A delegation of high ranking officials from American University of Sharjah (AUS) has recently presented H.E. Khalaf Al Habtoor, Chairman of Al Habtoor Group of Companies, with an honorary plaque in recognition of his contribution of AED 15 million to the AUS Endowment Fund, establishing the “Khalaf Ahmed Al Habtoor Chair in International Relations”.
The AUS delegation comprised Members of the AUS Board of Trustee Hamid Jafar, who is also Chairman and CEO of Crescent Petroleum Company; and Riad Sadik, who is also Chairman of Al Habtoor Leighton Group; AUS Chancellor Dr. Peter Heath and AUS Vice Chancellor for Development and Alumni Affairs Dr. Nada Mourtada-Sabbah. Also present were H.E. Mohammed Al Habtoor, Vice Chairman and CEO of Al Habtoor Group, Maan Halabi, Managing Director of Al Habtoor Group, and Saif Al Mazroui, Director of Community Relations and Communications at Al Habtoor Group.
This endowed chair in international relations demonstrates Mr. Al Habtoor’s strong commitment to academic excellence in higher education in the UAE and throughout the Gulf. Generations of students will benefit from this gift. This endowed chair will be a cornerstone for AUS’s efforts to develop world-class research and teaching at AUS.
The delegation also invited H.E. Khalaf Al Habtoor to convey the inaugural remarks at the AUS Alumni Business Forum, scheduled for March 15, 2011. The Forum brings together industry leaders from the Gulf with students, AUS alumni, VIPs and honorary guests. Panels of prominent speakers discuss various topics in the areas of business, engineering and innovation, energy, and media and technology, producing an informative, dynamic exchange of views.