ALHOSN: Visit will help bridge cultural differences between Arab nations and the West
ALHOSN University, a leading Abu Dhabi-based university dedicated to high-quality and value-based education, has been chosen to host Kettering University’s Oswald International Faculty Fellowship. Prof. Basem Alzahabi, professor of Mechanical Engineering, and Prof. David Strubler, associate professor of Business at Kettering University, Flint, Michigan in the United States, are visiting ALHOSN University from March 21 to March 26, 2010 to participate in a weeklong series of lectures and discussions related to their respective academic fields.
During their stay, the two distinguished professors will also meet with ALHOSN administration and faculty members to discuss opportunities for collaboration and partnership between the two universities, especially in the areas of student exchange programs, faculty member visits, and the sharing of ideas in engineering- and business-related academic programs. The visit is expected to foster closer relationships between higher educational institutions in the West and the East.
Professors Alzahabi and Strubler are recent recipients of the Oswald International Faculty Fellowship. The fellowship is awarded to Kettering faculty members with a passion to pursue international teaching and research opportunities. The Fellowship was established through a generous gift from Kettering alumnus and trustee Bob Oswald and his wife Marcy. The couple also support The Oswald International Student Fellowship program, which provides financial grants for travel and living expenses for 10 Kettering students involved in the university’s international exchange program for the spring and fall terms.
Professor Strubler will take the opportunity to study Arab and Islamic cultures, their business practices, and their possible interaction with the Western business world. Professor Alzahabi, on the other hand, will give different seminars from an international perspective and participate in special seminars. The hosting of the American educators provides an opportunity to share and exchange cultural values between the United States and UAE in an effort to bridge differences between Arab nations and the West, in line with the spirit of cooperation, friendship and understanding clearly defined by President Obama during his 2009 speech in Cairo, Egypt.
“The fellowship arrangement with Kettering University affirms ALHOSN’s commitment to exposing our students and faculty to international expertise. Our guest professors will provide us with valuable insights on their respective fields and how western practices can be aligned with the unique cultural, social and economic goals of the UAE and the entire Middle East. This initiative complements efforts to bring Muslim and Western countries closer together through peaceful dialogue and collaboration, especially in socially relevant fields such as education,” said Professor Abdul Rahim Sabouni, Vice Chancellor and CEO, ALHOSN University.