Engaging with Students in Open Discussion and Affirming that Sorbonne Abu Dhabi Has Become a Connecting Bridge between East and West
Abu Dhabi 8 January 2014 – Paris – Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi welcomed Minister Delegate for French Nationals Abroad, Mrs. Hélène Conway-Mouret who met students and faculty members during her visit to discuss education at the university. Mrs. Conway-Mouret and the French diplomatic delegation accompanying her were received by Prof. Eric Fouache, Paris – Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi Vice-Chancellor, and Dr. Fatima Al Shamsi, Paris – Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Administrative Affairs.
Prof. Fouache noted that the increasing number of French expatriates and firms operating in the UAE and the growing cultural and commercial exchange between France and the UAE are strong evidence of the deep ties and clear indicators of the success of bilateral cooperation between the two countries. Prof. Fouache anticipated further French projects and investment in the UAE and greater political, economic, and cultural relations between the two countries in coming years.
“French-Emirati relations are continually evolving across the economic and cultural landscape. Sorbonne Abu Dhabi is testimony to this fact,” he said. Prof. Fouache lauded the judicious guidance of the UAE leadership which aims to nurture and enable the Emirati youth to further their education at the tertiary level and help build their academic and research skills, knowledge, and expertise to raise their competitive edge in the local and global markets and allow them to assume a key role in the effort to create a knowledge-based economy in the UAE.
During her visit, the Minister Delegate for French Nationals Abroad met with Sorbonne Abu Dhabi students and engaged with them in open discussion through a series of questions and answers. Students shared their learning experience at the university, their previously held expectations, their future post-graduation plans, and the options of pursuing graduate degrees at PSUAD or at the Paris campus.
Mrs. Conway-Mouret received clear and frank answers from the students which reflected their maturity, openness, and capacity to engage in high-level debate with a senior official.