UAE student becomes first to get a dual doctorate from two universities

Ameera Fares obtains PhD in Chemical Engineering from UAE University and KU Leuven



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Published: Wed 6 Jul 2022, 5:55 PM

UAE student, Ameera Fares, has become the first doctoral student to obtain a dual degree at the UAE University.

She obtained a PhD in Chemical Engineering from two different universities, UAE University and KU Leuven in Belgium, for her thesis “Multistage Modified Solvay Process for CO2 Capture And Reject Brine Desalination”.

She said: “I have had the unique honour of obtaining my doctorate in Chemical Engineering from not one but two world-renowned universities under the auspices of professors from UAE University and KU Leuven.

She added: “The opportunity to gain my dual PhD from the UAEU and KU Leuven has been a life-changing experience. I had a unique research opportunity to gain international research experience that has been an invaluable step in my research journey. I hope that it will be the start of many future students embarking on their way to earn a dual doctorate.

The academic experience, she said, was very special, "It qualified me to utilise the best research facilities in both universities and collaborate with my colleagues in order to achieve unique international experience."

Prof. Ali Al-Marzouqi (Dean of College of Graduate Studies) said: “This type of academic partnerships has a great impact in supporting the academic reputation of the university, and our partnership with the prestigious Belgian KU Leuven has created a good opportunity for our students to study and conduct joint academic research with international colleagues, and benefit from diverse international experience.”


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