Counsellors urged to take professional development seriously

SHARJAH — A surprise visit by His Highness Dr Shaikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, yesterday marked the opening of the two-day Counselling Arabia 2006 at the Sharjah Women's College (SWC).

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Published: Wed 3 May 2006, 11:25 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 7:36 PM

The fourth conference hosted by the Unesco Chair programme at the Centre for Applied Studies in Education at SWC under the theme 'Moving forward-creating tomorrow' was formally opened by Shaikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research and Chancellor of Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT), in the presence of over 250 practising counsellors from across the Gulf countries and several local dignitaries and academicians.

Addressing the participants, Shaikh Nahyan hailed the efforts of the counsellors for taking their professional development seriously through such platform assuring participants of his support in their efforts to have innovative, effective and forward-thinking student counselling programmes in schools and colleges.

He expressed concern over the counselling field being under-resourced in the UAE, encouraging participants to raise its prominence through continued work and organisation. "They must be supported in their work by findings of relevant research, and by connections to the worldwide student counselling community.”

Following Shaikh Nahyan's address, a copy of the book Deep-seated Malice written by Dr Shaikh Sultan and translated into English, was presented to the Ruler by the SWC Director Dr Farid Ohan.

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