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2 NYUAD seniors 2019 UAE Rhodes Scholars
By A Staff Reporter November 28, 2018
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ABU DHABI: Two seniors from NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD), Majida Al Maktoum (UAE) and Amal Al Gergawi (UAE), have been selected as 2019 UAE Rhodes Scholars. The prestigious international award allows exceptional students to pursue two to three years of postgraduate studies at the University of Oxford in England.

Al Maktoum, from the UAE, is majoring in Political Science with a minor in Social Research and Public Policy. Her senior Capstone project is aimed at addressing the question – what inspires political participation through Emirati youth? – and is being conducted through quantitative methods and survey research.

She previously collaborated with Dr Thani Al Zeyoudi, UAE Minister for Climate Change, and NYUAD Adjunct Professor of Legal Studies Shakeel Kazmi, on publishing a UAE Country Report in the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Annual Country Report. She also took part as a research assistant in a project entitled The Politics of Women Empowerment: Gender Parity in the UAE, working with NYUAD Assistant Professor of Political Science Rahma Abdulkadir and Research Fellow Henriette Mueller.

Throughout her time at NYUAD, Al Maktoum has been a part of the UAE Youth Ambassador Programme to China with the Crown Prince Court; was an intern to the Permanent Mission of the UAE to the UN; and was a research intern to the UAE Minister of State of Youth Affairs Office. She has volunteered as a facilitator with STRIVE (Strength in Vocational Education), teaching conversational English and computer skills and providing coaching in professional skills such as public speaking to Somali migrant students. Al Maktoum has also volunteered with the Ramadan Aman Road Safety Campaign, the Al Ihsan Charity Association, and with Unesco. At Oxford, she hopes to complete an MSc in Global Governance and an MSt in Women’s Studies.

Al Maktoum said: “I am truly humbled and honoured to be representing the UAE as a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford. The Rhodes is an opportunity for me to be able to engage with a cohort of the world’s future leaders who share the value of public service and to learn from world-class faculty. I hope to be able to make my family, friends, the NYU Abu Dhabi community, and the UAE proud at Oxford. At Oxford, I plan to pursue an MSc in Global Governance and Diplomacy and an MSt in Women’s Studies, to be better equipped to serve my country in the area of women empowerment, politically, socially, and economically.”

Al Gergawi, from the UAE, is majoring in Social Research and Public Policy with minors in Economics and Film and New Media. Her Capstone project explores data privately provided from Global TIES for Children to unpack the educational challenges of refugee children within school communities in Niger, the outcomes and policy recommendations of which will aim to inform educational institutions how best to meet the learning needs and ambitions of these migrant children.

This fall, she volunteered at The Brooklyn International High School in New York, tutoring immigrant and refugee students and translating content into Arabic for Yemeni migrant students. During her four years at NYUAD, Al Gergawi was a policy researcher and worked with NYUAD Global Distinguished Professor, Environmental Studies and Public Policy Sophia Kalantzakos to draft a 3-year pilot housing and integration programme FILOXENIA to assimilate 500 Syrian refugee families in vacant apartments in Athens and help to boost the local Greek economy.

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