The University of Huddersfield was honoured to welcome Bahrain’s Minister of Education on a major fact-finding visit to explore opportunities to further develop the Persian Gulf state’s higher education and research.
The Minister, His Excellency Dr Majed Bin Ali-Al Noaimi, was accompanied by Bahrain’s General Secretary of Higher Education, Professor Riyad Hamzah, and the delegation was welcomed to Huddersfield by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Bob Cryan, and the Pro Vice-Chancellor (International), Professor Dave Taylor.
The visit is part of a 10-year strategy by the Kingdom of Bahrain to create a higher education institute that will run alongside the University of Bahrain. The new institute will accelerate the country’s economic growth through new programmes that are currently unavailable.
The purpose of the visit was to establish or build on existing links that could be delivered in Bahrain, whilst exploring new collaboration opportunities. The University of Huddersfield was one of just six UK universities to be included in the week-long visit.
During his visit, Dr Ali-Al Noaimi toured the University’s celebrated 3M Buckley Innovation Centre, which has an international reputation for its work in the disciplines of advanced manufacturing, surface metrology and precision measurement, formulation chemistry and high-performance computers.
The Innovation Centre is also home to a number of major companies that have existing partnerships with the University, including Arms Reliability, BorgWarner, Severn Unival, Surfachem and NPL, the National Physical Laboratory.