UAEU ties up with 3 Australian varsities

Lana Mahdi
Filed on February 24, 2006

AL AIN — The UAE University (UAEU) has tied up with three Australian universities to expand research and academic collaboration in geological and environmental sciences and increase the level of existing ties in road safety research.

A high-level UAEU delegation headed by Dr Hadef bin Jouan Al Dhahiri, Vice-Chancellor of UAEU and Dr Maitha Al Shamsi, Assistant Provost for Research, returned from Australia after a 5-day visit.

The delegation expressed satisfaction over its talks with the higher authorities of the Monash University, Melbourne, the Australian National University, Canberra, and Sydney‘s Macquarie University.

“We found many areas of common interests and the Australian universities have warmly accepted some of our proposals for research and academic collaborations and expand the level of existing cooperation,” said Dr Hadef Al Dhahiri, the Vice-Chancellor of the UAEU. In Melbourne, the delegation discussed new venues of cooperation with Professor Stephen Parker, Senior DVC and Vice-President Professor (Ms) Edwina Cornish, DVC Research and other high officials of the Monash University.

The UAEU already has a research partnership with Monash University Accident Research Center (MUARC) that helped to establish the UAEU’s Roadway, Transportation, and Traffic Safety Research Center (RTTSRC).

RTTSRC, 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 pave the way to solutions and remedies to reduce injuries and deaths in the UAE. The UAE delegation also visited the research facilities of the leading auto manufacturer, Holden, the Australian subsidiary of General Motors and was shown the innovative safety features of its newly designed automobiles. The Holden General Motors has provided financial and technical assistance to RTTSRC under a three-year agreement.

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