SHARJAH, 19th January, 2017 (WAM) — H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah and President of the American University of Sharjah, AUS, has pointed at the great expectations of the university and his determination to achieve them. He added that AUS is not only a distinguished educational and academic institution, but also a vibrant heart that produces engineers, scientists and thinkers to the society.

Dr. Sheikh Sultan, made these remarks while attending the Alumni reunion of more than 2,000 of AUS students on Thursday.

Addressing and welcoming the audience, Dr. Sheikh Sultan said, ” We are happy to meet you again in the reunion of AUS where you spent most of you time studying in its classes and halls and your names will be remembered among the university alumni.”

He also extended thanks to those who contributed to developing the university, and said, ” Without the integrated efforts of all of you, including the Board of Trustees, the administration, teaching staff and students, the university would not witness this progress.”

He continued, ” On this occasion, we emphasise that your relations with the university, which began years ago, will continue.”.

Regarding the celebration of the university’s 20th anniversary, he said, ” We are about to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the establishment of AUS while celebrating the Autumn batch 2017. On this occasion, I would like to confirm that you and other graduates since 2001, have contributed to a number of achievements and thanks to the university’s support, you are assuming the highest posts.” He reaffirmed, ” I advise you to provide support to the new alumni to contribute to the country’s march of development.”

Sheikh Sultan said, ” We gave directives to the AUS to become a pioneering research university, and in fact, a strategic plan was set to achieve this goal, taking into account the academic distinction in the higher education field.”

He concluded, “Thank you for answering the invitation and I remembers that I shook hands with every one of you on your graduation. I wish you a very fruitful life that is full of giving.”

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