ABU DHABI, -- The Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi, PSUAD, continues to play a positive role as a cultural and educational bridge between the UAE and France, Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, said on Sunday.

Established 10 years ago, the institution is a main component of the educational and the cultural structure of the UAE, thanks to the support extended by the country's wise leadership to education in order to develop intercultural dialogue, understanding and interaction, Sheikh Nahyan said in a statement at a graduation ceremony held under his patronage for the seventh batch of PSUAD students, held yesterday at the university's campus in Al Reem Island.

The batch included around 266 students, both Emiratis and expats, from bachelor's and masters programmes, as well as holders of the Executive Certificate in Sports Management and French as a Foreign Language (FLE) Diploma.

Sheikh Nahyan congratulated the graduates and wished them further success and progress.

The graduation ceremony was attended by Dr. Ali Rashid Al Nuaimi, Director-General of the Abu Dhabi Education Council and a member of the Executive Council; Dr. Mugheer Khamis Al Khaili, Chairman of Health Authority, Abu Dhabi, and the Vice President of the Management Council of PSUAD, as well as representatives from Paris Sorbonne, Paris Descartes University and Pierre and Marie Curie University, and also from the French embassy in the UAE, besides a large number of ambassadors and public figures, the university's faculty, students and parents.

"Today marks an important day in the lives of our students who have successfully completed their studies and benefitted from its resources and knowledge. We wish them success in their future journey and we hope that they keep on shining in all the coming phases of their lives, armed with the education and tolerance they have experienced in our prestigious university that has bought together, since its establishment in Abu Dhabi 10 years ago, more than 77 nationalities and cultures in an ideal environment of co-operation and cohesion," said Professor Eric Fouache, Vice Chancellor at Paris Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi.

"We are very proud to share this special day with our students who are getting honoured for their hard work, perseverance and commitment during their academic journey. They are also our source of pride that reflects the spirit of co-operation, which exists in our university. Moreover, they form a strong and the main base for our society as they confidently walk towards their future through implementing the knowledge acquired at the university. I wish our students all the best and may they shine and excel in their professional lives," said Dr. Fatima Saeed Al Shamsi, Deputy Vice Chancellor of Administrative Affairs at Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi.

During the ceremony, the sponsors and friends of the university were recognised for their continuous support to the institution.

Source: Emirates News Agency