RIYAD: The British Embassy and the British Council announced the recipients of the 2020-2021 Study UK Alumni AwardsStudy UK Alumni Awards 2020-2021 in Saudi Arabia at an awards ceremony hosted by the British Ambassador to Riyadh, Neil Crompton, Wednesday.
British alumni from Jeddah, Riyadh, Dhahran, Qassim and Thuwal were recognized for their outstanding achievements as professionals, entrepreneurs and community leaders, and for their significant contributions to strengthening the collaborative links between the UK and the Saudi Arabia.
The Study UK Alumni Awards 2022 call for applications is open until October 29, 2021.
The awards have been developed by the British Council and UK Universities, and are open to alumni residing in any country outside the UK who have studied in the UK, from an officially recognized provider of UK university studies for a minimum of one term or one semester. , or who have obtained a full UK degree (or higher) from a UK university within the past 15 years.
Speaking at the awards ceremony, the UK envoy said: “I am delighted to host the 7th Study UK Alumni Award in person this year and to have the chance to meet many women and brilliant Saudi men who contribute to economic success and social impact through their work, in their professions and in their communities to achieve the vision set by their leaders.
He added: âThis prestigious international award celebrates British higher education and the achievements of outstanding Saudis who have studied in the UK and use their education to make a positive impact. It reflects the broader partnership between our two countries. My congratulations to all of our finalists and winners. I encourage many more Saudis who have studied in the UK to apply for the awards so that more of these amazing stories can be shared, not only to celebrate their success but also to inspire others.
Eilidh Kennedy McLean, National Director of the British Council, said: âThe remarkable people we celebrated today at the awards show all took their UK education as a starting point to excel in their careers. they chose and shape the world around them. This year’s awards ceremony is a testament not only to the diversity of British alumni and their efforts, but also to the transformative impact of a British education. With over 100,000 alumni of a British education, there is much to celebrate. “
The award received around 1,300 applications from former UK international students in over 100 countries, representing over 120 UK higher education institutions across the UK. Following interviews with a jury, the recipients were selected for the three award categories: professional achievement, entrepreneurship and social impact.
The Professional Excellence Award, which recognizes alumni who have demonstrated exemplary leadership in their professional field, was presented to Dr Roua Alsubki, alumnus of University College London.
Roua is Associate Dean of Skills and Development at King Saud University, the first woman to hold this position.
The Social Impact Award, which recognizes alumni who have made outstanding contributions to creating positive social change, was presented to Dr Bandar Alosaimi for creating COVIDAT, a website that provides scientific information on COVID-19 in Arabic.
He saw the need to translate developments in medical research to the everyday Arabic reader to avoid misinformation and misconceptions about the coronavirus.
A graduate of the University of Manchester and the University of Salford, where he obtained his Masters and Doctorate degrees, Alosaimi is Assistant Professor of Virology in the Faculty of Medicine, Head of the Virology Research Team and Chairman of the Laboratories research center at King Fahad Medical City.
The entrepreneurial award was presented to Dr Wail Mousa, a graduate of the University of Leeds.
Mousa is the founding dean of the Institute of Entrepreneurship and professor of electrical engineering at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals. He was the first Saudi to be sponsored by Dhahran Techno Valley for a PhD in Electronics and Electrical Engineering from the University of Leeds.
Sir Steve Smith, UK Prime Minister’s Special Representative for Education, attended the awards ceremony and told Arab News: âI am here for a strategic partnership between the UK and Saudi Arabia in the education sector. The role was created following a meeting between the two governments in 2018 and the goal is to build on more than 60 years of collaboration between our two countries.
He added, âSince I was appointed a year ago, we have launched a lot of initiatives, some really exciting announcements in the areas of special education needs and skills in colleges and universities. “
Regarding the progress of the education partnership between Saudi Arabia and the UK, Smith said the partnership is developing well.
âThe key is to have a deep relationship. We are trying to make sure that we have momentum for the activities and to make it clear to partners in the UK and Saudi Arabia that this can be mutually beneficial. “
Saudi Education Minister Dr Hamad bin Mohammed Al Al-Sheikh and Smith discussed ways to improve educational, academic and research cooperation, and share best practices and expertise between the two countries. .
The meeting focused on the efforts of Saudi Arabia and the UK in education, areas of cooperation in public education, curriculum development, curriculum of the course system for secondary education , in addition to the education of talented students and students with disabilities.
The talks also focused on cooperation in university education, scientific research, accreditation of university degrees, as well as academic and research partnerships between the universities of the two countries, and the strengthening of cooperation in education. integrated and distance education.
He said universities in the two countries are getting closer to work together. The University of Birmingham on Tuesday signed an agreement with King Saud University, he added.