Sheikh Saif bin Zayed, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, has received an honorary doctorate in social sciences from the University of Wolverhampton in recognition of efforts in security and social development. Sheikh Saif received the degree from the British university in a ceremony at the General Headquarters of Abu Dhabi Police yesterday.
Sheikh Saif said in a speech that credit for the honour should go to Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed, President of the UAE; Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE; and Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, for their continuous support of national development. "This degree is awarded to all of us because the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan had taught us that an individual work cannot succeed without the collective efforts," Sheikh Saif said.
"We learnt from Zayed how to be persistent in reaching our goals and how to focus on what we do to guarantee success," he said. At the ceremony, a documentary was shown on the Wolverhampton school, which was established in 1870 as Wolverhampton the Free Library. Wolverhampton is a city of roughly 250,000 million people in the English Midlands. A second documentary detailed Sheikh Saif's role in enhancing security and safety in the UAE.
Caroline Gipps, vice chancellor of the University of Wolverhampton, said Sheikh Saif was awarded the doctorate for his role as a pioneer of change and development in security and policing. Mick Elliott, chairman of the university's board of governors, said the university was honoured to celebrate Sheikh Saif and his achievements. * WAM