H.H. Sheikh Hamed Bin Zayed attends Khalifa University's Graduation Ceremony

H.H. Sheikh Hamed Bin Zayed attends Khalifa University's Graduation Ceremony

Published: 21st of April, 2014

Under the patronage of His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and Chairman of Khalifa University’s Board of Trustees, H.H. Sheikh Hamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Court and Deputy Chairman of Khalifa University Board of Trustees witnessed today, at the Emirates Palace Hotel, Khalifa University’s Second Graduation Ceremony.

H.H. Sheikh Hamed handed out degrees to 350 Undergraduate, Master’s and PhD students.

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H.H. Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan said that Khalifa University, with its state-of-the-art academic programs, is the key contributor to the creation of the knowledge economy in the country, which will be achieved by investing in the development of science and technology research. He stated that the support of H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, together with the supervision of H.H. General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has had a deep impact on the University’s excellence and its high quality educational offerings. This will ensure continuous high levels of performance, in order to meet the highest international standards.

He added that the university has contributed, by graduating Emiraiti students who are competent in various specialized sectors of engineering, technology and medicine, to the economic development witnessed currently by the UAE and assisted it in achieving its future aspirations. He also pointed out that Khalifa University seeks, since its inception in 2007, to provide specialized human capital capable of achieving the requirements of the Abu Dhabi 2030 Vision for a knowledge economy, by offering a range of academic programs in science and technology.

The ceremony was attended by the President of Kosovo, Atifete Jahjaga, Director General of the Abu Dhabi Education Council, Amal Al Qubaisi, and Minister of State, H.E. Maitha Al Shamsi, VIP’s, graduates and their families, and Khalifa University’s faculty and staff, as well as, members of the media.

Others in attendance at the event included Members of Khalifa University’s Board of Trustees, including H.E. Dr. Mugheer Al Khaili, H.E. Mohammed Hassan Omran, H.E. Mohammed Khalfan Al Romaithi, H.E. Eng. Hussain I. Al Hammadi, H.E. Professor Elias Zerhouni, H.E. Professor Kiyoshi Kurokawa and H.E. Professor Maw - Kuen Wu, in addition to, Khalifa University President, Dr. Tod Laursen, Executive Vice President Dr. Arif Al Hammadi and Senior Vice President of Research and Development Dr. Mohammed Al Mualla.

His Highness also expressed his pride in the university graduates who have been highly educated and prepared to contribute effectively to the progress of the UAE and achieve its vision of comprehensive development in all fields.

The evening also included a poetry recitation, and a video highlighting the importance of education, the pride of the graduate’s families, and the part Khalifa University has played in its student’s achievements.

Dr. Tod Laursen, President of Khalifa University expressed, in his speech at the event, his delight with the graduation of the students and their contribution in building the future of the UAE through their specialties in the fields of aerospace engineering, medicine, robotics, semiconductor technology and energy.

Khalifa University Executive Vice President, Dr. Arif Sultan Al Hammadi said that Khalifa University is proudly graduating the UAE’s first batch of PhD students in Engineering, and Nuclear Engineering graduates, as well as, the first batch of graduates in the Master’s in International and Civil Security program. He also said that Khalifa University’s role was not limited to supplying the market with qualified manpower, it makes other important and tangible steps, that represent the backbone of the diversified knowledge economy, through the establishment of world-class research centers where Emirati students and graduates are studying and working as researchers, such as the EBTIC center, and similar centers in the areas of aerospace and semiconductor technology.

Dr. Arif reaffirmed that the good results that the University is harnessing today are the fruits of the care and attention provided by H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, to the higher education sector and of the interest of H.H. General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, shows in encouraging the best modern educational and scientific research at the University.

He added that Khalifa University has provided a number of academic programs in science and technology, and is today witnessing the graduation of a batch of Bachelor's students in Engineering, including Aerospace Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Communication Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Software Engineering. In addition, a batch of students are receiving their Master’s and PhD degrees in the fields of Computer Engineering, Communication Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, Information Security, and Civil and International Security. All of these programs have been identified as key to creating a successful knowledge economy based around advancement in aerospace technology, semi-conductor technology and medicine.

Dr. Al Hammadi also pointed out that the graduation comes as one of a series of accomplishments for Khalifa University in recent months. Perhaps one of the biggest accomplishments in the past few months was the announcement that two Khalifa University student teams won the Best m-Government Service Award in the University Students Category for their innovative mobile applications.

Most recently, Khalifa University’s Design/Build/Fly Team placed 7th out of 66 international teams, from some of the world’s most prestigious universities, at the Design/Build/Fly competition held in Wichita, Kansas from April 11th to the 13th.

He mentioned that a team of students also took first place at a recent “Hackathon,” and, in March, three students won the best paper award at the 2014 BCS International Conference that was held in Abu Dhabi. In addition, students also excelled in several cultural competitions.

Khalifa University announced the establishment of a new Alumni Association at the recent alumni gala dinner held at its main campus in Abu Dhabi. The Alumni Association is charged with developing events, programs and initiatives to connect the University with its alumni, employers, and current and prospective students.

Khalifa University offers several extensive undergraduate programs in Aerospace Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering with a concentration in Power Systems, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Computer Engineering with a concentration in Software Systems.

In addition to offering programs in key areas, Khalifa University also boasts several research centers and initiatives, including the UAE Advanced Network for Research and Education (ANKABUT), which connects educational institutions using a state of the art high-speed network. This network connects the UAE to other networks located in the United States, Europe, and Singapore and helps to facilitate the exchange of scientific information and research.

The University also manages the Etisalat BT Innovation Center (EBTIC), which is a specialized research center, the first of its kind in the region, and is based on a partnership between the United Arab Emirates Telecommunications Corporation, Khalifa University and British Telecom (BT). Since the Center was founded it has widely contributed to the patents filed by Abu Dhabi.

Other research centers include the Robotics Research Center, The Aerospace Research and Innovation Center (ARIC) and the Khalifa Semiconductor Research Center (KSRC).