Young Emiratis Selected as 2019 Student Award Winners for the Advancement of PG Education in the UAE
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Young Emiratis Selected as 2019 Student Award Winners for the Advancement of PG Education in the UAE

H.E. Suhail Al Mazrouei, UAE Minister of Energy & Industry, Mr. Fabio Piano, Provost, NYU Abu Dhabi, and Joe Kaeser, President & Chief Executive Officer, Siemens, Presented the Awards to the Two Ph.D. & Two Masters Students at a Ceremony Hosted by Gulf Intelligence at New York University Abu Dhabi.
Image Attribute: H.E. Suhail Al Mazrouei, UAE Minister of Energy & Industry, Mr. Fabio Piano, Provost, NYU Abu Dhabi, and Joe Kaeser, President & Chief Executive Officer, Siemens, Presented the Awards to the Two Ph.D. & Two Masters Students at a Ceremony Hosted by Gulf Intelligence at New York University Abu Dhabi. / Source: The Gulf Intelligence

Abu Dhabi, UAE – Jan. 9th, 2019 – Four Emirati students swept to victory in the second annual UAE Student Awards for the Advancement of Post Graduate Education, which were presented today at NYU Abu Dhabi by the Minister of Energy & Industry H.E. Suhail Al-Mazrouei, Mr. Fabio Piano, Provost, NYU Abu Dhabi, and Mr. Joe Kaeser, President & Chief Executive Officer, Siemens.

The 2019 class of student Award winners, who will go on to become ambassadors for advancing the benefits of post-graduate education to UAE undergraduates, included a successful Ph.D. doctorate and a current Masters’ Student from Imperial College London, the world’s top-ranked engineering university -- Dr. Ahmed Alratrout and Mr. Abdulla Alhosani respectively. The other two winners included Dr. Ghanim Kashwani, who got his Ph.D. from Heriot-Watt University in Scotland, and Ms. Khadeja Al-Maqdi, who earned an MA in chemistry from UAE University.  

The UAE Student Awards were launched in 2018 to recognize outstanding students in the UAE who are helping to build the country’s knowledge economy and the role of Post-Graduate Education in innovation ecosystems.

"The UAE continues to fully encourage students to enable the development of new and innovative R&D ideas – both in the UAE and abroad – and to contribute an innovative future through research and education," said H.E. Suhail Al Mazrouei, UAE Minister of Energy & Industry. "We also believe that partnerships with financial and thought-leading institutions are vital to the success of supporting such individuals to promote their ideas and to take them from concept to full implementation."

In 2015 the UAE President, His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, announced the adoption of the Emirates Science, Technology and Innovation Higher Policy which included 100 national initiatives in the educational sector, health, energy, transportation, space, and water. The plan projected a possible investment of over Dh300 billion and included new national policies in legislation, investment, technology, education, and finance to build a vibrant knowledge economy in the UAE.

The 2019 Academic Review Board comprised of distinguished thinkers from all over the world who collectively boast more than 200 years of higher education and academic experience. Dr. Matar Al-Neyadi, the Undersecretary of the UAE Ministry of Energy and Industry, and Dr. Steve Griffith, who earned a Ph.D. & MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, led the eminent six-member review committee charged with scoring the 2019 winners.

Dr. Martin J. Blunt, Professor of Petroleum Engineering at Imperial College London, and Prof. Nidal Hilal, Global Professor of Engineering and Director of NYUAD Water Research Center, NYU Abu Dhabi, were also on this year’s Review Board.

The annual UAE Student Awards are held Under the Patronage of the country’s Minister of Energy & Industry HE Suhail Al-Mazrouei.