2 October 2019
Expanding the scope of the award to open its categories to all innovators from different UAE universities
Chancellor of the University of Sharjah: The importance of the role of the award in the establishment of a culture of innovation and creativity among students
Chairman of the Chamber: Creative thinking and creativity must be a pioneering approach that touches all aspects of life in society.
The University of Sharjah and Sharjah Chamber for Commerce and Industry (SCCI) announced the doubling of the reward for the fourth edition of the Sharjah Chamber Award for Innovators to a 100k Dirhams. This was during a press conference held on Wednesday to announce the launch of the activities of the award, which is sponsored by the Chamber and organized by the University of Sharjah.
The press conference also included the announcement of the introduction of a new category of scientific and academic research, in addition to expanding the scope of the award to open its categories to all creators from different universities in the United Arab Emirates, as well as school students from the twelfth grade in the Emirate of Sharjah. This in order to work on the establishing the Award as a Scientific umbrella supporting innovation and creativity, building national specialized capabilities, and motivating students to produce pioneering and applicable projects.
His Excellency Prof. Hamid M.K. Al Naimiy, Chancellor of the University, attended the press conference along with H.E. Abdallah Sultan Al Owais, Chairman of SCCI, as well as a number of College Deans, SCCI Board of Directors members, and representatives of local media entities.
His Excellency the Chancellor of the University welcomed the attendees, expressing the University's pride in cooperation with the Sharjah Chamber for Commerce and Industry (SCCI) in organizing the activities of the Award for the fourth year, which proves the importance of its role in establishing a culture of innovation and creativity among students, considering that the partnership with the Sharjah Chamber is firm and established, and is a successful model of effective collaboration between Sharjah's institutions. He pointed out that the Sharjah Chamber Award for Innovators is a key part of the International Forum on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, which the University of Sharjah has been organizing over the past four years. This Award, he stressed, expresses the directives and vision of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council, Ruler of Sharjah, and President of the University, which are included in the University's five-year strategic plan (2019-2024).
The Chancellor stressed that the Sharjah Chamber Award for Innovators aims to develop the students' abilities in the two most important skills that underpin the UAE strategy, namely innovation and entrepreneurship. This year, the SCCI has doubled the value of the award, which reflects the keenness of the Chamber to build a generation capable of research and development through Award categories covering multiple areas.
Adopting Creativity as a Main Pillar
For his part, H.E. Abdallah Sultan Al Owais, Chairman of SCCI, thanked the University of Sharjah for organizing the International Forum on Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Award in the best manner and stressed that the University is a highly esteemed academic entity that succeeded in assuming a firm position at the scientific and academic level not only nationally, but at the regional and international levels as well.
The Chairman added that the UAE, based on the vision of the wise leadership, is keen to encourage creativity and innovation to symbolize a confident and firm view of the future, because investing in this approach is a successful investment, and that creative thinking and innovation must be a pioneering approach that touches all aspects of life in society. The SCCI, he added, is keen to sponsor this Award and support it in all ways out of keenness to motivate students to unleash their creative ideas in various fields.
Dr. Amal Al Ali, President of the Award Organizing Committee, gave a brief explanation of the Award's categories as well as the application process through the University's website. The students will submit a summary of their creative ideas to be evaluated. If their ideas are accepted, the students will be added to the Award contest, which includes an educational trip to study the basics of design planning spanning a few guided sessions prior to announcing the Award results. She also highlighted a number of proposed topics including: big data, e-marketing, sustainability, and artificial intelligence.