Two students from the United Arab Emirates have been awarded the Rhodes Scholarships to study at Oxford University from October next year.
The selection committee of Rhodes Scholarship awarded two university places to Sara Fekri, an Emirati student at King’s College London, and Guste Gurcinaite, a Lithuanian student at NYUAD, who is completing his BA in political science.
The two were selected after nominating themselves for the award along with more than 60 other students.
Ms Fekri is completing a BSc in Physics and will pursue a Masters in Mathematical and Theoretical Physics at Oxford.
Ms. Gurcinaite is completing her bachelor’s degree in political science. She hopes to complete an MPhil in Environmental Change and Management at Oxford.
They were chosen by a committee chaired by Omar Saif Ghobash, Deputy Minister of Cultural Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The two students will start at the British university in October 2023.
“When I was eight years old, my mother told me that my father wanted me to attend one of the best educational institutions in the world,” Mr Ghobash said.
“From then until I was 17, my focus was only on getting into a top university. I went to Oxford and met the Rhodes Scholars.
“I remember wishing I could apply for the scholarship as an Emirati. I am so proud that the United Arab Emirates has made this opportunity available to eligible students in the country.
Since 2014, 18 UAE-based students have received the scholarship.
Last year, the Emirati Rashid Alrafie and NYUAD Student Uljad Berdica has been selected as the 2022 Rhodes Scholar from the United Arab Emirates.
Established in 1902 by the late British businessman Cecil Rhodes, the Rhodes Scholarship is one of the world’s oldest awards for international scholarships and academic study. Applicants are selected through an intensive process that includes a written application and in-person interviews.
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