Monday 21 September 2020

Al Jalila opens applications for PG scholarships

DUBAI, May 4, 2020

Dubai's Al Jalila Foundation, a member of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, said that applications for its 2020/2021 postgraduate medical international scholarships have opened.

As part of the country’s response to the global novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak, the Foundation’s scholarship programme will help prepare a cadre of Emirati healthcare professionals to deal with viral diseases in the future.

Al Jalila Foundation has invited UAE Nationals to apply for postgraduate scholarships at world class international universities in a number of medical fields: virology, genetics and genomics, nanotechnology, stem cells, immunology and biomedical data science.

Dr Raja Easa Al Gurg, chairperson of the Board of Directors and member of the Board of Trustees of Al Jalila Foundation, said: “The medical profession represents one of the most noble and greatest services rendered to mankind. Today with the coronavirus pandemic, we are all witnessing the courage of healthcare workers as they risk their lives to save patients’ lives. Health is the cornerstone of a nation’s longevity, economic development and sustainability and at Al Jalila Foundation we aim to build medical capacity to strengthen the health system to support the government’s efforts in safeguarding human health.”

 Since the launch of the scholarship programme, Al Jalila Foundation has awarded 56 scholarships in nursing, dentistry, public health, pharmacy, molecular biology and biotechnology, among others at local institutions and three international scholarships at Harvard Medical School and Boston University. Al Jalila Foundation has invested AED 15.5 million to strengthen the UAE’s medical capabilities and continues to monitor the emerging healthcare needs to respond accordingly.

Dr Abdulkareem Al Olama, CEO of Al Jalila Foundation, commented: “Covid-19 has highlighted a greater need for highly skilled medical professionals in a number of specialisations to address viral diseases and pandemics. If we look at the global frontrunners in healthcare, what sets them apart are their investments in developing their human capital.

“We are proud to once again extend financial support to aspiring Emirati healthcare professionals enabling them to specialise and further build the expertise to contribute to the wellbeing of the nation. Not only will our scholarships help to develop capabilities, they will build capacity, continuity and sustainability in the UAE’s healthcare sector. Each stream of graduates will contribute to the country’s quality of healthcare – and, by extension, the quality of life.”

 The application deadline for Al Jalila Foundation international scholarships is July 7, 2020. Interested applicants can find more information and application guidelines on Al Jalila Foundation’s website – TradeArabia News Service


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