UAE, Australia to tie up to expand education

Lana Mahdi
Filed on February 11, 2006

AL AIN UAE and Australia are to step up cooperation in the field of higher education as well as science and technology research.

A high-powered delegation from the United Arab Emirates University headed by Dr Hadef bin Jouan Al-Dhahiri, Vice Chancellor UAEU, are on a five-day visit to Australia to discuss areas of cooperation in the fields of teaching, scientific research and graduate studies.

The delegation will have talks with the higher authorities of the leading Australian universities in Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney about the possibilities of further research collaboration in engineering and other disciplines.

The delegation that also includes Dr Maitha Al Shamsi, Assistant Provost for Research, United Arab Emirates University , will visit Monash University in Melbourne and discuss expanding cooperation in traffic safety research and the possibilities of exchanging students and faculty members between the two universities.

In Melbourne, the delegation will also visit the Monash University Accident Research Center and is invited by Holden Australia, the leading Australian auto manufacturers to discuss fields of cooperation between them and the Roadway, Transportation, and Traffic Safety Research Centre (RTTSRC) of the United Arab Emirates University.

Traffic Safety Research Centre (TSRC) is the first accident research centre in the Middle East that has been set up with the help of Monash University Accident Research Center (MUARC) and in collaboration with Holden, Australian car manufacturers, a subsidiary of General Motors. Holden has provided financial and technical assistance under a three-year agreement.

The Centre, located in the premises of Al Ain Hospital is integrating a database on motor vehicle crashes, which facilitates the investigation of the true causal factors of the problem and thereby paving the way to solutions and remedies to reduce injuries and deaths in the United Arab Emirates.

The United Arab Emirates University delegation will also visit the Australian National University, the leading university based in Canberra to discuss the possibilities of cooperation in different fields of higher education.

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