Posted September 20, 2010 Atlanta, GA
Lisa Grovenstein, 404-894-8835
Agreement Focuses on Engineering Education and Research Initiatives
The Georgia Institute of Technology and Khalifa University of Science, Technology and Research (KUSTAR) have formalized their partnership to develop cutting edge engineering-based education and research initiatives in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the United States.
The two institutions signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at a ceremony held in Abu Dhabi, UAE, today. The agreement focuses on establishing a framework for exploring KUSTAR-sponsored research, cooperative joint research opportunities and joint educational programs. The two parties will explore areas where Georgia Tech may provide assistance with short- and long-term faculty and administrative needs and encourage exchange experiences for students and faculty.
The agreement, which is valid for an initial period of five years, will cover the bilateral exchange of information and experience in education and research and to explore opportunities for submitting proposals for joint projects. This includes integrating content for course material, identifying joint collaborative research projects between faculty and/or research groups and offering world class lectures or seminars provided by both institutions.
“We feel that alliances such as this not only enrich our research focus areas but also leverage our expertise on an international platform,” said Georgia Tech’s Dean of Engineering Don Giddens. “Our strengths and interests align well with KUSTAR and this partnership, in both research and developing new educational programs, gives our faculty the opportunity to operate in a global context while helping our students, and the students of KUSTAR, prepare to thrive in a global economy.”
Commenting on the new agreement, KUSTAR President Tod Laursen, said, "Partnerships such as this one with Georgia Tech allow us to enhance the technological, social and cultural relations of both countries from an international perspective, and provide exciting new educational opportunities for the students of all participating institutions. From KUSTAR’s point of view, this relationship provides a great stimulus to our teaching and research efforts aimed at cultivation of a new generation of technically advanced students in the UAE."
The Georgia Institute of Technology is one of the world's premier research universities. Ranked seventh among U.S. News & World Report's top public universities and the eighth best engineering and information technology university in the world by Shanghai Jiao Tong University's Academic Ranking of World Universities, Georgia Tech’s more than 20,000 students are enrolled in its Colleges of Architecture, Computing, Engineering, Liberal Arts, Management and Sciences. Tech is among the nation's top producers of women and minority engineers. The Institute offers research opportunities to both undergraduate and graduate students and is home to more than 100 interdisciplinary units plus the Georgia Tech Research Institute.