American University of Sharjah honors H.E. Khalaf Al Habtoor

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Published February 13th, 2011 - 10:14 GMT
AUS officials with Khalaf Al Habtoor, Chairman of Al Habtoor Group of Companies
AUS officials with Khalaf Al Habtoor, Chairman of Al Habtoor Group of Companies

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.

Background Information

American University of Sharjah

Founded in 1997, AUS is acclaimed throughout the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries and the Middle East for its academic excellence and multicultural campus environment. We are an independent, non-profit, coeducational institution of higher education formed on the American model, which integrates broad-based liberal arts education with professional education studies. At AUS, all classes and administrative functions are conducted in English.


Al Habtoor Group

The Al Habtoor Group has grown with the United Arab Emirates. What started out as a small engineering firm in 1970, is today one of the region’s most respected conglomerates with interests in the hospitality, automotive, real estate, education and publishing sectors. The Al Habtoor Group has earned itself a solid reputation both locally and internationally due to the vision of its Chairman, Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor.

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