Former scientist for UK's deputy PM joins Abu Dhabi University

Professor Waqar Ahmad is appointed as the university's third chancellor
By Sam Bridge
Sat 02 Jun 2018 10:14 AM

A former chief social scientist at the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister in the UK has been appointed chancellor of Abu Dhabi University (ADU).

The university has appointed Professor Waqar Ahmad as its third chancellor following a search for the right candidate that lasted over a year and attracted more than 100 applications.

Ali Saeed bin Harmal Al Dhaheri, chairman of the University’s board of directors, said: “We are honoured to officially appoint Professor Ahmad as the third Chancellor of Abu Dhabi University. We were looking for an ambitious and accomplished leader for this key role.

"Professor Ahmad has excelled in his role as interim chancellor, and I am confident that the university will thrive under his outstanding leadership.”

Professor Ahmad said: “I am privileged to lead such a distinguished academic institution. I am committed to making student achievements the core of ADU’s success, in addition to working with my colleagues to strengthen corporate and community engagement and enhance the university’s research contribution. My ambition is to make ADU a key contributor to the UAE’s transition to a knowledge-based economy.”

Professor Waqar Ahmad joined ADU as provost and later got promoted to interim chancellor. Prior to his tenure with Abu Dhabi University, he held various leadership positions in higher education and public services in England.

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Last Updated: Sat 02 Jun 2018 10:17 AM GST

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