Paris Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi and the UAE Advance Network for Research and Education Ankabut signed a cooperation agreement whereby Paris Sorbonne University – Abu Dhabi officially joined the eFADA project. This agreement allows a better access to the joint knowledge environment in support of teaching and learning, and stimulates the knowledge economy in the UAE. The agreement was signed by Pr. Eric Fouache, vice chancellor of Paris Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi and Ankabut CEO Mr. Fahim al Nuaimi, in the presence of Fatima al Shamsi, Paris Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi deputy vice chancellor of administrative affairs and Pr. Fabien Chareix, Paris Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi deputy vice chancellor for academic affairs.
eFada is an initiative by the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in UAE under the umbrella of Ankabut. eFADA provides the needed infrastructure and environment to share existing resources and buy electronic resources collectively, as well as the creation of a repository and publishing content in the UAE. The project is an important component of the national vision leading to a knowledge based economy and contributes to the implementation of the AD 2030 vision.
Pr. Eric Fouache, vice chancellor of Paris Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi, said, “With the signing of this MoU, PSUAD joins elite universities providing advanced services through electronic resources. The PSUAD campus is state of the art and provides advanced labs and other student facilities. Thanks to the continuous support and guidance from the UAE visionary leadership, we will continue with our efforts to provide the best facilities and services, scientific labs and research. We firmly believe that joining eFADA will come as a great support towards that end”.
Pr. Fouache added, “As an establishment that’s committed to supporting academic research and innovation through high level teaching standards, we are happy and honored to join the eFADA project and Ankabut and to participate in knowledge strategies and technologies which undoubtedly will give a greater push towards realizing national goals.” He indicated that Ankabut is an excellent project liking think tanks and innovation centers in the UAE and their peers around the world. The network facilitates communication and cooperation between its members. It also allows individuals and knowledge institutions to acquire the knowledge and capacity to collect and analyze a large amount of information.
For his part, Ankabut CEO Mr. Fahim Nuami said, “the Ankabut network is a project managed by Khalifa university and funded by the university, and the ICT fund, an initiative by the Telecommunication Regulatory Authority. Ankabut manages the eFADA project, which aims at fostering Emirati scientific production and the possibility to access scientific material electronically. Any person around the world can access the project’s site and benefit from the scientific research and books available in the University’s library.”
He added, “We aim essentially to harness scientific cooperation between universities, support joint research and link researches with one another. Ankabut links 54 university campuses in the UAE with more than 500 American universities. We are looking to add all network users to the new consortium eFADA.” He underlined that eFADA was an important addition to the Ankabut services, supporting the national vision to stimulate a knowledge economy and contributing to the realization of AD 2030.
For his part, Mr. Johan Engelbrecht Head of the Library of Paris Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi, explained that by joining the eFADA project, PSUAD is supporting a diverse knowledge environment in the university as well as supporting the teaching and learning experience, through sharing resources, experiences and programs, as well as smart joint purchasing agreements.
Mr. Engelbrecht said, “The consortium can largely reduce the cost of commercial electronic resources and provide better conditions for users. It also allows member libraries to provide additional services with greater efficiency and to be more cost effective.” He underlined that sharing human resources is an opportunity for employees to acquire new skills and share in joint invites, marketing, service development, and dissemination of technology especially that eFADA members work together to respond to the needs of faculty and students. This facilitates the launch of new initiatives like the digital repository.
It is to be noted, that the Ankabut Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in UAE provides academic institutions with the possibility to connect to other teaching networks around the world. Ankabut connects 59 universities on the main network with a 10 GB capacity and a link with a 1 GB capacity. It is also working on developing a closed network for transferring services in real time such as broadcasts, video conferencing, and cloud computing services.
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