41 Emirati students awarded Al Nokhba Scholarship

Advanced technology scholarship aims to educate students fro the semiconductor industry

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41 Emirati students awarded Al Nokhba Scholarship Ibrahim Ajami, CEO of ATIC says that the scholarship enables students to engage with the advanced technology industry.
By  Georgina Enzer Published  July 25, 2011

Forty-one Emirati students received the 2011 Al Nokhba Scholarship for Advanced Technology, sponsored by the Advanced Technology Investment Company (ATIC) and the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC), at a ceremony at the Fairmont Bab Al Bahar this week.

"The semiconductor industry is among the most sophisticated in the world," said Ibrahim Ajami, CEO of ATIC. "This sophistication requires a thoughtful and long term-investment in human capital in order to compete and ultimately drive development within the industry. Every year the Al Nokhba Scholarship enables students to engage in the technology industry, we take a significant step toward a robust workforce and the Emirate's successful economic diversification."

The 41 Al Nokhba scholars will now complete their undergraduate studies as well as  three complete masters-level qualifications in a range of science and engineering subjects including chemical, mechanical and electrical engineering, electromechanical computer engineering, physics and materials sciences.

This year's class has achieved a record number of direct admissions to tier-one universities within the United States and has seen an increase in the number of female students qualifying for the scholarship.

This year, 30 male students and 11 female students from across Abu Dhabi were accepted into the scholarship programme.

Programme representatives say this figure surpassed their initial goals for this class. 

"We have been providing these scholars with the best study opportunities in a range of technology-based majors. As we work to prepare qualified students to enter the growing semiconductor industry, I would like to express my pride in the increasing number of applications we are receiving both from female and male Emirati students, as well as the success previous graduates have already gone on to find in the expanding industry," said Mona Majed Al Mansoori, ADEC's division manager of Guidance and Scholarships.
The ceremony also introduced the big brother and big sister component of the programme for the first time, which partners incoming scholars with older scholars who are already in the programme to help them face the challenges of moving abroad and studying.
Al Nokhba Scholars have their entire degree programme paid for by the scholarship and have the opportunity to participate in a hands-on internship at Globalfoundries, the ATIC-owned semiconductor manufacturing company. The internships are designed to ensure graduates from the scholarship programme have a strong understanding about semiconductors and the advanced technology industry.

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

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