More than 300 students apply for Hamdan bin Mohammed scholarship programme

The meeting was headed by Aisha Abdullah Miran, Director General of the Knowledge and Human Development Authority I Picture: Supplied
A total of 164 male and 157 female students have applied for the scholarship in the inaugural year 

Dubai, May 15, 2024: A total of 321 Emirati students from schools across the UAE have applied for the Hamdan bin Mohammed scholarship programme in the inaugural year. The programme launched by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council of Dubai as part of the Dubai Social Agenda 33 has an endowment of Dh1.1 billion.  

A total of 164 male and 157 female students applied for the scholarship. Students from American curriculum schools accounted for the highest number of applicants at 60%, followed by 13% each from British curriculum schools and UAE Ministry of Education curriculum schools, and 11% from International Baccalaureate curriculum schools. 

The initiative will provide 100 scholarships annually to Emirati students who are accepted to top universities around the world. 

The details were announced as the steering committee for the Hamdan bin Mohammed Scholarship Programme hosted its first meeting to review the programme’s achievements since its launch on January 22, 2024.  

The meeting was headed by Aisha Abdullah Miran, Director General of the Knowledge and Human Development Authority, and was attended by Abdullah Ali bin Zayed Al Falasi, Director General of the Dubai Government Human Resources Department and Vice Chairman of the committee, and other representatives from Dubai Government authorities. 

She also highlighted the significance of students’ diverse academic specialisations and highlighted the programme’s commitment to provide comprehensive support for students, saying, “The wide range of academic specialisations selected by students, along with their choice of top-tier universities worldwide, underscores our students’ dedication to excellence and their ambition to forge a brighter future for their nation across all sectors. We are committed to offering comprehensive support to our students through a robust, methodological approach in the application evaluation process, ensuring fairness and equal opportunities for all applicants. We will also provide ongoing assistance and mentorship to the shortlisted students, nurturing their leadership abilities to realise Dubai’s aspirations.”  

The meeting also marked the presentation of the official policy of the Hamdan bin Mohammed Scholarship Programme. The policy is designed to outline the programme’s objectives, standards, processes, and roles, ensuring transparency, fairness, and accountability in the selection and support of participating students.   

The programme policy includes clear guidelines for the application process, the eligibility criteria, selection procedures, and terms and conditions of scholarships, including details about their duration, benefits, and obligations for the students who receive them.  

The policy also outlines protocols for the disbursement and financial management of scholarship funds, and specifies the support services offered to recipients, as well as an evaluation framework to monitor the programme. 

Additionally, the committee also has the role of approving the budget and financial plan for the programme and forming subcommittees and teams and determining their roles. 

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