MEPRA Student Chapter

Empowering the future talent of our industry – As the region’s only locally-based body for the public relations industry, the Middle East Public Relations Association (MEPRA) is committed to supporting students across the region who are specializing in a communication-related subject and wish to join the profession.

As a student member of The Middle East Public Relations Association (MEPRA), you will be able to benefit from a variety of resources and opportunities to kick-start your career in the communications profession as well as improve your practical understanding of public relations.

No matter what your interests are, MEPRA will be able to help you network with industry leaders, build a network of contacts that will ensure you get your career started, and supplement your academic education with practical training. As a student member of MEPRA, you will be eligible for our internship programs and one-to-one mentoring by senior communication practitioners. Our online learning resources will help you learn more about public relations in practice.

MEPRA is your entry into the communications profession. We believe that the region’s students will become the public relations leaders of tomorrow. MEPRA is here to support you. All you need to do is join us. What are you waiting for?

Q&A with the Student Chapter President

Dina Suliman, President of the MEPRA Student Chapter, Zayed University

When and why did you decide to join the MEPRA Student Chapter?

I joined at the beginning of the fall semester 2013. We had to do a presentation about a media or public relations organization in one of my classes – and MEPRA was on the list. Around the same time I met Maitha Al Harmoodi in a psychology class who was the MEPRA student president at the time. I asked her to help me learn more about the association and she was more than glad to help. Her passion and dedication towards public relations encouraged me to join the MEPRA Student Chapter.

When and how were you elected as President of the MEPRA Student Chapter at Zayed University?

I was first elected to be the Vice President of the MEPRA Student Chapter at Zayed University in fall 2013. Half way through the following semester Maitha had to leave for her internship and I assumed my role as President.

How has the MEPRA Student Chapter added value to your education?

The student chapter has helped me grow both personally and professionally. I’ve learned so much about the field of public relations since I joined the student chapter. I also realized how passionate I am about communication – I was specializing in Film and Video studies but MEPRA made me realize what I really want to do is Public Relations.

What are some of the initiatives that the MEPRA Student Chapter delivered?

  • HAPPY – We decided to launch the “HAPPY” campaign that fought depression. We gave out apples with inspirational quotes and tips on how to achieve daily happiness. We then did flash mob to the song Happy by Pharrel Williams at our university campus.
  • Fundraiser – We launched a fundraiser campaign for Breast Cancer during the month of October.
  • Book launch – We organized an event for a book launch by one of our Professors. As President, tell us about your experience so far and what your vision is for the MEPRA Student Chapter?
  • MEPRA Day – An annual event that discusses what public relations is and the importance of the industry.

Would you encourage your colleagues to join the chapter and fellow universities to start their own MEPRA Student Chapter?  

I was first elected to be the Vice President of the MEPRA Student Chapter at Zayed University in fall 2013. Half way through the following semester Maitha had to leave for her internship and I assumed my role as President.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hear from the students

I would like to see Zayed University’s MEPRA Student Chapter lead and become the benchmark for other universities in the region.

Dina Suliman
President of MEPRA Student Chapter, Zayed University

The MEPRA Student Chapter was a great opportunity to celebrate the field of public relations. Leading the chapter was an educational experience that helped apply the theories. Through event organization, presentations, workshops and much more, I gained skills that helped me understand what public relations truly is. It has broadened my professional network and made me realize how passionate I am about this field.

Maitha Al Harmoodi
Founder of the MEPRA Student Chapter and Communications Officer, UAE Jiu Jitsu Federation