69 percent of Incoming Graduates Get Support to Complete Studies

10 Apr 2019

Almost one third of the incoming class of graduate students at Zayed University in this academic year 2018-2019 are alumni of the University, “which positively reflects on our high academic standards and nationally and internationally accredited programs menu, and most-notably the financial support allotted for new students,” said Prof. Nagi Wakim, Dean of ZU’s Graduate Studies.

Prof. Wakim stated that over the past four years, more than two-thirds (69 percent) of the incoming graduate students at Zayed University had received financial support either from the university or an external aid.  “On average, nearly half (46 percent) of the incoming graduate students are partially supported by ZU scholarships, and the remaining (23 percent) are sponsored by either their employers or external organizations,” he said.

He pointed out that Zayed University has a legacy of offering quality post-graduate education to UAE nationals and expats in business, finance, communication, education, cybersecurity, diplomacy and judicial studies on its campuses in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.  

The University is keen to continue to contribute to the development of a better skilled and educated workforce for the government and private sectors and to assist more people to achieve their aspirations for higher university degrees.  Accordingly, Zayed University is continuously upgrading and expanding its degree programs and introducing new utilities for financial support.

ZU provides scholarships based on an academic merit basis, as well as to its alumni to help defray the cost of tuition.  The university is also in the process of upgrading its graduate students financial support policy by adding several enhancements, which would expand the eligibility for Merit scholarships to a more substantial portion of applicants.

These enhancements are expected to provide a more significant subsidy of the tuition cost, and would introduce new types of assistantships with attractive financial compensations in return for working on campus as researchers or teaching assistants while studying full-time, and would offer group discounts on tuition to employees of selected partner organizations to pursue graduate studies at ZU.

“As we expand the menu of our degree program offerings in new disciplines, such as natural and health sciences and digital transformation, Zayed University will continue to introduce new services that will enhance access to professionally-oriented and research-based graduate programs for a wider segment of the society,” Wakim said.

Many reading sessions were held by the students in cooperation between the Department of Students Leadership and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. It included a Booktalk by student Anoud Mansouri of  ‘Sophie’s World’ a novel about the History of Philosophy by Jostien Gaarder. Another talk on  with student Sheikha Saleh, about ‘Rare Cases’ book by Kuwaiti Psychiatrist, Abdul Wahab Sayed Al-Rifai. Moreover, a lecture entitled "Is Arabic the best language?" was presented by Dr. Faris Ali, he highlighted the strengths of the Arabic language and its uniqueness to anthropology. Another lecture introduced the ‘Golden Tips’ of how to enjoy reading, addressed by members of the ZU Reading Club.

A "Reading Challenge" competition was launched for all students and staff to read 10 books within two months, share book-reviews via social mediums to encourage others to read it as well. Winners will be announced by the end of April 2019.

It’s worth mentioning, over 200 Zayed University students took part at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, where people of all ages and backgrounds come together with different authors from across the world to promote education, debate and above all else, develop the love of reading and writing.