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Minister of Education discusses cooperation with US counterpart

posted on 04/11/2008: 722 views

Minister of Education Dr. Hanif Hassan and U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings conferred in Abu Dhabi yesterday on educational issues. They emphasised the need for enhancing cooperation between UAE and US in the field of education.

Other officials from both counties were present at the meeting, which comes within the framework of educational coordination between UAE and US.

The two sides reviewed in detail, the memorandum of understanding which calls for educational exchange between the two countries. They also discussed ways for streamlining a set of programmes to achieve the goals of the MOU, as well as the training modules for enhancing professional skill in the related field, emphasising the role of education in the process of the country's development.

The Minister hailed the cooperation protocols between UAE and US, saying that it will enormously benefit the educational sector. He also briefed the US Secretary of Education on the nationwide programmes of the ministry in developing the professional skills of teachers, with a view of equipping them to face the challenges of the future.

The ministry's strategy is based on a set of fundamental principles which inculcate among people, national belongingness and religious values; the minister noted.

He also hailed the great support given to the educational sector by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Spellings hailed the role played by UAE in supporting dialogue among civilisations and the cross-cultural understanding. She emphasised the need for achieving the objectives of the MOU between UAE and US through cultural exchange and similar programmes. – Emirates News Agency, WAM


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