United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) is the first and foremost comprehensive national university in the United Arab Emirates. Founded in 1976 by the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, UAEU is a comprehensive, research-intensive university enrolling approximately 14,000 Emirati and international students. As the UAE’s flagship university, UAEU offers a full range of accredited, high-quality graduate and undergraduate programs through nine Colleges: Business and Economics; Education; Engineering; Food and Agriculture; Humanities and Social Sciences; Information Technology; Law; Medicine and Health Sciences; and Science.
As a research-intensive university of international stature, UAEU works with its partners in industry to provide research solutions to challenges faced by the nation, the region, and the world. The University has established research centers of strategic importance to the country and the region, which are advancing knowledge in critical areas ranging from water resources to cancer treatments. UAEU is currently ranked the number one research university in the GCC, number two in the Arab World, and #385 globally (QS rankings).
Several of UAEU’s undergraduate and graduate programs emphasize on water and environmental management issues. In particular, UAEU offers graduate programs in Water Resources and Environmental Science through the College of Engineering and the College of Science, respectively. As a research intensive University and, considering the importance of conservation of natural resources, UAEU has recently launched two research centers, namely the National Water Center and the Emirates Center for Energy and Environment Research. In addition, the Roadway Transportation & Traffic Safety Research Center (RTTSRC) at UAEU undertakes environmental research and consultancy services of transportation and highway engineering.
Students’ engagement in water, environment and resources management is highly prioritized at the UAEU. The University regularly organizes two specific annual events, The Engineering Student Renewable Energy Competition (ESREC) and The Future UAE Energy and Environment Leaders (FUE2L) Competition. The ESREC is a competition involving undergraduate students’ projects under the large umbrella of renewable energy (solar, wind, fuel cells, hydrogen, tidal, and wave energy). In the FUE2L, students come up with a creative idea on energy and/or the environment, and present the idea with a prototype and a poster. It engages first year students at UAEU and high school students (grades 10-12) in the country, bearing the country’s vision for the future of energy and the environment.