New Partnership Formed: Abu Dhabi University and CLICKS Join Hands to Advance Higher Education

Dubai, UAE [28/08/2023]


The Center for Learning Innovations and Customized Knowledge Solutions (CLICKS) and Abu Dhabi University (ADU) have officially today entered a transformative collaboration through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that took place at the university campus in Dubai.

The MoU aims to foster a strong synergy between the two institutions, capitalizing on their combined expertise in higher education. The partnership is positioned to enhance initiatives in training and research & development, creating a fertile environment for mutual growth and innovation. Operating as an all-encompassing framework, the MOU establishes a foundation for seamless collaboration and coordinated endeavors.

Key facets of this collaboration involve an array of collaborative initiatives, including but not limited to organizing joint high-level events and specialized training programs aimed at nurturing and enhancing the professional and intellectual capacities of educational cadres. In addition to providing technical assistance and consultations in areas of shared interest where common projects and programs may emerge. The collaboration also entails reciprocal support and engagement in each other's scientific activities and events of mutual interests.

The MOU was signed by Professor Ghassan Aouad, Chancellor of Abu Dhabi University, and Dr. Narimane Hadj-Hamou, Founder and CEO of CLICKS. The signing ceremony was witnessed by Dr. Mohamed Fteiha, Al Ain Campus Director, Hamad Odhabi, Dr. Anas Najdawi, Khulud Abdallah and Mrs. Udaya Chandrika representing CLICKS.

In response to this new collaboration, Professor Ghassan Aouad commented, "It was a pleasure receiving Dr. Narimane Hadj Hamou, the founder and CEO of the Center for Learning Innovations and Customized Knowledge Solutions (CLICKS); a regional Center with a unique vision established to support the healthy growth and development of higher education in the Arab region and beyond through the provision of learning and development opportunities. During her visit we signed an MOU with CLICKS. We are looking forward to a fruitful collaboration."

Dr. Narimane Hadj-Hamou, on her side said, "The cooperation between CLICKS and ADU holds immense promise. We eagerly anticipate the opportunities this partnership will unlock in terms of capacity building, research advancement, and knowledge dissemination. Our combined strengths will play a pivotal role in steering higher education into a tech-empowered future, with generative AI poised to revolutionize the sector. We are excited to embark on this journey, as our synergies intertwine seamlessly."

This partnership stands as a testament to the progressive vision of both institutions, fortified by their shared aspiration to shape a vibrant and forward-looking landscape in the realm of higher education.

About Abu – Dhabi University

Abu Dhabi University (ADU) is one of the region’s leading academic institutions, translating the UAE Government’s National Agenda to deliver internationally accredited academic programs and world-class research.

Established in 2003, with campuses across Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Al Ain, the University serves over 7,000 students from over 100 nationalities. The University is home to five colleges across different disciplines including arts and sciences, business, engineering, health sciences, and law, while offering a diverse range of over 50 undergraduate and graduate programs.

According to the Times Higher Education Rankings (THE), ADU ranks second in the UAE for its research influence and citations, and it is among the top three universities in the UAE, while holding the number one position in the teaching pillar. Additionally, THE Rankings has recognized the University’s College of Business as the number one best college in the UAE.

The University has made an impressive debut in THE Young University Rankings 2023, ranking in the 58th position globally among the world's best universities under 50 years or younger. Furthermore, the University came in 59th place in the prestigious THE Asia Ranking and was ranked first in the UAE for graduate employability as per the THE Rankings.

Parallelly, ADU ranks in the 580th place globally, according to the 2024 edition of the QS World University Rankings and received a 5-star rating in the 2022 QS Stars rating.

ADU continues to empower faculty and students with state-of-the-art resources, facilities, and learning opportunities that foster innovation and support research-based problem-solving. The University maintains strong international collaborations with leading academic institutions and public and private sector organizations, with institutional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges' Senior College and University Commission (WASC).