Message from His Highness
As a nation, we in the United Arab Emirates have made great progress. Literacy levels are close to 100 percent, and increasing numbers of our young people are undertaking higher education degrees. Today, we are closer than ever before to achieving our dream of creating a world-class knowledge community.
The Al Qasimi Foundation for Policy Research was established in 2009 to meet tomorrow’s challenges and instill in our future generations an appreciation for the value of research. In the end, our country is only as strong as the knowledge we possess. For us to prosper and reach greater heights, we need to cultivate a robust culture of innovation and research. Innovation starts with education, which is why the Foundation began its work with a strong focus on education policy. Over time we are gradually expanding our reach, touching on urban development and public health as we seek to contribute to other areas of public policy.
To date, the Foundation has been a great complement to our local education system. It has also served as a bridge for some of the best new scholars from top international universities to discover Ras Al Khaimah and make it the focus of their research. In addition, the Foundation is a resource for all those who are committed to learning, especially teachers and public sector employees, by providing strategic access to programs of continuing education and training to improve their knowledge and skills.
In Ras Al Khaimah we want to create policies that are based on sound research to address relevant social issues across different sectors in our emirate and the country. We want to develop remedies, solutions, and programs to initiate change. We realize that we must continually adapt to meet—and to anticipate—the needs of Ras Al Khaimah’s vibrant, diverse, and evolving society. We must be prepared to rethink what we do and how we do it, and to be willing to explore new paths through collaboration with the best minds from around the world.
It is my hope that the Al Qasimi Foundation for Policy Research will continue to be a model for policy development and reform in Ras Al Khaimah and the United Arab Emirates in the coming years, as well as a place of opportunity for those who wish to improve themselves. I look forward to welcoming more high-caliber, committed scholars from a range of disciplines, backgrounds, and cultures to build bridges of understanding, to develop our economy, and to embrace a bright future together.
Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi
United Arab Emirates Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah