME) Master's Program, in collaboration between the College of Communication and Medical Colleges. In addition, the plan will expand on opening graduate programs in cooperation with world universities, increase the number of teaching and scientific research assistants to attract more distinguished students from the region and the world to join its current graduate programs. The plan will launch a program to appoint UoS Master's and PhD graduates in various disciplines to become future teachers in the University.
At the end of the workshop, the participants discussed several topics on scientific research and graduate studies in the UoS, in terms of the achievements and future plans that the University will seek to achieve, the challenges accompanying such plans, and means to cope with these challenges to achieve its deliverables. Prof. Martin Barstow and Prof. Kamal Yucef-Toumi gave two arguments on scientific research and graduate studies. Prof. Abdallah Husein Malkawi gave an argument on graduate studies in the Arab universities in the engineering discipline. Furthermore, Prof. Qutayba Hamid Al Heialy, Vice Chancellor for Medical Colleges and Health Sciences and Dean of College of Medicine, gave an argument on UoS' relationship with its hospital and with national hospitals and the ministry of health in the field of scientific research. The workshop concluded with an open discussion session, in which the audience discussed the strategy that should be followed to raise the quality of scientific research, achieve optimum efficiency from available resources by focusing on priority topics to improve UoS' regional and international position.
Board of Trustees attendants included:
Prof. Abdallah Husein Malkawi, Chancellor of Fahad Bin Sultan University – Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; Prof. Martin Barstow, Vice-Chancellor of Strategic Science Projects, Director of the Leicester Institute of Space & Earth Observation, and Professor of Astrophysics and Space Science at the University of Leicester; Prof. Kamal Yucef-Toumi, Professor of Electronics Engineering and Co-Director of the Center for Clean Water and Energy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA; Prof. Guenter Meyer, Director of the Centre for Research on the Arab World (CERAW) at the University of Mainz, Germany, Chairman of the German Middle East Studies Association (DAVO), and President of the European Association for Middle East Studies (EURAMES); Dr. Eng. Rashid Al Leem, Chairman of the Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority; Mrs. Noura Al Noman, Chairman of the Executive Office of H.H. Sheikha Jawaher Bint Mohammed Al Qasimi; and Dr. Muhadditha Al Hashimi, Director of the Sharjah Higher Colleges of Technology.