The Business Department at Al Ain Women’s College has become the first in the region to establish a Student-Forum of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).
Not only is this the first student-forum in the UAE, but also the first student-forum in the Middle East.
Brad Boyson, Executive Director SHRM MEA said, “We are thrilled to establish a SHRM Student Forum in the UAE, only the second country outside the USA to have a Student Forum, and we are especially proud to establish this affiliation with Al Ain Women’s College. As the world’s largest HR association, SHRM is committed to supporting and developing the next generation of HR leaders before they enter the job market and the College is certainly doing its part to prepare those same leaders.”
The Student-Forum signing ceremony included G. Ravindran, SHRM, Executive Leadership, Dipti Rane, Regional Relationship Manager, Maria McGuire, Associate Director for Al Ain Colleges, Hamsa Saleh, HCT Emiratization Manager, Alan Yeck, Chair of Business, Omar Badran, Business Coordinator, Shaikha Albaloushi, HR Business Faculty, Diane Evans, HR Business Faculty, Audrey Pinto, Business Administrative Assistant, student members and elected officers including the first President, Latifa Al Ghaithi.
“I’m really proud to be the president of the Student-Forum of SHRM. All of our members are excited to organize a variety of activities to develop our leadership skills. We are confident that we will gain new understanding from this experience and it will help us to be successful HR professionals in the future,” Latifa said.
The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the largest association devoted to HRM and represents more than 250,000 members in more than 140 countries worldwide.
The student program was created in 1965 to promote mutually beneficial interaction between HRM students and practitioners. Membership offers students the opportunity to supplement their classroom education with real-world knowledge and learning-by-doing experiences. The program now includes over 450 affiliated student chapters and more than 15,000 student members.
SHRM provides opportunities for students to network on the local level through student forums. SHRM student forums have regular meetings with scheduled programs designed to help members learn more about HR and the real world of business.
Elected student officers run the forums with the assistance of a forum faculty advisor and sponsoring professional SHRM forum members. Forums invite local business people to speak to the members about current developments in the business world and how they will impact future workers.
Beyond the regular meetings, forums organize a variety of activities including company tours, student conferences, resume-writing and interviewing workshops, fundraisers, internship programs, and social events. These activities allow students to learn more about human resource management while building relationships with local professionals and other students.