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SLP students participate in Youth Connect 2016
Fifteen students from the Office of Student Affairs' Student Leadership Program at AUS took part in Youth Connect 2016 held on Saturday, November 19, 2016 by Dubai Expo 2020. Youth Connect is the first wide-ranging series of highly interactive forums designed by youth for youth. It is a new initiative to support and empower young people to achieve their ambitions. Attendees were introduced to a host of hands-on participatory workshops, engaging exhibits and areas for in-depth discussions and 'edutainment.'
"Youth Connect 2016 was an incredible experience. Nowhere have I seen the youth participating so directly towards the growth of a country. Being part of this conference, I saw the vision for Expo2020 and was inspired by it," said Hussam Badi, a senior majoring in finance. "There were interesting workshops with companies like Accenture that helped us develop innovative ideas that might even be built for Expo2020. I'm definitely going next year," he added.
According to Rahsi Shafana, a junior majoring in economics, "The Youth Connect conference was an amazing experience for young, like-minded people to network and share innovative ideas. The event was full of energy and enthusiasm, and we got a chance to brainstorm ideas that would benefit the Expo2020 venture in different ways, from creating cultural events to designing volunteer vests. It was insightful to hear from and meet a lot of inspiring people from different walks of life who engaged us in various workshops. It was a really memorable experience on the whole."
"The forum gave our students the chance to meet with other professionals who succeeded by self-belief and hard work. We believe that Youth Connect is not only one of the most enjoyable and interactive forums but that it also has a genuinely important purpose for SLP students. Students became aware of how to prepare for their professional lives to ensure that they are in the best possible shape to meet the challenges that lie ahead," said Dr. Moza Al Shehhi, Dean of Students.