30 September 2018
The College of Graduate Studies at the University of Sharjah organized an annual orientation for its new students and researchers enrolled in the Master's and PhD programs. His Excellency Prof. Hamid M.K. Al Naimiy, Chancellor of the University, attended the orientation along with Prof. Maamar Bettayeb, Vice Chancellor for Graduate Studies and Research, and Prof. Raafat Al-Awadi, Dean of the College of Graduate Studies.
At the beginning of the orientation, the Chancellor of the University welcomed the attendees and stressed the significance of scientific research at the University. He added that the direction of the University is to become one of the pioneering research-directed universities in the region. He stressed that this is the vision of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council, Ruler of Sharjah, and President of the University of Sharjah.
The University, the Chancellor continued, set a mission of serving the local community through scientific research results, which is why it established a number of scientific institutes and research centers covering various academic and scientific fields. The University of Sharjah has also contributed to a number of scientific research projects in cooperation with various institutes and organizations from the local community. This effort has contributed to the University currently offering the largest number of PhD programs that meet the demands of the job market and is continuously working towards increasing its programs.
His Excellency Prof. Hamid M.K. Al Naimiy also encouraged the new students and researchers to pay attention to the accurate scientific principles in their research endeavors, which includes accurate and varied citations and writing. This is to ensure that the final research project reflects the academic and research standing of the University of Sharjah amongst other national and international universities.
The teaching methods at the Master's and PhD levels, the Chancellor added, rely on the joint efforts of the researcher and the supervising faculty member in order to ensure that the student gains the scientific research skills and the abilities to analyze the results and information they reached. The University of Sharjah is also moving in the direction of establishing a number of cooperation agreements with international universities from Canada, Germany, and the United States in different academic fields including engineering management, medicine, social sciences. The University's PhD student, in light of these agreements, would be granted an accredited degree from both universities simultaneously.
His Excellency during the orientation also urged the University's faculty members to have flexibility in determining lecture times to take into consideration students' work circumstances. He also stressed that the University's facilities are all available from 8:00AM and until 10:00PM.
For his part, Prof. Maamar Bettayeb gave the new researchers advice and a number of tips to benefit from the experience of the highly qualified faculty members at the University as well as to start deciding on the topics for their theses. He also stressed the importance of selecting topics that aim to serve society considering the University of Sharjah currently houses over 40 research groups that include 600 researchers and faculty members. There is also over 350 funded research projects.
At the end of the orientation, the new researchers and students expressed their joy and pride for joining the University of Sharjah, which they have described as a great academic institute. A number of them also offered some suggestions for serving the teaching and research process, which the Chancellor directed to be addressed in accordance with the University's regulations.
A number of the University of Sharjah's Vice Chancellors, College Deans, Directors of Research Centers and Institutes, and Department Heads from various programs and colleges.