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Skills transfer, exchange programmes: Salone envoy engages American University officials

By Mohamed Lamin Massaquoi, Information Attachè, UAE

Sierra Leone’s Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, Rashid Sesay has engaged the leadership of the American University in Ras Al Khaimah, AURAK to discuss the potential for skills transfer and exchange programmes for higher institutions of learning in Sierra Leone.

Located in Ras Al Khaimah, one of the seven Emirates of the UAE, the AURAK already has two Sierra Leoneans pursing Petroleum Engineering and Biotechnology courses. It is a public, non-profit, independent and co-education institution of higher education which delivers an integrated American-style, undergraduate and graduate education with a strong focus on the local indigenous culture.

In his statement, Ambassador Sesay said: “My engagement here is to discuss ways of fostering relationship between the AURAK and higher institutions of learning in Sierra Leone. I am committed to have further engagements on having more Sierra Leoneans to study in the AURAK.”

He stated that the priority of President Julius Maada Bio is on human capital development, of which science and technology is a big component. The Sierra Leone Envoy also spoke of the need to collaborate with Sierra Leonean Universities in the area of curriculum review, which according to him, would help shape courses to meet new demands in a competitive global market.

Responding, President of the AURAK, Professor Hassan Hamdan Al Alkim, said they would be happy to collaborate with Sierra Leone because of the shared vision that education is a reliable tool for sustainable development. He noted that over the years, they have been able to develop new faculties with an institutional quality drawn from over thirty countries.

Vice President of AURAK, Professor Stephen Wilhite, stated that they were interested and committed to having more students from Sierra Leone. He added that they were also open to exchange programme arrangements as part of fostering relations.

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