The University of Wollongong in Dubai Partners with Australia Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai


The University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD), the first international Australian university in the UAE, is set to participate on the global stage at Expo 2020 Dubai across key educational programmes and through a fruitful partnership with the Australia Pavilion.

From November to December this year, Expo 2020 Dubai will conduct focused sessions and talks on varied subjects led by experts from the education sector on themes such as educational barriers, innovation and the future of work.

In alignment with Expo 2020 Dubai’s theme – ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’ – UOWD’s academics will be part of key talks throughout the six-month event, helping to promote activities at the Australia Pavilion and see 150 university students participate in various internship opportunities across the global event.

UOWD is set to support events set up by the Australia Pavilion and take part in a series of educational talks and demonstrations.

Dr May El Barachi, UOWD’s Associate Dean, Research and an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Engineering & Information Sciences

Professor Mohamed Salem, the President of the University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD), said: “With the outstanding support from the Australian Pavilion, we are delighted to have our academics and thought leaders showcase the university’s commitment to education and contribute to the UAE’s future generations. World expos in the past have brought together key thinkers and leaders from across countries and industries, in the spirit of community, collaboration and creativity – helping to solve some of the world’s most pressing problems. We are proud to participate in this landmark event and help contribute by offering internship opportunities for our students at such a monumental event, strengthening their professional skills and helping them prepare for a real work environment.”

Expo 2020 to provide a global platform for UOWD to demonstrate its capabilities to innovate across the educational sector

Professor Pascal Perez, Director of the Smart Infrastructure Facilities at UOW, and Dr May El Barachi, UOWD’s Associate Dean, Research and an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Engineering & Information Sciences,will take part in a panel discussion on the future of the decarbonisation of transportation in smart cities. This will focus on sustainable travel and connectivity.

As part of Tolerance and Inclusion Week, which runs from 14 – 20 November 2021, UOWD’s Head of School of Humanities, Social Sciences and Health, Dr Feras Hamza, will host a public lecture on how fostering a greater common understanding enables more tolerant and inclusive societies through relationships with the media and storytelling.

150 students offered internships through the six-month event

UOWD will also be heavily involved with activities taking place at the Australia Pavilion where academics including Professor Gordan Wallace, Director, Intelligent Polymer Research Institute, Executive Research Director, ARC Centre for Excellence for Electromaterials Science, Dr Charbel Tawk and  Dr Umar Asghar, UOWD’s Assistant Professors of Mechanical Engineering will take part in the 3D Bioprinting: Printing Parts for Bodies demonstration that will address the biggest challenges to human health, and how 3D bioprinting is an exciting new tool with the potential to eliminate the organ transplant waiting lists.

As part of Expo’s ‘Technological Thursday’ event series, Wallace will also discuss the many exciting future technologies the world has to offer and help students tackle visualisation-driven molecular life sciences.

The university will also celebrate ‘Australia Day’ at the Australia Pavilion in January 2022, where government officials and senior representatives such as the Australian Governor-General David Hurley, University of Wollongong’s Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Patricia Davidson and University of Wollongong Global Enterprise’s Managing Director and Group CEO, Marisa Mastroianni will be flying to Dubai to celebrate and felicitate the occasion.