UAE plans to promote science and create new breed of Emirati scientists
Aiming at creating a knowledge-based economy, government of UAE has initiated steps to promote science and closer ties between scientists and the government.
His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, unveiled 20 such initiatives for promoting scientific research aimed at new generation of Emirati scientists.
While announcing these initiatives to be pursued by Emirates Scientists Council, Shaikh Mohammad said: “Our goal is to set our scientific and research priorities that serve our interests and consolidate our economy and develop future generations. We bet on young scientists to create a scientific and research base and build national research capacities.”
“This programme will work towards developing a scientific infrastructure to boost the country’s national interests and strengthen the UAE’s drive to build a knowledge-based economy,’ experts added.
“The idea is to encourage partnership between scientists and the government in order to effectively deliver on services and improve governance. The government is expected to announce further details of the programme, but the objectives are clear to nudge young Emiratis towards science and nurture a new generation of scientists.”
The government wants to promote scientific temper and research across the country by launching a well-structured programme to achieve Nobel prizes, reported leading English daily ‘Gulf News’.
“The recent announcement by Shaikh Mohammad is another step in that direction. The Emirates Scientists Council is the nodal agency to drive these initiatives. Other government departments will have an equally important role in promoting science in various sectors. Also, science thrives on collaboration and the country’s scientific community must reach out to global institutions to benefit from their experience and knowledge in this area,” observed the daily.
The administration has embarked on a an ambitious and realistic endeavour, added the Gulf News in a commentary.