Al-Maktoum College programmes for overseas students in demand
Monday 17 July
THE appeal of the Al-Maktoum College of Higher Education’s Summer School programme – like the Academic Training Programme during the winter – continues to go from strength to strength.
Professor Hossein Godazgar, Principal and Vice Chancellor of Al-Maktoum College said this when he welcomed 61 female students to the city from the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Malaysia.
The group spent last week in Oxford and London and will be in Scotland for three weeks.
This is the 24th educational programme of its kind since the first Summer School in 2003 and students who have taken part number well over 1,000.
Professor Godazgar said: “Both of our special educational programmes in summer and winter are in demand, and proving increasingly popular with students at the universities and colleges who are taking part.
“It is a success story built up over the past 14 years. These programmes are designed to help and encourage students to learn more about Scotland, its people, its history, culture and traditions in the contemporary world.
“As the work of the College is primarily devoted to research and study, we believe the Summer School gives the visiting students a greater insight into what we are doing here, day to day.”
The Summer School study topics include Scottish history and culture, globalisation and multiculturalism, Muslim women and leadership, and presentation plus civilisational dialogue.
Professor Godazgar thanked Depute Lord Provost, Bill Campbell for his warm welcome for the group at the City Chambers (Monday, July 17).
The Depute Lord Provost said: “Previous visiting groups have enjoyed their visit to Dundee so I hope these students will feel equally at home here.
“The Al-Maktoum College’s programmes are always interesting with study visits to other parts of Scotland included.”
The third and fourth-year students come from Abu Dhabi University; American University in Dubai; College of Islamic and Arabic Studies; Higher Colleges of Technology; British University in Dubai; University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur; Zayed University;
Cairo University; American University of Sharjah; Hamdan Awards for Distinguished Academic Performance; UAE University; Abu Dhabi Police Academy; University of Sharjah and Paris-Sorbonne Abu Dhabi University.