Dubai, UAE: Harvard University, one of the world’s premier academic institutions, places a high priority on its ongoing development as a global university, including through international academic initiatives that extend the global reach of its research and teaching activities. As part of this, the university also drives initiatives that engage with and support the MENA region’s knowledge and capacity-development strategies. Dr. Mark Elliot, Vice Provost of International Affairs for Harvard University, recognized the importance of these initiatives through his visit to the UAE this week, during which he was hosted by Harvard Club of the UAE.
Harvard Club of the UAE President Sajida H Shroff said, “As the official alumni organization for Harvard University in the UAE, Harvard Club of the UAE is committed to supporting and enhancing the tolerance and knowledge development agenda championed by the esteemed leadership of the UAE.”
Through the efforts of Harvard Club of the UAE, representatives from the UAE Ministry of Education recently met the Vice Provost in Cambridge to discuss synergies in higher education institution enhancement and capacity development.
Subsequently, Harvard Club of the UAE (HC UAE) was proud to welcome the Vice Provost to the country. A private event was hosted for him by HC UAE President Sajida H. Shroff. In attendance were key opinion makers from the education and government sectors as well as HC UAE Board members, Partners, Sponsors, and Supporters. Attendees included H E Barbara Leaf, US Ambassador to the UAE; H E Paul Malik, US Consul General in Dubai; Mohamed Al Zaabi, CEO of Miral; Dr. Sehamuddin Galadari, Professor at UAE University; and Mr. Tariq Bin Hendi of Emirates NBD.
This won’t be my last visit. The partnerships we have with the UAE go back a number of years and have recently been renewed. I think we’ll be seeing more with the school of education. We’re in conversations right now (with the MOE and Harvard Club of the UAE) about how to make that happen” Dr. Elliot said.
US Ambassador to the UAE, Barbara A. Leaf also commented on important role Harvard Club of the UAE has in supporting education,“the Minister of Education is very keen to see more Emirati students go to the US [for university], particularly the Ivy League Schools. I suggested that he and his staff connect with Harvard Club of the UAE as an important resource who could be advisors, mentors, and guides to those students. I think the Harvard Club of the UAE is one of those very important people-to-people bridges between this country and the US.”
With regards to members of Harvard Club of the UAE, Dr. Elliot noted, “Your support of the university through the club, through the schools, through everything that you do…is one of the things that makes us a great school and makes us all proud to be from Harvard. We thank you – your volunteer work and support of Harvard and its mission is vital to everything we do…Harvard without its international engagement would not be Harvard. Harvard without its international alumni would not be Harvard.“
The UAE continues to excel in its efforts to develop a world-class education system. These include a series of initiatives by the UAE government to raise educational standards and create a knowledge-based economy driven by innovation, research, science and technology. HC UAE duly recognizes the UAE government’s efforts in this regard and welcomes discussion on how both entities can work together to realize the UAE’s education agenda.Mar 2018