Four Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) students have returned from an intensive one-week trip to the United States as part of the Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed University Scholars Program.
The students’ trip to New York and Washington DC was an integral part of the Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed University Scholars Program and was designed to complement the academic component and to enhance and expand their educational, cultural, and political understanding of the United States.
During the week, students were given the privilege of meeting some very accomplished people including former US Supreme Court Associate Justice the Honourable Sandra Day O’Connor, and Senator of Tennessee Lamar Alexander.
The Washington DC leg of the trip took place during one of the most historical events in the world, the inauguration of President Obama and the students had the honour of viewing the parade directly on Pennsylvania Avenue.
In New York, the students visited the New York University (NYU) campus and met with NYU President John Sexton and students of the NYU Islamic Centre.
Civil Engineering student Mohamed Osama Mahmoud Ibrahim Al Mahmoud said the trip exceeded his expectations and it was a complete success.
The Scholars Program is an initiative of the NYU Abu Dhabi Institute and has the support of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Her Highness Sheikha Mariam bint Mohamed Al Nahyan, the Abu Dhabi Education Council and NYU.
The Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed University Scholars Program, created in conjunction with the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC), draws on students in their third and fourth years of study in the UAE’s national institutions of higher learning the HCT, United Arab Emirates University, and Zayed University.
The students who participated in the US trip were Mohamed Osama Mahmoud Ibrahim Al Mahmoud (Abu Dhabi Men’s College); Noor Mohamed Abdulla Mohamed Kamali (Al Ain Women’s College); Ayesha Fadhel Salem Nasser Al Ateeqi (Abu Dhabi Women’s College) and Sami Husain Mohamed Husain Al Marzouqi (Dubai Men’s College).