The American University in the Emirates welcomed the delegates from Sam Houston State University, USA (SHSU) on December 13th, 2015 for their Study Abroad Program. This “UAE Familiarization Program” is the second in the series of such initiatives between AUE and SHSU and will run from Dec.13th to 21st, 2015 focusing on familiarizing the delegates with the UAE culture through in-house seminars, industry visits and Arabian adventure. The Director of International Office, Prof. Abhilasha Singh started with the brief introduction of the program, followed by the welcome note of the President, Prof. Muthanna Abdul Razzaq, who mentioned that such study abroad program positively and unequivocally influences the career path, world-view, and self-confidence of students.
The first session of the program witnessed the vibrant presence of Dr. Sawsan A.S. Al Madhi, Director General, Friends of Cancer Patients Society who delivered an interactive seminar presentation on “Culture in the Gulf”. The students’ enthusiasm and curiosity to learn more about Arabic culture was very noticeable. The Director of International Office, thanked all the delegates and the head of the delegation, Dr. Ahmed Irfan. The Executive Vice President, Prof. Dennis Gayle and the Provost/ Vice President for Academic Affairs, Prof. Nabeel Jurdi, the Vice President for Administrative Affairs, Ms. Haneen Ghani, Deans and other Department heads also shared inspiring words and stories on the occasion. At the end of the session, the group were given a tour within the university by the AUE students and was invited by the President for the welcome lunch.