Speeches and Statements

Fatima bint Mubarak : UAE's leadership is a role model for creating possibilities and transforming challenges into opportunities for the development of the country and its people

Dr. Maitha bint Salem Al Shamsi, Minister of State

ABU DHABI 05 August 2020

Under the patronage of H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women's Union, President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, and Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation, Zayed University held its very first "virtual" graduation ceremony, to honour undergraduates and graduates of the 18th cohort of female and the 8th cohort of males.

Her Highness congratulated the 1,592 graduates in her speech, which was delivered on her behalf by Dr. Maitha bint Salem Al Shamsi, Minister of State. "You are the constellation of infinite possibilities, a prime example of the excellence demonstrated by Emiratis through their creative and innovative capabilities in diverse fields of knowledge," Dr. Al Shamsi said.

She added, "I commend Zayed University and your efforts, students of Zayed University, for remaining undeterred by the pandemic in achieving your academic goals. Thanks to your perseverance and enthusiasm, you have surpassed unchartered territories and today you have reached a monumental milestone. This graduation signifies the beginning of the journey of your future. You are the Class of Possibilities."

She further said that the UAE's leadership is a role model for creating possibilities and transforming challenges into opportunities for the development of the country and its people. This model has established the foundations to foster creative minds and helped realise the importance of equipping generations with experiences and skills towards building a future of change, progress and growth.

Her Highness told the ZU student body: "As the future generation of the nation’s leaders and contributors, you should continue to effectively educate yourself and adapt to an ever changing and dynamic world. Re-envision and transform yourself to adapt to the sphere of technological advancements and enhance your critical thinking to serve the nation in different areas of development."

She also said, "His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and his brother His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and their brothers, the rulers of the UAE, give the academic process and the foundations of seeking knowledge a high level of attention and priority, given that education is the basis for elevating progress across all fields."

In closing, Her Highness extended her heartfelt thanks to Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Youth and President of Zayed University, and to all the stakeholders and members of the ZU community for their exceptional efforts at managing the University and delivering this exceptional graduation ceremony given the circumstances.