Sheikh Mohamed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Just Made History With His Latest Education Initiative
A 28 year old woman, from the United Arab Emirates, just became the first to receive of a new scholarship at Oxford University. Rana Al-Mutwa earned the first-ever University of Oxford-Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Graduate Scholarship.
The scholarship is funded by the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation in cooperation with Oxford University.
The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation was established in 2007, and its purpose was to promote education and improve personal development. The scholarship covers tuition and living expenses for one graduate student.
Rana is planning to pursue her doctorate in Middle Eastern studies with that scholarship, with a focus on Emirati culture. She was one of 60 candidates considered for the award.
“We’re trying to improve education, knowledge and development for all of humanity. Some of our activities are financing or encouraging basic education for thousands of people, and others are for the elite scholars. We’re translating Sheikh Mohammed’s vision of knowledge and development into practical things,” Ahlam Al Hosani, the foundation’s Senior Officer of Human Capital said.
The winner is quite an achieved academic already. She already has two masters’ degrees; one from Columbia University and the second from the University of Tokyo. She also got her bachelor’s degree from the American University in Dubai.