AD Ports Group, the region’s leading logistics, industry, and trade facilitator, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Dubai’s leading public university, Zayed University in order to achieve several sustainable development goals across several key areas, including maritime sector.
As part of the MoU, the two organizations will work closely together to advance the development of innovative oil spill detectors and monitoring systems, as well as collaborate on research related to environmentally friendly bio-based materials to be utilized as sorbents for oil spill treatment.
Further, they will lead a number of initiatives aimed at achieving higher levels of innovation, technology, education, research, training, development, and knowledge dissemination.
According to the statement, “Other avenues of cooperation under the MoU will also include providing academic and research services, exchanging experiences and information, adhering to business requirements, and maximizing the potential and expertise available to both parties across areas of common interest.”
Dr. Fares Al Howari, Dean of the College of Natural and Health Sciences, Zayed University, said that, “This is a great opportunity for our students to gain practical educational training and workshop activities, to provide innovative technological solutions and scientifically based advice, and the support they need to accelerate the solutions and transition to a sustainable society.”
“There is an ongoing discussion on the internship program for graduate students for collaborative or independent research based on the policies of both institutions. We will be sharing research papers, indices to theses, books, and magazines on relevant subjects and potential joint projects where possible and appropriate, while also participating in scholarly and technical meetings as well as national and international conferences,” Dr. Al Howari added.
Captain Maktoum Al Houqani, Chief Corporate Authority Officer and Acting Head of Maritime Cluster at AD Ports Group, noted that, “Through our work with Zayed University, we will lead the development of innovative oil spill detection and marine pollution control solutions, which will aid users in monitoring and responding faster to oil spills while also minimizing the overall impact of an incident. We will also collaborate closely to create a new internship research program.”