"I am an international student."


Hiyam Afeef

Hiyam AfeefMeet Hiyam Afeef. During her education Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, she forged lasting connections with her U.S. peers, strengthening understanding between the United States and the Maldives. Now, she’s the first female sea-plane captain in Maldivian history.

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  • Earned a Bachelor of Aeronautical Science degree with a commercial pilot’s license from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • Role model for other women and girls in the Maldives to believe they can pursue higher education and achieve their dreams
  • Fostered a greater understanding of Maldivian culture on campus and in the community and brought a greater understanding of America back to the Maldives
  • Was the first female sea-plane captain in the history of the Maldives


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