Students to benefit from scholarships

A joint scholarship programme between Nokia and the American University in Dubai will bring new opportunities to the region's students

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By  Barnaby Chesterman Published  December 7, 2000

Students in the UAE wishing to pursue their studies into higher education have been boosted by the news that Nokia and the American University in Dubai have launched a joint scholarship programme.

The Nokia Select scholarship programme is designed to cover the tuition costs of 15 academically gifted students until their graduation. Jointly funded by Nokia and the university, the programme is open to all prospective business, IT and engineering undergraduate students, with a minimum academic average of 85%, or equivalent. This is of paramount importance to students as the selection process is based purely on academic performance.

The university is welcoming students to submit applications which will be judged by a board of representatives from the partners. The 15 lucky students selected will have to maintain their academic achievement throughout their courses and will also be expected to behave in a suitable manner or their positions could be reconsidered.

Elias Bou Saab, vice president of the American University in Dubai, expressed his gratitude at being invited by Nokia to participate in such a venture. Nokia is the first multinational company to offer a scholarship programme, although Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum pioneered scholarship programmes in Dubai and offers up to 50 each year.

Eddie Maalouf, marketing manger for Nokia, said that the scheme was designed to help advance the business and IT education of students in the region. This he said will in turn bring future benefits to society in the region as its business and IT professionals will have benefited from a better education.

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