SHARJAH, 18th January, (WAM) — H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, President of American University of Sharjah (AUS) and AUS Enterprises, AUSE, has said that exchange of visits between government institutes facilitate deeper understanding.

The Ruler of Sharjah made the statement last night at Al Badi Al Amer Palace while meeting the Finnish Minister of Foreign Trade and Development, Kai Mykkanen, and his accompanying delegation, which included representatives from the Finnish educational, research and economic institutes.

Following a presentation by the Finnish delegation, Sheikh Sultan confirmed that Sharjah was working on expanding co-operation with Finland not only in the fields of academic and technological research, but also adopt the experiments conducted by Finland to benefit the Emirate in various projects.

The Ruler of Sharjah discussed with Mykkanen ways to strengthen co-operation between Finland and Sharjah in the educational, research and economic departments. He also informed the Finnish minister about the American University at Sharjah’s Complex for Research, Technology and Innovation by the Commercial Business Company and the programmes it offered.

Finnish Minister Mykkanen expressed his admiration for the huge strides taken in terms of development in the UAE over the past decades. He also praised its high standards in the fields of sustainability, education, innovation, and historical and cultural heritage.

The Emirate of Sharjah has excelled in balancing the historical and cultural heritage of the region, while facing technological challenges in its development, he observed.

Sharjah’s role in the development of the region has been noticeable. “Sharjah’s reputation forces us to watch its experiments closely,” he noted.

The American University in Sharjah is one of the pioneering universities in the UAE, he said, noting that the Sharjah Ruler had invested a lot on its development.

He hoped for establishing co-operation between the universities in Sharjah and the educational institutes in Finland, not only in terms of students, training and academic exchange, but also in the area of educational solutions. The circle of co-operation must be extended to the commercial, industrial and economic sectors of both the countries, he asserted.

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