Academic Review Board for UAE Student Awards 2020 Announced
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Academic Review Board for UAE Student Awards 2020 Announced

Professors from Imperial College London and New York University Join Peers from Khalifa University and the American University of Sharjah on the 2020 Academic Review Board Charged with Selecting Student Award Winners for the Advancement of Post-Graduate Education in the UAE

UAE Student Awards Attract World’s Top Engineering Universities on 2020 Academic Review Board

January 5, 2020 – Abu Dhabi (Gulf Intelligence): Professors from the UK’s Imperial College, which is ranked as the number-one engineering university in the world, and New York University joined their peers from renowned regional institutions, including Khalifa University and American University of Sharjah, on the 2020 Academic Review Board for the UAE Student Awards for Advancement of Post-Graduate Education. 

H.E. Dr. Matar Al Neyadi, Undersecretary of the UAE Ministry of Energy and Industry, led the group of distinguished international academics, who included the Professor of Petroleum Engineering at Imperial College London, Dr. Martin J. Blunt, the NYU Global Professor of Engineering, Dr. Nidal Hilal, and Dr. Steve Griffiths, who received his Ph.D. & MBA from MIT, who were charged with the responsibility of selecting the 2020 Student Award Winners for the Advancement of Post Graduate Education in the UAE.

“One of the biggest opportunities and challenges facing countries all over the world is to build a Knowledge economy,” said Sean Evers, Managing Partner of Gulf Intelligence and Chairman of the Academic Review Board. “It is critical to move beyond being simply a consumer of knowledge and become one that is also a creator of knowledge, which isn’t possible without robust post-graduate education programs,” he added.

The UAE Student Awards for the Advancement of Post-Graduate Education, now in their third year, are held annually Under the Patronage of the UAE Minister of Energy & Industry, H.E. Suhail Al-Mazrouei. They celebrate UAE nationals who have continued their education through to Masters and Ph.D. level and produced dissertations that have contributed to the advancement of science and research.      

The six-member Academic Review Board, comprised of distinguished thinkers from all over the world who collectively boast more than 100 years of higher education and academic experience, also included Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Raeesi, Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering and Chair of the Chemical & Petroleum Engineering, Department, UAE University, and Dr. Wei Zhao, Chief Research Officer, American University Sharjah. The Board utilized a set of criteria to select two Masters’s and two Ph.D. students to act as ambassadors for the Advancement of Post-Graduate Education in the UAE, critical for the development of an in-country R&D ecosystem and knowledge economy.

The 2020 Awards presentation will be hosted at NYU Abu Dhabi on Jan. 8th, 2020.

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