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Abu Dhabi University is committed to distinguished scholarship and reputable research and innovation, and to the promotion of nationally ...

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Research

  • Office of Research and Sponsored Programs

    Abu Dhabi University is committed to distinguished scholarship and reputable research and innovation, and to the promotion of nationally and internationally competitive research as a core strategic goal in line with Abu Dhabi’s Vision 2030. To ensure that United Arab Emirates can make a valuable contribution in a globally competitive environment, this commitment to research is aligned with the national drive to encourage more active scholarship that addresses topics pertinent to national development and to strengthen and support researchers who can contribute to knowledge production and effective research-based problem solving, opening more doors for our society.

    It is our privilege and obligation to be the society’s hub for the pursuit of knowledge. We endeavor to do this through research that is:

    • Meaningful to the individual academic, and
    • Responsible and responsive to the needs of society and to the demands of the academy.
    • The University values creativity, innovation, and academic rigor. It rewards risk-taking in the pursuit of excellence and offers the infrastructure to support cutting edge efforts to expand human knowledge intellectually, socially, environmentally, and physically.
    • The research mission of Abu Dhabi University is to use the exceptional talents of research scholars - professors and students - to extend the boundaries of human knowledge and to use these discoveries to understand and resolve present and future challenges to humanity and the environment. The mission is currently being implemented via:
    • Attracting, nurturing, retaining, and promoting outstanding research scholars;
    • Recruiting the best and brightest graduate students;
    • Leading in undergraduate education through inspired application of research;
    • Providing exceptional capacity and opportunities for individuals and teams to develop excellence in basic and applied research;
    • Fostering commercialization of applied research endeavors to the benefit of Abu Dhabi Emirate, United Arab Emirates, and Global citizenry; and
    • Demonstrating research achievements for the benefit of society through diverse academic and non-traditional means of communication.

    Mission

    The mission of the Office is to pursue excellence in selected strategic areas of applied research and innovative scholarly pursuits compatible with the socio-economic needs of the UAE, and the Arab world. The ORSP seeks strong partnerships with scientific, corporate, and government agencies to identify and explore strategic areas of research. Emerging strategic research areas for the university and the country include, but are not limited to, renewable energy, desalination, environmental science, entrepreneurship, women empowerment, technology and innovation. This mission will be achieved through contributions from high caliber faculty and collaboration with carefully selected international scholars dedicated to the pursuit of excellence and public service.

    In achieving its mission, the Office provides, nurtures, and supports research activities of Abu Dhabi University faculty. Assistance with grant proposal development, submission, and follow-up are integral roles in achieving the mission. Using a multi-front approach, the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs is determined to produce new applied knowledge and disseminate the results to the communities it serves. The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs is also committed to integration of research and teaching and plays an important role in the development of undergraduate research opportunities. These opportunities allow talented undergraduate students to learn the processes of exploration, discovery and prepare students for graduate studies and careers in emerging fields within the UAE.

    Vision

    The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) was created to help Abu Dhabi University expand its research mission and become a research-oriented comprehensive university recognized nationally and regionally as a leader in solving applied problems and assisting in shaping the economic, social and cultural future of the UAE and the region.

    Strategic Goals

    The goals of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs are:

    1. Build and enhance the applied research capacity of the university in selected strategic areas.
    2. Provide a research infrastructure that is responsive to the needs of scholars and students.
    3. Partner with prominent corporate community, government agencies in the UAE and the region to target external fund raising.
    4. Develop and foster a network of local and international scientific scholars and attract the best scholars from around the world.
    5. Integrate research and teaching and develop new activities that enrich the students’ experience.
    6. Transfer and disseminate knowledge to the communities Abu Dhabi University serves and maximize opportunities for commercialization.

    Staffs and Contacts

    Dr. Ashraf Khalil
    Director of Research
    Office of Research and Sponsored Programs
    Tel. No.: +971 2 501 5689; Fax No.: +971 2 501 5275
    Email: ashraf.khalil@adu.ac.ae

    Ms. Tasbeeh Fatima Raza
    Executive Assistant
    Office of Research and Sponsored Programs
    Tel. No.: +971 2 501 5211; Fax No.: +971 2 501 5275
    Email: tasbeeh.raza@adu.ac.ae

  • Funding Opportunities

    Undergraduate Student Research Grant Award

    This research program allows students to harness their curiosity and to express their keenness for discovery and in line with ADU’s goal of engagement of undergraduate students in the research enterprise. The fund is granted to students that successfully submitted reserach proposals to ORSP and demonstrated an excellent academic record.

