On Thursday, Sept. 12, student members of the Saudi Students Club at Tuskegee University will showcase for the campus and surrounding communities their native country’s proud culture, exquisite cuisine and intricate art. Saudi National Day also will commemorate the one-year anniversary of the club’s founding as a campus organization. It is scheduled for 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the university’s Kellogg Conference Center from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., and is open and free to the public.
Club president Ahmed Alahmadi looks forward to the event leading to greater engagement between the university’s American students and those with international ties. He also looks forward to it presenting the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in a positive light through peace and intercultural exchange, as well as highlighting the country’s economic and technological advancements.
“We are excited to engage with our American student counterparts, as well as other international students, in our humble exchange of Saudi Arabian culture,” he said. “We hope everyone attending our event will gain a greater understanding of our country through activities where they can learn our language, try on some traditional clothing and sample authentic Saudi food.”
With native Saudi students enrolled in many of Tuskegee’s academic majors, the university’s Saudi student population has grown to become the largest international student body on campus. The university’s nearly 80 Saudi Arabian students are part of a larger group numbering more than 500 Saudi natives studying at colleges and universities throughout Alabama.
One of those students is two-time Tuskegee alumnus Ahmed Alhelal, who was among the university’s first Saudi Arabian graduates, and is now working on a Ph.D. in materials science and engineering. He will speak at the event about his journey as an international student studying at an HBCU, and his recent summer experience as an international panelist at the 46th Space Congress in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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