13 January 2018
Under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs, Her Highness Skeikha Aisha bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Advisory Committee of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs, witnessed the graduation ceremony of the first wave of the 673 women graduates of the 18th batch of University of Sharjah (UoS) students for the summer and fall semester of the 2016-2017 academic year at UoS' campus hall.
Representing Prof. Hamid M.K. Al Naimiy, Chancellor of the University of Sharjah (UoS), Dr. Salama Al-Rahoumi, Dean of Student Affairs – Women, welcomed H.H. Skeikha Aisha bint Mohammed Al Qasimi. She also welcomed Their Highnesses Skeikhas and Members of UoS Board of Trustees, Sharjah's Guest, Mrs. Helen Al Uzaizi, members of the Teaching and Administrative Bodies, and students' parents. Dr. Salama expressed the highest congratulations and commendations to His Highness Skeikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council, Ruler of Sharjah, and President of the University of Sharjah (UoS), on graduating this blessed constellation of learners and knowledge seekers. She congratulated the graduating students, their parents and teachers, and everyone who contributed in nurturing them with science, knowledge and dignified ethics.
In her speech, Dr. Salama Al-Rahoumi overviewed some of UoS' achievements and results, which contributed in reinforcing its position among its counterparts as a top world university, and educating those fine students and seekers of science and knowledge to enter their practical and scientific life fully prepared, thanks to the efforts of UoS' qualified and faithful teachers, in the various fields of knowledge and science, as well as the variety of in-class and out-class activities and events organized by their University. UoS has been keen on providing its students with established academic and educational environment, which helped form the scientific, knowledge and methodological structure of students, and continuously seeks to improve its development internationally.
Dr. Salama concluded her speech by advising the graduating students to support and fulfil the requirements of their career and private and practical life by seeking even more knowledge. She assured that UoS doors are always open to support them with knowledge, science and graduate degrees if they so require, through the University's various postgraduate programs. She also urged them to join the UoS' alumni, which will be a social body enriching their scientific, practical and career life.
Her Excellency Mrs. Helen Al Uzaizi, Founder of MENA based Future Entrepreneurs and CEO of BizWorld UAE, thanked UoS for inviting her to the graduation ceremony. She congratulated the graduating students on reaching such an important stage of their life and obtaining a university degree. Mrs. Helen Al Uzaizi said: "Reaching this stage of life is never easy and the road ahead of you is long and full of challenges and obstacles, and sometimes with wrong choices. The world is ahead of you, ladies; whether you wanted to engage a new job opportunity, start your own business, or even continue studying for higher degrees". She added: "In your personal and career life, you might face some setbacks; fail on some occasions, whether in achieving your sales target or making your young business successful. But, never accept failure as a final destination. It's critical that we understand that failure is not getting up after we fall; failure is not learning from our mistakes". Mrs. Helen finished her speech by encouraging the graduating students to follow their passion, build their competencies and trust themselves to cope with the upcoming challenges and fulfil their aspirations.
Speaking for the graduating students, Ms. Rawda Al Kumda, College of Communication, expressed appreciation and gratitude to His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council, Ruler of Sharjah and President of the University of Sharjah (UoS), and His Highness' wife, H.H. Skeikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs, and particularly thanked Her Highness Sheikha Aisha bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Advisory Committee of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs, for attending the graduation ceremony. She also expressed the warmest gratitude and appreciation to the ever-advancing center of development, the University of Sharjah (UoS), and its teachers and employees for their continuous efforts to improve the scientific and practical levels of UoS students by providing favorable atmosphere, utilities and services that enable the students to reach their potentials, as well as encouraging UoS students in the fields of creativity, innovation, scientific excellence, embrace the team spirit, forgiveness and leadership qualities. Ms. Rawda thanked the parents for their continuous efforts and support to their children's academic career. She addressed the graduating students: "After years of taking, this is the time of giving. It is time to return the favor, count our blessings and improve on them. It is crucial to realize that we have a mission waiting for us, a role to fill; to participate in building your home country, improve your community's position, and follow our great religion and precious homeland".
At the end of the ceremony, H.H. Sheikha Aisha bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, accompanied by Dr. Salama Al-Rahoumi, handed over the certificates to the graduating students.
A total of 673 students graduated from the various colleges and disciplines in the summer and fall semester of 2016-2017: 25 from the College of Sharia and Islamic Studies, 103 from the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, 61 from the College of Business Administration, 124 from the College of Engineering, 74 from the College of Law, 10 from the College of Fine Arts, 141 from the College of Communication, 60 from the College of Sciences, and 75 from the Community College.