By aduadmin On 22 Jun 2017

30 student-winning teams were awarded AED 108,000 by Abu Dhabi University during the finale of the “5th UAE Undergraduate Student Research Competition” which was held under the patronage of His Excellency Eng. Hussain Ibrahim Al Hammadi Minister of Education, and in strategic partnership with Abu Dhabi Education Council with “Tawazun” as the competition’s research supporter. In its fifth year, the nation-wide competition succeeded in attracting 987 students who formed teams of innovative young researchers representing various higher education institutions and universities from across the UAE and competing in 14 different research categories.

Commenting on the competition, Dr. Mohammad Al Mualla Undersecretary for Higher Education Academic Affairs at the Ministry of Education expressed the ministry’s keenness through its strategic plans in ensuring that the nation’s educational outputs match the highest international standards of excellence. “We’re always keen on preparing students and equipping them with the skills to excel in scientific research and develop their critical and analytical thinking, which is one of the reasons why this nation-wide competition is so important. It highlights the significance of scientific research to university students and its effective role in shaping their future amidst the varying challenges and developments of the era that continuously result in the disappearance and relevance of jobs, which is why we prepare students with skills that enable them to adapt to the changes in the labor market. Furthermore, instilling a culture of scientific research among university students is one of the first steps on the right track of boosting the nation’s indicators of masters and doctoral degrees holders to match advanced countries from around the world”, added Dr. Al Mualla.

On his part, Dr. Mohamed Yousif Baniyas Executive Director of Higher Education at ADEC explained that in today’s world we are facing five global challenges such as continuous technological developments that have taken control of various aspects of our daily lives, growing population numbers, depletion of natural resources and the continuous disappearance of many jobs in the labor market. He adds: “These are issues that concern the global community and we will not find any positive and radical solutions that can address them except through scientific research, hence the importance of investing in education and focusing on science with its various branches. Universities have an obligation and a responsibility of doing a two-pronged job: education and scientific research.”

Addressing their support for the competition, Dr. Yehya Al-Marzouqi Executive Director, UAE Capability at ‘Tawazun’ said: “One of our core missions at Tawazun is to drive innovation through investing in research and development. Hence, we are keen in supporting the event and activities of relevance to this field as it reflects back effectively on our society and helps in developing a competitive human capital. We have witnessed the success of the Undergraduate Student Research Competition since its launch a few years ago and the quality and variety of research topics that were presented annually by student teams representing many education institutions from across the nation”.

Addressing the triumphant teams, Director of Research at Abu Dhabi University, Dr. Ashraf Khalil expressed the University’s pride in the competition’s overwhelming success in increasing the number of participating teams from 50 student teams representing only 8 universities in the first year, to 246 student teams representing more than 35 universities across the UAE by the fifth cycle. “This accomplishment in itself is a testament to the scientific status that the UGSRC has achieved as one of the most anticipated events of the academic year for universities across the UAE”, added Dr. Khalil.