ABU DHABI, 23rd July, 2016 (WAM) – The British University of Sheffield, has awarded Dr. Amal Abdullah Al Qubaisi, Speaker of the Federal National Council (FNC), an honorary doctorate in recognition of her work in the political, educational, cultural, academic and social fields.

Al Qubaisi, a graduate of the Sheffield University, was honoured by the university as the first woman to head a parliamentary institution in the Arab world and the Middle East, and her active role in adoption of Arab and international humanitarian issues as well as her role in activating parliamentary diplomacy.

She was honoured at a grand ceremony held at the university in the presence of Chancellor of the University of Sheffield, deans of faculties, teaching staff, the graduates of the university in a number of disciplines, including architecture.

Lady Justice Rafferty, Chancellor of the University of Sheffield, said, “The University of Sheffield is proud of Dr. Al Qubaisi as one of its graduates who obtained PhD in Architecture,” and noted that “her huge achievements, including her post as the FNC speaker, make us all proud.”

Speaking on behalf of the university, she said, “This deserved honour is granted to her in light of achievements and advancement of parliamentary, social and cultural issues with global and humanitarian dimensions to contribute towards developing the community, empowering youth and women as well as protecting human heritage.”

For her part, Dr. Al Qubaisi welcomed this honour, saying she was proud of being a graduate of the University of Sheffield, which enjoys prestigious international status, and is ranked among the top 100 universities in the world. She referred to the historic relations between the UAE and British peoples, adding that the UK is a top destination for Emirati students of all disciplines.

Dr. Al Qubaisi hailed the UAE women’s progress, thanks to the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and huge support of H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women’s Union (GWU), Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation (FDF) and President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood.

She said that the Emirati women’s empowerment saw a qualitative shift over the last 10 years under the leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and Members of Supreme Council, Their Highnesses the Rulers of Emirates.