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New Zealand Ambassador visits AUS
His Excellency Jeremy Clarke-Watson, Ambassador of New Zealand to the UAE, visited American University of Sharjah (AUS) yesterday, May 3, as part of a special delegation and met with AUS Chancellor, Dr. Björn Kjerfve.
The purpose of their visit, which also included Fahim Al Qasimi, Chairman; and Faisal Bin Khalid, Executive, Department of Government Relations in Sharjah; was to explore University City and learn more about AUS as an institution founded by of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qassimi, Supreme Council Member, Ruler of Sharjah and President of AUS.
During the meeting, Chancellor Kjerfve briefed the delegates about AUS, its establishment and developments through the years. Dr. Kjerfve highlighted AUS's role in adding to the economic value of the emirate. He also informed the delegates of the establishment of AUS Enterprises, a holding company mandated to develop commercial activities with the aim to strengthen the financial resources of AUS.
Chancellor Kjerfve also presented a map of the upcoming RTI Park, describing it as a visionary project of His Highness, which will play an important part in fostering research and advancements in technology in the region.
The meeting was attended by Rebecca Wood, Deputy Ambassador; Haylon Smith, Trade Commissioner; Lisa Clark-Watson, Government to Government Program Lead; and Dave Sameuls, Consul and Regional Agricultural Counselor; Dr. Leland Blank, Dean of Engineering; and other AUS officials.