Paris – Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi hosted yesterday a delegation from Kyoto University, ranked the second best institute in Japan, to explore opportunities for bilateral cooperation on higher education and scientific research. The delegation was received by Prof. Dr. Eric Fouache, Sorbonne Abu Dhabi Vice-Chancellor, and Dr. Fatima Al Shamsi, Sorbonne Abu Dhabi Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Administrative Affairs and Dr. Fabien CHAREIX Deputy Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs.
The visitors lauded the progress made by the UAE in all areas, observing that universities operating in the UAE, especially Sorbonne Abu Dhabi, rival the top institutions in the Middle-East and Asia in attracting students.
Prof. Eric Fouache, Sorbonne Abu Dhabi Vice-Chancellor, welcomed the Japanese delegation and underscored the importance of deeper cultural dialogue between the students of the world’s universities and educational institutions. He stressed the need for communication between peoples and understanding the concerns and issues of interest to other communities. This serves to raise the awareness and expand the perspectives of students, he said, and provides a rich cultural and social ground for extracurricular activities which impart to students useful practices for their professional careers. It exposes them, moreover, to the experiences of others and is a source for scientific and cultural exchange that convey a distinctive edge and advantage that the university works hard to ensure for its students.
Prof. Fouache noted that the visit of the Japanese delegation is part of PSUAD’s international cooperation program with global universities through which PSUAD seeks to open new horizons for scientific research across the world.
Dr. Fatima Al Shamsi, Sorbonne Abu Dhabi Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Administrative Affairs, highlighted the growing relations between the two countries in terms of scientific and cultural cooperation in recent years, commending the efforts made by parties on both sides to promote economic, educational, cultural, and energy partnerships.
Dr. Al Shamsi noted that transitioning to a knowledge-based economy today calls for investing energies and efforts in developing the educational sector, giving prime attention to research and scholarship, and fostering researchers and innovators. Dr. Al Shamsi stressed that PSUAD’s strategy is founded on these principles and strives to harness and promote expertise to attain the desired goal.
The Japanese delegation gave a presentation about Kyoto University and its research centers, about higher education in Japan, and other issues concerning international students. The visitors expressed their appreciation for the chance to get closely acquainted with the many aspects of Emirati life and this flourishing country.
The joint meeting featured discussions and the exchange of insights aimed to formulate a framework for cooperation and collaboration in areas of mutual interest.