Sorbonne Abu Dhabi Holds Poetry Evening for Students of the Capital’s Universities
As Part of National Day Celebrations, in Collaboration with Zayed University and NYUAD
Abu Dhabi, 26 November 2013 – Paris–Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi (PSUAD) organized, at the university’s Reem Island campus, in collaboration with Zayed University and New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD), a student poetry evening, as part of PSUAD’s 42nd National Day celebrations, which will continue until the end of this month. The celebrations feature a series of cultural events and activities, as well as art presentations and heritage and folklore exhibits on campus and beyond.
The evening was attended by senior faculty and staff from the three universities, and a host of public figures, young poets, and writers, in addition to PSUAD, Zayed University, and NYUAD students, family and friends. Many students from the various universities operating in Abu Dhabi also took part in the event.
Prof. Eric Fouache, PSUAD Vice-Chancellor, underlined the university’s pride in hosting such an evening as part of its National Day celebrations, noting PSUAD’s keenness to organize various cultural and artistic events that offer PSUAD students an opportunity to express their loyalty and love to the UAE and its sagacious leadership.
“Each year, PSUAD is keen to hold poetry evenings for students and young poets, as part of its National Day celebrations, given the significant role played by poetry as a key cultural component in the past, present, and future of the UAE. Our aim is to develop students’ cultural sensibilities and awareness, to allow a deeper understanding of and openness to society by engaging with all its constituents, including community, educational, and cultural institutions, and thus build students’ personalities and provide opportunities for self-expression,” he said, adding that the audience’s reaction with the student poets is testimony to their merit as Emirati talents and such interaction allows them to hone their poetic chops.
Eisa Al-Raeisi, Head of Cultural and Students Affairs Department, offered his warmest congratulations and sincerest wishes to HH Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, and to HH Sheikh Mohamed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister, and Ruler of Dubai, as well as Their Highnesses Rulers of the seven emirates, Crown Princes, and the people of the UAE on the occasion of the 42nd National Day.
Al-Raeisi noted that the 42nd National Day celebration marks a cherished commemoration of the history of the UAE and the development and prosperity it has achieved. It is a day that carries with it abounding values of loyalty and pride in our sense of belonging to this good nation. Al-Raeisi underscored the prominent role played by the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan in opening wide the doors of education to the people of the UAE and the patronage of HH Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, of the education field and its development, not to mention the support accorded to education in the emirate of Abu Dhabi by HH General Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.
The poetry evening began with poems that reflect and instill the love of one’s country in the hearts of the people, followed by readings of a collection of patriotic poems in which the poets expressed their love for their country and dedication and loyalty to its wise leaders. The poetic verses depicted the feats of the founder of the UAE, the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and what he accomplished for the UAE in terms of comprehensive prosperity, earning the country distinguished accolades and its leadership the highest praise – achievements in all areas, which put the UAE on the global map.
Student poet, Sultan Bin Sumaida, observed that the poems he chose to share with his fellow students at the event were intended to allow free reign to the imagination of the audience in picturing what the country was like prior to the creation of the union and what it has become today, and to highlight the importance of unity and its role in the progress and development of the UAE.
Student Farah Shamma expressed her delight at participating in a poetry evening that commemorates the rise and evolution of the UAE and which portrays the meaning of belonging, loyalty, and patriotism. She said that all the poems presented during the event expressed patriotism, loyalty, and belonging to the UAE and its leadership, and that all participants extolled the importance of the union and of working towards the advancement of the country.
Student Marwa Aman remarked that the poems read by the students captured the meaning of national unity between the seven emirates and spoke of pride and a sense of belonging to our nation, our history and our rich heritage. “On this joyous occasion, we can only remember, with greatest pride, the historic milestones of our union and assert our unwavering efforts to strengthen the stature of the university as a cornerstone of human development and a vital driver of comprehensive progress which began with the union of the emirates – one of the greatest and most successful unification experience in modern history,” she said.