AUD students discuss Technology and Social (in)Justice at Harvard
AUD still only university from Middle East to attend HCAP
Dated : January 29th, 2012
AUD students discuss Technology and Social (in)Justice at Harvard

The American University in Dubai (AUD) has partnered for the fourth time with the Harvard College in Asia Program (HCAP). After the success of the previous conferences, 8 AUD Ambassadors have just returned from Boston where they joined students from premier academic institutions from Asia along with delegates from Harvard University from 15 January to 22 January 2012. They attended the first platform of HCAP’s 2012 conference themed Technology and Social (in)Justice.

The objective of the conferences is to create unique, global, and holistic experiences that address the same issues in a variety of different approaches. This year’s theme was selected by HCAP with a strong belief that "…[HCAP] links between technology, social justice, and, conversely, social injustice, are of paramount concern for students across a broad variety of backgrounds, including, but certainly not limited to, those as disparate as business, economics, engineering, law, and political science."1 It is important to note that AUD is the only university from the Middle East Region participating in these conferences.

The AUD team of students attending HCAP this year included Ms. Sharina Lootah (Visual Communication), Ms. Anaisa Rashul (Interior Design), Mr. Deniz Gasimli (Business Administration), Ms. Lavina Phulwani (Business Administration), Ms. Maria Botros (Communication and Information Studies), Mr. Mohamad El Armali (Engineering), Mr. Mujitaba Shuaib Kazaure (Information Technology), and Ms. Uma Mencia Uranga (Visual Communication).

Anaisa Rashul best describes her experience in these few words: "Julius Ceasar once said "Veni" (I came), "Vidi" (I saw), "Vici" (I conquered). I best express myself saying Veni, Vidi, Adamo. Literally translated, it means "I came" (to Harvard), "I saw" (all the beautiful things), "I fell in love" (with the place and the people)."

In line with its mission, the External Relations Office seeks to always find such challenging events of this caliber at world-class universities such as Harvard. An exchange of this nature will contribute greatly to the accomplishment of AUD's agenda for promoting diversity in experience and intercultural understanding”, explains Ms. Peggy Awad, External Relations Manager at AUD.

"HCAP gave me the opportunity to meet wonderful people and turned them into friends and even family! I learned and discovered lots of new things and new ideas… it is indeed an unforgettable experience and remarkable program!" comments Mohamed El Armali.

Separate groups of Harvard delegates will simultaneously arrive at each partner school on 10 March 2012 and will stay until 18 March 2012 for the exchange conference at each institution. "The AUD Community looks forward to welcoming Harvard University and its HCAP delegates for the second platform of HCAP 2012," comments Ms. Peggy Awad, External Relations Manager at AUD. "Our aim is to enrich and empower our next generation of global citizens with the knowledge tool that will help them develop strategies contributing towards making a difference in this world from alleviating poverty, strengthening civic engagement, improving education and social change, among other factors under the umbrella of this year's theme".

The External Relations Office, with the support of many of the AUD Faculty, has prepared a well-rounded interactive conference program that will challenge the delegates further academically, socially and culturally, with the presence of prominent figures from the UAE Community and lectures from industry leaders.

1 Source : Partner School Information Packet