His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, attended on Thursday the graduation ceremony of the first session of the National Defence College in Abu Dhabi (photo).
H.H. Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, National Security Advisor, and H.H. Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, also attended the graduation ceremony.
The ceremony was also attended by Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of State, Lt. General Hamad Mohammed Thani Al Rumaithi, Chief of Staff of the U.A.E. Armed Forces, Lt. General Misbah bin Rashid AI Fattan, Director of the Office of the Vice-President, Lt. General Saif Abdullah Al Shafar, Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Interior, as well as a number of sheikhs and senior officials.
On 04 December 2013, General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and Chairman of Supreme Council of the National Defence College, officially inaugurated the College.
He hoisted the College's flag at the parade ground and unveiled a memorial plaque, declaring the opening of the College.
“It's our great pleasure and pride to open today this ambitious scientific research institute, coinciding with our celebrations of the 42nd glorious national day. We believe in the message of our educational and academic institutions and in their vital role in promoting thought and keeping pace with rapid changes to address challenges and explore future approaches, so as to work closely and collaboratively with other national agencies for the service of issues concerning the Emirati community and our national security, both taking top priority for our wise leadership,” he said.
Sheikh Mohamed was then briefed by the commandant of the College, Air Vice Marshal Rashad Mohammed Al Saadi, about the college, its departments, academic and research resources and advanced curricula, and the competence of trainers and faculty, as well as its close cooperation with other national education providers, including UAE University and Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies and Research.
Sheikh Mohamed expressed his delight at seeing a group of Emirati citizens joining the college to enrich their scientific knowledge and practical and professional expertise and gain basic skills so as to participate effectively in serving their homeland.
Source: WAM; Emirates 24/7