Al Ain: David Hurley AC DSC (Retd), Governor General of the Commonwealth of Australia, and Heidi Venamore, Australian Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, visited the campus of the United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) in Al Ain as part of a program of events celebrating Australia’s National Day.

The delegation also learned about the history and mission of the UAEU as well as its teaching and research infrastructure, research institutes and portfolio of research and development activities.

“The visit also provided an opportunity to explore the many links between the UAEU and prestigious Australian universities and research institutes,” the UAEU said in a statement sent Thursday to Gulf News.

Hurley and Venamore were received by Zaki Nusseibeh, Cultural Advisor to the President of the United Arab Emirates and Chancellor of the United Arab Emirates, as well as the Acting Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ghaleb Al Hadrami Al Breiki; The Acting Provost, Prof. Mohammed Hassan Al Qasimi, and the Associate Provost for Research, Prof. Ahmad Murad.

Visitors were also welcomed by the entire team working at the National Center for Space Science and Technology – a joint venture between the UAE Space Agency and the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority.

Water Resources Collaboration

Professor Murad said that in March 2022, the UAE National Water and Energy Center will collaborate with the Australian Pavilion at EXPO 2020 Dubai to organize an international conference titled “Water Resources Management and sustainability: solutions for arid regions”.

The conference is under the patronage of Suhail Mohamed Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy and Infrastructure of the United Arab Emirates and the Rt. Hon. David Speirs, MP, Minister of Environment and Water of the Government of South Australia.

“The event recognizes both the fruitful academic collaboration between the UAEU and our Australian colleagues, and the current and shared challenges faced by the UAE and Australia with respect to the development, management and conservation of natural resources. The conference will advance techniques and practices to achieve water sustainability,” added Professor Murad.

He noted that UAEU’s collaborative research programs with over 100 different Australian research institutes have led to 511 co-authored publications over the past 6 years.

International Friendship Bond

The Chancellor of the UAEU, meanwhile, thanked the delegation for their visit to the campus, saying, “We are particularly grateful that your visit allows us to affirm the international bonds of friendship, intellectual research and innovative efforts that are shared between the UAEU and the Australian university education sector.Our collaboration demonstrates and promotes the importance of openness and tolerance and serves to generate new ideas and practices essential to sustainability future of our communities and the planet we share. The future conference on water resources management is a magnificent example of the results of our collaboration and rightly takes advantage of the stage provided by Dubai Expo 2020”.

The Governor General of Australia is the representative of Her Majesty the Queen of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The Governor is Australia’s head of state and holds a range of constitutional and ceremonial duties. The Governor is also the Commander-in-Chief of the Australian Defense Forces.

The Governor encourages, articulates and represents the things that unite Australia as a nation, and in this regard works within the Australian community in Australia and overseas, traveling widely to encourage and recognize individuals and groups who make a substantial contribution to the community. It was therefore essential for the Governor’s visit to the UAEU that the University demonstrate the current links that the UAEU has with Australia. These links include UAEU’s Australian faculty members, its students participating in exchange programs, various memorandums of understanding, several ongoing research programs and joint publications of UAEU universities and the Australia.