ADU Receives Record Number of Submissions for Undergraduate Research Competition
13 February 2019
Abu Dhabi University (ADU) has received a record-breaking number of submissions ahead of the Undergraduate Research Competition (URC). Held under the patronage of His Excellency Hussain bin Ibrahim Al Hammadi, Minister of Education, the seventh edition of the competition received more than 700 original research projects for review.
Commenting on the competition, Professor Waqar Ahmad, Chancellor of Abu Dhabi University, said, “As an institution that believes in providing students with the best academic experience, and in line with our Students First approach, Abu Dhabi University strives to provide opportunities for its students that will prepare them for careers beyond the four walls of a classroom. This year’s competition has witnessed incredible growth in participation from ambitious students who are passionate about scientific research.”
In addition to the UAE, the scope of the competition’s seventh edition was extended to accept submissions from students across the GCC, including the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Sultanate of Oman from which approximately 20% of submissions were received. The URC aims to expand the critical thinking abilities of undergraduate students by encouraging innovation and providing them with first-hand experience of scholarly exploration and scientific research.
Professor Ashraf Khalil, Director of Research at ADU said, “The URC has become one of the largest and most important annual academic events in the GCC. We are proud to say that we received an unprecedented number of submissions this year, which is a strong indicator that the competition has reached new heights.”
This year’s competition includes two new categories to attract submissions that encourage cutting edge research in the UAE. The ‘Innovation’ category is designed to spark creative thinking and promote entrepreneurship, digitalization and artificial intelligence (AI), which are the cornerstones of the UAE's economic plan.
The ‘Tolerance’ category honors the vision of the 2019 Year of Tolerance in the UAE, supporting the nation’s role in upholding the values of co-existence, diversity and acceptance by making it a subject of critical study.
Some of the brightest minds from across the GCC will present their research findings to a panel of judges on 29 April 2019, with the winning teams receiving prizes totaling over AED 100,000. For more information on the competition, please visit https://www.adu.ac.ae/urc.