ALHOSN University, a leading Abu Dhabi-based university dedicated to high-quality, value-based education, gathered select students and staff to actively participate in the 3rd Emirates and Gulf Volunteer Conference, which took place on January 31, 2012 at the Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Hall of the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research in Abu Dhabi.
The ALHOSN delegates participated in the conference sessions which ran from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and covered diverse topics under the theme of 'Social Cohesion and Volunteering: National Responsibility'. Garbed in the national kandura and ghutra for boys and the abaya and shela for girls, the university's students also joined in forming a human figure of the UAE's beloved president, H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, to show their full support for his vision of volunteerism and social development.
"ALHOSN University's motto is 'global knowledge with a local vision.' We cannot achieve progress unless we take the interests of our community – especially the needy and disadvantaged – to heart. We are proud of our students and staff who responded to our call for active inclusion in the 3rd Emirates and Gulf Volunteer Conference. They ably represented our university's commitment to supporting volunteerism and humanitarian work," said Prof. Abdul Rahim Sabouni, Vice Chancellor and CEO, ALHOSN University.
The 3rd Emirates and Gulf Volunteer Conference was held under the patronage of 'The Mother The Nation,' H.H. Sheikha Fatima bin Mubarak, and organized by the Zayed Giving Initiative. It included workshops supervised by the Emirates Academy of Volunteerism under the umbrella of the Arab Union for Volunteers. Sessions were also held on vital topics ranging from corporate volunteering and the role of media in humanitarian work to volunteer training and volunteering in health institutions. The conference was well-attended by senior officials involved in implementing volunteer programs, CEOs of government institutions, non-government organizations or NGOs, voluntary and non-profit institutions, private sector institutions involved in corporate volunteering, and community members and students.
Named after Abu Dhabi's historic ALHOSN Palace, ALHOSN University was founded in 2005 by the Abu Dhabi Holding Company in response to growing local demand for high-quality, value-based educational institutions. It currently offers 12 undergraduate and 7 graduate programs under the Faculties of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Business, and Arts and Social Sciences. ALHOSN accepts students of all nationalities and also accommodates youths with special needs. All of its programs are accredited by the UAE Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research.