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KAIST and UAE’s Khalifa University Open Joint Research Center

April 11, 2019
KAIST President Shin Sung-chul (right) and Arif Al Hammadi, executive vice president of Khalifa University (KU), take a picture after the opening ceremony for the KAIST-KU Joint Research Center on April 8.

Korea and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are strengthening their cooperation in the fields of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.KAIST said on April 9 that it has opened the KAIST-KU Joint Research Center in the UAE on April 8 to carry out joint research on technologies that are shaping the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

KU is a national university established in Abu Dhabi in 2007 to train advanced research and development engineers that will lead the future development of the country. In 2017, three universities and graduate schools of science and technology, including Khalifa University, unified and changed the name to Khalifa University of Science and Technology (KU).

KU is a research-focused university with 3,500 undergraduates, 900 graduate students, and 500 faculty members as of April this year.

Cooperation between KAIST and KU started with KAIST providing support to Khalifa University for the establishment of a nuclear engineering department and curriculum development under the agreement concluded between the Korean and UAE governments for the UAE nuclear power plant project in December 2009. Since 2011, the two universities have carried out over 200 joint research projects in various fields, such as nuclear power, ICT, electricity, machinery, materials, biotech, and energy.