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Students attend leadership and multicultural training program in Scotland
Five students from the Office of Student Affairs' Student Leadership Program (SLP) completed a training program in multiculturalism and leadership organized by Al Maktoum College of Higher Education in Dundee, Scotland. The main focus of the four-week summer program was to develop students in terms of multiculturalism and religion, leadership, management and civilization dialogue.
Designed for female Emirati students, the program provides them an opportunity to explore their leadership potential in a multicultural society. The training was designed with a combination of comprehensive course lectures, tutorials and debates that allowed the students to explore elements of leadership, diversity and a multicultural society in more depth. The students engaged in different structured activities that allowed them to explore their own strengths and work to develop their leadership skills. Along with an intensive training program, they were also able to visit cultural and historical sites.
The students networked with other participants from across the UAE at the Al Maktoum College in Scotland, which provided an ideal setting for a multicultural learning environment.
In addition, the students attended the inauguration of Al Maktoum Mosque in Dundee, Scotland, which is located near Al Maktoum College campus. The mosque was built under the patronage and generous collaboration of Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashed al Maktoum. Along with the scientific, intellectual and non-faith based activities of Al Maktoum College, the mosque adds more presence to the cultural and religious landscape.
"It was an enriching experience made even more so by great company and a caring staff from Al Maktoum College. It allowed me to grow more as a person and I have become more confident, independent and social.
Furthermore, through learning about the different methods of leadership I am more aware and certain about the kind of leader I would like to be in the future," said Maryam Khansaheb, majoring in chemical engineering.
"Offering a well-established program such as the Al Maktoum College Leadership and Multiculturalism Training Program has been very beneficial for our students. The program gives them an opportunity to develop their leadership skills, see a different perspective on world issues, network and gain the necessary knowledge for the future ahead. I must say that I am proud of our delegation; they did exceptionally well and made us proud. We thank Al Maktoum College for their organization and support," said Dr. Moza Al Shehhi, Vice Chancellor of Students Affairs.