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Zayed University organizes the 2016 Happiness, Positivity, and Tolerance Retreat

23 Oct 2016

Professor Reyadh AlMehaideb, Vice President of Zayed University, inaugurated the 2016 Zayed University Happiness, Positivity, and Tolerance Retreat at Yas Rotana Hotel in Abu Dhabi, which was organized by Shamsa Al Taie, Director of Student Affairs, and recently appointed CEO of Happiness, Tolerance, and Positivity, to ensure streamlining a happiness and positivity culture in Zayed University among stakeholders, staff, and students.  

The one-day retreat brought together faculty members and staff to brainstorm and share the latest innovative ideas aiming to turn Zayed University into one of the happiest and smartest government entities in the UAE.

Addressing attendees of the Zayed University Happiness Advisory Council, Professor AlMehaideb said, “The UAE has always been a great model of a tolerant and peaceful society and its government is always keen on spreading its message across the region and instill tolerance, happiness, and positivity values particularly in today’s era of conflicts and doubts.

In line with the UAE Cabinet’s directives, chaired over by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, Zayed University established the Happiness Advisory Council with an aim to endorse the launch of corporate happiness, tolerance and positivity initiatives and ensure satisfaction of all employees and students at the university.

During the retreat, Shamsa Al Taie led the brainstorming sessions, which resulted in establishing five teams within the Zayed University Happiness Advisory Council.  

“The strategic plan for Zayed University that focuses on promoting and spreading the culture of happiness, tolerance and positivity will be implemented through five working teams selected from various ZU colleges and departments. Three teams will work on elevating happiness, positivity and tolerance levels among students, staff and faculty members, and customers from the local community. A team will work on assessing and analyzing ideas through surveys and questionnaires and a team will develop positive and happy work environment and effective communication within Zayed University campuses through activities conducted in an innovative, effective manner.”

She also pointed out that Zayed University students and graduates will form the Youth Council for Happiness and Tolerance that aims to promote and encourage a tolerance and happiness culture.  

The Zayed University Happiness Advisory Council, which consists of over 30 ZU employees, adopted several initiatives and conducted various workshops led by highly qualified faculty members along with mechanisms to honor students, faculty members, and staff who work on promoting and sustaining happiness, tolerance and positivity values.


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