United Arab Emirates University

Chancellor’s Message on UAEU Website

The people of the United Arab Emirates hold a special place in their hearts for the United Arab Emirates University. It was founded as a flagship university for the nation with a mission to foster the sustainable development of our country. Over the past four decades the University has advanced scientific knowledge and scholarship of culture and society, guided by the clear directives of our leadership and sustained by the productive alliances it has forged with partners and institutions within our local communities and across global networks. 

Today the University enjoys an international reputation for academic leadership and continues to serve the vision of its founder, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan – may his soul rest in eternal peace, and our present leader, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates.  Our purpose is to engage, transform, and enable young people, so that they are prepared to address the challenges of tomorrow.  Through their education, students develop the tools, skills, and attitudes required for innovation, life-long learning, curiosity, creativity and rigorous truth-seeking.  We prepare them to excel, and inspire them to progress, and ensure they have the flexibility and resilience required to succeed and create prosperity and wellbeing in a future of social, economic, and political upheaval and change.

Our community of faculty, administrative staff and students is justifiably proud of the University’s service to the nation and its contribution to realizing the plans and aspirations of the country’s leadership.  We have played a leading role in the institutionalization and professionalization of the nation, providing highly skilled graduates in diverse specialist fields including medicine, science, engineering, technology, literature, arts, humanities, economics, law, agriculture, and business. These serve the needs of the public and private sectors and respond to the requirements of local communities and their organizations.  Our graduates meet the challenges of the present and are future ready.  We are proud of our Alumni, who number in the tens of thousands. They have achieved great advances and success in their various fields of employment, helping to create the UAE into a modern, highly developed nation that progresses an important role on the global stage. 

The University is committed to providing its students with a welcoming, supportive, and stimulating academic, social, and cultural environment.  This safe and secure home base enables and inspires students to explore and widen their horizons, follow their curiosities and take risks, and discover and grow their different talents.  Our students are encouraged to sharpen their thinking, and to identify and develop their distinctive personalities. We cultivate the foundations necessary for faculty and researchers to progress their intellectual inquiries and apply them to the needs of the nation. We are cognizant that the grave challenges and transformations experienced by societies in today’s world necessitate the active, vigorous pursuit of innovation and entrepreneurship.  In these ways, our scholars – students, faculty, and researchers, develop the aptitudes and qualifications that are prerequisites for the sustainable

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The UAE has successfully launched the Arab world’s first Mars mission

The United Arab Emirates successfully launched its Mars-bound Hope Probe on Sunday, marking the the Arab world’s first interplanetary mission — and the first of three international missions to the Red Planet this summer.



a satellite in space


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The Hope Probe took off from the Tanegashima Space Center in Japan, after a delay last week due to bad weather. The solid rocket booster successfully separated from the launch vehicle, and the probe has established two-way communication with the ground segment in Dubai.

The Al Amal probe, as it is called in Arabic, is expected to reach Mars by February 2021. It will be the first time the UAE has orbited Mars, and the probe will stay in orbit for a Martian year — equivalent to 687 days on Earth — to gather data about Mars’ atmosphere.

“It’s an honor to be part of the global efforts to explore deep space,” tweeted the official Hope Mars Mission account after the launch. “The Hope Probe is the culmination of every single step that humans have taken throughout history to explore the unknown depths of space.”

The United States and China are also embarking on Mars missions this summer. NASA’s Perseverance Rover and China’s Tianwen 1 are expected to launch sometime between late July and early August, though the exact date will depend on daily launch conditions.

These three countries are all launching this summer due to the occurrence of a biennial window when Earth and Mars are closest together, making the journey a little bit shorter.

NASA tweeted its congratulations after Hope’s successful launch, writing on Perseverance’s official Twitter page: “I wish you a successful journey and look forward to the sol when we are both exploring Mars … I cannot wait to join you on the journey!”

Growing space sector

The Hope Probe is the UAE’s latest and most ambitious step in its burgeoning space sector.

The UAE has launched satellites before — in 2009 and 2013 — but they were developed with South Korean partners. The country founded its space agency in 2014, and has set ambitious targets including a colony on the Martian surface by 2117.

Government officials have previously spoken of the space program as a catalyst for the country’s growing STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) sector.

Simply making it this far was an impressive feat for the Gulf country. Most Mars missions take between 10 to 12 years to develop — but UAE scientists had just six years to carry out the project.

To build the spacecraft, they partnered with a team in the US, at the University of Colorado Boulder’s Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics. And to find a novel science objective for Hope’s mission, they consulted the Mars Exploration Program Analysis Group (MEPAG), a forum created by NASA to plan explorations of Mars.

They decided to use Hope to build the first full picture of Mars’ climate throughout the Martian year, said Sarah Al Amiri, the mission’s science lead.

“The data gathered by the

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