It was a time for sharing memories, new ventures and fellowship as the HCT-Al Ain Women’s campus’s Graduate Employment Department hosted its first Alumnae Forum on December 15, for graduates from the years 1994-2000.
The forum aimed at strengthening the vital relationship between Al Ain Women’s campus and its graduates. Guests were invited to leave comments and thoughts about their time at AAW in a guest book, and how it and HCT played huge roles in their first steps to success.
The forum was a night to remember where history was in the making as AAW reconnected its vibrant present with the warm memories from the past. Its success stems largely from its students, and their success is the campus’s pride.
This special meeting, which included members of the academic and management teams, was organized by Hind Al Dhaheri, the Graduate/Employment Alumnae Senior Officer, and featured special guest speaker, Fahd Haikal, who talked about “Individual Positiveness and Change.”
Mr Haikal is a social media influencer with a BA in Media and Public relations from Ajman University of Science and Technology. He is also a Master of Ceremonies for events organized by the Ministry of Interior. His talk about positivity involved alumnae participation, which added enthusiasm and competitiveness to the atmosphere.
Mrs. Hamsa Saleh Al Ammari, AAW Director and an AAW alumna herself, gave a wonderful speech to the gathering of 50 alumnae and staff and faculty.
“As I look back to 1992, when our first student cohort graduated, a flash of wonderful memories appear in front of my eyes reminding me of my happy times as a student of this esteemed institution and brings back fond stories that involve you, fellow alumnae, who were at one point my own classmates,” she said.
“This forum is an opportunity to reshape our relationship. It is a mother-daughter relationship that can never cease to exist. As the Director of Al Ain Women’s College, I would like to reiterate my commitment to the College’s alumni and hope that we all, hand in hand, foster its development to become a strong entity that takes a vital role in strengthening our relationship with our community. With you by my side, I am sure we can do just that, and more,” she added.
The ceremony included a documentary about the campus that highlighted all the events and successes AAW has had throughout the years.
Mrs. Hamsa Al Ammari honored Mr. Fahad Haikal for participating in the Forum and for his touching, life-changing lecture.
The ceremony ended with a raffle drawer, happy smiles, old happy memories and a promise to meet again.