Mohamed Bin Zayed University for Humanities and the Abu Dhabi Center for Sheltering and Humanitarian Care (Ewaa) has signed an agreement to advance cooperation in social wellbeing across Abu Dhabi.

The agreement calls on both parties to exchange experiences, with the university potentially organising and presenting relevant lectures and thereby leveraging its academic expertise as its contribution to the cooperation.

In addition, both parties agreed to organise training workshops and other areas of humanitarian care for victims and residents of the centre. The parties will also discuss collaborative initiatives, such as establishing cultural and scientific activities and community service projects, launching awareness initiatives on relevant social issues, and participating in events, programmes, activities and international days in this regard.

The agreement was signed by His Excellency Dr. Khalifa Mubarak Al Dhaheri, chancellor of Mohamed Bin Zayed University for Humanities; and Her Excellency Sarah Ibrahim Shuhail, Director General of the Abu Dhabi Center for Shelter and Humanitarian Care (Ewaa).

The signing ceremony was held in Abu Dhabi in the presence of His Excellency Dr. Mugheer Khamis Al Khaili, Head of the Department of Community Development; and His Excellency Dr. Mohammed Rashid Al Hameli, Chairman of the University’s Board of Trustees.

Also included in the terms of agreement that both parties will explore are studies, research projects and articles to be published in their respective publications. Employees from both sides will also participate in practical training sessions in addition to vocational training and summer work opportunities being provided for university students according to the fields available to Ewaa.

Dr Al Dhaheri emphasised that the agreement enhances the approach of Mohammed bin Zayed University for the Humanities, in weaving meaningful and constructive partnerships in the societal and development fields with bodies, institutions and all sectors of local society. Pointing out that the university will work hard to strengthen its partnership with Ewaa, and achieve the objectives of the agreement by benefiting from the educational expertise and teaching staff available at the university, as well as designing, training and rehabilitation programmes. This will contribute to community awareness of the repercussions of social issues, and participating in in-depth research and scientific studies.

Dr Al Dhaheri said: “The centre embodies the UAE’s interest in preserving human dignity, and expresses its keenness to fulfil its societal obligations and humanity towards those affected by these issues.”

Her Excellency Sarah Ibrahim Shuhail emphasised the importance of involving parties concerned with spreading the virtues of tolerance, love and human rights in the centre’s work aimed at building a cohesive society.

Her Excellency Sarah Ibrahim Shuhail said: “Mohamed Bin Zayed University for Humanities is a pioneering educational institution in the humanities and social sciences. It is an essential platform for training and awareness of individuals and students.”

Her Excellency praised the commitment of higher education institutions in the UAE to support the role of the social sector in raising awareness and refining the skills of new generations. She also praised activating joint cooperation mechanisms to make the most of the capabilities available to both parties, and reach the common goals of human building.