Engineering students from the HCT Sharjah Women’s College were able to showcase their work and projects when they participated in the UAE-Swiss Research conference at the EPFL (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne) campus in Lausanne, Switzerland on June 22-23.
Held under the patronage of H.E. Sheikh Nahayan Mubarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research and Chancellor of the HCT, the conference is one of the cornerstones of the Emirati-Swiss Friendship Forum 2011, organized by Swiss and UAE authorities to address the transfer of science and technology into industry and businesses.
Conference workshops focused on the future of energy and sustainability and included presentations of graduate-level projects and initiatives. The forum featured leaders from academic institutions and industry, round tables on innovation and technology transfer, a poster session, and oral sessions highlighting a number of selected student research projects.
The Sharjah Higher Colleges of Technology students participated actively alongside 100 other participants from UAE University, Zayed University, American University of Sharjah, American University of Ras Al Khaimah, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, and University of Geneva.
The SHCT team participated with four posters and presented their research within the UAE–Swiss Research Day.
The Swiss-Emirati Friendship Forum program in Lausanne included the following cultural activities:
- An art exhibition entitled: “Colors of the Emirates” featuring young Emirati artists;
- The photo exhibition entitled: “Late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahayan, Founder of the UAE in Switzerland, through the lens of Noor Ali Rashid, The Royal Photographer”;
- The fashion show entitled: “40 Years of Elegance Emirati Style” by Mona Al Mansouri.
The SHCT students also visited the United Nations Head Office in Geneva as well as the Red Cross Museum and the Old Geneva district.
The SHCT participating students were Huda Zainab Al Nimr, Fatema Al Shehi, Hissa Al Shamsi, Rabab Eshaq Al Bloushi, Khadija Mohammed Bufutaim, and Ruwaya Al Eghfeli. They were accompanied by SHCT staff members Michele Haddad and Juan Johnson.