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UOWD celebrates academic high fliers during scholarship ceremony

Thursday, 5 November, 2015

Over 170 gifted students benefit from UOWD scholarship and bursary fund totalling AED 1.6 million, with 57% of the awards bestowed to high-achieving female students

A new cohort of academically gifted students was welcomed to the University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD) recently during a formal scholarship ceremony.

Celebrating one of the University’s largest intakes of students meeting the rigorous standards to achieve scholarships of between 15 and 50 per cent, over 170 scholarships were awarded in front of an audience of family members and University faculty.

57% of the scholarships available were awarded to high achieving female students. Amongst the top performing students was Nicole Alemao, who joined UOWD from Al Diyafah School with 4 AS Levels at grade A, Miss Chandani Vaya Ratilal Vallabhdas, who joined with a CBSE score of 95.6% and Miss Sana Ali Al Ashrafy, who completed grade 12 with 98.6%. All three students are enjoying a 50 per cent scholarship.

Commenting on the award, Bachelor of Commerce student Nicole Alemao said: “It was a great feeling when I achieved my AS Level results and found out I would be awarded a 50 per cent scholarship at UOWD. I am proud to be a student at a university which is renowned throughout the UAE and beyond for its Bachelor of Commerce program. The scholarship has given me a boost to maintain my performance throughout the course of my degree. “

Professor Mohamed Salem, President of UOWD, said of the occasion, “This semester we have awarded scholarships worth AED 1.6 million, together with a bursary fund for students facing financial hardships and assistance for our alumni to continue with postgraduate study. The scholarship fund has allowed some of the UAE’s rising academic stars to benefit from a quality education from one of the UAE’s oldest private universities. We are delighted to be able to celebrate the accomplishments of our students.”