UAE Minister of Higher Education Sheikh Hamdan bin Mubarak al-Nahyan (C)
515 undergraduate students from various disciplines in universities across the UAE so far have submitted their research papers in the second annual United Arab Emirates Undergraduate Student Research Competition (UGSRC). Held
under the patronage of Sheikh Hamdan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, the competition is part of a comprehensive strategy designed and implemented by Abu Dhabi University to highlight the importance of encouraging undergraduate students to undertake scientific research endeavours.
In its second year, the nationwide competition also aims to showcase, recognise, and promote outstanding student research conducted at any higher educational institution in the UAE, and provide participants with the opportunity of presenting their results at a ceremony scheduled to be held on Abu Dhabi University campus on May 22nd.
Dr. Nabil Ibrahim Chancellor of Abu Dhabi University commented, "Although it is still in its second year, submissions to the United Arab Emirates Undergraduate Student Research Competition quadrupled from 62 last year to 248 research abstract submissions this year. Abu Dhabi University students alone are participating with around 67 research projects. This boost in the number of submissions speaks volumes about the importance of scientific research and its reality as a building block vital to the transformation of the UAE into a knowledge-based economy. It also fits perfectly with Abu Dhabi University's new 5 year strategic plan 2014 - 2019 that identifies research as one of the University's growth strategies."