Eleven UAE graduates have received fully-paid scholarships under the Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Higher Education Grant programme to advance their studies and further the UAE’s efforts to become a knowledge-based economy. The fellowships announced by the Emirates Foundation for Youth Development, will cover tuition fees for winning students continuing their education in the UAE; and fees, travel costs and living expenses for graduates studying abroad.
Maytha Al Habsi, Chief Programme Officer at the Emirates Foundation, stated, “The five-year programme, which has just completed its third round of allocations, highlighted the importance of supporting distinguished students as they enhance their education and gain skills, which in turn will have a positive impact on the nation’s development.”
“Our Leadership has spared no effort in extending support to those who have demonstrated academic excellence,” Al Habsi noted.
Winners include three graduates pursuing their studies in History of Arts and Museum Studies and four graduates are pursuing their PhD.
One student is starting her studies in Masters in Computer Engineering and another one in Diplomacy and International Affairs. Two students were awarded grants to study abroad: Mariam Al Hallami at University of London will undertake a Masters in Leadership Education and Jehaina Al Ali will pursue a Masters in Public Health at Sydney University.
Sara Al Suwaidi was awarded a fellowship for a Doctorate of Education at the British University in Dubai ‘BUiD’ while Sharifa Al Beloushi was awarded a fellowship for a Doctorate in Public Health at United Arab Emirates University ‘UAEU’, Hamad Al Zaabi and Abdul Hafedh Al Zebaidi were awarded fellowship for a Doctorate in Project Risk Management at the British University in Dubai ‘BUiD’.
Alya Burhaima, Mariam Al Zarouni and Wafa Al Muaini received grants to complete their Masters in History of Arts and Museum Studies at Zayed University, Alia Al Mur will commence her Masters in Diplomacy and International Affairs at Zayed University; while Fatima Al Ali will commence her Masters in Computer Engineering at Sharjah University.
The Dhs16m Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Higher Education Grant programme, launched in May 2011 to fund Masters and Doctoral scholarships supporting Zayed University graduates from both the Abu Dhabi and Dubai campuses, is overseen and administered by the Emirates Foundation for Youth Development assisted by the programme’s selection committee.
Dr. Jeffrey Belnap, Associate Provost of Zayed University, said, “the university was delighted that His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, showed confidence in the institution’s ability to deliver a high quality of education.”
“We are certain that this generous programme will create a healthy and competitive atmosphere on campus,” Dr. Belnap added.
Successful applicants, are required to have a degree from Zayed University, and to have been accepted by, or be in the process of applying to, a qualified university. Applicants must fulfil a pre-determined set of criteria and complete an assessment process to demonstrate their eligibility for the programme, in addition to having an excellent statement of purpose, a GPA of 3.0 or above and an IELTS of 6.0 or equivalent.
In January 2012, the Emirates Foundation for Youth Development awarded twelve outstanding graduates from Zayed University to continue their higher education at leading universities in the UAE and abroad.