Al Ain: The UAE University (UAEU) may soon tie up with three Australian universities to expand research and academic collaboration.

The exchange would be in the geological and environmental sciences fields. UAEU also aims to increase the level of existing ties in road safety research, a university official said yesterday.

A UAEU delegation, headed by Dr Hadef Bin Jouan Al Daheri, Vice-Chancellor of UAEU, and Dr Maitha Al Shamsi, Assistant Provost for Research, recently returned from a five-day visit to Australia.

The delegation expressed its satisfaction on the outcome of its talks with Monash University, Melbourne, Australian National University, Canberra, and Sydney's Macquarie University.

Al Daheri said: "We found many areas of common interest and the Australian universities have warmly accepted some of our proposals for research and academic collaborations."

UAEU already has a research partnership with Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC) that helped to establish the UAE University's Roadway, Transportation, and Traffic Safety Research Centre (RTTSRC).

RTTSRC, located in the premises of Al Ain Hospital, is integrating a database on motor vehicle crashes, which facilitates the investigation of the true causal factors of the problem and opening up ways to solutions and remedies to reduce injuries and deaths.