|28 April, 2019

British University in Dubai concludes its Sustainability Spring School 2019

Students were engaged in a wide range of activities including seminars, debates

Dubai: The British University in Dubai (BUiD) held the concluding ceremony of its Sustainability Spring School 2019 (BUiD SSS) in the presence of His Excellency Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi Minister of Climate Change and Environment, and His Excellency Saif Humaid Al Falasi, Group CEO of ENOC, at its Campus in Dubai International Academic City.

In his opening remarks His Excellency Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi said that the UAE's leadership has always supported youth development encouraging them to utilize available opportunities and resources to create a better future for everyone.

“The UAE's commitment to the youth is two-fold. The first is to educate them and equip them with knowledge and know-how and the second is to empower them to think of innovative solutions to tackle pressing challenges. Initiatives such as this in the education sector are fundamental to ensure that tomorrow's leaders are resilient, innovative and resourceful," he added.

Prof. Abdullah Alshamsi, BUiD’s Vice Chancellor, welcomed His Excellency Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, His Excellency Saif Humaid Al Falasi and the guests. He said, “We are proud to say that BUiD is committed to sustainable environment, and this event comes as a way of encouraging students and stakeholders to participate in this platform and get engaged in innovation and creativity through design competitions and other similar activities.”

Sponsored by the Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC), the BUiD SSS was organised under the theme “Green Bridge” and aimed to give students a better understanding of sustainability. More than 60 students from the United Arab Emirates, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom, China and Singapore participated.

Students were engaged in a wide range of activities including seminars, debates, roundtable discussions, competitions and site visits. They visited DEWA Sustainable Building in Al Quoz, Sustainable City, Zayed Desert Learning Centre and UAE University. Participants were divided into 7 teams which competed to win the best design of Future Petrol Station .Teams’ designs were very creative and innovative. The winning team for the best design was chosen by a judging panel that included His Excellency Saif Al Falasi, Dr. Waddah Ghanem, Sr. Director Sustainability, Operational & Business Excellence   and other members from the ENOC management team, along with Prof. Abdullah Alshamsi, BUiD’s Vice Chancellor and Prof. Bassam Abu Hijleh, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and IT.

Commenting on the high quality of the contestants’ designs, His Excellency Saif Humaid Al Falasi said, “I am thrilled to see our youth’s vision of the future illustrated through these creative concepts. Sustainability and innovation are two components of the UAE’s wise leadership and are key priorities for ENOC. Looking at these master pieces is a testament of the youth’s ability to incorporate best practices in sustainability and design to offer cutting edge technologies and innovative solutions, that definitely puts is on the right track towards a better future.”

Dr Hanan Taleb, Associate Professor of Sustainable Design of the Built Environment at BUiD, founder of BUiD SSS, commented: “we have started the Sustainability School in 2012 and every year we witnessed its success through the growing numbers of participants. I am very proud to see the participants’ enthusiasm, which was reflected in the amazing projects they have produced. This success gives us the motivation to host this event every year”


About The British University in Dubai
The British University in Dubai (BUiD) was established in 2003 to be the region’s leading research-based university, facilitating world-class education, training and research. It provides an important and growing community and resource for young professionals, leading academics, corporate managers and aspiring leaders of all description.

The British University in Dubai is licensed by the UAE Ministry of Education – Higher Education Affairs to award its own degrees.  Its qualifications are also recognised internationally by NARIC.  BUiD’s internal quality assurance include processes that ensure our programmes and students’ achievements are of standards on a par with those of our UK partner universities (University of Edinburgh, the University of Manchester, and the University of Glasgow). The UK Universities collaborate with BUiD within a Concordat agreement that provides a comprehensive framework for the strategic directions and governance of the alliance.

BUiD offers full and part-time research based Masters Degree programmes, PG Diplomas and Certificates; the regions first accredited Doctorate in Education, PhD in Education, PhD in Project Management, PhD in Architecture & Sustainable Built Environment, PhD in Computer Science and PhD in Business Management. Masters programmes and Post Graduate Diplomas in: Education, Finance, Informatics (Knowledge and Data Management), IT Management, Project Management(Construction Project Management, Enterprise Project Risk Management, Construction Law and Dispute Resolution, Sustainable Design of the Built Environment , Business Administration(MBA), Structural Engineering, Engineering Management and Masters of Science Building Services Engineering . BUiD also offers Undergraduate Programmes such as BSc Computer Science (Artificial Intelligence), BSc Computer Science (Software Engineering), BSc Electro-Mechanical Engineering, BSc Industrial Engineering, BSc Architecture, BSc Accounting & Finance and BSc Business Management.

The non-profit university has attracted academic experts to develop regionally tailored programmes, in which they extend and challenge the boundaries of knowledge, understanding and research.

BUiD works in collaboration with leading organisations and institutions including Atkins, Emirates Green Building Council, , the federal Ministry of Education, government and associated bodies Human Resource Forums agencies for Academic  and professional development across the UAE’s public and private sectors.

The founders of the University are the Al Maktoum Foundation, the Dubai Development and Investment Authority, Rolls-Royce, the British Business Group and the National Bank of Dubai. The University is governed by a Council under the chancellorship of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum.

Samar Alkhatib
Communications Manager
Communications, Marketing & External Relations
The British University in Dubai                   

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