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Five students from Qatar University, along with twenty students from Zayed University and Abu Dhabi University, have completed a three week academic training program organized by Al Maktoum Institute
Five students from Qatar University, along with twenty students from Zayed University and Abu Dhabi University, have completed a three week academic training program organized by Al Maktoum Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies in Scotland. The "Academic Training Program in Multiculturalism and Leadership" ran from January 26 to February 15, 2008, and addressed key contemporary global issues of multiculturalism, leadership, cultural engagement, and global awareness.
During the 'graduation' ceremony held in Dundee, Scotland, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Al Maktoum Institute Mirza Al Sayegh praised the great ability the students have shown in comprehending diverse subjects throughout the course of the program and learning new skills over a short period of time. He also.said: "Although the students have worked very hard during the short period of the multiculturalism and leadership program as part of their degree studies learning the basics that will help them have a contemporary view on current issues, there is still much more work ahead of them."
Three of the five QU students were from the Foreign Languages Department: Reema Awadallah, Salwa Al-Shandour, and Fatima Rasool; the other two were from the International Affairs Program (IAP): Fatima Al-Muftah, and Afra Al-Wadaani.
This marked QU female students' third participation in the program. QU annual participation goes back to 2005 when the College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) first took part in it, and again in 2006; only in 2007 was there a hiatus, for the Program's re-evaluation.
Al-Maktoum Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies in Dundee, Scotland, was officially inaugurated in May 2002 with the purpose of providing postgraduate degrees in various areas of Arabic and Islamic Studies. The aim of the Institute is to be a center of excellence in the Study of Islam and Muslims, in particular to promote intelligent debate and understanding of Islam and the role of Muslims in the contemporary world, and to be a place of knowledge and reflection on the issues facing a diverse and multicultural world in the twenty-first century.