    Application form can be downloaded here . Once it completed please send it to the ORSP office.

    Faculty Research Incentive Grants

    The purpose of the grants is to strengthen the research capabilities at Abu Dhabi University. The grants provide funding for efforts that will ultimately enable Abu Dhabi University to become one of the select few private universities in the UAE with a research emphasis. The recipients of the Research Incentive grant will be expected to publish the results of their work in a refereed journal/conference proceedings and to participate in ADU’s research conference.

    The purpose of the "Faculty Research Incentive Grants" is to strengthen the research capabilities of Abu Dhabi University. The grant provides seed funding for efforts that will ultimately enable Abu Dhabi University to become one of the select few private universities in the UAE with a research emphasis.

    The objectives of Abu Dhabi University "Faculty Research Incentive Grants" are:

    • To support the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030 roadmap, that will form the architecture of the economic and industrial development of Abu Dhabi.
    • To promote and develop faculty research and scholarly production.
    • To develop Abu Dhabi University as a Center of Research Excellence by building a state-of-the-art research infrastructure to support the research activities of faculty, students and community.
    • To develop Abu Dhabi University as a preferred research hub for local, regional and international scholars.
    • To increase capacity of the university to attract external research income from government, foundation and corporate sponsors.
    • To familiarize the faculty and students with the latest research technologies.

    Application form can be downloaded here and the instructions/guidelines can be downloaded here. Once it completed please send it to the ORSP office.

    Alternative Forms of Faculty Scholarship Grant

    The ‘Alternative Forms of Faculty Scholarship Grant’ is designed to foster innovative work in nontraditional areas of faculty scholarship and is intended to explore new avenues for the pursuit of creativity and artistic production. The objectives of the “Alternative Forms of Faculty Scholarship Grant” are:

    • To provide financial support to encourage faculty members to engage in various forms of scholarship as an extensions of their teaching and service.
    • To capitalize on the potential of Abu Dhabi University faculty members in developing scholarly output and artistic production that would benefit the community and region.
    • To motivate Abu Dhabi University faculty members to critically evaluate existing pedagogy and to explore world class teaching/learning resources, tools, techniques and methods.
    • To add value to the Abu Dhabi University brand and enhance visibility of the university among its various constituencies.
    • To develop Abu Dhabi University as a preferred destination for local, regional and international faculty members.

    Application form can be downloaded here and instructions/guidelines can be downloaded here. Once it completed please send it to the ORSP.

  • Centers of Excellence

    Center of Excellence for smart, sustainable and entrepreneurial cities

    In ADU’s new research strategy, a Center of Excellence, including three Research Centers, has been carefully designed to serve as the focus of ADU’s research activities. The name and functions of the “Center of Excellence for Smart, Sustainable and Entrepreneurial Cities” were carefully chosen to be aligned with Abu Dhabi’s Vision 2030 as well as with the research capacity and interests of ADU faculty.

     

    The three research centers under the umbrella of the Center of Excellence are:

    - Research Center on Sustainable Business Processes

    - Research Center on Sustainable Built Environment

    - Research Center on Smart Services for Smart Cities

     

     1. Research Center on Sustainable Business Processes

    The Research Center on Sustainable Business Processes is aimed at fostering the notion of balancing the three hallmarks of sustainability in industry: social, environmental and economic. The center seeks to publish cutting-edge interdisciplinary research in this arena to increase operational efficiency, offer innovative services and improve compliance to green practices. This goal will be achieved through (i) appointing graduate research assistants (ii) outreaching aggressively to the local industry to stimulate practical research, as well as (iii) providing faculty with more technical support to publish in high-ranked journals. The research output from this center is believed to create new understandings and strategies in sustainability to make businesses excel – locally as well as globally.

    2. Research Center on Sustainable Built Environment 

    The goal of the Research Center on Sustainable Built Environment is to provide innovative, high-quality solutions for a sustainable environment in the United Arab Emirates and the broader Arab Gulf region. The center specializes in advanced research in two broad areas: materials and energy in the built environment, and water and waste management. As such, the center seeks to promote the most innovative technologies and management practices to enhance materials, energy and water savings in the design of Abu Dhabi’s buildings and infrastructure, and to develop solutions that optimize the use of water and post-consumer waste as a renewable resource in the UAE. The center draws from the expertise of over forty affiliated ADU faculty and from local and international partner organizations. 

