Sixteen students from some of the world’s leading universities, including the Higher Colleges of Technology, have been selected to be members of the World Student Organising Committee for Education Without Borders 2009.
The students visited the UAE from 18 to 21 September for the Committee’s inaugural meeting, in conjunction with the Emirati Student Organizing Committee which is made up of students from the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT).
Organized and hosted by the HCT, Education Without Borders (EWB) was first held in 2001 and is a biennial conference which attracts the world’s most innovative students and leaders of business, technology, education and the humanitarian sector in a forum that culminates with commitment to action.
During their visit, the students were welcomed and addressed by His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research and Chancellor of the HCT, as well as Dr Tayeb Kamali, Vice Chancellor of the HCT.
In addition to discussion the logistics of and preparations for the conference, the students were taken on a whirlwind tour of Dubai and Abu Dhabi to give an insight into the host country.
The World Student Organizing Committee will be responsible for marketing, planning and recruiting fellow students from their respective countries and geographical regions for the conference.
The students come from 13 countries including Canada, USA, Australia, Armenia, Russia, France, Greece, South Africa, India, Singapore, Egypt, Japan and the UAE.
EWB 2009 will be taking place in Dubai, from 30 March to 1 April 2009.