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H.H. Sheikh Dr. Sultan Appoints Prof. Hamid M.K. Al Naimiy as Chancellor and Approves the University’s Budget of AED727 Million

London 11 AUG 201412 AM
​His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council, Ruler of Sharjah, and President of the University of Sharjah praised the tremendous progress of the University of Sharjah among its counterpart universities as well as its many academic and scientific achievements and global partnerships with reputable international universities, institutions and research centers.

Stating this during the 37th Board of Trustees Meeting, held in under the chairmanship of His Highness in the British capital of London yesterday, His Highness also expressed his appreciation to the University Administration and all those working at the University from among the faculty and administrative staff.  Praising them for their efforts and dedication demonstrated by this outcome and their effective contribution in realizing such progress, he said:  “The majority of the requirements for developing the community are being met as well as those for research and studies, which are being achieved by members of faculty.”
On their part, members of the Board of Trustees expressed their pride in this progress, which they attributed to the guidance and leadership of His Highness, President of the University, and to his continuous commitment to placing the University at the forefront among institutions of higher education not only in the country but also at the regional and international levels.
During its meeting, the Board of Trustees approved the general budget of the University of Sharjah for the academic year 2014-2015 in the amount of AED 727 million, which is an increase of 30% over the University’s budget for the academic year 2013-2014, to enhance the educational process in serving more than (12,000) students studying majors from across 83 academic programs offered by the University at the bachelor, master and PhD levels. In addition to these programs are the diploma degree programs offered by the Community College at the University of Sharjah which when combined with the University’s other programs represent the most programs offered by any single university in the UAE.
After approving the previous minutes, Prof. Hamid M.K. Al Naimy, Chancellor of the University of Sharjah, presented to the Board of Trustees with a summary of the University of Sharjah Performance Report for the academic year 2013-2014. In his report, he reviewed the progress achieved by the University, including the domain of quality assurance, which includes the University’s Five-Year Strategic Plan (2015-2019).

