Shaikh Mohammed attends AUD graduation ceremony

Filed on May 13, 2014

Former British PM Gordon Brown underlines Dubai Cares as an ideal example for presenting a helping hand to our fellow humans especially in the field of education.

His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, attended the graduation ceremony for the 17th batch of graduates from the American University of Dubai (AUD) at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) on Sunday.

Accompanied by Dubai Crown Prince Shaikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and Dubai Deputy Ruler Shaikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Shaikh Mohammed arrived at Rashid Hall after which the attendees listened to a rendition of the UAE and USA national anthems, followed by a speech from the AUD’s Vice-President, Elias Bou Saab.

In his speech, Bou Saab thanked Shaikh Mohammed for patronising the graduation ceremony highlighting the valuable lessons the generations to come draw from the farsighted vision of the wise leadership of the UAE to take on future challenges and hardships.

This year’s special guest and speaker was former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown who delivered a speech in which he praised the many philanthropic initiatives that originate from the UAE. Brown underlined Dubai Cares as an ideal example for presenting a helping hand to our fellow humans especially in the field of education.

Brown spoke of his experience as a premier during the global financial crisis and the importance of education. Brown thanked the UAE and praised the leadership’s keenness to nurture education and educational institutions in an atmosphere of safety, freedom and world-class infrastructure.

Speaking on behalf of her fellow students, this year’s top graduate at AUD Maryam Ishkhanian thanked Shaikh Mohammed, the faculty and her family for their constant support.

In remarks towards the end of the ceremony, AUD President Dr Lance de Masi thanked Shaikh Mohammed for his patronage and support of AUD and the education sector in the UAE.

Shaikh Mohammed left the ceremony hall surrounded by graduates amidst applauses and cheers.

Also present at the graduation ceremony were Shaikh Mansour bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Minister of Cabinet Affairs Mohammed Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister of Education Humaid Mohammed Obaid Al Qattami, Dubai Director of Protocol and Hospitality Khalifa Saeed Suleiman, senior officials and dignitaries.

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