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The US Consul General Informs International Relations Students on Becoming Diplomats During a Visit to the University of Sharjah

​21 April 2019



His Excellency Prof. Hamid M.K. Al Naimiy, Chancellor of the University of Sharjah, received a delegation from the United States Consulate in Dubai led by His Excellency Consul General Philip Frayne during their visit to explore areas of cooperation with the University. Prof. Kamal Youcef-Toumi, Mechanical Engineering Professor, Co-Director of Center for Clean Water and Clean Energy at MIT in the US, and Member of the University of Sharjah's Board of Trustees, attended the meeting along with Prof. Elsiddig Ahmed ElMustafa El Sheikh, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs; Prof. Maamar Bettayeb, Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Studies; Dr. Salah Taher, Vice Chancellor for Community Affairs; as well as Prof. Abdul Sahib Mehdi, Acting Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Science.

The Chancellor welcomed the delegation and expressed his happiness at the meeting of the Consul General. He gave an overview of the University of Sharjah and the programs offered at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and highlighted the University's cultural diversity, which enabled it to be one of the top universities in the world in terms of diversity. He then discussed possible area of cooperation in the future such as in diplomatic and economic education, and exchange of students and faculty members.

During the visit, the Consul  general delivered a lecture to the students of the Department of International Relations at the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at the University under the title: "How to be a Good Diplomat." During this lecture he addressed the continuing importance of diplomatic work and diplomats in the modern era, and pointing to the growing role of social media. In spite of its role as a sophisticated means of communication in many respects, he continued, it cannot be considered an alternative to the in-depth knowledge of persons working in the diplomatic field. He also talked about diplomats as the link between the country he/she represents and the country in which he/she work, and the representation of its interests as determined by the government. He also explained his personal experience in diplomatic work in the Middle East.

The audience was also given the opportunity to discuss a number of diplomatic challenges and topics related to the US administration in particular those related to the Middle East and the world in general.



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