Under the patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research and Chancellor of the HCT, Abu Dhabi Women’s College (ADWC) held its second annual learning showcase, ‘Ajiyaluna’, on 23 December.
Ajiyaluna, which is Arabic for ‘our generation’, featured dozens of projects and exhibitions by ADWC students. A highlight was a ceremony in which His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan announced winners of the first Al Khaial Awards for student creativity.
In addition to inviting students’ families, the College hosted distinguished guests from throughout the Emirates, including the creator of the hit cartoon Freej, Mohammed Saeed Harib who addressed students at the Al Khaial awards ceremony.
After delivering a warm speech of encouragement and congratulations, HE Sheikh Nahayan presented student Afra Mumtaz Ahmed Ali with the Al Khaial Award for her piano composition entitled ‘Inspiration’.
Afra’s piece was inspired by this year’s prompt for the Al Khaial creativity contest, which was ‘the key’. Audience members then had the pleasure of hearing Afra Ali play her composition in a stunning live performance.
Four Al Khaial Finalist Awards were also presented to: Afra Al Mehairi, for her entry ‘Always Remember’; Abeer Mubarak for ‘A Prisoner of My God’s Gifts’; Warda Mohammed for ‘The Keys of Peace’; and to a group of student filmmakers for their video, ‘The Basement Key’.