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Signing the partnership

Zayed University, HFDAP team up to boost academic innovation

DUBAI, July 7, 2022

Zayed University (ZU) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation for Distinguished Academic Performance (HFDAP) to support innovative thinking. 
 
The initiative aims to enhance academic excellence, provide ZU students with the skills and knowledge, to better achieve their future aspirations and contribute towards the UAE community.
 
The MoU details a comprehensive framework of cooperation whereby both parties agree to share knowledge and hold joint events aimed at raising awareness about the importance of innovative and creative thinking in enhancing academic excellence. 
 
FAB Lab UAE initiative
They will also jointly encourage students to enroll in the FAB Lab UAE initiative, which uses the most recent technologies, tools and programmes in the world of digital manufacturing.  
 
The memorandum was signed by Sulaiman Abdul-Khaleq Al-Ansari, Executive Director of the Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation for Distinguished Academic Performance, and Professor Clayton MacKenzie, Zayed University’s Provost & Chief Academic Officer, at a ceremony held at the University’s Dubai campus, in the presence of academics and staff from both parties.
 
Dr Jamal Mohammed Al Muhairi, Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees and Secretary-General of the Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation for Distinguished Academic Performance, expressed gratitude for this cooperation, stressing that "The two institutions possess technical expertise and capabilities that will undoubtedly contribute to enabling creative talents. By infusing creativity and innovation in the education sector, we positively contribute to the creation of a knowledge-based society, which is an essential element of the ambitious UAE national strategy.”
 
Positive outcomes
Commenting on the collaboration, Professor MacKenzie, said: "We look forward to the positive outcomes of this cooperation, particularly in the areas of training and academic research, that will bring mutual benefits to students, researchers and the community. This opens opportunities for our students to develop their skills further and make a positive contribution to the strategic vision of the UAE.”-- TradeArabia News Service
 



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