London, April 11 (IANS/WAM) United Arab Emirate's Supreme Council member and ruler of Sharjah Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi visited Britain's University of Surrey and explored ways to build academic cooperation between the two countries.
Recognising the university's achievements and ambitions on Monday, Sheikh Sultan said knowledge and creativity in Sharjah are the key to nurturing new generations and strengthen their artistic and academic potential.
He added that UAE is opening up new channels of communication with research institutions worldwide to exchange experiences and expertise to support young talent.
"Literature and art are essential for cross-cultural dialogue, which must be nurtured in younger generations both academically and professionally. This ensures that different populations from different societies can share common interests, helping them to co-exist in a more stable and secure environment," Sheikh Sultan said.
The Sharjah ruler was accompanied by President and Director of the Sharjah Art Foundation Sheikha Hoor Al Qasimi, Director of Sharjah Research Academy Amr Abdul Hamid and Chairman of the Department of Public Works Ali Shahin Al Suwaidi.
Sheikh Sultan and the university administration discussed opportunities to develop programmes and joint initiatives to enhance the academic and artistic visions of the Sharjah Art Academy.