A group of nine female students from the United Arab Emirates spent two weeks on the
Trine University campus, taking part in the university’s first Summer Leadership Academy
for students from that country.
The students, who left July 28, attend United Arab Emirates University (UAEU), the
country’s oldest university, serving more than 15,000 students. Eissa Alremeithi,
Ph.D., a faculty member in the College of Business and Economics at UAEU, served as
the lead chaperone for the trip.
They came to Trine to build their English skills and master teaching and leadership
techniques presented by Trine faculty. They also learned about culture in the United
States through activities outside of class.
“I enjoyed the diverse activities with students of different nationalities,” said
UAEU student Shaima Ali Alketbi. “I received useful information to improve communication
and language skills, as well as abundant information on leadership and its impact
on the individual and society.”
"Trine University provided great courses about the English language and the multiple
skills of leadership,” said UAEU student Reem Alhajri. “It was very helpful for students,
especially undergraduates. They also provided a great opportunity to visit locations
around the city of Angola.”
University officials were impressed with the students who took part in the program,
and hope it expands in future years.
“These young women from the UAE, many of whom had never traveled abroad, were truly
impressive … and so much fun!” said David Colbert, executive director of Trine’s Office
of International Services. “They took full advantage of each and every opportunity
to participate and learn, whether engaging in the classroom at Trine, bowling, playing
tennis, paddling kayaks down the Pigeon River or exploring museums in Chicago. We
have been very pleased with the launch of the Summer Leadership Academy, and hope
that it is the first of many to come in the future.”
“I feel so privileged to have been a part of such a journey for the students, and
cannot wait to hear about what life will be like for them when they return home,”
said Mari McHenry, director of international community services at Trine.
Top photo: The students from United Arab Emirates University pose with Kelly Trusty, Ph.D., who
taught one of the sessions for the Summer Leadership Academy.