The importance of education for young people was emphasised by Khalaf Al Habtoor - the Chairman and founder of the Al Habtoor Group, at the launch of the American University of Sharjah Business Forum and Career Fair on March 15, 2011.
In an inaugural speech for the event, which was opened by his Highness Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qassimi, a member of the Supreme Council, the Ruler of Sharjah and the founder and president of the AUS, Mr Khalaf commended his Highness on the success of the AUS and noted that it’s an establishment which the UAE is most proud of.
He continued by speaking about his humble beginnings in Dubai and told how he started working at the age of 14. What he has achieved today, he said is the product of honesty, determination and dedication.
Khalaf Al Habtoor then stressed the importance of education for young people in the UAE who, he noted, face more challenges than previous generations due to the increased complexity and competitiveness of modern life.
He encouraged graduates of the AUS to do their best in their chosen field; to follow their dreams; and “always think that achieving one goal is nothing but an opportunity to go further”.
He urged them to be “the leaders of tomorrow who will shape the way that our economies and societies develop throughout the rest of this century and beyond”.
The business forum was established at the American University of Sharjah, as a chance for recent graduates and students to meet with prominent businessmen who excel in their field of study.
It serves as a platform to discuss topics of common interest and address fundamental economic development and growth in the region.