• The event witnessed the participation of 600 key national and international organizations from 70 countries
  • ADU ranked in 359th place globally according to the UI GreenMetric Sustainability Rankings 2023 Awards results for its efforts in the field of sustainability
  • ADU signed five MoUs with seven prestigious international organizations
  • ADU announced the launch of the Abu Dhabi University Research Institute for Sustainable Futures
  • The best 15 research paper winners in the five tracks were announced during the event

Abu Dhabi, UAE: In line with its commitment to exchange knowledge and expertise with leaders in the academic field, Abu Dhabi University (ADU) concluded the ‘International Conference on Advancing Sustainable Futures 2023.’ The event commenced with an insightful opening remark delivered by H.E. Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence and Vice President of ADU’s Board of Trustees.

The Conference was organized by ADU in collaboration with the World Health Organization, the International Society of Environmental Geotechnology, UN Women, Advance HE and Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi. In addition to the Italian network of Universities for Sustainable Development, Greenpeace MENA and leading universities worldwide and sponsored by Emirates Red Crescent, Emirates Global Aluminum, and Adeeb Group. The Conference aimed to provide a platform for researchers and subject matter experts to discuss the challenges and solutions in the field of sustainability.

The event took place between the 5th and 6th of December 2023 at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, Dubai Palm Jumeirah. The Conference witnessed the participation of 600 key national and international academics and research experts in the field of sustainability from 70 countries, including UK, USA, Italy, Canada, Australia, Brazil, Spain, Indonesia and ADU’s undergraduate and postgraduate students.

During the Conference, the UI GreenMetric Rankings 2023 announced the best universities in the field of sustainability, where ADU was ranked 359th as one of the best leading sustainable universities globally, in the presence of H.E. Husin Bagis, the Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to the UAE. In addition, the winners of the top 15 research papers in the five tracks were announced during the event, and three Doctor of Business Administration students were awarded the Best Paper Award.

Furthermore, ADU signed five Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) with seven prestigious international partners. Additionally, ADU announced the launch of the Abu Dhabi University Research Institute for Sustainable Futures and hosted the Adam Smith 300 Year Celebrations University of Glasgow event in collaboration with ADU’s College of Business.


About Abu Dhabi University:

Abu Dhabi University (ADU) is one of the region’s leading academic institutions, translating the UAE Government’s National Agenda to deliver internationally accredited academic programs and world-class research.

Established in 2003, with campuses across Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Al Ain, the University serves over 8,000 students from over 100 nationalities. The University is home to five colleges across different disciplines including arts and sciences, business, engineering, health sciences, and law, while offering a diverse range of over 50 undergraduate and graduate programs.

According to the Times Higher Education Rankings (THE), ADU ranks second in the UAE for its research influence and citations, and it is among the top three universities in the UAE, while holding the number one position in the teaching pillar. Additionally, THE Rankings has recognized the University’s College of Business as the number one best college in the UAE. 

The University has made an impressive debut in THE Young University Rankings 2023, ranking in the 58th position globally among the world's best universities under 50 years or younger. Furthermore, the University came in 59th place in the prestigious THE Asia Ranking and was ranked first in the UAE for graduate employability as per the THE Rankings.

Parallelly, ADU ranks in the 580th place globally, according to the 2024 edition of the QS World University Rankings and received a 5-star rating in the 2022 QS Stars rating.

ADU continues to empower faculty and students with state-of-the-art resources, facilities, and learning opportunities that foster innovation and support research-based problem-solving. The University maintains strong international collaborations with leading academic institutions and public and private sector organizations, with institutional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges' Senior College and University Commission (WASC).

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