x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Sharjah Consultative Council members visit site of new Al Qasimi University

The site visit followed a request to study the progress of the univerity project from the Sharjah Executive Counci.

SHARJAH // Members of the Sharjah Consultative Council visited the site of the new Al Qasimi University on Sunday, which is being built at Sharjah University City.

The visit followed a request to study the progress of the project from the Sharjah Executive Council.

Abdul Rahman Salim Al Hajri, the newly elected SCC speaker, led a team of members who met with engineers from the contracting company, who briefed them on plans and design proposals for the university.

“The council is hereby entrusting the newly elected education, youth, cultural and media council to go and study the project and report back to the SCC,” the new speaker said.

The Ruler of Sharjah, Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, issued local decree 2 of 2013 in April ordering the construction of Al Qasimi University.

The university is to specialise in Islamic and Arabic studies and will offer courses in contemporary topics such as Islamic economic and financial studies, Islamic architecture and Islamic call and media practice.

It is being built across a one-million-square-metre site, bringing the total area of University City to 15 square kilometres.

Although the university will be established in Sharjah, it will operate branches across the country, according to the decree.

The decree also required the university to start operation in 2014, coinciding its launch with the celebrations of Sharjah being named as the capital of Islamic culture.

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