To encourage reading:
The College of Humanities and Social Sciences at the United Arab Emirates University organized a panel discussion entitled “Reading: Development and Culture” on Tuesday, October 18, 2016, in the Great Hall on the Al Ain campus, as part of the Year of Reading. Dr. Ali Al Kaabi, Deputy Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Enrollment, Mr. Mohamed Al Hammadi, Editor-in-Chief of Al Ittihad newspaper, and a number of deans, faculty and students were all in attendance.
Dr. Hassan Al Naboodah, Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, stressed that this event is part of the culture and knowledge initiative in the UAE as launched by His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE. He pointed out that the United Arab Emirates University is keen to promote a culture of reading and is doing so by pursuing a series of cultural and intellectual initiatives and projects. These, in turn, contribute to student welfare and community development.
Mr. Al Hammadi expressed his pleasure to be attending the panel discussion. He said that, “It is the responsibility of families, school and the media to promote reading”. He also described his reading experiences and offered advice to students to make every year a Year of Reading.
The panel discussion was moderated by Dr. Saif Al Mahrouqi, an assistant professor in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at UAEU. It tackled a number of key themes, such as the role of reading in the development of perception, the process of fostering a love for reading at a young age and addressed misconceptions about books. The panel also discussed the importance of forming a special relationship with each book.
The College of Humanities and Social Sciences is planning to launch three reading initiatives. These include reading schemes for those with special needs. The meeting concluded with questions and comments from attendees. Mr. Al Hammadi was thanked for his participation in the panel discussion.