Students’ creativity wins Sultan’s praise

SHARJAH — Mosaic-2005 — Know Your World, a special four-day learning event organised by Sharjah Women's College (SWC) to help curious minds, young and old, to understand the wide complexity of issues and information concerning the natural world, received high acclaim from the Sharjah Ruler and prominent local dignitaries who attended its formal opening yesterday.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Wed 27 Apr 2005, 10:02 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 3:28 PM

The exhibition was opened by His Highness Dr Shaikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, in the presence of Shaikh Sultan bin Mohammed bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Sharjah, Shaikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Education and Chancellor of the Higher Colleges of Technology, and a number of prominent local dignitaries, students and faculty of the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT).

Addressing guests, Shaikh Nahyan thanked them for their confidence in the Higher Colleges and congratulated the students for their enthusiasm and creativity displayed year after year, in planning and presenting their exhibits.

“Such events by the HCT students celebrate human connections and international dialogue-values fundamental to the late Shaikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan's vision for the UAE under whose leadership we learned to take our global responsibilities very seriously.”

Shaikh Nahyan stressed that in order to succeed in the new global economy, the UAE must focus on education and human development, as well as on new knowledge and applied research. “We must build a knowledge society. Our educational system must recognise the impact of globalisation on student lives and careers. It must enable them to engage the forces of globalisation and participate in the global society. The system must provide students with a global perspective for life in the 21st century,” he said, referring to Mosaic as a provider of an important platform for learning about the global community.

“Mosaic contributes to student understanding of the history and culture of various regions of the world. It enriches, in short, the experience of the students — and indeed of the entire community,” he added, disclosing the proceeds of this year's Mosaic would be donated to the tsunami victims.

Mosaic is in its third year, and this year's theme, “Our Natural World”, was developed in response to the earth's recent and significant ecological changes, including December’s tragic tsunami disaster in southeast Asia.

Mosaic focuses on providing an interactive, curriculum-based learning experience for Sharjah HCT students.

This year, however, the theme was developed with the additional aim of helping students and visiting audiences alike to better understand the context of ecological change by providing a foundation of information about the physical earth.

Students, staff and teachers at the colleges worked tirelessly for six months to recreate the natural earth within the campus sports complex. With natural landscapes of oceans, rainforests, wetlands, hot and cold deserts, and a centrepiece of a 12x12x7 metre-high mountain/volcano, furnished with a cave and functioning waterfall, Mosaic-2005 invites its expected 10,000 visiting students, friends and community members to come and explore our natural world.

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