ALHOSN University, recently welcomed Ms. Dawn McCall, Coordinator of the US Department of State’s Bureau of International Information Programs (IIP), to its American Corner on the last day of her three-day visit to the UAE.
During her visit to the university, Ms. McCall met with a number of school officials, staff and students and discussed a host of issues related to the education sector, including the place of the American curriculum in higher education in the UAE, education and privatization, and recent trends in education, employment and the labor market. Ms. McCall was accompanied Mr. John D’Amicantonio, Information Resource Officer at the US Embassy in Abu Dhabi.
“We are happy to receive Ms. McCall at our American Corner and show her how this facility has become a resourceful center for US history, culture, policy and business for our students and for the people of Abu Dhabi. Although she could only stay with us for a short while, we had an interesting exchange of ideas on how the American Corner at ALHOSN can be a catalyst to strengthening bonds with our American friends and we look forward to hosting more events at the Corner,” said Prof. Abdul Rahim Sabouni, Vice Chancellor and CEO of ALHOSN University.
Ms. Dawn McCall oversees the development and implementation of IIPs programs and services that advance US foreign policy goals and national interests.
The American Corner at ALHOSN University is the first facility of its kind in Abu Dhabi and only the third in the UAE. It was inaugurated in October of 2010 and is located at the ground floor of the university’s Community Resources Center along with other international outreach offices. It has become a popular venue for US-related live and video conferencing discussions and seminars, the most recent of which was a symposium entitled ‘The US Political System’ facilitated by Foreign Service Officers from the United States Embassy in Abu Dhabi.
Named after the famous ALHOSN Palace in Abu Dhabi, ALHOSN University was founded in 2005 by the Abu Dhabi Holding Company. It offers 11 undergraduate and 7 graduate programs under the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the Faculty of Business, and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, to students of all nationalities. ALHOSN University’s academic programs and curricula were designed in collaboration with top North American educators and are accredited by the UAE Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research.