The Sheikha Nama Majid Al Qassimi Endowed Chair in Education Across Disciplines was established at AUS by the heirs of late Sheikh Saoud Bin Khalid Bin Khalid Al Qassimi in March 2022 to carry forward the legacy of the UAE’s first female teacher, Sheikha Nama Majid Al Qassimi. It aims to promote interdisciplinary education, whereby students learn across various academic areas to help create knowledge from different sources and perspectives.
At the launch ceremony for the chair, Sheikh Saud Majid Al Qasimi, Sheikha Nama’s grandson, expressed his “hope [that] this chair would serve the broader UAE community and region, reflecting the importance of education and also as a reminder of the role that women played and continue to play in education in the UAE.”
At the same event, Dr. Nidhal Guessoum, the inaugural holder of this endowed chair, expressed his honor and delight at carrying forward the legacy of this remarkable woman, mother, educator and role model as well as this broad, interdisciplinary education philosophy. He vowed to do his utmost to promote and spread the vision and goals of this endowed chair.
Vision Statement of the Chair
The Sheikha Nama Majid Al Qassimi Endowed Chair in Education Across Disciplines at AUS seeks to develop education and knowledge in an interdisciplinary, broad-based approach, bridging the sciences and the humanities, for a cross-cultured generation and a globalized era.
Mission Statement of the Chair
The Sheikha Nama Majid Al Qassimi Endowed Chair in Education Across Disciplines at AUS provides a wide and active platform for students, alumni, educators, scholars and opinion makers to share and create broad knowledge that helps develop a generation that is fully comfortable with science, technology, history, arts and culture in all their manifestations. Through a variety of synergistic and complementary activities and initiatives that bring together education specialists, students and broader-culture commentators, the chair is committed to producing outcomes that have multiple and diverse impacts across various fields and media.
Scope and Proposed Activities