UAE visit an ‘eye-opener’ for US Congress team

DUBAI - American Congress members, who are in the UAE, yesterday said their visit to the nation was an ‘eye-opener’.

By A Staff Reporter

Published: Sun 23 Mar 2008, 8:21 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 6:47 PM

Fifteen members from the American Congress were at the Dubai Men’s College (DMC) yesterday as part of their one-week trip to the UAE, under the patronage of General Shaikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

While touring the college, Javier De La Luz, Chief of Staff from the US House of Representatives, told KT that UAE nationals were friendly and willing to partner with the US.

He added, “I see a lot of friendship, admiration and willingness to partner with the US. There is a lot of curiosity and ignorance in the West about this part of the world. It is the US government’s responsibility to educate Americans about countries like the UAE. Such trips help shape the American foreign policy and help us answer questions from our constituency.”

Touching on the educational quality, the member noted, “The access and quality of higher education in the UAE is comparative or even better than the US. The fact that education is funded by the government opens up a lot of opportunities for students.”

Jedd Moskowitz, also the Chief of Staff from the House of Representatives, said, “This has been an eye-opening experience to see the progress the nation has made in a matter of few years. I was very surprised and pleased at the important role women play in government and society.” The delegation met with the members of the Federal National Council and also toured the Zayed University in Abu Dhabi.

They toured the DMC, met with students and also got an insight into the programmes and infrastructure of the college.

Dr Tayeb Kamail, Vice-Chancellor of the Higher Colleges of Technology, and Dr Philip Hicks, Director of DMC, took the visitors around. The delegation expressed their interest in strengthening the relationship between the two countries especially in the field of education.

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