Three female students have won the top prizes in the Mishwar Taleb competition, organized by Al-Fanar Media to describe the challenges and the rewards of university life.
Romaisa Al Saghir, an Algerian doing a Ph.D. in electronic journalism, won first prize for a short film that describes her experience of studying far from home. The film also looks at the psychological difficulties faced by some university students.
Her compatriot Inas Sammari came in second with an article about the difficulties of raising the tuition fees for her master’s degree studies in Malaysia.
Jihan Qarchi, a Tunisian, won third prize for a blog which pointed to the change that university life has brought about in her personality.
The first prize was a cash grant of $500; the other two winners each received $100.