Bulletin: Sawiris Foundation Offers 60 Undergraduate Scholarships, 13 Institutions Join Climate Network in U.A.E.

The Interdisciplinary Approach 

In our new bulletin, Al-Fanar Media brings you the most prominent news of higher education in the Arab world and a selection of our best stories, besides opinion columns and new scholarship postings.

If you have just graduated from high school and are about to finish the university admission process, you must pay attention to the needs of the labour market in order to guarantee your future job.

In your search for your future job, you will face some challenges, so be sure you are ready from now on. At the forefront of considerations for future job seekers are artificial intelligence and the massive technological developments that threaten to eliminate millions of jobs around the world.

The second challenge is that mastering your major may not be enough on its own. There are many skills that you must acquire, starting with interdisciplinary ones. Today, engineers, for example, regardless of their specialisation, must develop soft skills.

You can be a media student, and found it indispensable to study business administration, especially if you are thinking of establishing your own media project. Don’t panic, just start.

Mohammad El-Hawary
Al-Fanar Media editor-in-chief

Our News:

60 Scholarships for High School Graduates in Egypt

The Sawiris Foundation for Social Development in Egypt recently announced the provision of scholarships for high school graduates, days after the government announced the results of this year’s high school-exit exams.

In a statement, the foundation said it will offer the “Sawiris Distinction Scholarships” through two tracks. The first is to support high school graduates in general, and the second is dedicated to supporting students with disabilities. Through these two tracks, the foundation will provide a total of 60 students with full scholarships for undergraduate studies in some of the best private, international, and public universities in Egypt.

These scholarships cover tuition fees, accommodation, and living expenses, in addition to the costs of educational materials and a laptop. The application deadline is August 7.

To learn more about the Sawiris Distinction Scholarship for Public High School Graduates, click here. To find out more about the Sawiris Distinction Scholarship for students with disabilities, click here.

13 Institutions Join the Emirates’ Universities Climate Network

The Universities Climate Network (UCN), chaired by New York University Abu Dhabi, has welcomed 13 additional higher-education institutions from the United Arab Emirates, bringing the number of participating institutions to 24.

According to the Emirates News Agency, the network’s members work together to encourage engagement among youth and academia in the leadup to COP28, the United Nations climate summit that will be held in Abu Dhabi in December. This includes collaborating on research and innovation for climate solutions, as well as facilitating dialogues, workshops, and public events, among other activities.

The new members are the Abu Dhabi Polytechnic, Abu Dhabi University, Ajman University, Al Ain University, American University in Dubai, American University in the Emirates, De Montfort University Dubai, Emirates College for Advanced Education, Heriot-Watt University Dubai, Rabdan Academy, the University of Birmingham Dubai, the University of Sharjah, and the University of Wollongong in Dubai. 

Iraq to Host Education Expo and Conference in September 

The Iraqi Ministry of Higher Education plans to hold an exhibition and conference on education next month, under the slogan: “Education: Innovation and the Future.” The event will run from September 16 to 19 in Baghdad.

In a statement on Facebook, the ministry said the event would provide an interactive environment for local and international education and business institutions, as well as local and international experts specialising in education and educational technology, to be part of the paths of Iraq’s education strategy.

The event is aimed at expanding the space of productive partnerships that contribute to the development of education, the ministry said.

15 Saudi Students Get Training in AI at Oxford University

Fifteen outstanding Saudi university students are continuing their training in an AI summer camp that was launched by the Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority (SDAIA) and King Abdullah University for Science and Technology (KAUST), in cooperation with the summer programme of Lady Margaret Hall, one of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford.

According to the Saudi Press Agency, the eight-week training is designed to develop the students’ capabilities in the field of artificial intelligence and other advanced technologies.

The Oxford programme integrates with KAUST’s existing program in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia, where the students will continue their training after the completion of the summer camp.

This camp is one of three camps launched by SDAIA and KAUST for undergraduate and secondary school students on the campuses of KAUST and the University of Oxford with the aim of enhancing their skills in natural language processing and learning about knowledge graphic networks.

Saudi students participate in advanced courses in artificial intelligence at the University of Oxford. (Photo: Saudi Press Agency)

Lebanese University Holds Webinar on Media Interviewing Skills

The Lebanese University’s Centre MINE (Centre for Careers, Innovation and Entrepreneurship) organised a webinar on “Media Interviewing Skills”, presented by journalist and trainer Paula Nassif.

In the webinar, Nassif provided tips on how to prepare for media interviews, how to formulate effective interview questions, and how to deliver key messages during the interview. She stressed the importance of building rapport with the interviewees, and how to deal with difficult questions or situations that might arise during the interview.

Centre MINE seeks to stimulate innovation and entrepreneurship among students, guide and direct them to develop their skills and capabilities to serve the goals of sustainable development, according to the university.

Our Suggestions: 

Inspiring Talks and Content Platforms for Undergraduate Students

Besides academic achievement, many undergraduate students are preoccupied with their future and developing a life vision. For this it is often useful to learn about others’ experiences and successes, so Al-Fanar Media has researched a list of free video resources and content platforms, including a sampling of talks from the popular TED and TEDx conferences that we think students will find inspiring and beneficial. Explore more in the article.


The United Arab Emirates: An Emerging Hub for Higher Education

The United Arab Emirates has emerged as a major higher-education destination in recent years. Claire Roper-Browning, regional director of marketing, recruitment, admissions and communications at Heriot-Watt University Dubai, shares some insights on what makes the U.A.E. so attractive to international students. Read more in this commentary

In Conflict: 

Sudanese Students in Egypt Are Pinched between War at Home and Rising Costs in Egypt

As clashes between Sudan’s national army and a paramilitary group called the Rapid Support Forces continue to rage, Sudanese students in Egypt face numerous challenges to complete their university education, including disruptions of payments from their home country and a cost-of-living crisis in Egypt. Read more in this article


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