Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank (Adib) announced on Tuesday that it had signed an agreement with the American University of Sharjah (AUS) to establish the “ADIB Scholarship Fund” with an endowment of Dh5 million. Students from all AUS faculties, with distinguished academic performance, can benefit from the Fund.
The endowment agreement was signed at Adib Headquarters in Abu Dhabi by Tirad Mahmoud, CEO of Adib, and Dr. Peter Heath, AUS Chancellor, in the presence of AUS Vice-Chancellor for Development and Alumni Affairs Dr. Nada Mourtada-Sabbah.
Commenting on the endowment agreement, Tirad Mahmoud said: “We believe that education is the best investment one can make, and we are committed to raising levels of knowledge and qualifications of the community. We aim to encourage more students to pursue a university education and with this endowment, we have demonstrated our willingness to go beyond financing tuition fees.”
Dr. Peter Heath expressed his gratitude to Adib for supporting the educational mission of the university and its willingness to partner with higher education programs to benefit the community. "This generous contribution will actively contribute to the AUS mission of graduating the best and the brightest trained workers, to build a viable human resource pool for the UAE and beyond. We are especially grateful to ADIB for this generous contribution and look forward to continue our mutual collaboration,” he said.
Dr. Nada Mourtada-Sabbah, AUS Vice Chancellor, thanked Adib for its generosity and commented, “The UAE is increasingly upgrading the caliber of its manpower and emphasizes the role of leading institutions of higher education in directing its future development. This generosity of Adib will contribute considerably to provide opportunities for the best students to pursue their higher education at the AUS.”
Scholarships granted by the “Adib Scholarship Fund” will be available by January 2013 to students from different majors, given that they have excellent academic results and do not have financial capacity to complete their higher education.
Gender and women’s studies conference
Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qassimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, Founder and President of American University of Sharjah (AUS), the university will hold the Conference on Gender and Women’s Studies in the Arab Region tomorrow, Wednesday, March 7 starting from 9:30 a.m. at the university’s Main Building.
This inaugural conference of the UAE Gender and Women’s Studies Consortium will celebrate International Women’s Day (March 8). It will be the first academic conference in the region focusing on gender and women’s studies in the Arab region.
The consortium, a collaborative group of faculty and administrators representing 11 UAE universities, supports activities to enhance student learning, encourages cross-campus faculty research initiatives, and promotes gender and women’s studies through extracurricular programming drawing on the expertise of the many faculty involved.
Co-Chair of the conference Dr. Nawar Golley, Associate Professor of English at the AUS College of Arts and Sciences, said, “This conference comes at a critically important time.” She added, “Conference papers are organized around key themes: integrating research and scholarship on the myriad roles of gender in society into university curricula; methods for conducting gender based research; and new explorations of gender in politics in the Arab region.”