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Sharjah Ruler attends AUS Club Fair
Colorful stalls festooned with national flags and posters greeted His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member, Ruler of Sharjah, and President of American University of Sharjah (AUS), as he inaugurated the university's Spring 2017 Club Fair at the Student Center today, February 6, 2017. Present at the opening ceremony were AUS Chancellor Dr. Björn Kjerfve; the former visiting AUS Chancellor Dr. Winfred Thompson; and a large number of AUS students, faculty and staff.
The two-day event features 75 ethnic and interest-oriented clubs with four new clubs being added this semester: Electrical Engineering Club, American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists, American Institute of Graphic Arts and the Kenyan Cultural Club.
Inside the Student Center, various colorful stalls sporting national flags, posters, multimedia displays and music were set up and many students wore their national dresses and shared samples of their traditional foods, reflecting the vibrant, multicultural environment prevalent on campus.
Organized by the Office of Student Affairs, the Club Fair showcases the extracurricular activities of the student-led organizations on campus and provides an opportunity for students to pursue their personal interests outside the classroom, learn about the many cultures on campus, as well as build leadership skills.
Dr. Moza Al Shehhi, Dean of Students said, "It is an honor to have His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan inaugurate the spring Club Fair. His presence during the event was a great moment for everyone to cherish. We extend our sincere appreciations to him for his continuous support to the youth and for spending some time with our students in spite of his very hectic schedule," said.
"Club Fair is one of our major events that students are very excited about. The fair provides them with a platform to showcase their cultures, interests and talents to the AUS community. The colorful, well-decorated booths are an expression of their creativity and enthusiasm. We are equally excited for this event because it draws a large number of student participants who benefit from its learning outcomes," she added.
The student leaders of the clubs also had the chance to promote their organizations and spread awareness about their ideas and activities. The Club Fair will continue until tomorrow, February 7, 2017.