Representatives from ALHOSN University’s Society of Women in Engineering (SOWIE) have been gaining valuable insights on their potential contributions to construction projects across the region during their participation in the Arabian World Construction Summit (AWACS) which began on May 24, 2010 and ended May 26, 2010 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre. The support of Fatima Obeid Al Jaber, COO of Al Jaber Group and President of SOWIE, granted the participation of the ALHOSN female faculty and students in the event."
Organized by the Middle East Economic Digest (MEED), the Summit is recognized as the region’s leading annual event for the industry. The 2010 edition focuses on the key growth areas of Abu Dhabi, the UAE, Kuwait, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. Around 50 industry leaders and more than 400 delegates attended the summit that is featuring three days of open debates on the latest industry issues and trends, over 22 hours of direct networking opportunities, and two post-summit master classes.
The summit program includes three main themes: strategies to beat the slowdown, the new realities of funding and financing projects, and winning new work. ALHOSN’s female engineering students have been joining SOWIE’s exhibition booth throughout the event to gain exposure to the mentioned themes; reinforce ties between academia and the engineering industry; and network with key industry figures.
“AWACS 2010 is an excellent platform for ALHOSN to emphasize its support for female participation in the engineering field as well as its commitment to expose its students to major industry forums. We would like to thank Mrs Al Jaber for facilitating the involvement of our students in the summit and commend her for her valuable contributions to women empowerment. We look forward to discuss with our students issues related to the summit ,” said Dr Reem Sabouni, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, ALHOSN University and Vice President of SOWIE.
The Society of Women in Engineering (SOWIE) was established in 2009 to provide a forum for women engineers, scientists and technologists in the UAE and across region to collaborate and share expertise in organizing various programs that empower women to excel in their respective fields. The Society was one of the key initiatives conceptualized during the UAE’s ‘First Annual Women in Engineering Event’ held at the ALHOSN University Female Campus.