Prepared by the concerned departments at the University, and developed in coordination with specialized international experts, the plan includes a review of the 83 programs offered by the University and accredited by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research. Additionally,  most of the Engineering programs are accredited by the U.S. Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), while the Biotechnology program is accredited by the U.K. Royal Society of the Biological Sciences and the Chemistry program is accredited by the Royal Society for Chemistry (RSC) in England as well. The University also realized the unprecedented achievement this year of reaccrediting 41 academic programs and is in the process completing reaccreditation and obtaining international accreditation from the U.S. Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).
The Chancellor’s Report further reviewed aspects pertaining to the student level of educational achievement, which was demonstrated by an increase in the high school admission grade average to 88.8% and an increase in the number of honors students to 14% as opposed to a drop in the rate of students receiving a CGPA of below 2.0 to 15%. The Chancellor further pointed out that student numbers have increased beyond the target capacity of 12,000 to 12,444 students.
Prof. Hamid Al Naimiy also reviewed the institutional effectiveness of the University and its colleges which extend to various cities in the Emirate where a successful process for institutional effectiveness is also applied to manage different programs as well as quality outcomes, in addition to institutional research, evaluation and assessment, and continual improvement in quality performance.
The report also focused on the academic programs offered by the University and referred to ten additional programs on the verge of obtaining accreditation:  Three (3) PhD programs, two (2) master’s programs, two (2) bachelor’s programs, and three (3) diploma programs, bringing the number of academic programs offered by the University to (93).
Referring to the process of Emiratisation, the report stated that the University had developed plan for the Emiratisation of academic positions after having achieved an increase in the percentage of nationals holding administrative positions to 30%. By virtue of this plan, the University is instituting a study abroad program for nationals who will be appointed as teaching assistants before studying abroad to obtain a master’s or PhD degree and thereafter join the University of Sharjah faculty. This plan is being implemented by the decision 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, out of support for the University’s efforts to further the process of Emiratisation in the hiring of faculty members.
The report also cited the number of graduates, which has reached 17,730 students to date, and the opening of the new library on the men’s campus, which brings the total number of libraries at the University to nine (9). Contained in the libraries are 62,800 book publications, 600 journal publications, 130,000 e-books and 14,000 online periodicals. The report also discussed the new procedures for managing the libraries, conducting surveys, assessment management, preparing reports, equipping classrooms and laboratories with the latest technologies, including video conferencing and smart classrooms, “Wyse e-class” to link classrooms to the central server, and the network subscription to “SpiderCloud” and the wireless network, which covers the entire University.
The report further took note of the laboratories and their development, University buildings, and various facilities that have been approved for the transfer of full ownership to the University.
Referring to research and research activities, Prof. Hamid Al Naimiy stated in his report that a plan has been developed to promote and improve research activities and research outcomes through the establishment of research institutions, centers and laboratories.  He further elaborated on the increase in research publications and the establishment of professorship chairs to support research efforts in the amount of approximately 40 million dirhams. He stated that more such professorship chairs have been established, in addition to the nine (9) institutions, centers and laboratories that are currently active in the University as well as 27 others. He further reviewed the plan to incorporate research into the study plans of undergraduate students and the formation of work teams to develop the Five-Year Strategic Plan for Research, which will include extensive studies and provide options to develop and improve research so that the University may attain excellence in research by international standards, saying that there was a separate document pertaining to the Five-Year Strategic Plan for Research.
While discussing the items put forward by the BoT Finance Committee, His Highness called for an increase in the number of villas allocated to faculty members to meet the need for new faculty members. The Board also approved the appointment of Prof. Hamid M.K. Al Naimiy as Chancellor of the University of Sharjah, and the introduction of the position of Vice Chancellor for Graduate Studies and Research as well as the position of Dean of Quality Assurance, Institutional Effectiveness and Accreditation.
Among the other fiscal topics discussed by the Board were the salaries of study abroad students who will be appointed as teaching assistants among the faculty at the University as a first stage prior to their studying abroad for graduate master’s and PhD studies so that they may be appointed as faculty members at University following their graduation.
As for the items put forward by the BoT Academic Committee, these included the promotion of a number of faculty members to various academic ranks and approving the names of the national students selected for appointment as teaching assistants at the University in preparation for their graduate studies abroad. The Board also approved the introduction of a PhD program in Arabic Language and Literature and a number of diploma programs to be offered by the Community College, including the Diploma in Human Resource Management and the Diploma in Theatre Management.
The Board further discussed the items from the BoT Academic Committee regarding the academic support services for graduates and admitted students, IT, statistics with reference to the appointment of deans and new faculty members, and the Chancellor’s Report on the achievements of the University of Sharjah in establishing the professorship chairs to support research as well as another report on the progress of the Community College and a study on the reestablishing Center for the Development of Faculty Members as the Institute for Teaching and Faculty Development (ITFD).
The Board approved the overview of the Five-Year Strategic Plan (2015-2019) presented by the Strategic Committee, provided that the University presents a complete annual plan to the Board of Trustees that encompasses academic projects, research, and all that is related to the University for that year, inclusive of the required budget, and that the Sharjah Academy for Research supports and funds some of the research projects presented by the University. The Board also approved the new structure for research at the University, provided that there are three leading institutions:  The Medical and Health Sciences Research Institute, the Engineering and Sciences Institute, and the Humanities, Sharia and Law Institute, in addition to the nine (9) Centers of Research Excellence, and that 34 research groups are identified, which include the University’s various specializations and colleges and provide guidance for graduate projects and  graduate students, especially related to research in master’s and PhD fields of specialization.
The meeting was attended by Mr. Ahmed Alrasheed, Lawyer and Legal Advisor, Ms. Noura Al Noman, Director General of the Executive Office of H.H. Sheikha Jawaher Bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Mr. Tarek bin Khadem, Chairman of the Directorate of Human Resources for the Sharjah Government, Mr. Mohammed Abdallah, Chief Executive Officer, Sharjah Islamic Bank, Dr. Obaid al Muhairi, Executive Director, Institute for Arabic Language at Zayed University, Dr. Muhadditha Al Hashimi, Director of the Sharjah Higher Colleges of Technology, Dr. David Fletcher, Former Registrar at University of Sheffield, Dr. Guenter Meyer, Professor at University of Mainz in Germany, Prof. Omar M. Yaghi, Professor of Chemistry at University of California- Berkeley in the U.S., Dr. Andre Syrota, President and CEO of INSERM in France, and Dr. Amr Abdel-Hamid, Special Advisor to His Highness for Higher Education, Prof. Hamid M.K. Al Naimiy, Chancellor of the University of Sharjah, and Mr. Mourad Haj Hmida, UOS Vice Chancellor for Financial and Administrative Affairs.

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