Dubai International Academic City Successfully Concludes First Winter Week of Welcome
Event Serves as Creative Platform for Students to Experience University Life at DIAC
Dubai International Academic City (DIAC), the region’s premier destination for higher education and a member of TECOM Investments’ Education Cluster, successfully rolled out its first winter edition of the Week of Welcome, bringing together students and faculty members from across the universities based at the academic destination. Aimed at welcoming students to the DIAC campus and introducing new students to the university lifestyle, the winter initiative was organised by the DIAC Student Hub from 22-23 February as a prelude to the signature Week of Welcome held annually in October.
The Week of Welcome serves as a perfect platform for new and existing students from diverse cultures and backgrounds to interact with one another and gain a glimpse of student life at DIAC. It is also open to high school students to enable them to experience campus lifestyle and understand the importance of a balance between academic and personal excellence.
Dr Ayoub Kazim, Managing Director, TECOM Investments’ Education Cluster, said: “At DIAC, we acknowledge the importance of extracurricular activity as an essential contributor to the overall advancement of students. In addition to making students feel instantly at ease and helping them integrate into the larger student community, the event enables universities to introduce their services, facilities and faculty to their students.” Key attractions at WoW included stage performances featuring singers, dancers and musicians in addition to competitions, a fashion show and a flea market. Dr. T. R. Venkatesh, Academic Head, Amity University Dubai, said: “Amity University has received tremendous support from Dubai International Academic City. The plethora of benefits and services that it extends to students is truly commendable.
“Initiatives such as the Week of Welcome play a crucial role in creating an ideal work-play balance and encouraging students to explore their talent. These are key essentials that contribute to enriching the student experience and ensure their overall development. In addition to striving for academic excellence, Amity University prioritises the participation of its students in the activities organized by DIAC’s Student Hub. The Week of Welcome is looked forward to with great interest as an ideal ice-breaking event for new joiners.”
Mandeep Kathuria, an undergraduate student of Mechanical Engineering at BITS Pilani, said: “The Week of Welcome is much more than an event – it is a celebration featuring a number of cultural activities that are organized and performed by the students of DIAC. More importantly, it gives students a chance to interact and enjoy as one cohesive unit. Personally, as a student representative, I look forward to the WoW experience and enjoy participating in events such as the Talent Hunt and Fresher’s Night. I look forward to many more such initiatives in the near future.”
Mandated to act as the liaison between the student body and DIAC Management, the Student Representative Council that falls under the guidance of the Student Hub offers services that facilitate an enriching student experience. The Student Hub organises sporting, social and community events and activities including the DIAC Career Fair, Graffiti Art and the DIAC Sports Tournament. The team additionally provides students with guidance on numerous issues including immigration and visas, internships and career placements. Personal development seminars and workshops are also permanent calendar events at DIAC.