AGYA Conference Proceeds Virtually
The Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities (AGYA) and Gulf University for Science and Technology (GUST) together with the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS) celebrated the opening of the AGYA Annual Conference 2020 which was held online this year.
The German Arab Academy for Young Scientists in the Humanities is one of the channels of cultural and research exchange between Kuwait and the Arab world on one hand and the Federal Republic of Germany on the other hand, which supports the building of joint research capabilities in humanities sciences.
The opening address of the conference was delivered by GUST's Acting Vice President for Academic Affairs, Professor Bassam Alameddine, who also is the first AGYA fellow from GUST. Professor Bassam Alameddine emphasized that high quality education is achieved through research excellence. GUST offers its faculty the financial and logistic support for their research activities this coupled with the exemplary and strategic support provided by KFAS. KFAS has supported research projects for GUST faculty with over KD 700,000. As such, GUST's quality publications have led to its ascent as a respectable academic institute of higher education, which is reflected in its ranking by QS amongst the top 800 universities in the world, and top 51-60 institutes in the Arab region. Prof. Alameddine also commended KFAS on accepting to sponsor the upcoming AGYA annual conference which is due to take place at GUST.
Prof. Verena Lepper, Principal Investigator of AGYA, thanked KFAS and GUST for hosting this virtual event and expressed AGYA’s commitment to foster deep research cooperation between Germany and the Arab World. She thanked Dr. Shihab Eldin for his continuous support to AGYA.
The Director General of KFAS and a member of the Academy’s advisory board, Dr. Adnan Shihabuddin, participated in the virtual opening ceremony. He gave a speech highlighting the common goals between the KFAS and AGYA, especially in the field of promoting scientific research, investing in human wealth, and qualifying future leaders who are able to synthesize the human and natural sciences and follow effective scientific approaches and employ them to serve their societies.
As for the academy's work mechanism, researchers from all participating countries are invited to submit their applications, and candidates for the fellowship are selected according to the Academy’s criteria.
This year, both Dr. Doha Al-Saleh and Dr. Shahd Al-Shammari from Gulf University for Science and Technology obtained fellowship membership in the Academy with the support of the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences.