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Two AUS students win Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Distinguished Academic Performance
Two American University of Sharjah (AUS) students won the 2012 Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for the Distinguished Academic Performance. They were honored at an award ceremony held recently at the Dubai International Conference and Exhibition Center.
Loai Khalayli, a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering student, and Vidya Diwakar, a double major student pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Bachelor of Arts in Economics, won this year's Distinguished University Students Award in the higher education category.
"This is the greatest achievement I have had so far. It is the sweet fruit of the many efforts and hard work I have been doing, especially in the last three years both academically and in community service," said Khalayli "This achievement has encouraged me so much; it has made me a stronger and a more confident person both academically and in extracurricular activities."
The award, which aims to improve the quality of educational system, supporting all preparatory to higher education learners and the individuals and institutions entrusted with educating these learners through positive cooperation and competition, was established in 1998. Since then it has grown to be a vital catalyst in improving education locally, regionally and internationally.
"I am very honored to have won this award, it proves that perseverance does produce results," said Diwakar. "It is quite an honor to represent AUS in such a big way and I would encourage others to do more than class work and to participate in such a competition, which improves their personalities and makes them well-rounded individuals."
"People often ask me how do I manage taking a double major and still find time to do extracurricular activities," continued Diwakar. "But it's quite simple. It's all about time management and prioritization. So if you manage your time well and have the right priorities, you can do well in school and you can also do well in serving the community and in other extracurricular activities."
Prior to this award, both Khalayli and Diwakar had previously won the highly competitive Sheikh Khalifa Scholarship, which recognizes academic excellence, leadership potential, service to community, demonstrated talent in the field of study and participation in extracurricular and university activities.
"I would also like to thank His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum for supporting and recognizing excellent students. This award is one of the main driving motives for every student to excel and fulfill their potentials. Also, I would like to thank the American University of Sharjah faculty and staff for continuously offering students great opportunities to grow and flourish in an increasingly competitive environment," said Khalayli.