His Excellency Prof. Hamid M.K. Al Naimiy, Chancellor of the University of Sharjah, received a delegation from Aix-Marseille University in France to explore areas of cooperation. Prof. Kamal Youcef-Toumi, Mechanical Engineering Professor, Co-Director of Center for Clean Water and Clean Energy at MIT in the US, and Member of the University of Sharjah’s Board of Trustees, attended the meeting along with Prof. Maamar Bettayeb, Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Studies; Prof. Qutayba Hamid Al Heialy, Vice Chancellor for Medical Colleges and Health Sciences and Dean of College of Medicine; Dr. Salah Taher, Vice Chancellor for Community Affairs; Mr. Majid Al-Jarwan, Vice Chancellor for Public Relations; Mr. William Matt Easdown, Vice Chancellor for Administrative and Financial Affairs; and Dr. Tarek Merabtene, Director of the Office of International Relations.
The delegation from Aix-Marseille University included Prof. Yvon Berland, President of the University; Dr. Robert Fuchit, University Advisor; Marie Masclet de Barbarin, Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors; the President of Employee Affairs at the University; and the Deputy Director of French Institute to the UAE at the Embassy of France, Abu Dhabi.
During the meeting, the Chancellor of the University welcomed the delegation and presented a brief about the University of Sharjah since it was established by His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council, Ruler of Sharjah, and President of the University, who made sure to form many international cooperation agreements with prestigious scientific institutions around the world. The Chancellor also presented the scientific programs offered by the University, the number of students and graduates, the cultural diversity that makes it unique, and the directions of the University of Sharjah during the upcoming five-year plan towards interdisciplinary scientific research that serves and develops the community.
He also stressed that the University of Sharjah and Aix-Marseille University through their graduate programs focus on common areas such as energy, the environment, life and health sciences, advanced sciences, mathematics, nanotechnology and artificial intelligence. He added that these programs of common interest between the two universities open the way for cooperation in many fields in the future.
Prof. Maamar Bettayeb then presented the strategy of the University of Sharjah during the next five years in the field of scientific research and postgraduate studies, where he explained the graduate programs offered by the University and the intentions to increase them. He also gave a brief description of the University’s institutes, research centers and research projects currently under way through multi-disciplinary programs.
For his part, Prof. Yvon Berland expressed his joy in visiting the University of Sharjah to explore future cooperation possibilities. He gave a brief about Aix-Marseille University in terms of its colleges and the number of students and graduates. He stressed that it is possible that the two universities will cooperate in the future through joint supervision of the students at the Master’s and PhD levels, as well as the exchange of faculty members to discuss research topics through conducting lectures and joint workshops.