16 ZU students to visit Spain

ABU DHABI - Some 16 students from Zayed University's (ZU) College of Arts and Sciences - eight each from Abu Dhabi and Dubai - will be visiting Spain for 12 days commencing February 15th, as part of an extra-curricular activity organised by the varsity, together with the Embassy of Spain.

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Published: Sat 24 Jan 2004, 12:15 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 2:28 AM

Lauding the initiative, Shaikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, and President of ZU, who visited the students in the Abu Dhabi campus on Monday, thanked the office of Lt Gen Shaikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Chief of Staff of the UAE Armed Forces, for supporting the valuable opportunity that this trip would provide the students to get acquainted with different civilisations and cultures. Shaikh Nahyan praised the wise leadership of the President, His Highness Shaikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and his support to the education sector in the country, and for fostering the country's friendly relations with different countries.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Hanif Al Qassimi, Vice-President of ZU, said the reason for selecting Spain was because of its association with Islamic civilisation, history, and culture. He hoped the students would gain rich experiences from such visits, as they were recreational and academic simultaneously. He revealed that four such visits were being organised by ZU this year - to Spain, New Zealand, Australia and France.

According to Karen Oremus, one of the two professors of the Arts and Design Department, who will be accompanying the students on this tour to southern Spain, the country had been selected because of its rich Islamic history, and possibilities for the students to return with photographic information, literary information, and a diversity of views from experts in the subject, so that they could analyse and interpret these records after their return. The Spanish ambassador, Fernando de Galainena, lauded the initiative, a first with ZU, and hoped that the relationship with other colleges in the varsity would be strengthened in the future.

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