Under the patronage of HE Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan: 261 students graduate from Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi

12 November, 2018

Under the patronage of HE Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Minister of State for Tolerance and in the presence of H.E. Zaki Anwar Nusseibeh, Minister of State and Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi; the university celebrated the graduation of the ninth batch of its students at the university’s campus in Al Reem Island. 261 students graduated from bachelors and masters programmes. During this occasion, Dr. Majid Al Khemeiri, first Emirati graduate from SUAD was honored for receiving a PhD degree from Sorbonne University in Paris.

The graduation ceremony started with the National Anthems of the UAE and France before the graduates walked on stage. HE Zaki Anwar Nusseibeh delivered a speech, then distributed the certificates to the graduates and congratulated them on completing their education, wishing them further success and progress. HE Ludovic Pouille, French Ambassador to the UAE and Prof. Jean Chambaz, President of Sorbonne University delivered a speech and expressed their happiness to share this special day with the graduates.

On this occasion, Prof. Eric Fouache, Executive Director at Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi said: “It is a great honor to witness the success of our students who we accompanied them during their academic journey. Today, we proudly celebrate the graduation of 261 students as they start a new phase towards a promising future. Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi is ‘a bridge between civilizations’ and home to over 90 different nationalities from around the world, which reflect the multicultural and tolerant environment on campus. We are committed to offer our students the knowledge and skills they need to play active roles in their communities.”

Lolowa Al Kindi, graduate of bachelor in physics from Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi said: “Before joining the university, I did not know to what extent I can achieve my ambitions. However, the professors and my colleagues in the physics programme supported me to work hard and develop my skills. During these three years, the university has given me a lot of attention and care and paved the way for me to become part of the space sector in the UAE. I am very proud to be one of Sorbonne Abu Dhabi’s graduates and I look forward to accomplish further success.”

From his side, Zayed Mohammed Al Mansoori, graduate of bachelor in Applied Foreign Languages from Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi, said: “I completed my studies in the field of languages, as I learned French and Italian, within the Bachelor programme in Applied Foreign Languages. The university has given me the opportunity to enhance my knowledge and learn new skills to start my professional career successfully, on a local and international level. Therefore, as a young Emirati, I look forward to serving my beloved country in all possible areas”.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, has directed the allocation of a grant to Emirati students currently studying at Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi to pay university fees for their bachelor’s degrees. The grant includes UAE students who will join the university in the future. This grant is part of Sheikh Mohammad’s keenness on qualifying Emirati students scientifically and intellectually with the best skills and the latest expertise from prestigious universities.