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AUS students complete Al-Maktoum Summer School Program
Five students from the American University of Sharjah (AUS) Student Leadership Program (SLP) participated in the Al Maktoum College Summer School Program 2019 held in Dundee, Scotland, June 8– July 5. The AUS delegation consisted of Ghaya Al Saleh, Aysha Al Maktoum, Mahra Al Balghouni, Mariam Al Hammadi and Dalal Al Shamsi. The program provides Emirati women students with an opportunity to explore their leadership potential in a multicultural environment. The program included lectures and workshops on Scottish history, multiculturalism, and religion, politics, globalization and international politics, and a visit to the Scottish Parliament.
Ghaya Al Saleh, finance major, said:
“Initially, we were prepared to learn about globalization and leadership throughout the Al Maktoum College Summer program, but as we attended the lectures, went on field visits, participated in the workshops, and finally graduated, we realized that we got much more than we initially expected. Through the support of Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, this journey gave us the opportunity to fully experience the different aspects of Scottish and Irish culture, comparing that to the UAE. Not only that, but we were also honored to witness many accomplished leaders speak at the college, each of them leaving us with a life-changing inspirational message. Of course, I must not forget what the other participants in this program have taught me. Being surrounded by such an amazing group of young female leaders, each with their own unique skills and experiences, has inspired me and taught me beyond what any classroom could ever offer. Nothing could ever really describe the journey we went on, but what I can say with certainty is that it was definitely a life-changing experience.”
AUS Chancellor, Professor Kevin Mitchell, commented:
“AUS appreciates the opportunities that the Al Maktoum Summer School in Dundee, Scotland provides for students. The university continues to benefit from the support provided by the Al Maktoum College.”