GUST inau­gu­rates In­dian Lit­er­a­ture Cor­ner in AM Al-Re­fai Li­brary

In­dian Am­bas­sador Su­nil Jain at­tends the cel­e­bra­tion

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Gulf Univer­sity for Science and Tech­nol­ogy (GUST) and the In­dian Em­bassy in Kuwait held a rib­bon cut­ting cer­e­mony at the A.M. Al-Re­fai Li­brary at GUST to cel­e­brate the in­au­gu­ra­tion of the In­dian Lit­er­a­ture Cor­ner and of­fi­cially launch three new books au­thored by the univer­sity’s fac­ulty mem­bers.

The event was at­tended by Su­nil Jain, Am­bas­sador of In­dia to Kuwait, Pro­fes­sor Don­ald Bates, GUST Pres­i­dent, and Dr Salah Al-Sharhan, Vice Pres­i­dent of Aca­demic Af­fairs. Also at the cer­e­mony was Dr Fa­hed AlSu­mait, Head of the Mass Com­mu­ni­ca­tion and Me­dia Depart­ment, and Dr Jean-Eti­enne Jouille, As­sis­tant Pro­fes­sor in the Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion Depart­ment at GUST, and Dr Thorsten Botz, As­so­ciate Pro­fes­sor in the Hu­man­i­ties and So­cial Sci­ences Depart­ment who were there to pro­mote the pub­li­ca­tion of their new books. Cov­er­ing Bin Laden: Global Me­dia and the World’s Most Wanted Man was co-edited by Dr Su­mait, whilst Phi­los­o­phy of Lead­er­ship: The Power of Author­ity is an orig­i­nal work penned by Dr Jouille, and “Tran­scul­tural Ar­chi­tec­ture” by Dr Thorsten Botz.

Pro­fes­sor Don­ald Bates, GUST Pres­i­dent said, “I al­ways say that GUST is a dy­namic en­vi­ron­ment, and this event is solid proof of that state­ment. Our li­brary is con­stantly striv­ing to en­rich its col­lec­tion by pro­vid­ing stu­dents, staff and fac­ulty with books by au­thors from var­i­ous back­grounds. What’s more, this oc­ca­sion also demon­strates that we have the best fac­ulty in the coun­try who are at the fore­front in their fields of ex­per­tise.”

At­ten­dees were in­tro­duced to the var­i­ous books on dis­play de­pict­ing the amaz­ing lit­er­ary work avail­able at the In­dian Lit­er­a­ture Cor­ner, which boasts 125 books about In­dia, its history and cul­ture, ful­fill­ing its goal of cre­at­ing a cor­ner for stu­dents to be able to understand In­dia and ac­quaint them­selves with the coun­try’s best and bright­est.

The In­dian Lit­er­a­ture Cor­ner is a per­ma­nent in­stal­la­tion in the li­brary and its con­tents will con­stantly be re­freshed with a new show­case of the coun­try’s best works.

Dr Salah Al-Sharhan, VP of Aca­demic Af­fairs at GUST, said, “Academia is built on schol­ars en­rich­ing their aca­demic fields. We work hard on re­search and pro­duc­ing aca­demic texts to add facts and more knowl­edge to the com­mu­nity. With th­ese three new pub­li­ca­tions, we el­e­vate GUST’s sta­tus from a con­sumer of knowl­edge to a pro­ducer of knowl­edge.”The In­dian Lit­er­a­ture Cor­ner in the li­brary brings the to­tal num­ber of in­ter­na­tional cor­ners to seven, and joins the pre-ex­ist­ing Amer­i­can, African, Chi­nese, Span­ish, Ger­man and French cor­ners.

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