I am delighted to welcome you to the United Arab Emirates University for the QS WorldClass Conference, which will be held in the City of Abu Dhabi. The emphasis at this Conference will be on ‘Changes in University-Industry Interaction.’
Abu Dhabi has breath-taking landscapes that include mountains, oasis, lagoons, cascading waterfalls and mystic caves to be explored. The grandeur of landscapes coupled with the metropolis lifestyle and sub-tropical weather makes Abu Dhabi a coveted place to both live and visit.
The importance of the university-industry interactions terms from the benefits it brings to both sides. This includes the contribution to the economic development of the country and the commercialization of the results of university research. It also enhances the education of the next generation and provides industry with access to highly skilled students who are better prepared for future careers. This interaction also helps finance research programs at the University.
The Conference will discuss interesting topics such as university-business collaboration, knowledge and technology transfer, creating an innovative and entrepreneurial society, innovation in universities, and start-ups and spin-offs.
The Conference will bring together academicians, managers, practitioners and researchers in the field of entrepreneurial universities, collaborative innovation and university-industry interaction.Keynote speakers represent both the academic as well as the industry perspective.
In addition to interaction and networking with peers, we hope our participants engage in-productive discussions to reflect on their own understanding of the collaboration between university and industry.
I would like to thank our partner, QS, whose efficient work has built up this network and brought people here from all over the world.
I hope that you will find the conference and your stay in Abu Dhabi both valuable and enjoyable.
HE Professor Mohamed Albaili
United Arab Emirates University