ADU and Siemens Sign Strategic Agreement to Encourage Innovation & Applied Research
10 February 2019
Abu Dhabi University (ADU), an internationally recognized academic institution for quality education and applied research, and Siemens, one of the world’s largest industrial manufacturing companies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The MoU is a stepping stone for further collaboration between ADU and Siemens, which will result in progressive benefits for both parties.
The MoU was signed by Professor Waqar Ahmad, Chancellor of ADU, and Mr Dietmar Siersdorfer, CEO of Siemens in the Middle East. The strategic affiliation includes the commitment to collaborate in research and development alongside providing outstanding opportunities to the University’s students to work with engineers and innovators in an industrial setting. ADU is one of the largest producers of engineers in the region.
Professor Ahmad commented, “This partnership between ADU, one of the biggest producers of engineers and Siemens, one of the most innovative and significant manufacturing and infrastructure companies in the region will not only benefit the two partners but the nation. It will see us engage in knowledge creation and exchange, of direct relevance to the national economy. And it will equip our engineering and other students with the skills to have outstanding careers in STEM and related areas. Both Siemens and ADU are committed to making the UAE a leading knowledge economy.’
Professor Ahmad continued, “Data shows that 90% of ADU graduates find employment within the first year after graduation. ADU continues to prioritize its students, who are at the heart of our institution. As part of our vision 2022, we are dedicated to providing our students with a holistic learning experience, and one of our strategies to accomplish this is through partnerships with world class industrial partners.”
The MoU also includes internships and the possibility for alumni recruitment. The new partnership between the two entities will also allow ADU’s students to benefit from site visits.
“Contributing to the development of our society is part of our company’s history and DNA. We see this as an integral part of doing business. With this in mind, I’m delighted to sign this agreement with Abu Dhabi University as an important step towards greater future collaboration. We want to make sure we contribute to preparing the bright young minds in the UAE for the future, and what better way to achieve this than to work closely with one of the UAE’s top higher education institutions,” said Dietmar Siersdorfer, CEO of Siemens in the Middle East.
ADU’s College of Engineering has earned accreditation from the world-renowned Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) and the Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). It is home to the only architecture program in the UAE to hold accreditation by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). The University is committed not only to providing the highest quality education to its students but also an outstanding student experience. In this regard, the University has recently announced the appointment of an Associate Provost Student Success, charged with enhancing student outcomes.