UM-Dearborn forms engineering partnership with ALHOSN University in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

December 8, 2010

Chancellor Daniel Little (right) meets with Prof. Abdul Rahim Sabouni, vice chancellor and CEO of ALHOSN University, during a ceremony that formed a partnership between UM-Dearborn and ALHOSN University.

DEARBORN / Dec. 8, 2010---The University of Michigan-Dearborn’s College of Engineering and Computer Science is forming a partnership with ALHOSN University in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates that will foster mutual cooperation in education and research as well as support academic and scientific goals at both universities.

The affiliation will provide the framework needed for the faculty of ALHOSN and UM-Dearborn to begin collaborating on ideas while exploring common interests between each other’s engineering programs.

The cooperative agreement aims to create exchange opportunities for students and faculty as well as collaborative curriculums, programs and teaching materials.

The partnership was celebrated during an official ceremony on Nov. 23 when Prof. Abdul Rahim Sabouni, vice chancellor and CEO of ALHOSN University, visited campus to meet with Chancellor Daniel Little, CECS Dean Subrata Sengupta and Elsayed Orady, professor of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering.

Orady played a key role in cultivating the partnership with ALHOSN University after a visit to its campus earlier this year when he attended an engineering conference in Abu Dhabi.

“This cooperative agreement will allow us to build a stronger relationship with ALHOSN faculty members and develop an academic and cultural interchange that focuses on education and research,” Orady said.

ALHOSN University is a modern private university in the city of Abu Dhabi, accredited by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research in the United Arab Emirates open to students from all nationalities. ALHOSN University started offering its academic programs in the 2005, and has been gradually expanding in terms of programs and number of students.

“Partnerships like this one are very important to us,” said Sengupta. “Not only does it strengthen UM-Dearborn’s international outreach but it also enhances the educational experience of engineering students at our campus and ALHOSN University by giving them another opportunity to study abroad and employ innovative teaching models and state-of-the-art instructional materials at our institutions.”

“We at ALHOSN University are looking forward to developing this affiliation with UM-Dearborn and to working together on engineering projects that will benefit both universities,” said Sabouni. “This international collaboration will provide our faculty and students with innovative teaching and research opportunities and to implement our University motto – Global Knowledge with Local Vision.”

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