    3. Research Center on Smart Services for Smart Cities 

    The Research Center on Smart Services for Smart Cities is in line with ADU’s effort to promote research aimed at developing integrated smart services that will help realize Abu Dhabi’s vision of a connected and high-tech smart city. Research in the area of smart services and smart cities is necessarily interdisciplinary in nature as it integrates contributions from every field related to city living and city governance with mobile computing and other ubiquitous technological systems. This center aims to contribute to ADU’s and the UAE’s goals by facilitating high-quality applied research from diverse disciplines and fostering collaboration with national, regional and international research institutions toward smart city excellence.

     

    Contact Details


    Dr. Evan Paleologos

    Director of Research Center on Sustainable Built Environment

    Center of Excellence

    Tel. No.: +971 2 501 5806

    Email: evan.paleologos@adu.ac.ae

     

     Dr. Hassan Hajjdiab

    Director of Research Center on Smart Services for Smart Cities

    Center of Excellence

    Tel. No.: +971 2 501 5639

    Email: hassan.hajjdiab@adu.ac.ae

      

    Dr. Mehmood Khan

    Director of Research Center on Sustainable Business Processes

    Center of Excellence

    Tel. No.: +971 2 501 5346

    Email: mehmood.Khan@adu.ac.ae

     

    Please feel free to contact us if you wish to learn more about the center and its different activities.

  • Institutional Review Board

    Institutional Review Board for Human Subjects Research

    The Institutional Review Board for Human Subjects Research (IRB) at Abu Dhabi University is inspired by the university’s ethical and legal responsibilities to provide a mechanism to protect individuals involved as subjects in research conducted under the auspices of the University. Therefore, any research conducted at, supported by, or affiliated with Abu Dhabi University that involve human subjects must be reviewed by the board prior to the initiation of the research to ensure that the rights of the human subjects are not violated in any way, either physically or emotionally. Based on the potential level of risk for human subjects, research projects may be eligible to be exempted from being reviewed or may be subject to expedited or full review as detailed in the board’s policy and guidelines.

    The membership of the board includes a faculty member representing every college and program at the university in addition to an ethicist, a science representative, a non-science representative, and the Director of Research as an ex-officio non-voting member.

    The review process carried out by the board is based on the board’s mandating policy and guidelines, which in turn use the concept of minimal risk to decide the extent to which subject interests warrant formal and extensive review of research proposals. The following three principles constitute the basis for the review process:

    1. The subjects must give their free informed consent to participate in the research;
    2. Researchers must provide and protect subject confidentiality;
    3. Potential risks to subjects must be balanced by potential benefits of the research and must be fully disclosed to the subjects.

    If you would like to get a copy of the application forms please contact Dr. Essam Dabbour on the below email.

    Dr. Essam Dabbour, Ph. D., P. Eng.
    Chair, Institutional Review Board for Human Subjects Research
    Abu Dhabi University
    Email:essam.dabbour@adu.ac.ae 

Innovation Center

  • About Innovation Center

    Abu Dhabi University’s newly launched Innovation Center’s mission is to inspire and empower students across the region to become future leaders. The ADU Innovation Center enriches ADU students’ university experience through creative workshops, innovation competitions, company visits and entrepreneurs club activities. The center works with faculty and staff to build culture of innovation in all ADU operations and teaching activities. For advanced innovators the center provides customized incubation program, mentorship and access to funding.  ADU innovation center welcomes UAE innovators of all ages to attend our special events and utilize our state of the art facilities. 

    ADU Innovation Center Impact
    • Graduating students with 21st century skills
    • Providing a platform for entrepreneurial experimentation
    • Increasing awareness of innovation imperative
    • Contributing to the UAE innovation strategy
    • Advancing UAE entrepreneurial ecosystem
    • Building culture of innovation in the region

    ADU Innovation Center Activities

    • Workshops for developing innovation skills and mindset
    • Entrepreneurs club for idea development and matchmaking
    • Corporate projects for hands on learning
    • Innovation competitions
    • Hackathons
    • Makers days
    • Innovative teaching methods
    • Corporate visits
    • Executive development programs
    • Executive talk series and conferences
    • Coaching and mentoring

    Our Students

    ADU innovation Center activities are targeted towards ADU students, innovators across UAE, high school students, corporate executives and life long learners.

