Al Ain (WAM)
Since its establishment, the United Arab Emirates University has been keen to enhance research capabilities through the establishment of research centers, which were established in alignment with the strategies and priorities of the state and global trends for scientific research and development.
Dr. Ahmed Ali Murad, associate deputy for scientific research at the university, said that the UAE University has established nine research centers, which are the Khalifa Center for Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering, the Zayed Bin Sultan Center for Health Sciences, the National Center for Space Science and Technology, the National Center for Water and Energy, and the Emirates Center for Mobility Research. The Center for Big Data Analytics, the UAE University Center for Public Policy and Leadership, the Emirates Center for Happiness Research, and the Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Center for Motherhood and Childhood Research, which is the last research center announced in 2020.
He stated that the percentage of research production in the fields of water and energy reached 45.75% of the total production, while research production in the field of health reached 36.25%. The associate deputy for scientific research at the university indicated that the total number of research citations for the five centers during the past five years amounted to 1613, as the percentage of citations in the fields of water and energy reached 50% of the total, while citations in the field of health reached 31%, and the citation reached to 13% in the field of biotechnologies and genetic engineering, and research centers are working within a future plan to double qualitative research production, which contributes to supporting the university’s vision of contributing to the provision and development of scientific knowledge.
For his part, Dr. Khaled Amiri, Director of the Khalifa Center for Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering, said that the center seeks to become a center of excellence in research related to plant genomics in order to develop a sustainable economy, and focuses in its research directions on developing agriculture in the UAE by making use of genetic systems Plants and plant production and modification have agricultural and economic characteristics.
Dr. Taher Rizfi, Director of the Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Center for Health Sciences, explained that the center has revised the future plan to comply with the university’s strategic plan, to become a global research center, which includes the development of research capacity and innovation in areas of national and global importance.
For his part, Dr. Mohsen Al-Sharif, Director of the National Center for Water and Energy, stressed that the center aims to include innovation in enhancing the decision-making process to achieve the sustainability of water and energy sources, with a special focus on renewable energy and non-conventional water resources.
As for the Fatima Bint Mubarak Center for Motherhood and Childhood Research, which is the latest joint research center between the UAE University and the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood in Abu Dhabi, it aims to achieve the vision of the United Arab Emirates 2021 and the UAE Centennial 2071.
Dr. Hamad Al Jasmi, Director of the Emirates Mobility Research Center, said that the center will work within its research vision to focus on several priorities, represented in green mobility using green means of transportation, sustainable infrastructure, traffic safety, and support for zero vision to achieve a zero death rate on UAE roads by 2040.
Nouf Al Junaibi, Director of the Emirates Center for Happiness Research, indicated that the center will focus on a number of important research axes, including reducing anxiety and psychological pressures in society, especially among university and school students, especially after crises, such as studying the situation after the “Covid-19” pandemic, and the role of positive psychology therapy. The role of food in achieving quality of life, and the role of policies in reducing life shocks and enhancing quality of life.