Emirates Steel Arkan Group, the UAE’s largest listed steel and building materials company (ADX: EMSTEEL), has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Abu Dhabi University (ADU) to establish the UAE’s first metallurgical laboratory specialised in steelmaking.
The laboratory will contribute to enriching the educational experience in this discipline and conducting advanced studies and research in metallurgy and the science of iron and steel. This is aligned with the National Innovation Strategy and building a knowledge-based economy driven by science and advanced technology.
The MoU was signed at Emirates Steel Arkan Group’s headquarters by Engineer Saeed Ghumran Al Remeithi, Group CEO of Emirates Steel Arkan, and Professor Thomas J. Hochstettler, the Provost of ADU, in the presence of top officials from both parties.
Under the agreement, Emirates Steel Arkan Group will offer comprehensive scholarships to 20 undergraduate Emirati students covering the four-year study, in addition to providing ADU’s College of Engineering faculty, staff and students with access to the company’s machinery for advanced research and getting acquainted with the equipment and tools used during steel manufacturing operations.
“The agreement with ADU is a continuation of our fruitful partnership following the success we have achieved together through the development of a Metallurgy concentration as part of the degree in Mechanical Engineering at ADU in 2020. Our collaboration plays a fundamental role in fostering scientific research and providing hands-on training programmes for ADU students at our premises in Abu Dhabi,” said Group CEO Emirates Steel Arkan.
“The establishment of a metallurgical laboratory will serve students and researchers at both organisations. Providing full scholarships for a new group of university students illustrates our commitment to optimising integration between industrial companies and educational institutions. This partnership boosts the industrial sector and prepares qualified cadres to lead the sector in the future in line with the UAE’s economic diversification plans,” added Al Remeithi.
Professor Waqar Ahmad, ADU Chancellor, said, “We are proud to build on our strategic partnership with Emirates Steel Arkan Group by establishing the first fully equipped metallurgy lab in the UAE at ADU, which will support our mission to produce innovative, job-ready graduates. The lab will support our ABET-accredited programme Mechanical Engineering concentration in Metallurgy, developed in collaboration with the Group and will be a great addition to our existing state-of-the-art facilities. It will further support ADU’s research and innovation and provide our students with the research tools and hands-on experience they need to excel and develop their skills in metallurgy, giving them a competitive edge in the job market.
“We are also very pleased to acknowledge the gift of scholarships to support students in the study of metallurgy. This will produce highly skilled engineers able to contribute to the development of the industry. This partnership comes as part of our strategy to work closely with industry to provide industry-relevant experience to our students and continually develop and update our programmes to ensure our education is relevant to the job market and respected by employers. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Group for their continuous support and look forward to further collaboration as part of our strategic partnership,” added Professor Waqar Ahmad.
Emirates Steel Arkan Group signed an MoU last year with Khalifa University to implement collaborative research projects, provide scientific and professional training and development programmes, and offer technical consultations and student internships at Emirates Steel Arkan premises.