Masdar Institute of Science and Technology and the Toyota Motor Corporation, leaders in sustainable technologies and winner of the 2010 Zayed Future Energy Prize (ZFEP), yesterday named Fatma Al Showab as the first UAE national Masdar Institute-Toyota Scholarship recipient, reinforcing the institute's continuing commitment to the country's human capital development.
Engineering Systems and Management student Al Showab was selected out of 14 highly competitive applicants to become the fourth ever recipient of the prestigious two-year scholarship.
Takayuki Yoshitsugu, Chief Representative, Middle East and North Africa Representative Office, TOYOTA Motor Corporation, said, "We congratulate Fatma Al Showab for being awarded the Masdar Institute-Toyota Scholarship. This programme reflects our continuous commitment to provide training and guidance to talented youth towards achieving sustainable solutions. We are proud to be associated with a research-based institution such as Masdar Institute and support the development of sustainable technologies through this scholarship programme." Toyota established the Masdar Institute-Toyota Scholarship in response to winning the Zayed Future Energy Prize in 2010. The scholarship is designed to promote opportunities for students in all of Masdar Institute's nine Master's degree majors to work on projects in the area of technologies for sustainable development.
Dr. Fred Moavenzadeh, President, Masdar Institute, said, "The announcement of the fourth Masdar Institute-Toyota Scholar illustrates our continuing collaboration with global leaders in innovation, with a particular focus on local human capital development. With the support of the UAE leadership, we continue to seek partnerships that will bring benefit to the UAE and wider world. We congratulate Fatma Al Showab on her selection and believe she will emulate the previous Toyota scholars and help achieve sustainable technologies through her research." Each year, the scholarship is awarded to a first-year student in any one of Masdar Institute's nine MSc programs. In addition to the usual Masdar Institute benefits, the scholarship recipient is provided with a special two-week ‘Japan Experience' arranged by the Toyota Motor Corporation.
Al Showab was selected by a panel that included Dr. Nawal Al Hosany, Director, Zayed Future Energy Prize and Rabia M. Bekhazi Career Services and Alumni Affairs Manager and Acting Director of Student Affairs; Dr. Abdulla Galadari, Assistant Professor, Engineering Systems and Management, and Kevin Garvey, Lecturer and Bridie Farah, Lecturer, all from Masdar Institute.
Source: Ahram Online