24 December 2019
The University of Sharjah signed a Memorandum of Understanding for cooperation in the field of research, education and training programs with the University of Mindanao located in the Philippines. Prof. Hamid M.K. Al-Naimiy, Chancellor of the University of Sharjah, signed the MoU with the University of Mindanao Chancellor Dr. Anshar Ali. Prof. Maamar Bettayeb, Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Studies, attended the signing along with Prof. Qutayba Hamid Al Heialy, Vice Chancellor for Medical Colleges and Health Sciences and Dean of College of Medicine; Dr. Salah Taher, Vice Chancellor for Community Affairs; Prof. Mesut Idriz, Acting Director of the Sharjah International Foundation for the History of Arab and Muslim Sciences (SIFHAMS); Dr. Tarek Merabtene, Director of the Office of International Relations; and Prof. Abdelaziz Soufyane, Deputy Director of the Office of International Relations.
The Chancellor started the meeting by welcoming the Chancellor of the University of Mindanao, stressing that the University of Sharjah welcomes all forms of cooperation with scientific institutions, then gave an overview of the University of Sharjah since its establishment by its President His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah. He reviewed the scientific programs offered by the University, its research institutes, centers of excellence, the medical complex, the number of its students and graduates, amongst other aspects that enabled it to be one of the largest universities in the country.
For his part, Dr. Ansari thanked the good reception and hosting by the University of Sharjah, then gave a brief about the University of Mindanao, indicating that it is one of the largest universities in the Philippines, and includes seven colleges. He also gave a brief summary of the programs that are currently being presented and the programs it is working towards implementing in the future, along with the number of students affiliated with it and the number of its graduates.
Under the MoU, the two parties will work to enhance cooperation in academic and research aspects through joint research and development projects, as well as cooperation in the exchange of educational and scientific materials, exchange of research materials, information and scientific publications, cooperation in exchange programs for professors, researchers, students and training programs, as well as holding workshops, conferences and joint activities.