Abu Dhabi-based varsity joins US centre as partner

ABU DHABI - The American Corner, a resource centre for US history, culture, policy and business has selected Abu Dhabi’s AlHosn University as a partner.

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Published: Wed 26 Jan 2011, 12:39 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 7:03 PM

The partnership was announced on Sunday night at a ceremony attended by university officials and US Ambassador Richard Olson and other guests.

AlHosn is a leading Abu Dhabi-based university, has been selected as the site for the city of Abu Dhabi’s first American Corner.

The facility is the third of its kind in the UAE, which has similar corners in Fujairah and the city of Al Ain.

The facility was pursued by Professor Abdul Rahim Sabouni, Vice Chancellor and CEO of the university.

Olson formally opened the facility in the presence of dignitaries from across the UAE and the US Embassy in Abu Dhabi.

While declaring the facility opened, the US Ambassador said: “I am very pleased to mark the inauguration of what I hope will become a deep and lasting partnership between AlHosn and the US Embassy.

“A year and a half ago, President Obama made a speech at Cairo University about the urgent need set “a new beginning” in the relationship between Muslims and the West. He stressed the importance of education and communication as a means to build strong foundations between the United Sates and the Arab and Muslim world.”

Olson said the American Corners, hosted by institutions such as AlHosn, offer platforms to do exactly that. “They open new channels of communications between our people and those of other nations,” he added.

The university Board of Trustees and the Board of Directors of the Abu Dhabi Holding Company also took part in the festivities marking the event.

Sabouni said: “The American Corner embodies our commitment to our university motto of ‘Global Knowledge with Local Vision.’ AlHosn is honoured to be home to Abu Dhabi’s first American Corner and as such will develop programmes to promote better understanding between the people of the US and the UAE.

“The corner is also intended as a vehicle for reinforcing our ties with key professional, business and civic organisations in the US and creating partnerships with them on various academic, economic, and social projects.”

The corner will host special events via video-conferencing to the US and other parts of the world as well as house a collection of US-related books and electronic resources. Computer stations for student use and a conference room for students and faculty to hold informal discussions will also be part of the venue.

Commenting on the partnership, Elias Sayah, Vice President of American Chamber of Commerce Abu Dhabi, said: “This new facility reflects both our close ties with America and our emphasis on research and community service... Moreover, it was imperative for Abu Dhabi to have its own American Corner, being the Capital of a country that has shared excellent bilateral relations with the US.


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