Sharjah: Sharjah Department of Government Relations (DGR) recently received a delegation from the Italian city of Turin, to discuss bilateral interests in sectors of culture, tourism and economy.
The Italian delegation comprising Prof. Stefano Corgnati, Vice Rector of Research at Politecnico di Torino; Prof. Stefano Lo Russo from Politecnico di Torino; and Angela Pinoto, Head of External Relations and International Affairs at the Turin Museums Foundation, were taken on a tour organised by SDGR to Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (SEWA), University of Sharjah (UoS), and the Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization.
During the tour, the delegation was briefed on how Sharjah’s vision of socioeconomic development shapes the delivery of SEWA’s services and facilities offered to the emirate’s residents. They also learnt about the leading academic and research programmes offered by UoS, and the unique advantages the university has being the only one in the UAE offering research programmes.
The delegation explored the thousands of ancient artefacts, Islamic manuscripts and architectural models housed by the Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization, and learnt about the outstanding contributions and achievements of Muslim scholars.
Sheikh Majed Al Qasimi, DGR Director, reiterated Sharjah’s longstanding relations with numerous Italian cities forged on the pursuit of shared interests in numerous sectors. He noted that the efforts to build on these relations follows from the vision of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, to enhance local expertise through knowledge exchange with nations and cities worldwide.
“Sharjah considers Turin as a sister city. This delegation visit isn’t a first, but another in a series of visits and friendly exchanges between Sharjah and Turin. The two parties have been building and nurturing bilateral cooperation in many sectors with a special emphasis on culture, education and human development,” he said referring to Sharjah’s recent visit to Turin this May as the Guest of Honour the Turin International Book Fair 2019.
Hamid Al Naimiy, Chancellor of UoS introduced the delegation to the university’s history, noting it is one of the UAE’s largest academic institutions and also ranks among the top 100 emerging universities in the world.
“The University offers 97 accredited academic programmes in a multitude of disciplines to meet both academic aspirations and the current demands of the job market. We also believe in the important role of research, which is why we have established a number of research centers in the medical, engineering, social and legal sciences, and Islamic studies departments,” he said.
Dr. Rashid Obaid Jumaa Al Leem, Chairman of SEWA, expressed his happiness about the visit, noting that the authority’s plans and projects all reflect the vision of the Sharjah Ruler centred around human-centric development and offering residents a high-quality life. He also expressed high hopes for a vibrant exchange of expertise and technological advancement in the electricity, water and gas services, with Italian entities.
The Department of Government Relations was established in 2014 under the guidance of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, to provide a window of cooperation to Sharjah's international partners.
© Press Release 2019