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GEDC Chapter - UAE Engineering Deans

Introduction :
The United Arab Emirates Engineering Deans Council (UAE-EDC) was formally established in October 2012 with a mission to promote the advancement of engineering education and research ecosystems in the UAE, and to serve the UAE community at large in the areas of engineering and technology. In the context of its name and mission, the council also includes information technology and computer science. Together with the leadership of IFEES and GEDC, UAE-EDC will be hosting the World Engineering Education Forum (WEEF) 2014 in Dubai, the Pearl of the Gulf (December 3-6, 2014).

The UAE-EDC has sixteen members comprising of institutions in the nation that grant at least a relevant bachelors or master’s degree. Its goals are to provide members with a forum for sharing information, forge partnerships, advocate academic and accreditation standards, facilitate networking with external partners and stakeholders, and maintain links and seek continuous engagement with international education and research bodies.

The UAE-EDC is initiating an ambitious agenda of nation-wide initiatives related to education and research. Projects such as a nation-wide graduate collaborative are being developed. 2013-14 was the first year of the formal operation of the UAE-EDC.

The elected officers of the UAE-EDC are:
2013-14 Chair: Dr. Sunil Kumar, New York University Abu Dhabi
2014-15 Chair: Dr. Leland Blank, American University of Sharjah
2015-16 Chair: Dr. Alaa Ashmawy, American University in Dubai
2016-17 Chair: Dr. Aly Nazmy, Abu Dhabi University
2017-18 Chair: Dr. Bayan Sharif, Khalifa University

The member institutions and their respective deans are listed below.

Dr. Aly Nazmy

Abu Dhabi University

Dr. Fahar Hayati

Ajman University of Science & Technology

Dr. Nazih Khaddaj Mallat

Al Ain University of Science & Technology

Dr. Gurram Sagar (Acting)

Al Ghurair University

Dr. Mohamed Chacha

Al Hosn University

Dr. Alaa Ashmawy

American University in Dubai (AUD)

Dr. Mousa Mohsen

American University of Ras Al Khaimah (AURAK)

Dr. Richard Schoephoerster

American University of Sharjah (AUS)

Dr. Bassam Abu Hijleh

The British University in Dubai (BUiD)

Dr. Hazim Al Nijaidi

Canadian University of Dubai (CUD)

Dr. Bayan Sharif

Khalifa University

Dr. Samer Madanat

New York University Abu Dhabi

Dr. Ghalib Kahwaji

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT Dubai)

Dr. Sabah Alkass

UAE University - Engineering

Dr. Omar El-Gayar

UAE University - IT

Dr. Hussain Al Ahmad

University of Dubai

Dr. Mohamed Maalej (Acting)

University of Sharjah

Dr. Khalid Hussain

University of Wollongong Dubai (UOWD)

Dr. Andrew Marrington (Acting)

Zayed University

Eng. Rayed Alarashi

Society of Engineers – UAE (Umbrella Organization under which UAE-EDC is established)

Global Engineering Deans Council (GEDC)
The Global Engineering Deans Council (GEDC) was established in 2008 when twenty deans came together in Paris and signed the 'Paris Declaration'. GEDC has now grown to include over 500 deans from over 30 countries, 5 regional chapters, 12 corporate and other partners, with membership of all types growing quickly.

The Mission of the GEDC is to serve as a global network of engineering deans and to leverage the collective strengths of the deans for the advancement of engineering education, research and service to the global community. The four main arms of our strategic plan are: institutional leadership, curriculum leadership, policy leadership and accreditation leadership.

Council Meeting Nr. 1 - AY 2017-2018