UAEU launches ‘Sustainable Development Goals Research Programme’
ALAIN, 28th September, 2021 -The United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) has launched the Sustainable Development Goals Research Programme, which aims to support national efforts and to raise awareness of the importance of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) among the university community.
The programme provides research funding to students’ research groups to investigate, test and implement research ideas to find flexible solutions that are comprehensive and sustainable under the supervision of a faculty member from one of the university’s colleges.
Ahmed Ali Murad, Associate Provost for Research at the UAEU, pointed out that scientific research is an essential part of the development of nations and the building of civilisations.
It contributes to achieving the SDGs of the United Nations for the prosperity, well-being and sustainability of societies for the benefit of humanity.
He pointed out that this research programme is directed to university students from all disciplines.
Each research project includes 3-5 students, studying at the undergraduate or graduate level, under the supervision of a faculty member.
The duration of the project is four months and the research teams are expected to present the research findings during a symposium to be held on 17th March, 2022.
The first cycle of the SDGs Research Programme will focus on four goals out of the 17 goals.
These include the first goal: poverty; the second goal: hunger, the eleventh goal: sustainability of cities and communities; and the fourteenth goal: life underwater.
Murad added, “We welcome new and innovative contributions or initiatives that contribute to improving and developing current solutions to achieve the SDGs.
This program aims to enhance participation and collaboration and contribute to building research skills among university students which are among the most important skills for the future labour market.
The SDGs research programme will focus on achieving sustainable solutions to national and global challenges such as poverty, food security, water and energy, health, gender equality, climate change, and peace.