28 April 2019
His Excellency Prof. Hamid M.K. Al Naimiy, Chancellor of the University of Sharjah, accompanied by His Excellency Ludovic Pouille, the French Ambassador to the UAE, inaugurated the French Book Corner gifted to the University's Libraries Department by the French Embassy. The books, which reached around 500, cover a number of disciplines and fields including French literature, the teaching of the French language and teaching methods, as well as topics of the history and development of UAE-French relations and the civilization of the Emirate of Sharjah.
During the opening ceremony, both parties also signed a cooperation agreement to extend the ongoing joint efforts that aim to work on joint research, organize conferences, forums, and workshops, as well as student and faculty exchange.
During his word, the Chancellor of the University expressed his gratitude to His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council, Ruler of Sharjah, and President of the University, for the prominent local, regional, and international reputation he created for the Emirate of Sharjah as the Capital of Culture and the World Book Capital for 2019 as coined by the UNESCO.
For his part, Ambassador Pouille commended the cooperation efforts and relations with the University of Sharjah, which he stated resulted in expanding areas such as teaching the French language at the University. He stressed the important of encouraging the teaching process and the development of reading skills in French, therefore, the University's Libraries Department has been provided with a collection of French books that will contribute to the achievement of our objectives in promoting learning and teaching the French language.
A number of the University's Vice Chancellors attended the ceremony along with the College Deans, Diplomats, Ms. Nadia Masoud, Director of the Libraries Department, as well as a number of faculty members, students, and researchers.