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Sultan Bin Ahmed approves strategic plan, budget for University of Sharjah

Sheikh Sultan Bin Ahmed Bin Sultan Al Qasimi praised the prestigious status the University of Sharjah has achieved internationally.

Gulf Today, Staff Reporter

Sheikh Sultan Bin Ahmed Bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Deputy Ruler of Sharjah and President of the University of Sharjah, praised the prestigious status the university has achieved both locally, regionally, and internationally. He noted that this reflects the unlimited support and significant efforts dedicated to developing the university in all fields.

This was stated during his chairmanship of the 57th meeting of the University’s Board of Trustees, held on Wednesday morning at his office at the university. He welcomed the members of the board and appreciated their efforts in contributing to the university’s progress and development.

Sultan Bin Ahmed added that the University of Sharjah is now among the best universities worldwide according to various rankings, including the Times Higher Education ranking, the QS ranking, and the Shanghai Global Ranking of Academic Subjects in clinical specialties.

It also leads the nation in the number of published research papers and citations in global databases. The board approved the university’s budget for the academic year 2024/2025, amounting to Dhs1.171 billion.

The board also approved the graduation of 1,865 students who completed their requirements in the spring semester of 2023/2024, including 56 doctoral graduates, 294 master’s graduates, 18 postgraduate diploma graduates, and 1,497 bachelor’s degree graduates.

The board approved the establishment of several specialised centres: the “Sharjah Smart Centre for Weather and Climate Change Risk Management,” the “Water and Environmental Conservation Research Centre,” and the “Sharjah Centre for Public Opinion Polls.”

They also introduced a new academic title, Emeritus Professor. The board approved the recommendations of the subcommittees, which included reports from the financial, academic, compliance and internal audit, and localisation committees. The board also approved the university’s strategic plan for 2024-2030, focusing on further localisation of administrative and academic jobs, increasing the number of master’s and doctoral degree holders starting in September 2024, and attracting distinguished scholars and researchers.

The plan includes a new initiative called “National Scholars” to enroll outstanding Emirati bachelor’s degree holders, aiming to have over 500 scientists in various fields by 2050. The board approved the promotion of 24 faculty members, 11 to the rank of Professor and 13 to the rank of Associate Professor.

The board also approved the initiation of academic accreditation procedures for several new programmes, including a PhD in Diabetes and Obesity, a Master of Science in Building Engineering, a Master of Science in Financial Technology, a Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Practices, and a Master of Science in Mathematics for Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence.

The board reviewed a report from Dr. Hamid Majoul Al Nuaimi, Chancellor of the University of Sharjah, on the university’s performance and achievements in previous academic years. The report highlighted the university’s success in meeting most performance indicators and preparing for the upcoming strategic plan for 2024-2030, based on assessment results and emerging opportunities and challenges.

The report indicated that the strategic plan (2024 - 2030) focuses on significantly increasing the localisation of academic and administrative positions, developing and enhancing the skills of Emirati staff, doubling the number of Emirati academic researchers, and providing more training opportunities.

The plan also aims to elevate the university’s ranking to be among the top 200 universities globally, strengthen research collaboration opportunities with the industrial sector in the country, emphasise impactful and applied research that benefits the Sharjah community and the broader UAE, achieve comprehensive digital transformation, integrate advanced technologies, continue offering interdisciplinary programmes, and maintain engagement and communication with alumni.

The report on the university’s research performance highlighted that it offers the largest number of academic programmes in the country, with 75% of them having received international accreditation from prestigious accreditation bodies.


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