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Arab students compete in the name of science

Intel Science Competition – Arab World is giving away scholarships to top universities

Arab students compete in the name of science
Taha Khalifa, Intel Egypt Country Manager, Professor Essam Sharaf, Chairman of Science Age Society and former minister of transportation and Dr Ahmed Toubal, Deputy Minister of Education for Technology Affairs spoke at the launch of the Intel Science Competition - Arab World.

Intel Corporation and Science Age Society (SAS) have launched a competition to find the brightest science students in the Arab world.

Intel Science Competition - Arab World will take place in Egypt and will host the brightest students from   ten Arab countries at Bibliotheca Alexandrina from December 7 to 9, 2010, under patronage of the Arab League.

"There is a vital need in the Arab world to enhance education and enable new generations to actively take part in the global knowledge-based economy. Since putting focus on students' innovative skills has become an essential need in our Arab region, the initiative by Intel and Science Age Society to provide the environment that supports the intellect of our creative children is an example to be followed; and we wish to see a repeat of such endeavors where we benefit from the long experience of global pioneering companies like Intel," said Professor Essam Sharaf, Chairman of Science Age Society.

Over 120 students from ten Arab countries will be fighting for monetary prizes totaling $20,000 and scholarships from top Arab universities.

The competition aims to encourage intermediate and secondary level students between 14 and 18 years old to grow their interest in scientific disciplines.

Various scientific and social specialisations are covered by the projects in the competition.

According to Intel, this competition will foster local innovation and increase local talent and research capacity.

"We believe that today's youth are the key for solving global challenges, and it is critical that they have the opportunity to pursue scientific research to tackle local and global problems," said Shelly Esque, Intel vice president for Legal and Corporate Affairs, director of Corporate Affairs Group and president of the Intel Foundation, who will be visiting Egypt at the time of the Competition.

Contestants will be coming from Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia  and the United Arab Emirates.

Arab strategic partners participating in the competition include UAE Ministry of Education, Oman Ministry of Education, the King Abdulaziz and his Companions Foundation for the Giftedness and Creativity (Mawhiba), Hariri Foundation in Lebanon, Alnayzak Foundation in Palestine, Ministry of Education in Egypt, Ministry of Education in Morocco, Ministry of Education in Tunisia, Alexandria Library in Egypt, Ministry of Education in Kuwait, and the Kuwait Science Club.

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