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Zayed University collaborates with L'Oreal Middle East "For Women in Science"

04 Jun 2014

Her Excellency Sheikha Lubna Bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of Development and International Cooperation, President of Zayed University, signed today an MoU on partnership with L’Oréal Middle East on the “L’Oreal-UNESCO For Women In Science” Middle East Fellowship Program.

Inked at Zayed University’s campus in Abu Dhabi, Mr. Thierry Houssin, Managing Director of L’Oréal Middle East, signed on behalf his organization.

In partnership with UNESCO, the « For Women in Science program », which was launched in the year 2010, provides support for women researchers on all continents and at different points in their careers. This may come in the early stages of a young researcher’s vocation or be in celebration of a full career committed to scientific advancement. The fifth edition of the program covers GCC countries along with Yemen, granting four 20.000 Euro -fellowships to  a female researcher from the UAE and other three peers who will be selected from the other six countries.

According to the Memorandum, Zayed University will nominate a Professor in Life Sciences to join the current Jury of the program as a Jury member and will work with them on the evaluation of applications and selection of the final fellows.

The University will also be in charge of the “Call for Application” in the UAE and GCC Universities. As it has strong established connections with all GCC universities, it will communicate with them on the program and encourage application of eligible candidates. It will also host seminars to be conducted by former fellows in order to give further details about the Program and to encourage eligible candidates to apply.

Her Excellency Sheikha Lubna welcomed the consolidation of the mutual collaboration with “L’Oreal Middle East”, and stressed on the fact that the memorandum embodies an integrated vision and a keenness of enhancing the mutual efforts to serve the UAE and the region.

"We are keen on constantly raising the level of scientific research and developing it by creating bridges of communication with all institutions and key players involved in promoting it, locally, regionally and globally", she stated.

Mr. Houssin commented saying: “We are delighted to launch our program under the patronage of Her Excellency, Sheikha Lubna Bint Khalid Al Qasimi, and believe that together, with Zayed University, we will continue to work proactively to ensure that women can make their dreams of science a reality and that they have the power to choose their futures”.     

“Because the world needs science and science needs women”, he asserted.

Update:

GCC And Yemen Female Scientists Urged To Run For Generous Fellowships From L’Oreal / UNESCO

The door is open for women in the region to run for the Fellowship Program entitled “For Women in Science”, recently announced by L’Oreal Foundation and UNESCO, in collaboration with Zayed University, UAE.

The competition for these awards for the year 2014 is limited to four female scientists/researchers, in recognition of their contribution to advancement of scientific development, and as a symbol of support to their professional career in science.

Both of Zayed University and “L’Oreal Middle East” had signed last month a Memorandum of Understanding that confirms cooperation in regards to the fellowship program, which was launched in the year 2010. This program provides support for women researchers on all continents and at different points in their careers. This may come in the early stages of a young researcher’s vocation or be in celebration of a full career committed to scientific advancement. The fifth edition of the program covers GCC countries along with Yemen, granting four 20,000 Euro -fellowships to  a female researcher from the UAE and other three peers who will be selected from the other six countries.

According to the Memorandum, Zayed University will nominate a Professor in Life Sciences to join the current Jury of the program as a Jury member and will work with them on the evaluation of applications and selection of the final fellows.

The University will also be in charge of the “Call for Application” in UAE and GCC Universities. As it has strong established connections with all GCC universities, it will inform them about the program and encourage application of eligible candidates. It will also host seminars to be conducted by former fellows in order to explain more about the Program and to encourage eligible candidates to apply. On the other hand, L’Oreal Middle East will coordinate with the Zayed Universiry to offer national and international internship opportunities for students.

L’Oreal Middle East urged the targeted women who wish to participate in the program to fill out the application forms and submit them before July 31, 2014 through the website: www.fwis.fr.

Mr. Thierry Houssin, Managing Director of L’Oréal Middle East, said that ensuring that women in the field of science deserves appreciation and support is the main objective of the partnership between L’Oreal Foundation and UNESCO.

“L’Oreal –UNESCO program “For Women in Science” is highlighting the exceptional effort done by Arab women in the field of science and making it a model role”, he assured.

“The winners of the grants in the past years and those who will join it this year are a good example of the future female scientists, as they enjoy the sense of creativity plus the perseverance for a successful career in the field of science”, he added.




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