The desire to enhance the tactical relationship between the American University of Sharjah (AUS) and the UAE Ministry of Environment and Water led to the two parties signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) last week.
Ministry Undersecretary Abdulrahman Al Hamadi and AUS Chancellor Bjorn Kjerfve signed the memorandum with hopes of building a plan to promote environmental consciousness among university students and teaching students how to create a sustainable future for the university’s incoming generations.
"We are happy to pursue this agreement and look ahead to extend our relationship with the ministry for further cooperation," Kjerfve said.
The memorandum also notes how both parties will work together to develop research tools regarding the mutual interests of the university and UAE. The research activities will combine the resources and know-how from individuals from both entities to cultivate renewable energy resources particularly in the world of agriculture.
A proactive approach to making the desired changes will be taken through student training with specific concentration on student projects, theses and higher education achievements that address the concerns of both groups. Students and staff at the university will be offered professional training, developmental programs and interactive workshops that will cover the topics of renewable resources and help facilitate collaboration between the university and UAE.
“AUS is considered one of the leading universities in the world,” Al Hamadi said. “We are excited for this partnership and believe this MoU is beneficial for both of us."
High-ranking officials from AUS and the Ministry of Environment and Water attended the signing with anticipation of the merger and collaborative future.