UAE ICT Fund assigns $15m for scholarships

Fund extends support for UAE Nationals studying in ICT sector

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UAE ICT Fund assigns $15m for scholarships Scholardship funds can help create tomorrow's innovators, says Bastaki.
By  Mark Sutton Published  July 13, 2011

The UAE Government's ICT Fund has announced that it will make 58 million dirhams ($15.7m) available for scholarships for Emirati national students for the coming academic year.

The Fund has already given Dhs 115m ($31.3m)for scholarships, and this year aims to open one hundred more seats for students.

Students have been sponsored under the Be'tha Programme, to study ICT related subjects at universities in the UAE and abroad.

The ICT Fund has a remit to develop the ICT sector in the UAE, through support for entrepreneurship, R&D and developing local skills and expertise in the sector.

HE Dr Abdulqadar Al Khayat, Chairman, ICT Fund commented: "Through its mandate the ICT Fund continues to deliver on its scholarship agenda. We look forward to ensuring that the Be'tha Program will create a skilled workforce in ICT on par with globally competitive industries. We are extremely proud of our UAE Nationals who are representing our country abroad, and equally as proud of those who are studying in our local universities. Together these students will become a diverse and well educated force in developing our knowledge-based economy in the UAE."

"We are creating our competitive edge in the ICT sector every day for these students who learn and compete in their local and international academic environments. A scholarship provided by the ICT Fund today can graduate talents and inspire innovation for tomorrow, which can turn into revolutionary new ideas, one that the UAE can use to compete with the world market. One of the ways we build this ICT ‘value chain' is supporting educational funding," added Dr Eesa Bastaki, CEO ICT Fund.

2695 days ago
Turhan Muluk

Education programs are very important for the future of countries. For example, Turkey connected all schools (40.000) with broadband, now connecting 620.000 classrooms with broadband/smartboard and will distribute free computers to 15 million students. Not only these students will use computers, their family will also use them at home.
You can imagine how it will help to the future of Turkey and how it will accelerate broadband penetration.
I believe UAE also needs to focus such kind of national education transformation programs (in fact this is a broadband transformation program).

2712 days ago
Vinod Mehra

Great initiatives but lacks punch, one more scholarship with no Vision.

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