A group of Social Work students from the HCT-Abu Dhabi (ADW) and Sharjah Women’s campuses (SJW) have had the honour of sharing their experiences at the Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development (SWSD) 2016, in Seoul, South Korea with UAE leadership.
The conference was held under the theme of “Promoting the Dignity and Worth of People,” and brought together practitioners, researchers and educators from around the world who are engaged in social work and social development. The trip by eight students and two faculty, was generously supported by the Al Maktoum Foundation and ADW.
Three ADW Social Work students presented their experiences and research to His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Of particular interest during the presentation was the research completed by the ADWC students on UAE Women and Leadership. In addition, three SJW students presented their research and experiences to H.E. Mirza Al Sayegh, Member of the Board of Directors of Al Maktoum Foundation, where they highlighted both their learning experiences and what they shared with the international community of social workers.
Attending the conference provided valuable information for HCT Social Work students, such as the newest information in the areas of child, youth and family welfare, mental health, old age, and disabilities. Students and faculty were also able to share information regarding the robust social services infrastructure available in the UAE and the many ways UAE social workers and social service agencies assist persons in need.
The HCT Social Work programme is extremely grateful for the generosity of the Al Maktoum Foundation and the Abu Dhabi Women’s campus, where they were given the opportunity to learn from leading social work experts as well as share information about the UAE and UAE social work.
The Joint World Conference on Social Work and Social Development is the world’s leading conference on social work, social work education and social development. The conference is held every two years and is jointly organized by the International Association of Schools of Social Work and The International Federation of Social Workers.
More than 2500 participants from over a hundred countries are represented at the conference and include social work practitioners, researchers, educators and students from around the world.