ABU DHABI, 5th November, 2018 (WAM) — Establishing an environment that supports advanced science, empowers human resources, and drives the UAE’s plans for sustainable development and a future-ready knowledge economy is a pillar of the UAE Advanced Science Strategy, asserted Sarah bint Yousef Al Amiri, Minister of State for Advanced Sciences, at the signing of a partnership agreement between Emirates Scientists Council and New York University Abu Dhabi, NYUAD.
The Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, grants researchers from various disciplines access to the university’s advanced science laboratories and research centres to conduct ground-breaking studies. It was signed as part of the Research Conference, organised by NYUAD on 5th-7th November 2018, and attended by university leadership, professors and prominent academic figures.
“The agreement signed with New York University Abu Dhabi reaffirms the importance of partnership between government entities, academic institutions, and the private sector, in the quest to accomplish the objectives of the UAE Advanced Science Strategy 2031,” Al Amiri added. “The UAE is proud to be home to numerous renowned academies and universities that actively support the advanced science agenda, developing and sharpening the skills of students and researchers across the country.”
Fabio Piano, NYUAD’s Provost, signed the strategic partnership on behalf of the University, with several officials from the office of the Minister of State for Advanced Science, as well as faculty and academic and administrative staff from the university attending the signing.
“This agreement with Emirates Scientists Council signifies a remarkable opportunity for cooperation on shared initiatives with the potential to significantly strengthen advanced sciences within the UAE,” Piano said. “The partnership offers a powerful means for NYU Abu Dhabi to collaborate on addressing some of the world’s most pressing questions through research and innovation and contribute to furthering the UAE as a hub for scientific knowledge and discovery.”
The strategic partnership agreement constitutes the first pragmatic step in the UAE’s Open Labs Platform, launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai. The MoU calls for providing opportunities for scientific research that engages researchers from various institutions in the UAE; it specifies executive procedures to allow researchers from outside the university to access NYUAD’s facilities and laboratories to work on their projects and ideas.
The agreement also regulates cooperation and participation in the events and initiatives organised by either party and relating to the Open Labs Platform.