UAE female student becomes first to obtain doctorate from two varsities


Ameera Fares in her laboratory. WAM

The student, Ameera Fares, has obtained a PhD in Chemical Engineering from two different universities, the United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) and the KU Leuven in Belgium, for her thesis “Multi Stage Modified Solvay Process for CO2 Capture And Reject Brine Desalination.”

Ameera is the first doctoral student to obtain this dual doctorate at the UAE University.

Commenting on the occasion, Ameera said, “I have had the unique honour of obtaining my doctorate in Chemical Engineering from not one but two world-renowned universities under the auspices of professors from the United Arab Emirates University and KU Leuven.

Ameera-Fares-1-750x450Ameera Fares scans through a book in a libarary. WAM

“The opportunity to gain my dual PhD from the UAEU and KU Leuven has been a life-changing experience. I had a unique research opportunity to gain international research experience that has been an invaluable step in my research journey. I hope that it will be the start of many future students embarking on their way to earn a dual doctorate.”

Professor Ali Al-Marzouqi, Dean of the College of Graduate Studies, stated, “This type of academic partnerships has a great impact on supporting the academic reputation of the university, and our partnership with the prestigious Belgian KU Leuven has created a good opportunity for our students to study and conduct joint academic research with international colleagues, and benefit from diverse international experience.”



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