His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai has recently said that: “We want to make the UAE a hub for advanced science and a top destination for scientists and innovators. We welcome their contributions and partnership with us in creating a better future for the people.”
This statement comes in the context of a significant current drive in the advancement of science and technology in the UAE. The recently launched National Science Agenda 2031 will align public, private and academic sectors endeavors towards delivering on the UAE Centennial Plan 2071.
Focus within the National Science Agenda is now on developing core competencies to deliver on scientific objectives. A major consultative exercise determined eight of these, one of which is tackling the UAE’s top health challenges, including cardio-metabolic diseases, cancer, mental disorders, and respiratory diseases.
Reducing the impact of these diseases is a priority of the National Science Agenda. Academic institutions have been called upon to continue to explore fundamental scientific principles that feed into the scientific value chain, with a particular focus on genomics in relation to addressing the health challenges within the UAE.
To achieve the objectives of the National Sciences Agenda 2031, core competencies have been developed one of which is “Healthcare and biomedical intersections.”
The agenda also identifies four enabling levers, including enabling technology such as bioinformatics “to increase efficiency and improve lives.”
Promoting an environment that encourages research as one of its primary pillars, our Office of Research and Postgraduate Studies nurtures the incoming faculty and ensures that the necessary infrastructure and resources are provided so they can flourish.
Aligned with MBRU’s vision, mission, and goals, our research strategic goals, initiatives, and specific activities focus on encouraging the research output and impact from MBRU faculty members, as well as fulfilling the vision to become a world-class university.
The integration of all research activities at Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC) and the establishment of an integrated academic health system will be an important strategic step in this direction.