  • Entrepreneurs Club

    Abu Dhabi University’s Entrepreneur's Club is a social club targeted for budding entrepreneurs and innovation enthusiasts. The club will meet on monthly bases for like-minded students to exchange innovation ideas, crate groups for innovation competitions and development projects, and develop 21st century skills through communications, team building and peer learning.

    The objective of the club is to empower students through sense of achievement, foster critical thinking and entrepreneurial mindset, and enrich campus experience. The focus is on developing culture of innovation and learn transferable skills that can be equally applied to starting own venture or course work and different everyday situations. 

    The meetings will take place at the ADU Innovation Center, and discussion and community building is supported by ADU groups social media channel. Activities include workshops, games, trips to companies and exhibitions, mentoring, incubation program and support for entrepreneurial ideas.
    You can join the club activities without registering, but in order to stay ahead of events and activities, please join the ADU Innovates! group, and subscribe to the Entrepreneurs’ Club mailing list by emailing to petra.turkama@adu.ac.ae.

    Welcome to the ADU Entrepreneurs Club!

  • Innovation in Academic Programs

    Abu Dhabi University applies innovative teaching methods in all its’ courses. Innovations in education is a fast developing area and ADU stays ahead of competition through continuously refreshing its’ course curriculum, delivery methods, and introducing new courses.

    Abu Dhabi University features a range of courses on innovation and entrepreneurship on both undergraduate and post-graduate level. These courses are available for all students as open electives. In 2018 ADU introduces a new specialization focused entrepreneurship and innovation. Below the details of this program:

    Bachelor of Business Administration in Entrepreneurship and Innovation

    Program Overview

    Entrepreneurship is fast becoming a transformational trend in the 21st century. It has the capacity to reshape economies and industries, is a key driver of economic growth, generates jobs, introduces new products and services, and is vital for creativity and innovation.
    This one-of-a kind program, offered in a country which a unique history of innovation and entrepreneurship, will provide you with the theoretical concepts and experiential opportunities needed to seize entrepreneurial opportunities. You will look at areas of entrepreneurial creativity and innovation, social entrepreneurship, venture feasibility, business plan development, and family business management strategy.  You will be equipped with a range of transferable skills required in a broad range of entrepreneurial and business environments.

    Common across all specializations in the Bachelor of Business Administration programs are courses that will provide you with a solid foundation to communicate effectively, carry out research, understand legal, social, professional and ethical responsibilities in a business environment, apply analytical and critical thinking to business issues, use information technology effectively and understand the dynamics of a complex global business environment.

    Our program undergoes a rigorous process of continual improvement to ensure it stays relevant and in line with developments within the world of business.

    We have an agreement with NEOMA Business School in France, ranked 17th globally, for student exchange opportunities.

    Accreditation

    The College of Business is both EQUIS and AACSB accreditated, making it among the top 1% of business schools globally. 

    The program is also accredited by the Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA), UAE Ministry of Education.
    In addition, it is internationally recognized and accredited by WASC, a world-renowned accrediting commission based in the USA.  WASC is one of six official academic bodies responsible for the accreditation of public and private universities and colleges in the USA, as well as a number of overseas institutions. 

    Our Faculty

    Our outstanding, PhD qualified faculty are globally diverse with an accomplished portfolio of published research. We create a nurturing learning environment, providing one-on-one mentoring to our students, continually supporting them toward success in their studies as well as in competitions and awards. 

    As part of ADU’s Corporate Social Responsibility, we provide workshops to high school students on contemporary business subjects including strategic leadership and entrepreneurship.

    Our Students

    You will join a diverse student population, providing fantastic opportunities for cross-cultural learning. Our students regularly excel in competitions such as the Undergraduate Research Competition and other external contests.

    Our Facilities

    Our state-of-the art computer facilities support our pedagogical approach which includes case studies, individual and group projects and assignments, as well as the best elements of blended learning. 

    Extra-curricular Activities

    ADU’s Undergraduate Research Competition will give you the opportunity to hone your research skills. You will have the opportunity to attend and participate in conferences and exhibitions relevant to your field, as well as industry visits.

    Career Opportunities

    Graduates of this program will be well placed to launch their own businesses, help with family businesses or join other organizations to help with expansion, new product development, innovation and ideas. 

Reach Us

Abu Dhabi Campus

P.O Box 59911, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Al Ain Campus

P.O Box 1790, Al Ain, UAE

Toll Free Number:

800-ADYOU (800-23968)

International Students:

+971 2 5015555 (Call Center)

Email: admissions@adu.ac.ae