Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research department visits counterpart in Denmark

ABU DHABI, 4th February, 2015 (WAM) — The Scientific Research Department of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research visited the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science in Copenhagen on January 29th, 2015, in order to discuss opportunities for the development of relations between the two Ministries.

Dr. Ahmed Alosi, Research Programme Manager, represented the UAE Ministry of Higher Education, and Ms. Karin Rasmussen, Head of International Relations Section at the Agency for Science, Innovation and Technology, and Sebastien Bigandt, Head of International Relations Section at the Agency for Science, Innovation and Technology, represented the Danish side.

Sebastien and Rasmussen made a presentation on the role of the Ministry in support of research, development, and innovation, and explained the administrative structure of the Ministry, and the mechanisms to provide support through the Agency for Science, Innovation and Technology, which includes several specialised departments including the Danish National Research Foundation and the Danish National Innovation Foundation.

They also discussed the current areas of concern to the International Cooperation Office with relation to Arctic research, and cooperation between the European Scandinavian countries, as well as some countries such as South Korea, Brazil, Japan, China, and the United States, through the establishment of innovation centres in such countries for communication and follow-up on programmes of cooperation.

Dr. Ahmed Alosi made a presentation on the UAE Ministry’s strategic plan in support of scientific research in harmony with the UAE Vision 2021, and the directives of Sheikh Hamdan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research in supporting and funding scientific research programmes, promoting cooperation and research between local and foreign universities, strengthening the capacity of national researchers in the field of research and innovation, and funding scientific research visits for graduate students and faculty members.

It was agreed to continue to discuss opportunities for cooperation in the field of organising joint meetings at the level of higher education institutions between the two countries, facilitate scientific visits, cooperate in the provision of scientific research proposals, and continue communication to identify and develop aspects of future cooperation.

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SOURCE: Wam