|21 May, 2019

French Ambassador pays a visit to Abu Dhabi University

In his keynote speech entitled 'French soft power and cultural diplomacy', HE Pouille addressed topics of global concern such as counter-terrorism and climate change

French Ambassador pays a visit to Abu Dhabi University

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: Abu Dhabi University welcomed to campus His Excellency, Ludovic Pouille, French Ambassador to the UAE, with the aim of strengthening ties with the French community at ADU and expanding the understanding of the French political culture.

The visit kicked off with a welcome note by Professor Hany Dowidar, Dean of College of Law who expressed his honor and thanks to have His Excellency visit Abu Dhabi University for the first time.

HE Pouille was then invited to share a few words with the guests in attendance which included Professor Waqar Ahmad, Chancellor of ADU, Professor Philip Hamill, Associate Provost, Salem Mubarak Al Dhaheri, Executive Director of Community Relations as well as Deans of colleges, faculty, staff and students.

In his keynote speech entitled ‘French soft power and cultural diplomacy’, HE Pouille addressed topics of global concern such as counter-terrorism and climate change. He stressed on the ways in which the country has continued to take on a solution-driven political approach to tackle arising global issues. HE Pouille said, “France’s foreign policy is ambitious and global. It has constantly tried to be a provider of solutions and stability on a global scale.”

He particularly shed light on The Paris Agreement, which was signed in 2015 to implement a strengthened global response to the threat of climate change, sustainable development and to eradicate worldwide poverty.

Part of the visit included a tour around campus to learn more about University’s facilities, research and community engagement initiatives.

About Abu Dhabi University (ADU)

Abu Dhabi University is a private, multi-campus University committed to meeting the education, skills and knowledge needs in the United Arab Emirates and neighboring countries through qualifications and standards that are respected across the world.

Although young, the University is recognized as a world-class institution committed to excellence in teaching, student experience, research and corporate education. We are regularly featured in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) rankings as among the best higher education institutions in the region. We hold prestigious international accreditations for the institution as a whole, for particular fields of provision and for specific programs. We were the first private higher education institution in the UAE and the GCC region to earn international accreditation from the Californian Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). ADU’s College of Business holds international accreditations from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and the prestigious EFMD Quality Improvement System (EQUIS). Only 1% of business schools worldwide have this double accreditation. In addition, its College of Engineering has earned accreditation from the world-renowned Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) and the Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). It houses the only architecture program to hold accreditation by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

According to the QS World Universities Rankings, ADU ranks in the top 701-750 universities worldwide, the top 150 leading institutions under 50 years, the top 27 universities in the Arab World, and the top 6 in the UAE. Being rated 3rd globally for international faculty and 10th for international students, we consider diversity to be among our key strengths.

Established in 2003, Abu Dhabi University has over 7,500 students from over 80 nationalities across its four campuses and sponsored programs. Structured into Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Engineering, Law and the University College, we offer undergraduate and graduate programs across arts, law, education, business and management, engineering and sciences, including to Etihad pilots, trainees and personnel of the UAE military. Alongside the well-established campuses in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain, we have launched a new campus in Dubai Knowledge Park and recently opened a teaching facility in the Al Dhafra Region of the Abu Dhabi Emirate. In addition, a brand-new state-of-the-art campus is planned to open in Al Ain in September 2019.

Media Contacts
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