Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: Abu Dhabi University (ADU), one of the leading academic institutions in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Atkins, a global leader in design, engineering and project management consultancy, aimed at enhancing academic cooperation and exchange of scientific expertise between the two organizations in the UAE in the field of nuclear energy and energy.
As part of the five-year agreement, ADU will work with Atkins to develop and deliver targeted training, events and events, showcase educational programs on nuclear power and energy solutions, and conduct research and scientific research in the field cooperate. In addition, Atkins will provide ADU students with training opportunities, including internships and project experiences, helping to build local capacity and create jobs in the nuclear energy sector. The MoU was signed by Professor Ghassan Aouad, Rector of ADU, and David Haboubi, Head of Nuclear and Net Zero Energy, Atkins Middle East and Africa, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group.
Professor Ghassan Aouad, Vice-Chancellor of ADU, said: “Abu Dhabi University is committed to strengthening research and innovation in key areas, including environmental health and safety, nuclear energy and energy. This MoU with Atkins will provide our students and faculty with Invaluable opportunity for them to work with industry experts and gain hands-on experience in these areas. We look forward to working closely with Atkins to develop educational programs and research programs that contribute to the UAE’s sustainable development goals and build local capacity.”
“With more than 50 years of presence in the Middle East, Atkins has played a key role in developing and strengthening nuclear and pioneering energy projects in the region, which are critical to achieving a net-zero carbon future,” said Haboubi. “We really We are delighted to strengthen our working relationship with ADU through this collaboration, to further develop the outstanding talent that the University possesses through the delivery of targeted research, project and career opportunities.”
The UAE will host the 28th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP28) in Dubai Expo City in November 2023, to unite the world to agree on bold, practical and ambitious solutions to the most challenging climate change of our time. Urgent Global Challenges. As host, the UAE will act around a “major course correction” to accelerate emissions reductions while ensuring energy security. Globally, SNC-Lavalin developed the Engineering Net Zero (ENZ) program, which is focused on leading the engineering industry towards net zero carbon emissions as quickly as possible by helping clients manage climate risk and build climate resilience.
Abu Dhabi University, the largest private university in the UAE, is committed to equipping graduates with the knowledge, skills and mindset to be future leaders, and is committed to research and innovation that have an impact on society. ADU has five colleges offering more than 50 undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, with campuses in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Dubai and the Al Dhafra region, and multiple affiliations with globally renowned institutions, ADU has the largest engineering college in the UAE , covering a variety of engineering and technical courses for over 2,000 students.
The SNC-Lavalin Group, including Atkins and Faithful+Gould, has the largest private nuclear capability in the world, with a global track record of successful delivery of nuclear projects and end-to-end engineering services throughout the project lifecycle, from concept to completion From phase to design and technology development, including new build projects, from asset management to decommissioning and waste management. Since 2011, Atkins has been a trusted consultancy, engineering services and project management partner for the Barakah Nuclear Power Plant, the UAE’s first nuclear power plant. In line with its commitment to developing local talent, Atkins has provided internship and training opportunities for more than 30 Emiratis, gaining nuclear technology expertise and practical knowledge through mentoring and on-the-job training.
Atkins is one of the world’s most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies, with over 19,000 staff across the UK, North America, Middle East and Africa, Asia Pacific and Europe. We build long-term, trusted partnerships to create a world that enriches lives through the implementation of our ideas.
Founded in 1911, SNC-Lavalin is a fully integrated professional services and project management firm with offices around the world dedicated to creating a better future for our planet and people. We create sustainable solutions that connect people, technology and data to design, deliver and operate the most complex projects. We deploy global capabilities locally for our clients and provide unique end-to-end services throughout the asset’s lifecycle, including consulting, advisory and environmental services, smart networking and cybersecurity, design and engineering, procurement, project and construction management, Operations & Maintenance, Decommissioning and Capital. – and delivered to customers in key strategic sectors such as Engineering Services, Nuclear, Operations and Maintenance, and Capital.
About Abu Dhabi University:
Abu Dhabi University (ADU), one of the region’s leading academic institutions and one of the top three universities in the UAE in the Times Higher Education rankings, works in line with the UAE Government’s national agenda, delivering internationally recognized academic programs and world-class Research. Established in 2003, the university has campuses in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Al Ain and Al Dhafra and enrolls more than 7,500 students from over 100 nationalities. ADU is divided into the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, College of Engineering and College of Health Sciences, offering more than 50 interdisciplinary undergraduate and graduate programs.
Renowned for its cutting-edge, internationally recognized programmes, Abu Dhabi University graduates are highly employable and can work in high positions and continue their studies at universities and other prestigious institutions. ADU provides its diverse faculty and students with world-class resources, facilities and learning opportunities to foster innovation and support researchers in generating knowledge and solving research-based questions. The University has strong international partnerships with leading academic institutions and public and private sector organisations. ADU has institutional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission (WASC), and is ranked 301-350 among world universities according to the 2023 Times Higher Education World University Rankings and has a 2022 QS Star Rating. Abu Dhabi University is one of the first three universities in the UAE to receive prestigious accreditation at the institutional, faculty or subject level.