The Israeli University of Haifa has signed an academic cooperation agreement with Zayed University of the United Arab Emirates, which will focus on environmental issues and lead joint research between faculty and students.
The MoU will promote information sharing and joint research projects across various disciplines that include, but are not limited to, marine sciences, education and natural resource management, said the University of Haifa in a statement. In addition, universities will organize student and faculty exchange programs for seminars, conferences and workshops.
In a virtual ceremony on Wednesday, UAE Minister of Culture and Youth Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi and University of Haifa President Professor Ron Robin signed the ‘OK. The Ambassador of Israel to the United Arab Emirates, Amir Hayek, and the Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to Israel, Mohamed Mahmoud Al Khaja, were also present.
“As a result of the many common challenges humanity faces as we tackle the climate crisis, this kind of academic cooperation is a way to preserve what we all call at home – the planet,” said President Robin when signing.
Minister Al Kaabi agreed, saying this partnership “will create cross-border opportunities for students, faculty and the region as a whole. Together, we can lead innovation in food and water security, marine science and environmental sustainability. “
Haifa University’s vice president for international affairs and sustainability Baruch Marzen and director of government, community and external relations Hila Elroy were also present at the signing. The Zayed University provost and Professor Clayton MacKenzie, Director of Studies and Research Assistant Professor Michael Allen, were on hand to represent the UAE side.
Professor Robin, who as vice-chancellor at New York University was responsible for establishing its international campus in Abu Dhabi in 2010, began his remarks with greetings in Arabic and then said the agreement is important to him both professionally and personally. He also congratulated Zayed University on its 50th anniversary and added that the University of Haifa is also expected to celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2022.