Saudi Arabian ministry gains UH student

February 21, 2012  |   |  7 Comments
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Hana Omar

Hana Omar, a University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa College of Education doctoral student and former graduate assistant for the Center on Disability Studies, was selected to serve as a woman diplomat for a newly created program in the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Originally from Saudi Arabia, Omar has been in the College of Education since 2008, earning an interdisciplinary certificate in disability and diversity studies and working on her PhD in educational technology.

One of 15 women, including a Saudi Arabian princess, Omar was selected out of 30,000 candidates. “Now is a great time in Saudi Arabia for the women’s movement,” said Omar. “Many government sectors, like the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, have opened their doors for women.”

Omar is currently at the Diplomacy Institute in Riyadh, the country’s capital city, where she will undergo eight months of training in language, international policy and diplomacy. Once she has completed the training, she will be eligible to serve the Saudi Arabian government in foreign embassies and consulates worldwide.

Assistant Professor Megan Conway, who supervised Omar as a graduate assistant at the Center on Disability Studies, said, “Hana is a bright and confident young woman. I am not surprised she has been given an opportunity like this, and I am sure she will do well with wherever her career takes her.”

Criteria for selection were based on Omar’s language proficiency and personality in an interview. In addition to Arabic, Omar speaks English fluently and is studying French at the institute. While she does not know how long she will work in the ministry before going abroad, she hopes her assignments include the United States where she has become familiar with the culture and is completing her PhD.

—by Jennifer Parks, communications coordinator, College of Education

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  1. love saudi arabia __ says:

    I am so glad to hear that and goodluck for miss Hana.But I will tell you some thing all the progress has Hana gone on it.I can easily do it without achieve any certifications or any thing.basiclly , if u do have goodconnection u can do any thing as one of my friend did before and he does not have any approvel as hana does and he become a deplomatic man :)
    good luck Hana

    • fix your grammar mistakes first!! says:

      Oops, do you know that you need to learn how to write before criticizing others!! Your English is terrible..
      It is obvious from your writing that Hana can do more things beyond your weak ability. Focus on yourself to ACHIEVE at least one good thing.

  2. Don't be jealous says:

    Sorry but the first comment is so lame. Hana is an unique example of an independent Muslim woman. She deserved all the best because she is smart, respectful, so dedicated and humble. I’m proud of her and her magnificent work… Go HANA.

  3. HumblePlease! says:

    Thank you to the person who wrote the Second Comment. I appreciate your values and descriptions of this fine young lady. Indeed, “GO HANA.”

  4. Dan says:

    The Saudi Arabian Foreign Ministry is a wicked organ of theology and bigotry. Shame on UH for promoting it.

  5. Leslie yo! says:

    One grain of rice can tip the scale and one tiny candle can build a bond fire. I think that even though you may have a bad opinion towards the Saudi Arabian Foreign Ministry this brilliant woman can perhaps change all of that. Our University is an institution that should keep an open mind. You’re not wrong for having your opinion, that is your own. The university is not wrong for supporting this young woman. Don’t hate the player, hate the game. I don’t personally know you but, Go Hanna! It is a blessing. We are all blessed with our tasks, this is hers.

  6. mussarrat suleman says:

    Congratulations Hana!You are an inspiration for all of us(International students)Wish you good luck……….

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