At no time in the history of higher education and scientific research has the need to transform been more compelling. The range of opportunities looming on the horizon has never been so challenging: advances in science and technology, rising cost to deliver quality education, global competition for quality students and faculty, global shifts in teaching and learning models, expansiveness of information and modes of access, competing needs for resources, increased demand for accountability and increased productivity are just but a few issues that warrant fresh approaches in moving forward. The most important challenge that lies before us is the influence of the "global mind" on a "mobile" generation endowed with changing needs, moods, attitudes, preferences and expectations. All of this has placed the UoS at a crossroads.
The choices we make now have immense implications on how we emerge and what we become. Our guide through it all is our collective purpose which is to nurture hopes, build dreams, influence progress, shape mind sets, and impact life in the UAE and beyond.