His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Mohammed Al-Qasimi, Member of The Supreme Council of The United Arab Emirates & Ruler of Sharjah, visited the Royal Academy of Engineering on 19 April 2012 and was welcomed by Academy President Sir John Parker and former President Lord Broers.

His Highness’ visit follows the completion of the Academy’s Forum for engineering project which includes the Al-Qasimi Lecture Theatre, a modern, fully-equipped 180-seat facility, which will host events and talks by distinguished engineers from around the world, as well as many other occasions. The Theatre has been named to acknowledge His Highness’ generous benefaction to the Academy, which helped to make the redevelopment project possible.

Sir John Parker, President of the Academy, said: “We are delighted and most honoured to welcome His Highness back to the Academy. Sharjah is an exemplar of the central role that engineering can play in a nation’s social and cultural development and His Highness’ commitment to education and the education of engineers in particular is greatly respected and admired.

“The Al-Qasimi Lecture Theatre will play a major role in the Academy’s work in engaging with the engineering community in the UK and across the globe and helping to nurture the next generation of engineering talent. We are most grateful to His Highness for his support and look forward to the continuing development of the Academy’s relationship with American University of Sharjah.”

Sharjah, the third largest of the United Arab Emirates, is renowned as a centre of education excellence in the Middle East. The American University of Sharjah (AUS), which celebrates its fifteenth anniversary this year, has forged a strong reputation in engineering education; its focus on student practical work has attracted wide regional and international praise, as has its research in engineering areas of regional and global significance.

His Highness’ visit comes three years after signing a Memorandum of Understanding on behalf of AUS with the Academy, which has provided advice for the AUS Technology Park. His Highness discussed ways to promote and develop ties between the Academy and the AUS, of which His Highness is Founder and President.

Notes for editors

  1. His Highness formerly held the position of Minister of Education for the UAE from 1971-1972 and made a commitment to providing a rounded education at all levels, including science, IT, arts and music, in the curriculum at all schools in the country. Opened in 1997, the AUS was acclaimed for its unique approach to engineering education based around hands-on laboratory work, group-based learning, and the preparation of engineering students for global practice through development of cultural and communications skills.
  2. Sharjah is the third largest of the Emirates. It is seen as the leading centre of education in the Middle East, and accounts for 40% of the industrial activity in the UAE.
  3. Founded in 1976, The Royal Academy of Engineering promotes the engineering and technological welfare of the country. Our fellowship – comprising the UK’s most eminent engineers – provides the leadership and expertise for our activities, which focus on the relationships between engineering, technology, and the quality of life. As a national academy, we provide independent and impartial advice to Government; work to secure the next generation of engineers; and provide a voice for Britain’s engineering community.

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