TBY talks to HE Prof. Rashad Mohamed Salem, Chancellor, Al Qasimia University, on the sector.

HE Prof. Rashad Mohamed Salem

What local and international partnerships have you developed in the past year?

Several agreements and MoUs have been signed between a number of international universities, including Prince of Songkla University of the Kingdom of Thailand, the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), College of Islamic and Arabic Studies Dubai, Sharjah Charity International, Dubai Charity Society, Arab Family Organization in the UAE, and the Sharjah Sports Council. Further several agreements are now being prepared with international universities in Saudi Arabia and Malaysia.

How has the development of the Sharjah University City shaped the education sector in Sharjah and the whole UAE?

Al Qasimia University is an educational unit within the Sharjah universities. It competes with others in attracting students from all parts over the world and subsidizes them to create the conditions for them to attain scientific achievement, while preserving Arabic, the language of the Holy Quran. However, English is essential. The university has received several accreditations for programs in Arabic, media, sharia, and Islamic studies, and work is being done on obtaining the remaining accreditation for other programs.