As a wave of positivity sweeps through the UAE with HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE and Ruler of Abu Dhabi, announcing 2017 as the Year of Giving, it is with distinct pleasure and pride that I introduce this special page dedicated to the ethos and spirit of giving in their finest, most noble and lasting forms.
As it approaches its 30th Anniversary, Ajman University boasts a rich history of giving; from being the first private university in the UAE to open its doors to local and expatriate students alike, through playing a key enabling role within the community of the Emirate of Ajman and the UAE, and to extending philanthropic support to students in financial need. The Student Financial Aid Fund, which was later named the Thamer Fund, and the numerous responsible community engagements consistently undertaken by Ajman University are a testament to the commitment to giving that forms an indelible imprint on the University’s DNA.
Throughout 2017 and beyond, Ajman University will make a concerted effort to launch initiatives, create opportunities and to build capacities that feed into the identified themes of giving – social responsibility, volunteerism and strengthening the concept of serving the nation within the younger members of UAE society. Needless to say, the University will be supported not only by its ingrained values of benevolence and humanitarianism, but also by its longstanding partners in the private and public sectors.
Indeed, there is no greater giving, nor is there a giving more sustainable, than planting the seeds of knowledge within young minds. We wholeheartedly believe that giving of oneself is the ultimate, and perhaps most challenging, form of philanthropy there is. Committing one’s time to listening to others, to engaging with their aspirations and challenges, and to rolling up one’s sleeves to support with action, is one way that Ajman University will mark its trajectory, and that of its stakeholders, in 2017, and beyond. Additionally, the University, with its commitment to lifelong learning, will not spare any effort to share the wealth of expertise and knowledge of its stakeholders – faculty, staff, alumni, students, partners – locally, regionally and globally.
I strongly encourage you to visit this dynamic space regularly as we have taken up a challenge of giving with ourselves and we are aiming to constantly beat our personal best. Stay tuned…
Karim Seghir, PhD