HH Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, UAE Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah earlier this week met the team of American University of Ras Al Khaimah (AURAK) students who worked on the MeznSat satellite project.
MeznSat is the first scientific satellite in the UAE which was built entirely by students. It was designed and developed by the students under the supervision of the UAE Space Agency, in a collaboration between the AURAK and Abu Dhabi’s Khalifa University. The UAE’s 3U CubeSat was launched on the Russian Soyuz missile from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Russia on September 28, 2020.
Sheikh Saud praised the efforts made by the students to ensure the success of the project. “I congratulate you all on this success. It is a historic milestone in the UAE’s journey in space and we look forward to furthering and bigger achievements in your careers and from the university, as it strives for academic excellence,” he said.
Sheikh Saud also lauded the vision of the UAE President, HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, along with HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai; and HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.
He said: ’’The wise leadership has prioritised education as a primary element in all the country’s development plans, reflecting a deep awareness of the vital role that education plays in advancing the UAE’s position regionally and internationally across every sector.”
“The UAE continues to invest in its people, as they are the single most important element in maintaining our progress and cementing the country’s leading position across various sectors,” the Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah added.
“The evolution of education and its shift from theoretical to practical implementation is an indication that we are on the right path. I am proud of these promising young people and of the notable contribution that Ras Al Khaimah has made to this national achievement.”
“Investing in our human capital was the foundation that the UAE was built on since its inception – a policy that now qualifies us to compete on a global scale and in various industries,” Sheikh Saud noted, highlighting at the conclusion of the meeting that success and excellence are the sums of a multitude of factors, chief among them being hard work and setting clear objectives that allow successive generations to succeed.
He further reaffirmed his commitment to supporting education, as well as pioneering, practical projects across all vital sectors.