The development of any nation can be measured by its dedication to the importance of scientific research. The University of Sharjah believes in the crucial role of scientific research in the development of the modern United Arab Emirates. Since its establishment in 1997, the university has put research at the top of its list of priorities. Part of the university's strategy is to promote research among faculty members in all colleges, with the aim of attracting outstanding faculty with impressive research accomplishments. This stems the university's understanding of scientific research as the basis of economic, social, humanitarian, and medical developments. With scientific research we construct knowledge, and within this knowledge lies the solution to many problems.
Because we aspire for excellence in scientific research, not only locally but also regionally and internationally, we apply the vision of His Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al-Qasimi, member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah. In this sense, the administration, represented by the University Chancellor Dr. Hamid Al Neaimi, set out a new strategy for the next 5 years (2014-2019). The position of Vice Chancellor for Scientific Research and Higher Studies was developed for this purpose. and several centers were established for research in various fields: College of Medicine and Health Sciences, College of Sciences and Engineering, College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, College of Academic Leadership in Higher Education, etc. Faculty members in these centers conducted a substantial number of research studies in collaboration with other faculty members in the same department, other faculty members in different departments, or other respected parties from outside the University of Sharjah with rich experience in scientific research. We signed agreements with many local, regional and international institutions in support of the research studies our faculty members carry out.
The University is dedicated to offering BA, MA, and doctoral students the best education and services. They are encouraged to engage in research activities with their professors. In order to contribute to better serving the community and will be published in renowned scientific journals.
The university has also established other centers that further support scientific research: Funding Center; Publication Center; New Technologies Center (this center endorses and promotes new inventions and issues patents accordingly) etc. We are looking forward to establishing the Social Relations for Scientific Research Center, which aims at building relationships with different groups in the community and conducting further scientific research studies to help serve the community better. Over 50M AED has now been raised for scientific research funding, under the patronage of His Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, member of the Supreme Council, Ruler of Sharjah, and President of the University of Sharjah.
Scientific research improves with collaboration, support and dedication on the behalf of both faculty and staff. We look forward to more collaborative projects between the university and the community or governmental institutions in different sectors. Strategic cooperation results in better community service as well as humanitarian, social and economic improvements done through putting findings from scientific research into practice.
Prof. Maamar Bettayeb
Vice Chancellor for Research & Graduate Studies