President’s Memo │ November 2021│ Issue 61

December 7, 2021

Dear KU Community,

I am delighted to inform you that Khalifa University has been ranked 1st in the UAE and 21st worldwide in the Times Higher Education (THE) Emerging Economies Universities Rankings 2022. I congratulate all the faculty, researchers, staff and students who contributed to this remarkable achievement!

Last month, KU successfully organized the International Congress on Advances in Nuclear Power Plants (ICAPP), which brought together hundreds of industry and policy experts to discuss the current and future developments in the field of nuclear energy.

Special compliments to Dr. Emad Al Shalabi for being appointed to serve as Associate Editor for the journal SPE Reservoir Evaluation & Engineering; to Dr. Li-Chen Sim for being appointed as a Non-Resident Scholar at the Middle East Institute in Washington DC; and to Dr. Linda Zou for being selected by the Emirates Scientists Council to be the Deputy of the Women in Science Committee of the Mohammed bin Rashid Academy of Scientists (MBRAS).

Congratulations also to a number of students who were honored recently for their achievements including PhD student Jawaher AlYammahi, who was awarded an Excellence in Research award from the Second Forum for Women in Research; BSc student Hanan Ahmed Alshamsi, who represented the UAE in the CNC Turning category at EuroSkills 2021 in Graz, Austria; and MSc student Muhammad Taha Ansari, who has been awarded the Golden Visa.

And a big congratulations to two KU teams who placed first and second at the 2nd Dubai World Challenge for Self-Driving Transport.  The KU team led by Dr. Majid Khonji won first place in the Ground Vehicles Challenge, winning US$100,000, while the team led by Dr Hamad Karki won second place in the Aerial Vehicles Challenge, winning US$50,000. Both teams had valuable contributions from students in the Al Nokhba program, which is a program that KU supports to help train National Service Associates and equip them with skils in robotics and automation. 

Last month we also celebrated our latest cohort of medical students’ entry into the MD program through a White Coat ceremony. 

We also entered into a number of exciting new collaborations this past month, including with global aerospace leader Dassault Aviation to expand aeronautical education and related research in the UAE, and with the Abu Dhabi Public Health Center (ADPHC) to expand research into various public health aspects.

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Yours sincerely,

Dr. Arif Sultan Al Hammadi
Executive Vice President
Khalifa University of Science and Technology