Reem Al Za'abi's appointment as a manufacturing engineer at Global Foundries in Dresden, Germany has her very excited, even though it means she will have to spend two years away from home.
"My job will help me learn the best of German culture, and show them our Emirati values. I am also the first female Emirati to join the company, which is why I am terribly excited," Reem, 24, told Gulf News.
She was one of 368 Emirati university and public school students recognised at the Abu Dhabi Education Council's (Adec) Student Honours Ceremony 2011 held in the capital yesterday, which awarded student excellence both inside and outside the classroom.
Reem, an electrical engineering graduate from UAE University, was part of a select group that attended a summer internship programme on semiconductor manufacturing at the Global Foundries factory.
Reem plans to return to the UAE after finishing her two-year stint and help develop her homeland with her experiences.
Like her, Hamill Al Amiri, another 24-year-old at the ceremony was thrilled at the recognition.
In addition to students like Al Amiri who graduated from six different universities with GPAs 3.4 and above, the Adec also awarded high school students who attended summer internships in Canada and Ireland. Along with them, 79 student-chaperones who accompanied the programme attendees were also recognised.