26 Jan The American University of Sharjah College of Engineering announced strategic partnership with Sharjah Civil Defence Authority
The American University of Sharjah (AUS) College of Engineering (CEN) will launch a new Minor in Safety and Fire Protection Engineering in partnership with the Sharjah Civil Defence Authority starting in Autumn 2024.
In a strategic deal which aims to bolster its engineering curriculum and expand its academic portfolio, the new minor will equip students with a foundation in safety and fire protection, with a specific emphasis on safety measures in industrial buildings.
Dr. Fadi Aloul, Dean of CEN at AUS, said: “We are launching this minor in response to the industry’s call, and specifically to one of our strategic partners Sharjah Civil Defence Authority. Safety and fire engineers hold pivotal roles across various sectors. With this initiative, we will not only align with industry requisites but also contribute to societal welfare and open new career paths for our students both within and beyond our borders.”
Brigadier Sami Al Naqbi, Director General of Sharjah Civil Defence Authority Sharjah, said: “We commend the Emirate of Sharjah and AUS for pioneering the accreditation of the Minor in Safety and Fire Protection Engineering, marking a significant stride in academic excellence in the East, aligning with top-tier global universities.
“This programme, designed collaboratively by experts from AUS and Sharjah Civil Defence Authority, offers specialised courses in fire sciences, dynamics and behavior; firefighting equipment and chemicals. Primarily targeting the AUS College of Engineering’s students across all disciplines, we anticipate future expansions, including postgraduate opportunities.
“This initiative is poised to elevate fire safety standards, leveraging both the theoretical and practical facets of the curriculum. Moreover, the educational prowess of AUS enriches the programme, making it a valuable asset for both public and private sectors.”