The Police College recently launched an initiative titled “The College Reads”, in response to the directives of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, who declared ‘2016, as ‘the Year of Reading’. This initiative aims at instilling the culture of reading and knowledge diversity and at encouraging extra-curricular reading amongst the College’s students.

Major General Dr. Nasser Lakhrebani Al Nuaimi, Secretary General of the Office of HH Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior and Chairman of the Police College, said that these initiatives come in response to the directives of Lt. General HH Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior. His Highness has called for supporting the existing national efforts implemented by federal and local governmental authorities in establishing a strategy that encourages reading in all fields in line with the initiative’s objectives.

For his part, Colonel Waleed Salem Al Shamesi, Director General of the Police College, indicated that this initiative is an effort to develop college students’ intellectual and cultural abilities, contribute to boosting their academic and professional skills, and help them utilize their leisure time in education.

Colonel Al Shamesi added: “A diverse cultural program has been established as a part of the initiative, and includes tours by the ‘mobile library’ to the various departments and student clubs within the college with a wide array of books”. He also explained that approximately 30 books were proposed as reading material. Students are required to read at least one book per week and submit a short summary, to be reviewed and discussed during the cultural seminars organized for the college’s members. The program also includes reading forums in coordination with partners. These forums will be carried out by competent lecturers from the college, who will be giving cultural conferences and lectures about a number of books and publications, in a bid to spread knowledge and to benefit all sides”.

Lt. Colonel Mohammed Butti Al Shamesi, Chief of Relations and Guidance Section at the College, said that distinguished lecturers and students from the college will be selected to be the College’s ‘Year of Reading’ ambassadors, and will be representing the College at book fairs, schools, and cultural activities throughout this year.
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