Since the beginning of July, a new institute has been located on the campus of RWTH Aachen University: the German-Emirati Institute – Technologies 4.0, or GEI for short. Mariam bint Mohammed Saeed Hareb Almheiri, Minister of State for Food and Water Security of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), inaugurated it during a ceremony together with NRW Economic and Digital Affairs Minister Prof. Dr. Andreas Pinkwart, RWTH Vice-Rector Prof. Dr. Ute Habel and the two GEI CEOs Anas Aljuaidi and Bernhard Randerath. The aim is to intensify cooperation in the development of advanced technologies in order to realize joint projects of the fourth industrial revolution.
"The UAE and Germany have solid economic and cultural ties that go back a long way," said Minister Almheiri. "Germany is one of the UAE's largest European trading partners and the UAE is one of Germany's most active trading partners in the region. In addition, German companies have been instrumental in developing key industries in the UAE, particularly in the energy sector."
An initial focus of the collaboration is on projects in the areas zero-emission synthetic fuels, intelligent cabins for aircraft, recycling of aircraft parts and improved cockpits for aircraft and cars. "The GEI shows that RWTH is appreciated internationally as a first-class partner for the development of new technologies, that we enjoy doing top-level research in global networks and without cultural barriers," explains Vice-Rector Habel.