Under the patronage of Her Excellency Dr. Diana Abdulkareem Al Jahrami, Secretary-General of the Higher Education Council, the University held a signing ceremony for a Memorandum of Understanding with Ajman University in the United Arab Emirates. The ceremony was attended by Her Excellency Dr. Diana Abdulkareem Al Jahrami, Professor Waheeb Al Khaja, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Applied Science University (ASU), Professor Ammar Kaka, President of ASU, Dr. Karim Seghir, Chancellor of Ajman University, and H.E. Mr. Ali Obaid Al-Zaabi, Acting Chargé d’Affaires of Education, Science, and Technology at the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in the Kingdom of Bahrain.
The memorandum was signed by Professor Ammar Kaka on behalf of ASU and Dr. Karim Seghir on behalf of Ajman University. This memorandum aims to enhance cooperation between the two universities in the fields of teaching and learning, scientific research, and the pursuit of academic and scientific goals, as well as professional relations between the two universities.
On this occasion, Her Excellency the Secretary-General of the HEC commended the deep relations between higher education institutions in the Kingdom of Bahrain and their counterparts in the sisterly United Arab Emirates. She emphasized the importance of memoranda of understanding between local, regional, and international higher education institutions to enhance cooperation and academic and knowledge exchange at various levels, which would contribute to improving the quality of higher education outcomes, meeting the needs of the labor market, and ensuring the quality of the educational process.
From his end, Professor Waheeb Al Khaja expressed her sincere gratitude and appreciation to the Higher Education Council for its sustained support of higher education institutions in the Kingdom, affirming that the Higher Education Council has been and will remain the main element for the success of all these institutions.
He also expressed his delight at the signing of this memorandum, which represents a testimony of the distinguished and long-standing relations between the Bahraini and Emirati peoples. He pointed out that the memorandum creates opportunities for both parties to harness human and material capabilities to achieve the desired goals of this cooperation, which positively reflects on educational outcomes and contributes to graduating outstanding students capable of competing in the job market and meeting its needs.
As for the President of ASU, he stated that this partnership has been possible thanks to the strong commitment of two universities and their willingness to apply the highest standards of academic quality and provide outstanding education to serve our communities in Bahraini, the Gulf region, and the Arab world. He also highlighted that this memorandum would contribute to supporting the university’s efforts in achieving its strategic plan, which focuses on the importance of cooperation with prestigious Arab and international universities.
In fact, the President emphasized that the University, within its strategic plan, actively seeks to strengthen its academic and research cooperation with various regional and international institutions and universities, with the aim of graduating a distinguished group of students who possess the skills and knowledge that serve them in the job market.
From his end, Dr. Karim Seghir, Chancellor of Ajman University, expressed his delight at the signing of this memorandum, which aims to enhance cooperation between two leading academic institutions in two sister countries, the Kingdom of Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates, which are bound by deep historical ties that extend back decades. He said, “Through this memorandum, we seek to enhance academic and research cooperation and exchange experiences and visits of faculty members and students. This stems from our firm belief that joint work inevitably leads to mutual success. Through this partnership, we also look forward to achieving integration and complementarity in various fields in order to provide our students with rich educational experiences that enable them to excel in the local, regional, and global job markets, and to provide platforms for academics to participate in joint scientific research and enhance the academic legacy of both institutions.