With the theme, “Towards Innovative Research in Engineering, Information Technology, Business, and General Education”, the 4th AMA International University-Bahrain’s (AMAIUB) Research Colloquium was held on March 18 at the University Auditorium.
Under the patronage of Dr. Abdulghani Ali Alshowaik, the Secretary General of the Higher Education Council (HEC), the colloquium aims to bring together dedicated AMAIUB researchers from all disciplines, highlight the scholarly accomplishments of the faculty members, and contribute to the spirit of research and inquiry that defines what it means to be an institution of higher education.
Dr. Geraldo C. Talisic, AMAIUB Vice President, underscored that AMAIUB does not only produce competent, professional and entrepreneurial graduates but has also dedicated itself in strengthening its research culture and ensuring that its research thrusts are aligned with the National Research Strategy of Bahrain. The University has been very supportive of this research strategy in which one of the aims is to encourage research and development in universities to foster the Kingdom’s knowledge-based economy.
In his message, AMAIUB’s Director of Research and Publication Office Dr. Khalaf Hasan Ali emphasized that the colloquium is one good avenue for faculty members to share the results of their outputs and generate more ideas for further research.
During her plenary talk, Ms. Nadia Abdullatif Buqais, Director of Evaluation and Follow-up of the HEC, who is also the official representative of Dr. Abdulghani Ali Alshowaik, thanked AMAIUB for upholding the research strategies of the Kingdom, conducting programs and providing substantial funds that support the research activities of the students and faculty members. She also congratulated AMAIUB for the fruitful and successful colloquium.
Mr. Sameer Aldarabi, Director of United Nations Information Center, discussed the role of science and research in the achievement of UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. He also emphasized that research should be anchored on the new development agenda and should become the cornerstone of future research endeavors in order to contribute to sustainability. He also encouraged the faculty to conduct research relevant in today’s rapidly changing world. He thanked AMAIUB for all its research initiatives which contribute not only to Bahrain’s socio-economic development but also to the world as a whole.
The sessions of the colloquium included poster and oral presentations of the faculty members. Winners were awarded after deliberation by the board of judges.
Conducted annually, the research colloquium reassures the University’s research outputs coincide with the Kingdom of Bahrain’s principles of sustainability, competitiveness and fairness which are all based on its Economic Vision 2030.