Abu Dhabi University (ADU), opened their state-of-the-art, multi-purpose innovation center, an addition to the ADU facilities designed to nurture and foster innovation across a range of different sectors. The inauguration ceremony rounded off ADU’s activities and contribution to UAE Innovation Month, a month-long campaign aligned to the UAE government’s National Innovation Strategy.
The inauguration ceremony was attended by HE Ali Saeed bin Harmal Al Dhaheri, Chairman of ADU Executive Board and Dr Petra Turkama, Director of Innovation and Assistant Professor of Management along with deans, faculty, staff and students from the university.
Dr Petra Turkama said: “The center will provide a platform that will embed innovation in the DNA of the future generations, promote new ideas in a wide range of different fields and also ensure efficiency and high quality output. ADU is keen to contribute to the UAE innovation strategy through its support of young talents and the out-of-the-box projects and ideas emanating from the country and the region.”
She affirmed that the center will implement a wide range of events such as workshops, seminars, executive talk series and hackathons to develop innovation skills and mindset. The center will also support the ADU Entrepreneurship Club in the development and implementation of new ideas. Moreover, it will offer field visits to selective companies, as well as various executive education programs that address innovation and the evolution of ideas and business.
“The center will also build a culture of innovation into the ADU’s Al Ain and Dubai operations, with activities targeting ADU students, innovators across the UAE, high school students, corporate executives and life-long learners.” She added