AL AIN- The United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) faculty and ‎researchers have published 2207 ‎research papers related to United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs), ‎according to the Scopus database ‎from 2018 to 2021, ‎including 966 research papers related ‎to the third goal, focusing on good ‎health and quality of life‏.‏ In clean energy, which ‎comes under the seventh goal, the UAEU published 368 ‎research papers, while ‎in the eleventh goal related to ‎sustainable cities and communities, ‎‎it published 254 papers. Also, the ‎researchers published 198 ‎papers on clean water and ‎sanitation and 179 papers on industry, innovation and ‎infrastructure‏.‏

The UAEU was ranked first in the ‎country based on research ‎productivity related to first, second, ‎third, fourth, eleventh and fifteenth ‎goals during the same period, according to the Scopus database.‎ Prof. Ahmed Ali Murad, Associate ‎Provost for Research, said that the ‎UAEU, through its ambitious vision, ‎was able to make societal research ‎contributions with a global impact by ‎studying real challenges related to ‎societies and finding practical, ‎technical and economic solutions of ‎societal benefits.

He added, "The ‎UAEU scientific research is forward-looking and contributes to ‎empowerment, development and ‎sustainability through knowledge and ‎science, and by using innovative ‎research tools that achieve integrative ‎outcomes which would benefit the ‎humanity and the surrounding ‎environment through optimal use of ‎natural resources‏.‏" The UAEU supports and consolidates the country’s leading ‎role through the ‎outputs of its scientific research that ‎helps find solutions to global ‎challenges, including those related to ‎the UNSDGs.

The university ‎has allocated financial resources and ‎infrastructure capabilities that ‎guarantee world-class scientific ‎laboratories to ensure the achievement ‎of high-quality research outputs and ‎support the university to become research-intensive with a ‎global impact.‎ The UAEU also played a positive and ‎vital role in aligning with ‎the 17 UNSDGs.

The university launched the SDG research programme last ‎year. There are ‎many projects and research activities ‎currently in place that support the ‎UAE’s strategy for climate neutrality ‎to reach zero carbon emissions by ‎‎2050‎‏.‏

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