Abu Dhabi University (ADU) recognized 172 members of its faculty and staff during a traditional celebration marking the end of the 2015 - 16 academic school year, praising the staff for its contribution in helping the students and school achieve administrative and academic goals.
The staff was also recognized for helping the university achieve accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges: Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).
Nearly 500 attendees were at the ADU’s annual Faculty and Staff Appreciation Ceremony. Staff from the university as well as Al Ain campuses were among those in attendance, in addition to Ali Saeed Bin Harmal Al Dhaheri chairman of the university’s executive board, and Dr. Nabil Ibrahim, chancellor of Abu Dhabi University.
“I stand before you once again to mark the closing of a year, and what a year it has been,” Bin Harmal said. “I would like you all to know how proud I am that you worked together so diligently to secure international academic accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges: Senior College and University Commission - WSCUC - for Abu Dhabi University. On the one hand, obtaining WSCUC recognition demonstrates to the world our position with regard to our effort to maintain a promise of quality for our students. From another perspective, WSCUC is also a symbol that confirms your ability to pull together as a team for a common goal.”
“Looking back, there were so many challenges we faced to take the first step toward building the dream of Abu Dhabi University,” Bin Harmal said. “Each one of you represents a shining example of what we can achieve when we unite together. We have built our history year by year. As we move into the future, we know we will face challenges; but we will continue to build the future together. With eyes on the horizon, we will maintain our course, as there is much to be fulfilled and improved in order to uphold the promises we make to our students each day.”
The ceremony, sponsored by Dusit Thani Hotel and Le Royal Meriden Hotels, featured a "Vote of Thanks" documentary. After the video, the 172 members were honored for their work and dedication in achieving the WSCUC accreditation.
“In 2008, when I joined ADU, I said that ‘Every great city must have a great university and ADU is the great University of Abu Dhabi,’” Ibrahim saidy. “Today, after achieving WSCUC, ABET and AACSB international accreditations we have not only proven without a doubt that this is true, but that ADU is indeed the great university of the MENA region. As all great universities, Abu Dhabi University is defined by its people. The successes we have achieved have been made possible by the talents, energy and spirit of cooperation of the faculty and staff who are the heart of our university and whose tireless efforts have shaped the future of some 7000 students and over 9000 alumni who are living examples of ADU’s mission and values in the community.”