4 November 2018
The University of Sharjah and the Emirates Writers Union Sign a Cooperation Agreement that aims at joint cooperation, knowledge and scientific, cultural, and literary expertise exchange, and establishing a lasting partnership that contributes to sustainable development that serves and benefits all segments of the community.
His Excellency Prof. Hamid M.K. Al Naimiy, Chancellor of the University of Sharjah, signed the agreement at the University's stand during the Sharjah International Book Fair (SIFB) along with Mr. Habib Al Sayegh, Chairman of the Emirates Writers Union (EWU). Attending the signing from the University were Dr. Salah Taher, Vice Chancellor for Community Affairs; Mr. Majid Al-Jarwan, Vice Chancellor for Public Relations; and Mr. Khalid Al Raboy, Director of the Public Relations Department. Attending from the EWU were Dr. Mohamed Hamdan Bin Jarsh, Secretary General of the EWU; Mohammed Shuaib Al Hammadi, Director of the Finance Department; Fatima Al Muamari, Director of Cultural Programs; and Abdul Rahman Naqi, Director of Media and Public Relations.
The agreement aims at cooperating in discovering and fostering literary youth talents through conducting workshops and training courses in creative writing in all literary genres. This is in addition to working on honing their skills and publishing their literary works in a youth literature series. They also agreed to share and publish scientific research and studies, and cooperate in consultations that aim at supporting the cultural movement and nurturing literary talents. The agreement also extended to offering cultural and literary programs that stimulate thinking, criticism, and translation in order to improve the cultural and technical level of writers.
Both parties will also work on organizing cultural and literary seminars, forums, and exhibitions while providing the University's students and faculty members with the opportunity to participate and attend. This is in addition to conducting workshops and training programs at the University of Sharjah for its faculty and staff members as well as members of the Emirates Writers Union in order to support their professional talents and skills development in the administrative and technical field.
The two parties will also work on preparing competitions and literary prizes with the participation of faculty members and students, including critical research and literature studies programs, and encouraging students and faculty members from the Department of Languages and Translation to participate in literary and cultural events while ensuring to provide support in the field of translation.