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300 students attend OSA forum
More than 300 students representing various student groups attended a series of forums organized by the Office of Student Affairs (OSA) at American University of Sharjah (AUS). The forums were held in four sessions from September 28 to October 1, 2014 at the university's Student Center. Students representing the Student Council, Student Leadership Program, various clubs and organizations, sports teams, Community Services, and the Peer Mediation Program participated in the forum.
AUS Chancellor Dr. Björn Kjerfve and Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Dr. Moza Al Shehhi, along with various other AUS senior officials, attended the forum. In his opening remarks, Dr. Kjerfve expressed his full support towards extracurricular activities and assured the students of joining them for the upcoming scheduled events.
Addressing the students, Dr. Al Shehhi stated that OSA holds the forums at the beginning of semesters to promote active and healthy communications between administrators and students, which will help strengthen their bond and understand each other's concerns. "It is through these forums that we identify new student demands, adopt their creative ideas and attend to all their valid concerns. We also gauge our programs and services through direct student feedback during these forums," she said.
The students raised various concerns including facilities improvements and operating hours, transportation issues, additional equipment, new programs and services, among others. OSA assured the students that their concerns have been noted and will be reviewed and studied. Students also expressed their appreciations to AUS and OSA for providing them with meaningful activities and extracurricular opportunities in various fields of interest.