(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) The American University of Sharjah announced on Sunday the establishment of a new Gulf Coastal Ecosystem Research Centre. Aimed at helping environmental monitoring, research and education initiatives, the centre will create new opportunities for collaboration.
"The establishment of this research centre will go a long way in encouraging and enhancing the quality of research as well as teaching at the American University of Sharjah (AUS). It will also boost collaborative initiatives undertaken by the AUS faculty members on campus as well as with partners outside the university," said Dr Heath.
"I would like to take this opportunity to thank Bee'ah for the generous Dh30 million endowment made earlier to support the centre," he said, thanking the Bee'ah Chairman Salem Al Owais for his support and continued cooperation with the university.
His Highness Dr Shaikh Sultan bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member, Ruler of Sharjah and President of the AUS also chaired a meeting of the university's Board of Trustees as he expressed satisfaction at the progress made by the university over the past quarter.
The new centre will promote multidisciplinary research activities to understand the influence of human and natural factors on the Gulf ecosystem. It will also act as a central resource for data and knowledge, which will assist governmental and non-governmental agencies and policy makers in planning and execution of sustainable management programmes concerned with the health of the Gulf ecosystem.