ABU DHABI, 19th February, 2018 (WAM) — Established in 2008, the Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Scholars Programme has celebrated ten years of academic achievement at an event held at the Intercontinental Hotel in Abu Dhabi – the site of the programme’s first classes upon its launch in 2008.
The event was attended by H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation; Sheikha Mariam bint Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, co-chair of the Scholars Programme Steering Committee; Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi, President of Zayed University; and Zaki Nusseibeh, Minister of State.
The programme was the first academic offering by New York University, NYU, Abu Dhabi, preceding the welcoming of the university’s inaugural class in 2010. Since its establishment, the programme has provided a rigorous cross-cultural and leadership-developing experience to 185 alumni and 23 current scholars.
The programme offers a comprehensive educational experience to outstanding university students in their third or fourth years of college study in the UAE, accepting up to 24 scholars each academic year from the three federal universities in the UAE – Higher Colleges of Technology, United Arab Emirates University, and Zayed University.
Courses offered through the programme include challenging subjects designed to enrich the perspectives of participating students, such as the US Supreme Court’s treatment of the relationship between church and state, US foreign policy, and political power in modern America. The initiative also offers extensive opportunities for scholars to strengthen their skills in critical thinking and public speaking, as well as to travel to New York City and Washington D.C. to meet with distinguished leaders in the United States.
“The 10th anniversary of the Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Scholars Programme marks an important milestone in the unfolding history of this unique cross-cultural educational and leadership programme for UAE-based students,” Sheikha Mariam said. “I would like to congratulate New York University Abu Dhabi, the Department of Education and Knowledge, and the staff and faculty of the programme on this impressive achievement. Most importantly, I want to honour our talented scholars, past and present, who have brought life to this ambitious programme from the very beginning, and contributed immeasurably to its lasting success.”
Al Bloom, Vice Chancellor of NYU Abu Dhabi, delivered introductory remarks to alumni at the event, underscoring the significant achievements of the initiative saying,”It is a historic privilege for me to be able to participate in the tenth anniversary of this remarkable programme, having seen over the past decade its beautifully and powerfully delivered commitment to rigorous academic work, to precise analysis, to embracing complexity, to deepening societal and international consciousness, and to nurturing leadership so consistently achieved.”
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