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TRA Sings An Agreement With SCO To Provide Scholarships For 15 Students
(10 October 2017)


The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) signed, through its funding arm ‘the ICT Fund’, an agreement with the Scholarship Coordination Office (SCO) of the Ministry of Presidential Affairs, to fund 15 abroad scholarships. The agreement signature took place during TRA’s participation in GITEX Technology Week 2017.

The agreement aims to provide more seats in the best international universities in domains that serve the ICT sector, and thus, support the country with distinguished cadres, capable of developing and enhancing the ICT sector to develop and build a competitive economy led by innovative and creative Emiratis.

H.E. Majed Al Mesmar, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of ICT Fund, affirmed that TRA’s strategy in developing specialised human resources, and supporting the higher education sector, is steadily progressing with the firm belief that investing in youth is one of the most important investments that guarantee continuous development and leadership of the country.

H.E. Al Mesmar added: “TRA will continue to support students and raise the level of innovation among the young generation, through ‘Betha’ Program as well as other programs launched by TRA for the aim of enhancing its social role, and fulfilling its responsibilities towards the community in developing its members and preparing them to lead the future, as well as assuring the continuous progress and leadership in our beloved country.”

Al Mesmar explained that the agreement allows distinguished students to pursue their studies and scientific specialization, in the best universities in the world, to meet the needs of different sectors in the country upon return, which would enable these young expert generations to lead and keep pace with major transformations in the ICT sector.

H.E. Dr. Ali Ghanem Al Ari, Director of External Scholarships in the Scholarships Office at the Ministry of Presidential Affairs, praised the collaboration with TRA, stating that the agreement will provide highly qualified Emirati cadres, to meet the needs of telecom sector, which is rapidly growing and in great need for national capacities. He appreciated the role of TRA in supporting distinguished students in their pursuit of qualitative academic attainment.

Al Ari said: “Through this agreement, we aim to support distinguished UAE students in their academic progress, and send them to prestigious international universities, in domains that meet the needs of the UAE future development, to provide qualified Emirati cadres and a capable generation, at the highest academic levels, to continue the development process of the UAE.”

He stressed that this agreement will benefit the students and improve their opportunities and options for higher education, especially in the field of communication technology. It also reflects the great cooperation between national institutions as well as the social responsibility, to serve the future and the development of national human resources.  

The Scholarship Office of the Ministry of Presidential Affairs manages the scholarship of His Highness the President of the UAE. It is one of the responsible entities for sending students to study abroad, and requesting funding from ICT Fund, through ‘Betha’ Program, for 15 abroad study scholarships for Emirati students, which has been granted through signing the agreement with TRA. 

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