ZU Student Publication Showcases Best Student Storytelling

Zajel, the Zayed University student publication, won a 2015 Mark of Excellence Award for “Best Online-Only Student Publication” from the Society of Professional Journalists. Fatima Karmostaji provided the details on the award.

In 2016, Zajel started publishing regular video news stories. And for the first time, Zajel published during summer school, despite the fact that it was Ramadan and there was only a skeleton staff.

Here are some of the 2016 Zajel posts from Abu Dhabi students:

News

Introducing Video News from ZU: Festival Time

When Mohammed Ali Visited the UAE By Sozan Al Qarzi

A Pearl Diver, Back from the Dead By Amna Al Zaabi

Hag Al Laila, Children’s Wonderland By Hajar Al Teneiji

ZU Students Share Stories, Encourage Reading at Abu Dhabi Book Fair By Noura Darwish

2016 ZU Film Festival Coverage

Best New Middle East Movies Spotlighted By Reem Al Hammadi and Staff Reports;

‘The Other Dimension’ by Emirati Student Tells Stories Worth Remembering By Reem Alhammadi;

‘Flipped,’ Short Film By Emirati, Teaches Dangers of Speed, By Hajar Al Hosani

First Person

Horse-riding Helps Student Learn About Her Own Character, By Hessa Al Haram

My Contagious Love for  Classical Music, by Hajer Al Teneiji

Lenses (Photography)

I Spent Summer 2015 on an Amazing European Adventure, By Hooreya Al Muflahi

Book Reviews

‘I Am Malala’, By Amal Al Zaabi

Restaurant Reviews

‘The Third Place’ Cafe Offers Art, Books and Good Coffee, By Dana Al Sarkal

‘Broadway’ Comes to Abu Dhabi, By Mashael Adel

Five Guys Burger Joint Opens at Marina Mall Abu Dhabi, by Reem Alhammadi

An American Dean Develops an Emirati Cultural Lens

“This unfathomable opportunity to immerse myself in a world I never could have imagined forced me to grow in understanding of myself.  I found I was correct when I expected that taking my professional experiences and values and applying them in a country with far different traditional roles and culture would cause dissonance and internal struggle. But what I could never have anticipated or imagined was that the intense, daily, cultural saturation and richness of learning another culture from the inside out would be the highlight of my professional career.” — Denise Gifford, former Dean of Student Affairs at Zayed University. | Al Fanar http://t.co/GyMsL8U5sA 

UAE National Day Festivities 2013

Mariam Yahla, a student in my Com 353 class, recorded and edited this brief video compilation of the 42nd UAE National Day festivities in Abu Dhabi: highly decorated cars, and fireworks on the Corniche in Abu Dhabi.

National Day Festivities at the university were fun. The expat faculty dressed in traditional Emirati attire and answered questions from students about the UAE.

ZU Faculty Competition for UAE National Day Celebration

These photos come from the Instagram account of MEPRA — the Middle Eastern Public Relations Assocation chapter on campus. Instagram: MEPRA_ZU.