American University of Sharjah (AUS) is moving steadily towards its strategic vision in the coming four years to be globally recognized as the region’s leading university, renowned for outstanding teaching, learning, research and scholarship while fostering innovation that positively impacts society, said His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member, Ruler of Sharjah, and President of AUS, at the university's Fall 2018 commencement ceremony held today, at University City Hall, Sharjah.
The ceremony was also attended by His Excellency Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Sharjah. A total of 599 students graduated in various majors offered by the university at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Below is the full speech of His Highness Ruler of Sharjah:
Praise be to Allah, Lord of the Worlds, His blessings be upon his Prophet, Kin and Kith,
Respected Colleagues, Members if the Board of Trustees, AUS Faculty and Staff, Dear Parents, Our graduating students, Distinguished Guests,
Peace, mercy and blessings of Allah be with you,
It is my pleasure, dear graduating students, to share your happiness in celebrating your achievements that evoke pride and hope for a promising future, full of success and distinction.
And congratulations to their parents, who worked hard to witness these precious moments, which they have patiently waited for, to see you reap the fruits of years of hard work in the pursuit of knowledge. Congratulations to you and your parents and we wish you continuous success and progress.
We are extremely proud as we see AUS moving steadily towards its strategic vision into becoming a regionally renowned institution for outstanding teaching, learning, research and scholarship while fostering innovation that positively impacts society. We are also proud to see our students and alumni in the past two decades winning awards at national and international competitions in various fields as well as stand out in any position they take at all levels in the private and government sectors .
And as part of the university’s continued efforts to promote and develop research and from our grounded belief in the importance of excellent and meaningful scientific research and its outcomes in addressing the challenges facing our societies; and as part of conviction in the value of becoming competitors in knowledge-based economies, we have provided all that is needed to attract world-class faculty, researchers and staff to expand our doctorate programs in various fields and to establish specialized research institutes and centers, and we are also developing the Sharjah Research, Technology and Innovation Park to provide the companies and institutions in our region with opportunities to benefit in a swift manner from scientific research outcomes in the production, services, social sectors and others.
As you bid farewell to this phase of your life and prepare yourselves to embrace the future, I want to remind of your responsibility to maintain the moral principles that distinguish your societies and respect hard and honest work. We believe that your academic journey with a distinguished institutions such as AUS will allow you to set out into the future, confidently. We also call on you to maintain all channels of communication with your university and your professors, your mentors and those who inspire you in life. You’re a precious asset for your university, and it is through you that the institution gains sustainability and progress.
Let me conclude by thanking Board of Trustees members, faculty and staff for their devotion in serving AUS and contributing to its advancement.
Peace be with you.