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Students benefit from presentation on criteria for much-valued scholarship
By a staff reporter March 17, 2013
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AL AIN: The United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) and New York University (NYU) explored various aspects of co-operation, particularly relating to the Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan for Leadership Skills scholarship.

Dr Ali Rashid Al Noaimi, vice-chancellor of the UAEU discussed these topics when he met Dr Diane Yu, deputy president of the NYU in the presence of Prof Mohamed Yousif Baniyas, UAEU provost and chief academic officer, Prof Robert Whelan, UAEU deputy provost and Angela Migally, deputy director, Scholarship of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan for Leadership.

The scholarship of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan for Leadership Skills is annually organised at the NYU Abu Dhabi.

NYU hosts the annual scholarship event and selects distinctive students from UAEU, Zayed University and Higher Colleges of Technology.

The comprehensive and precise scholarship provides various experiences to develop leadership and personal skills of the students.

The programme also focuses on critical thinking as well as other cultural and scientific aspects.

Angela Migally, during her presentation of the scholarship, detailed the expertise and skills on offer for students, along with the standards and criteria required by the applicants. The presentation was attended by the students who participated in the scholarship last year along with those who wished to apply for same during the current year.

Maha Al Dhaheri, a student at the UAEU Architectural Engineering Department and a participant in the scholarship last year, said, “The scholarship provided me with many opportunities for a bright future. Applying for this programme was one of my best decisions I’ve taken as a senior student and in my entire life.

“I can see now the positive impact of the skills I gained from the programme in my scientific and practical life. Therefore, I’m very grateful for Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan as well as those who participated in the success of this programme and to those who continue to offer opportunities for future leaders.”

The programme also offers students a chance to travel to the USA (New York and Washington) to explore the diversity of cultures and views as well as meeting leadership and political figures while studying different courses, including foreign policy, political power and leadership, and administrative skills.

Madriya Mohamed Al Menhali, a student at the College of Business and Economics, UAEU and candidate of the programme for this year, said, “There is no other programme of leadership in the UAE that can compete with this programme.

“It is considered as an integrated programme which forms the personality of future leaders. In terms of time, it lasts for one year to ensure that it does not affect the students’ study plan. I hope to be one of the lucky students selected to participate in this year’s scholarship.”

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