Heriot-Watt University Dubai Campus has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Wilo Middle East.
Wilo pumps will be installed in the fluid mechanics section of Heriot-Watt’s Mechanical Engineering Laboratory, which will henceforth be known as the Wilo Pump Laboratory.
The agreement has been signed in a bid to facilitate research and development within the field of water management. The MoU will see students from the university’s Engineering and Physical Sciences School benefit from the firm’s expertise on water pumps and management systems.
Commenting on the agreement, Dr Amer Mokbel, managing director of Wilo Middle East, said: “One of our five core values is ‘sustainable and responsible’, and key to this is ensuring that resources are preserved for the future, and that our children will have the same opportunities tomorrow that we have today. Over the past 140 years that we have been operating worldwide, we have had the opportunity to work with some of the brightest and most innovative engineers in the world. I believe it is our duty to give back to the community and ensure that this tradition continues.”
Professor Ammar Kaka, head of the university’s Dubai campus, added: “Partnerships with commercial leaders in a wide range of fields have helped Heriot-Watt University Dubai Campus to differentiate itself and its students. With Heriot-Watt University’s heritage in tengineeering, technology, and innovation, we hope to develop a new multicultural generation of engineering experts, and it is thanks to the forward thinking of organisations such as Wilo that we can help to shape sustainable and skilled economies.”
The renovated laboratory will give students the opportunity to gain practical training on the latest pumps being used within the water-management industry. T MoU will also see Wilo sponsor student competitions throughout the coming year, first prize being a paid internship at the company.
In addition, experts from Wilo will run technical educational sessions and workshops for students, and a variety of internships will be provided within fields such as mechanical engineering, marketing, and accounting.
Dr Mehdi Nazarinia, assistant professor in mechanical engineering – fluid mechanics and energy at the university, initiated the partnership with Wilo. He said: “This is another example of the university tying up with industry leaders to use cutting-edge technology and equipment to educate and train our students. The agreement will allow the company to impart its expertise to students based in the United Arab Emirates and who plan careers in the mechanical engineering fields. It is a particular milestone for the university and the opportunities this will provide students [are] exceptional.”