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AUS and Al Dhaid Club sign pact for continued cooperation
American University of Sharjah (AUS) and Al Dhaid Cultural and Sports Club (DCSC) have recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), marking the continued cooperation between DCSC and AUS, aimed at the betterment of life and education of Al-Dhaid community.
The new MOU was signed by AUS Chancellor, Dr. Björn Kjerfve, and Salem Mohammad Bin Huwaiden, Member of National Council and Vice President of Al Dhaid Cultural and Sports Club.
Speaking on the occasion, Chancellor Kjerfve said, "We have a collaboration that's been underway for many years. It's always a pleasure to have visitors from close and far away visit the university. We love the outreach and connection between our university, its partners and community around the globe. I want to thank Al Dhaid Cultural and Sports Club for their partnership and this mutually beneficial relationship."
"We would like to express our gratitude towards AUS in helping students to advance their learning," said Salem Mohammad Bin Huwaiden. "This is the third signed agreement. It is especially beneficial for our students who need to continue training in English. We hope to expand the cooperation to lower levels too, not only for university students."
Ali Shuhaimy, Vice Chancellor of Enrollment Management, said, "The relationship was established to go beyond its borders and try to serve the community especially in the remote areas. The initial agreement was to prepare the students for a smooth transition into university life and avoid English language preparation programs."
"Our mandate with this cooperation is to help students and Al Dhaid Cultural and Sports Club and we thank the representatives for their seriousness to ensure that this kind of cooperation works in a productive manner," added Shuhaimy.
The ceremony was also attended by Kevin Mitchell, Interim Provost; Salem Yousef Al Qaseer, Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs; Dr. Moza Al Shehhi, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs; and other senior AUS officials and representatives of the DCSC.
Previous MoUs between AUS and DCSC were signed in December 2008 and extended in December in 2011. Since then the AUS Achievement Academy Outreach Program has provided several General English courses, TOEFL and ILETS preparations courses to help students and professionals. The program provided a total of 25 different courses, a total of 722 instructional hours, for 491 students from Dhaid and the surrounding areas.