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Sheikh Ahmed Al-Mansour Al-Sabah Talks at AUK


The International Relations Club (IRC) at the American University of Kuwait (AUK) organized its 2nd annual Liberation Village Exposium in February, where they invited young Kuwaiti entrepreneurs and local social media celebrities to the University to participate in the 3-day event. In honor of this occasion, IRC invited Sheikh Ahmed Al-Mansour Al-Sabah, Director General of the Public Authority for Youth & Sports (PAYS), to deliver the closing speech for the event.

The 2nd Liberation Village Exposium featured a number of activities, which included an exhibition of small business ideas by young Kuwaiti entrepreneurs, motivational and educational lectures, and a variety of recreational activities for the students and visitors of the campus. In one of the lectures on the first day, local celebrity bloggers were invited to discuss the growing influence of social media on today's youth. Fouz Al-Fahad, Bibi Al-Abdulmohsen, Dana Al-Tuwairish, and Zaina Al-Humaidhi were among the bloggers invited to the event to speak with the community. They shared their personal experiences with the various social media outlets and the challenges they faced entering the world of bloggers in Kuwait. They also discussed how blogs and bloggers can positively impact and inspire the youths of the community.

On the second day, the lectures focused on the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in 1990. Colonel Nasser Salmeen (Retd.), Colonel, Abdulwahed Al-Naqqah (Retd.), and Lieutenant-Colonel Pilot Saleh AlJemaz (Retd.) shared their personal experiences with stories of martyrs and prisoners of war as they displayed images and footage from the invasion.

The Liberation Village Exposium concluded with a ceremony that featured a keynote address, poetry recitation, and national songs. Sheikh Ahmed Al-Mansour Al-Sabah, in his speech on the last day of the event, emphasized that the pillars that support any nation are the nation's youth. He explained that as they comprise the majority of Kuwait's population, they should aspire to be more innovative and proactive in seeking opportunities, and that the country depends on the minds and talents of the youth to elevate Kuwait's intellectual and moral value standards.

Following the keynote address, AUK President, Professor Dr. Nizar Hamzeh, spoke with the visitors about the importance of extra-curricular activities and how it plays an essential role in the Liberal Arts experience. "We at AUK pride ourselves, not only for providing quality education, but also for equipping our students with the essential skills that build well-rounded individuals capable of handling the future challenges. What we have seen today by the IRC club is a good example of how a good balance between education and activities can create individuals who have a foresight, a sense of responsibility, and a great deal of leadership," he said. "On this occasion, I would like to wish Kuwait's people and leadership a happy National and Liberation day," he concluded.

Sara Al Haddad, IRC Vice President, thanked everyone who contributed to the success of the event. "This is an event of great significance to youth because it provides awareness about Kuwait from different interesting angles and through a combination of intellectual and entertainment activities," she said.

The Liberation Village Exposium was sponsored by the National Bank of Kuwait (NBK) (Platinum Sponsor), Asnan Clinic and Royal Pharmacies (Golden Sponsors), Elevation Burger (Silver Sponsor), and Nescafe (Bronze Sponsor). The event was featured in a 3-minute report on KTV2's English News Bulletin, and the IRC members were interviewed live on Good Morning Kuwait.

The International Relations Club (IRC) at the American University of Kuwait (AUK) is a unique student organization that welcomes students from all majors. The IRC mission and many of its activities deal with global politics, and are directly linked to the International Relations academic program at AUK. The club works for the benefit of the students and supports their learning process by providing hands-on experience through the different club activities and initiatives.

Arrival of Sheikh Ahmed Al-Mansour Al-Sabah to the AUK Campus

AUK President, Professor Dr. Nizar Hamzeh and IRC President Khaled Al Rubaian greeting Sheikh Ahmed Al-Mansour Al-Sabah

Sheikh Ahmed Al-Mansour Al-Sabah receiving a trophy of appreciation from IRC Club President, Khaled Al-Rubaian

President Hamzeh receiving a trophy of appreciation from Sheikh Ahmed Al-Mansour

Audience in the closing ceremony

Group photo featuring the IRC President and members with President Hamzeh and Sheikh Ahmed Al-Mansour

Group photo featuring the IRC President and members with VP for STudent Affairs, Dr. Carol Ross

IRC members during the event

Released by the Office of Public Affairs on the 24th February 2015

Photography by the Office of Public Affairs (C) 2015

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