- ADUi aims to contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the UAE’s Innovation Agenda
- Abu Dhabi University appointed Dr. Alberto Peralta as Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship and to lead their innovation strategy
- The strategy builds on research to empower emerging and veteran innovators to break new ground to create, deliver and capture value for a more sustainable and inclusive world
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: Abu Dhabi University (ADU) is updating its innovation strategy entitled Abu Dhabi University Innovate (ADUi) under the motto “powering a more sustainable world”. ADUi focuses on three main pillars including Innovation, Research and Incubation, which will serve as an engine to foster innovation and entrepreneurship education in the UAE. Since its inception, ADU has focused on maximizing its innovation efforts to provide students, faculty and the wider UAE community with sustainable and inclusive solutions to address challenges and innovate.
In addition, ADU announced the appointment of Dr. Alberto Peralta announced as the new Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Head of ADUi. In his new role, Dr. Peralta to take care of the further development of the institutional innovation strategy for internal and external stakeholders at ADU. dr Peralta brings extensive expertise and an impressive track record in innovation research in both the public and private sectors. His expertise in sustainable entrepreneurship and social innovation will enable ADU to be at the forefront of entrepreneurial engagement in Abu Dhabi, the UAE and the wider MENA region.
ADUi marks a new chapter for the university, which in recent years has successfully focused on encouraging student entrepreneurs to create their own startups. The new initiative aims to provide not only students, but also faculty, staff, alumni and external stakeholders with a platform to explore creative business opportunities both within their respective sectors and across the economy.
ADUi will offer a “safe zone” for discovering, testing and taking risks in a controlled manner, offering creative minds optimal chances of success. The strategy builds on academic research to empower both emerging and veteran innovators to break new ground to conceive, manifest and deliver product values for a more sustainable and inclusive world.
ADUi curates a creative entrepreneurial ecosystem for students and for ADU’s internal and external communities, preparing innovators to adapt, thrive and take on innovative and entrepreneurial roles at established companies, government agencies, social enterprises, and startups and spin-offs to take a leadership role. In the coming months, the ADUi strategy will roll out a series of initiatives focused on supporting students, faculty, staff and the broader community by cultivating an inclusive environment of collaboration, shared understanding, connections and impact .
dr Peralta said: “I am thrilled to have joined the ADU family to contribute to their innovation strategy which aims to maximize the impact of innovation and entrepreneurship in the UAE. I look forward to building on ADU’s many achievements and working hand-in-hand with my colleagues, students and the wider community to enhance the overall academic journey. The UAE have strategized and worked tirelessly towards a more sustainable world by embracing innovation and empowering youth to be the leaders of tomorrow.”
He added: “ADUi embodies the values of excellence, collaboration, innovation and relevance – which will contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the UAE’s Innovation Strategy by embracing sustainable and inclusive research, innovation and incubation strategies .”
Professor Waqar Ahmad, Chancellor of Abu Dhabi University, commented: “As an institution, we are wholeheartedly committed to providing our students, faculty and the broader group of stakeholders with a fertile ground to innovate in all dimensions of their studies and research to promote. Our innovation strategy will be a driving force to challenge students, use creativity and condition them with an entrepreneurial mindset that will no doubt prepare them for their future careers.”
ADUi combines a personalized approach with the experiences of successful innovators and entrepreneurs by exploring and promoting evidence-based practices. Initiatives within ADUi will include programs, standalone events, and relevant opportunities that are accessible and available to all students, faculty, and staff, and will include ADU communities of reference.
For more information on ADU’s programs, visit: https://www.adu.ac.ae/home
About Abu Dhabi University:
Founded in 2003, the university with campuses in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Al Ain and Al Dhafra has enrolled a total of 7,500 students from over 80 nationalities. Organized into Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Engineering, and Health Sciences, ADU offers over 50 undergraduate and graduate programs in a variety of disciplines.
Abu Dhabi University is recognized as a world-class institution committed to excellence in teaching, research and the student experience, as evidenced by its prestigious regional and international accreditations. The university was the first private college in the GCC to be internationally accredited by the Californian Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). ADU College of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and the renowned EFMD Quality Improvement System (EQUIS). At the program level, the College of Engineering has received international accreditation from the world-renowned Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) and the Bachelor of Architecture has received Part 1 validation from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). The College of Health Sciences is accredited by the Agency for Public Health Education Accreditation (APHEA).
According to the 2021 QS World University Rankings, Abu Dhabi University is ranked among the top 750 universities in the world and among the top 150 universities in the world under the age of 50. ADU has also earned a top 3 ranking globally for international faculty and maintained its longstanding position as part of the top 11 universities worldwide recognized for student body diversity.
Weber Shandwick from the University of Abu Dhabi