H.E. Sheikh Sultan Bin Ahmed Al Qasimi, Chairman of Sharjah Media Council, addressed an audience of more than 800 HCT male and female students at the HCT’s second LEQA initiative – a series of interactive forums which facilitate learning from entrepreneurs through questions and answers.
In his talk, His Excellency affirmed that the UAE’s youth are the wealth of this nation, and the makers of the future. He emphasized the importance of cultivating the culture of volunteer work, based on the principles of belonging and unconditional giving, as our country is a national responsibility entrusted to all citizens.
H.E. Sheikh Sultan referred to the keenness of the Emirate of Sharjah to provide youth support in line with the directives of HH Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the UAE Supreme Council, and Ruler of Sharjah.
The forum was informal and inspiring, with the Sheikh sharing his successful experiences and the challenges confronted in his journey, stimulating very positive interaction from the students.
HE Khawla Al Mulla, Chairperson of the Sharjah Consultative Council, attended the gathering alongside Dr. Abdullatif Al Shamsi, HCT President &CEO, Dr. Khaled Omar Al Midfa, Chairman of Sharjah Media City, Tarek Saeed Alay, Director of Sharjah Government Media Bureau, HE Marwan Jassim Al Sarkal, CEO of Sharjah Investment and Development Authority, and Khalifa Al Shaibani, Director General of Tilal Properties, in addition to HCT senior officials, faculty and staff.
After welcoming and presenting Sheikh Sultan, Dr. Abdulltaif Al Shamsi, HCT VC, praised the efforts of this prominent national entrepreneur, and urged students to benefit from his vast experience in the diverse areas of media, tourism, petroleum, environment and real estate, among others.
Sheikh Sultan said that defining clear and precise objects and goals is of utmost importance in entrepreneurship, and every individual is entitled to be ambitious in this highly competitive world.
He also praised the HCT’s LEQA initiative, which connects students with inspiring entrepreneurs so that they would make future contributions toward building the knowledge economy.
He emphasized that a creative and smart idea must come before the capital (funding) in any future project. “Knowledge and innovative thinking are keys to success. An entrepreneur is unique in his ability to create employment opportunities in society,” His Excellency said.
He also encouraged team building, life-long learning and volunteer work and pointed out that the UAE initiatives are highly supportive of startups due to their significant role in boosting economic development.
In addition, Sheikh Sultan stressed the need for implementing innovative projects provided that economic and environmental feasibility studies are made beforehand.
Dr. Abdullatif Al Shamsi mentioned that the LEQA initiative, and its key strategic goal of producing entrepreneurs among 5% of its graduates by 2021, are in line with the HCT 2.0 strategic plan.