Al-Maktoum College of Higher Education celebrated its annual Summer School programme during a graduation ceremony, held in St Andrew on Friday.
A total of sixty-eight students from UAE and Malaysian universities and higher education institutions participated in the four-week summer programme, focusing on the theme of Multiculturalism and Leadership.
Mansour Abdullah Belhoul, UAE Ambassador to UK, Ian Borthwick, Dundee’s Lord Provost, Mirza Al-Sayegh, Chairman of the College board, a number of teaching and administrative staff and representatives of the participating universities attended the ceremony which was held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Finance, who is also patron of the College.
Acting Head of College, Dr A G Abubaker addressed the ceremony: “Welcome all to the Summer School Programme of 2019. Today is a big day and a memorable one, for all concerned with the Summer School Programme, especially the students. We hope your time with us has inspired you and that you will remember your visit here for a long time to come”.
He continued: “It has been a pleasure having you [students] with us these past three weeks. We hope that you have all felt at home with us, so far away from your own families. We hope that you have made new friends, for life, and hope that you will return to see us one day.
Over the course of four weeks, students attended lectures, tutorials and debates in multiculturalism, international politics, globalisation, leadership and dialogue of civilisations.
Students also visited a number of Scottish attractions and met with a number of key figures, including Dundee’s Lord Provost and HM Consul General to Dubai. Students became residents of Dundee during the programme and also benefited from excursions to various locations across Scotland. They learned more about Scotland, its people, its history, culture and traditions in the contemporary world.
The students are now set to travel to Dublin to complete their fourth and final week of the programme, before returning to their home countries.