WAM DUNDEE: Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond visited the Al-Maktoum College of Higher Education in Dundee where he was received by Mirza Al-Sayegh, Chairman of the College Board of Directors and visiting dignitaries from the UAE.
It was Salmond’s first visit to the College and during his hour-long stay he also met Acting Principal, Dr Hossein Godazgar and the 45-strong group of UAE female students completing a four-week Academic Training Programme (ATP) with the College.
“I have met the College Patron, H.H Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Chairman, the Acting Principal and UAE Higher Education representatives previously but not here in the College, so it has been a particular pleasure to be with them all in Dundee,” said Salmond, who is determined to further develop the already strong relationship which exists between the UAE and Scotland.
“The College’s Academic Training Programme is one example of the level of co-operation and support that exists between Scotland and the UAE. This is the 15th educational programme of its kind, so it is well established and clearly extremely popular.” Representatives from seven UAE universities and colleges who had travelled to Dundee for a concluding ceremony for the ATP students also met Salmond.
College Board Chairman, Al-Sayegh said: “I am both proud and delighted that we could welcome the First Minister to the College for the first time.
Students from Abu Dhabi University; American University in Sharjah; British University in Dubai; College of Arabic and Islamic Studies; Dubai Higher Colleges of Technology (Dubai Women’s College); United Arab Emirates University and Zayed University have been taking part in the current ATP, now nearing its end.
This was the 15th such educational programme since the first Summer School in the city in 2003 – and it brings the total number of students visiting Scotland for programmes at the College to almost 590.
Earlier, the students attended a Concluding Ceremony in the Marryat Hall to be presented with certificates marking their completion of the ATP by Al-Sayegh and Dr Godazgar.