41 Emirati students get Al Nokhba scholarship

Forty-one Emirati students were awarded the 2011 Al Nokhba Scholarship for Advanced Technology at an induction ceremony in the Capital on Sunday.

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Published: Wed 27 Jul 2011, 12:02 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 6:02 AM

Sponsored by the Advanced Technology Investment Company (ATIC) and the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC), the scholarship provides the best and brightest students from Abu Dhabi with world-class learning opportunities in advanced technology.

“The semiconductor industry is among the most sophisticated in the world.

“This sophistication requires a thoughtful and long-term investment in human capital in order to compete and ultimately drive development within the industry,” said Ibrahim Ajami, CEO of ATIC.

The Al Nokhba (elite) class of 2011 will see 41 students complete undergraduate studies and three complete master’s level qualifications in a range of science and engineering subjects, including chemical, mechanical and electrical engineering, electromechanical computer engineering, physics and material sciences.

“We have been providing these scholars with the best study opportunities in a range of technology-based majors,” explained Mona Majed Al Mansoori, ADEC’s Division Manager of Guidance and Scholarships.

Highlighting the increasing quality of incoming students, this year’s class has achieved a record number of direct admissions to tier-one universities in the US.

This year’s scholarship has further seen a significant uptake in the number of female students, with 30 male students and 11 female students from across Abu Dhabi meeting the high standards required by the scholarship. Programme officials said this figure surpassed their initial goals for this class, a promising sign of the significant role Emirati women will play in this growing industry.

As the second induction of Al Nokhba Scholarship recipients, Sunday’s event also saw the introduction of the ‘big brother and big sister’ component of the programme.

This aspect partners incoming students with the senior class to establish a network of communication enabling scholarship recipients to adapt easily as they move abroad.

In addition to receiving full support for completion of their studies, the Al Nokhba Scholars will benefit from the opportunity to participate in a hands-on internship at GLOBALFOUNDRIES, the ATIC-owned semiconductor manufacturing company, ensuring that they graduate with a high level of understanding about semiconductors and, more broadly, the advanced technology industry as a whole.

Successful graduates will also be eligible for guaranteed employment with GLOBALFOUNDRIES, or at other advanced technology companies nominated by ATIC.

Al Nokhba is part of ATIC’s efforts to develop a strong human capital base, which will serve as a foundation for Abu Dhabi’s strategic development in the advanced technology sector.


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