Korea: Ajman University delegates peek into the future of technology

AJMAN: Ajman University of Science and Technology strives to ensure students and its infrastructure is abreast of the latest technological trends which has led to a visit to one of the prominent hubs of technology in Asia, South Korea.

A delegation comprising Osama Salman, Vice President Ajman University, Dr. Ahmed Ankit, Assistant to the President for External Relations, Dr. Mohamed Sehrzad, Director of the University Services and Dr. Chuloh Jung, Associate Professor of Architecture, College of Engineering, took a knowledge-inspiring trip to South Korea which started with a visit to Samsung SDS, A subsidiary of Samsung Group.

The Ajman University delegation received a warm welcome from Jack Kim, Vice-President Samsung, SCS Business Group, where they were briefed about the current activities and their presence in the Middle East.

Osama Salman said that he appreciated the warm welcome extended to the delegates and explained that Ajman University is looking forward to playing a role in research and development as the UAE is witnessing a unique boom and prosperity in all fields, under the wise leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and the relentless encouragement of Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum .

“Inspired by the recent initiative launched by the the noble leadership of the UAE to dedicate the forthcoming year 2015 as the Year of Innovation, Ajman University endeavours to promote creativity and will launch a landmark project, Ajman University Science Park, which will eventually facilitate collaboration of major stakeholders from the areas of technology, academia, research, development and investment.” Salman continued, “Samsung has combined academia, research and investment in an innovative environment which may be a very good experience to learn from at Ajman University.” To this end, the Samsung management gave a detailed presentation on Smart Education, Smart Healthcare, Smart Surveillance and Smart Home Solutions. Following this, a presentation about Ajman University Science Park outlined the deep roots of education that has produced over 30,000 alumni participating in the human development and community services of the UAE and the region.

Ajman University Science Park is an ideal platform to further research and development momentum in the region. Recent collaborative initiatives were cited during the discussion, some of which are the CareStream Dental Training Centre on campus at Ajman University, which caters for the needs of the company by providing a state of the art training centre with outreach for regular training held for specialists coming in from the MENA region.

Ajman University also visited the renowned Samsung Digital City, headquarter of Samsung Electronics’ global R&D activities, where researchers from around the globe participate in the innovative environment. They were given a guided tour of the facilities and its expansive infrastructure.

A visit was arranged to Samsung Innovation Museum, dedicated to exploring the past, present and future of the electronics industry, located in Samsung Digital City in Suwon, Korea. The delegates were briefed on the importance of understanding the history of electronics in order to produce the best for tomorrow.

Samsung Group has combined academia into its realms through the acquisition of Sungkyunkwan University. A tour of the campus and its College of Architecture was therefore part of Ajman University’s itinerary. The College of Architecture at Ajman University is continuously evolving and its students benefit from the exchange of knowledge and culture achieved through collaborative workshops and joint seminars.

Dr. Ahmed Ankit, Assistant to the President for External Relations at Ajman University, commented on the trip, saying, “This visit complements our students visit to Korea earlier. Their visit was organised with the sole purpose of giving them a comprehensive experience of education by enlightening them on the future of technology represented in Korea. They came back inspired and equipped with ideas and knowledge that enriched their education further.”