DUBAI, The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation (MBRF), announced today that two young Arab researchers will benefit from the Oxford – Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Graduate Scholarship (OMBR Scholarship) to enable them to obtain a DPhil degree.
Karim El Mestekawy will study for a DPhil Condensed Matter Physics (MPLS) focusing on ‘Further advancement and commercialisation of perovskite solar cells and to better understand the physics behind them using characterisation techniques. Meanwhile Badran Elshenawy is pursuing a DPhil Oncology (MSD) to ‘study key components of the creatine kinase system to understand how they contribute to the pathophysiology of ischaemic heart disease’.
Jamal bin Huwaireb, CEO of MBRF, stressed that the scholarship programme at the University of Oxford offers an important opportunity for Arab students to benefit from their intellectual capabilities by joining one of the most prestigious universities in the world, at a time in which they are preparing to begin their careers; to become future influential global leaders who are able to produce and disseminate knowledge that contributes to the development of societies.
He added that MBRF has taken the initiative to support researchers and enhance their capabilities in reaching the highest scientific ranks, and to play effective role in building modern Arab civilization, driven by the enlightened thought and vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum to resume Arab civilization.
“This is clearly manifested in Sheikh Mohammed’s endeavor to invest in building the capabilities of Arab youth and empowering them in various fields, while preparing future generations to be able to return the favour to their countries. This is what makes the United Arab Emirates the destination of choice for Arab innovators and homeland for the bright minds where they find a haven that enables them and prepares them for making the future.”
The Oxford – Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Graduate Scholarship was launched in 2015 in collaboration between the Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation and the University of Oxford establishing a perpetual scholarship at the University of Oxford to enable Arab postgraduate students attend one of the world’s top universities. The scholarship will last as long as Oxford exists as a university- it already has been a centre for learning for over 900 years.
This scholarship is creating an ever-growing community of thought leaders, all connected through the Mohammed bin Rashid Knowledge Foundation (MBRF) which carries the values and vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum into the future, for decades, even centuries to come.
Three Arab scholars from the UAE, Egypt and Syria have already enrolled in the OMBR Scholarship.
Source: Emirates News Agency