The Maldives chapter of the Worldwide Alumni Association of the American University of Beirut was last night in Male’. 55 Maldivian students have attended AUB between 1970 and 1987. They have occupied top positions in government and private sector, having contributed greatly to the development of the country. AUB alumni have contributed to bringing about political and economic reforms in the country and have engaged themselves in the process of democratization of Maldives. Among them are the current Vice President of Maldives Dr. Mohamed Waheed, outgoing Finance Minister Mr. Ali Hashim, Leader of the Peoples Alliance Party Mr. Yamin Abdul Gayoom and several ministers of the last government.

The new association will work to promote the spirit of AUB and quality higher education for all Maldivian students. At the inaugural session several speakers spoke of their experiences in Lebanon but most of all emphasized the need for promoting quality liberal education in the country.

AUB has made a tremendous contribution to the human development of Maldives. The United States role in providing these opportunities to Maldivian was highly appreciated by all speakers. The meeting was attended informally by the Senior Education Adviser Dr Molly Tease of the US State Department who was on official mission in the country.