Asian Universities Alliance Executives Meeting held at UAE University

ALAIN,In the presence of representatives from nine Asian universities and with the online participation of six universities, the “Asian Universities Alliance (AUA) Executives Meeting was held at the United Arab Emirates University in Al Ain.

Prof. Ghaleb Al Breiki, Acting Vice Chancellor, and Chairman of the (2022-2023) session of the AUA, said this session aims to achieve a better life by finding innovative solutions to global challenges. He pointed out that the UAE University continues to encourage and support joint research cooperation programmes among Asian Universities and the AUA-funded Fellowship Programme. In our belief that talented students are future scholars, so we resumed the student exchange programme, which was suspended due to the pandemic.

It was decided during the meeting that the current session 2022-2023 would be two-dimensional. The first section includes the most important topics focused on artificial intelligence, data science, Asian civilizations, energy and sustainability. The second includes the units which will work on these topics: student mobility in AUA member institutions, research collaboration, as well as access to educational resources among member institutions to develop future leading talents. The AUA will be as a platform for an innovative collaborative system between academia, government and industry. The UAE University will supervise the AUA activities for the next session, which starts in November 2022 and ends in April 2023.

The first session of the meeting discussed the Asian Universities Alliance programmes’ reports for the year 2022-2023, including the study abroad programme, artificial intelligence in education, transporting goods and logistics planning, management of water resources, academic conference on learning in the post- COVID-19 era, and the Tenth AUA Research Conference. In addition, the meeting also discussed the results of the Academic Conference on the Exchange of Asian Civilisations and the Smooth Flow of Trade. The participants also addressed, during the first session, the future of energy and Asian higher education.

The participants in the second session discussed and developed the AUA vision for the years 2023 to 2026, as well as the work of the proposed revisions to the AUA framework for the period 2020 to 2023. They also attended a comprehensive presentation on the development of joint/dual scientific programmes among member universities.

The AUA was established on 19th April, 2017, by an announcement from Tsinghua University, China, which included 15 universities, to promote visions and joint efforts to face future challenges and discuss best practices and policies to advance higher education and enhance scientific research in Asia. Since AUA’s establishment, the UAE University has played a significant role in research and academic cooperation on topics of strategic importance to the country, such as space sciences, transportation, energy, water, technology and others. In the period (2018 to 2021), the UAE University funded 35 joint research projects and published 229 research papers in international peer-reviewed journals.

Source: Emirates News Agency