The Central Laboratories Directorates (CLD) at the UoS came into being at the same time the University was established in 1997. The Central Laboratories Directorate evolved over time to its current state of more than 97 teaching labs, 37 research labs and 13 labs that serve teaching and research at the same time. The labs belonging to Central Labs Directorate are located in different building: M12, W12, M2, W8, M23, M27, M28, M31 and M32. Every semester more than 400 lab sessions are being taught in the main campus.
The CLD administers the teaching labs belonging to the Colleges of Sciences, Engineering, Health Sciences, Pharmacy, Dentistry and Medicine. CLD manages all research labs in the Research Institute for Science and Engineering (RISE) and the Research Institute for Medical and Health Sciences (RIMHS). The responsibilities of the CLD include but are not limited to: managing and facilitating efficient labs space usage, providing technical support for laboratory equipment and consumables in coordination with the concerned colleges and research institutes and Procurement Department, maintaining equipment, maintaining Central Labs centralized utilities, controlling inventory, instituting safety measures, managing central labs stores, and participating in planning and continuous improvement activities.
The Laboratories hold more than 11,300 items of contemporary lab equipment which meet international standards and up-to-date specifications to support program outcomes and advance the University of Sharjah's research goals. The university takes great interest in the laboratories experience and provides annual budgets to maintain technological currency of the lab assets in meeting educational and needs and faculty research.
The CLD has witnessed huge development in the operation to serve students, staff and faculty members. It has developed an on-line safety inspection system that keeps track of all inspection and corrective actions. The CLD also developed an on-line system to manage all the equipment maintenance operations and asset control. Recent developments include: Online Lab Safety Training portal and Online Chemical Inventory Management System.
The vast expansion of the CLD and its development are fully consistent with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qassimi, President of the University of Sharjah in making the University of Sharjah a leading institution of higher education offering modern research and educational facilities in the region and around the world. The continued support and trust of the University Chancellor, Prof. Hamid Al Nayimi and the Dean of Academic Support Services, Dr.Hussein Elmehdi makes Central Labs prominent, vibrant and extremely effective in supporting the teaching/ learning and research at the University of Sharjah.
Mahmoud Abu Shammeh
Director of Central Laboratories Directorate