Abu Dhabi: The delegation from the University of the United Arab Emirates visited the headquarters of the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva, in order to strengthen research cooperation between the two parties. The university delegation was led by Professor Ahmed Ali Murad – Vice-Rector for Research. The delegation also included Professor Maamar Benkraouda – Dean of the College of Science, Professor Taieb Znati – Dean of the College of Information Technology, Professor Salah Nasri – Department of Physics of the College of Science, and Dr. Mohamed Bulfaqir, Fellow post-doctoral fellow, research member of the UAEU and Atlas project.
Professor Ahmed Ali Murad, Vice Rector for Research, explained that the university attaches great importance to research cooperation with international scientific institutions, which strengthens the university’s position globally. . This research cooperation has a positive impact on the quality of research output, helping to make qualitative leaps in world university rankings. These partnerships include cooperation with the Atlas project, one of the CERN projects that the United Arab Emirates University is cooperating with several national universities in this important project concerning particle physics, which started in August 2021. This research and the qualitative partnership resulted in the publication of 23 research articles on the Scopus database.
First, the UAE delegation met Andreas Hoecker, the official spokesperson for the Atlas project, who welcomed the delegation and gave an overview of the project and future plans as the United Arab Emirates University is part of this project research team. The delegation then visited the CERN data center and attended the presentation on the development of the center and data processing.
Dr. Mohamed Bulfaqir, post-doctoral fellow, UAEU and research member of the Atlas project, explained the positive research results for the participation of the UAE University as an active member in the project and the action plan of the next phase by increasing the number of project team members from the United Arab Emirates University in the fields of physics and software and computer science. Finally, the delegation visited the Savoie Mont Blanc University in Annecy, France, and toured the university’s data center.