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Lord Provost Praises Al-Maktoum College Overseas Female Students Programmes

The number of overseas female students to undertake educational programmes at Dundee’s Al-Maktoum College of Higher Education has risen to more than a thousand.

The latest group of 47 from the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Malaysia has arrived in the city for the College’s annual Academic Training Programme.

This is the 23rd programme of its kind since the first Summer School was held at the College in 2003 and a total of 1,021 students have now taken part.

Lord Provost Bob Duncan, welcoming the group at the City Chambers (Friday, February 4, 2017), said:

“It is a remarkable achievement that more than a thousand students have visited us in Dundee since the College introduced these special educational programmes.

“The College prepares extensive academic programmes with time also allowed for the overseas students to discover Dundee and Scotland.

“I hope this year’s visiting students, like those who have come here before, enjoy every minute of their stay.”

College Principal and Vice Chancellor, Dr Hossein Godazgar, said:

“We are pleased so many students have wanted to come to the College for our educational programmes with demand remaining high.

“The Academic Training Programme is geared towards advancing the students’ overall learning and understanding of Scotland, its history, culture and traditions.

“Study and debate on the challenges of global dialogue and exchange in the contemporary world form a major part of this programme, which we believe is both stimulating and demanding in educational and cultural terms.

“Once again, we are very grateful to the Lord Provost for his warm welcome.”

The current students from eleven universities and colleges are undertaking a study programme that runs for four weeks and are in line for Scottish Qualifications’ Authority (SQA) accredited certificates, introduced for the first time in 2015, at the end of it.

Study and debate on topics including Multiculturalism, Globalisation, Leadership and Management will play a prominent part in the students’ time here.

Students have come to Scotland from Abu Dhabi University, American University in Dubai, American University of Sharjah, British University in Dubai, Cairo University, College of Islamic and Arabic Studies, Qatar University, United Arab Emirates University, University of Malaya, University of Sharjah and Zayed University.

Dundee Lord Provost, Bob Duncan with College Principal and Vice Chancellor, Dr Hossein Godazgar and this year’s Academic Training Programme students at the City Chambers.