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Afghan President Karzai finds AUS "truly magnificent"

posted on 22/05/2007: 1195 views

President Hamid Karzai of Afghanisatn, visited the campus of the American University of Sharjah (AUS) today, and met with Dr. Winfred Thompson, AUS Chancellor, and senior officials of the university.

President Karzai was accompanied by Sheikh Essam bin Saqr bin Hamid Al Qassimi, Chairman, Sharjah Ruler's Office, and senior Afghan and Sharjah government officials as well as by members of the media.

Describing the campus facilities as "truly magnificent," President Karzai said that he was very happy to visit the American University of Sharjah and was certain that it will become a center of excellence. "I wish I could be a student here," he added. During his visit, he undertook a tour of the university campus, and met briefly with AUS students.

Chancellor Thompson briefed the Afghan President on the university's academic programs as well as on the on-campus facilities, including the state-of-the-art teaching aid and laboratories. He also briefed him on the tremendous success achieved by the university since its inception and updated him on its current and future plans. President Karzai praised the quality of education provided by AUS and applauded its on-campus facilities.

President Karzai visited the campus as he made a brief stop-over at Sharjah International Aiport on his way back home from Jordan after attending the World Economic Forum. He was received and seen off by Sheikh Essam bin Saqr bin Hamid Al Qassimi, Abdul Farid Zekria, Ambassador of Afghanistan and Rashiddidin Mohammedi, Consul General of Afghanistan. (Emirates News Agency, WAM)


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