American University of Sharjah

Gulf Ecosystems Research Center

Gulf Ecosystems Research Center

Overview

Our Gulf Ecosystems Research Center (GERC) aims to serve the community and the region in sustaining its natural resources by conducting research on Gulf ecosystems and offering advice on long-term solutions to ecological problems. The center's efforts result in a better understanding and monitoring of the health of the Gulf ecosystems through analyzing natural and manmade interactions that influence it.

GERC, the university's first multidisciplinary research center, was established in June 2012 upon the approval of the AUS Board of Trustees chaired by His Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qassimi, UAE Supreme Council Member, Ruler of Sharjah and President of American University of Sharjah. It is a joint initiative between AUS and Bee'ah, a leading environmental company in Sharjah, based on an MOU, which has pledged a grant of AED 30 million over five years from Bee'ah to support the mission of the center.

Objectives

The Gulf Ecosystems Research Center aims to become a locally, regionally and globally recognized environmental research center. Its objectives include:

  • helping the community and the region in addressing, monitoring and controlling ecosystem problems through research and knowledge sharing
  • offering education and awareness for the society in ecology and environmental science
  • involving AUS faculty and outside researchers in GERC research and consultation
  • supporting initiatives for higher education degrees in multidisciplinary areas such as water, environment and waste management
  • developing collaboration with industry and academia including universities, research institutions, and public and private sectors
  • becoming a regional meeting ground for research and development through international and national funding, training and consulting
  • helping the UAE and the region develop local expertise in the relevant research areas that will ultimately generate important discoveries benefiting the environment and the economy