Uae National Student Gets Chance To Continue Education Thanks To Bbg

Published November 19th, 2006 - 08:08 GMT

Shaikha Al Mazmi has embarked on an MSc in Information Technology Management at the British University in Dubai (BUiD) after receiving the award worth Dhs 40,000, which will cover half of her tuition fees.

The 24-year-old, who currently works as a buyer in the Procurement Section of the Dubai Airport Free Zone Authority, helps to support her family in Ajman and would have been unable to afford the course fees without the award.

She is the first student to benefit from a new annual BUiD scholarship to be funded by the BBG and needed to meet a series of demanding criteria to qualify for it. The scheme is just one of a range of awards that the BBG provides each year to help young Emiratis further their education.

She said: “This is a great opportunity and a dream come true for me. I have been trying to secure a scholarship for at least a year and, as I help support my family in Ajman, I would not have been able to continue my studies without it.

“I use a lot of software at work and the course is helping me to use IT to its fullest potential. I hope this degree will eventually help me get promotion and further my career.”

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The BBG has an extensive history of giving support to the British University in Dubai (BUiD) and was one of five organisations that joined forces to found the university in 2003.

David Lock, Registrar and Acting Chief Executive of BUiD, said: “The support of organisations like the BBG in the form of scholarships is vital as it helps us to attract the best students. The applicants are assessed against a range of criteria including academic ability and motivation for study. Therefore the scholarships give highly motivated and able students an opportunity to study at the university that they otherwise may not have had.”

The BBG also funds a scholarship scheme which allows Emirati students from disadvantaged backgrounds to undertake a course at Dubai Men’s College. Each student sponsored under the scheme receives Dhs 36,000 each year for the duration of their course to help towards the cost of their studies. Five students have benefited since the scheme was set up in 2001.

In addition the BBG will, from this year, provide an annual award of Dhs 50,000 to sponsor a female Emirati student under the Chevening Scholarship scheme. The prestigious award is administered by the British Council and enables overseas students to study in the UK.

Nick Dutt, Chairman of the BBG, said: “The purpose of the BBG scholarships is to foster stronger relationships between the UK and UAE and to contribute to the local community by giving young Emiratis a chance to further their education. Through the BBG the students can network with business people, gain experience in presenting themselves in a commercial environment and get some understanding of the business world.”

Caption: Members of the British Business Group present student Shaikha Al Mazmi and
representatives of the British University in Dubai with a Dhs 40,000 scholarship

Left to right: David Lock, Registrar and Acting Chief Executive of BUiD; Mirza Al
Sayegh, Deputy Chairman of the University Council; David May, BBG committee
member; Shaikha Al Mazmi; John Hawkins, HM Consul General at the British
Embassy in Dubai; Nick Dutt, BBG chairman.


The British Business Group, Dubai & Northern Emirates, more usually known as the BBG, was set up in 1987 to encourage the development of British business in the UAE. It undertakes a wide range of activities from communicating with decision makers and testing British goods to sharing best business practice and arranging networking events for its members.
The BBG is led by an elected committee of members and operates under the auspices of the Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry. It is recognised by the UAE authorities as the representative body of British companies and individuals operating in Dubai and the Northern Emirates.
Since its inception the BBG has undergone huge growth and now has more than 850 members and holds around 70 networking events, forums and seminars each year. It is widely recognised as one of the largest and most active business groups in the Gulf and is preparing to celebrate its 20th anniversary next year.
Its activities include a cost-effective Product Testing Service that allows British companies to identify how their product or service would compete in the regional markets. The BBG is also the official body for provision of British Standards in Dubai and the Northern Emirates.

The BBG’s events include regular monthly working luncheons, dinner and breakfast meetings and networking sessions, which provide a forum for members and guests to discuss their views and frequently feature guest speakers from the British and UAE business worlds. Its monthly Special Interest Groups provide a forum for members with a common interest and include Banking & Finance, Construction, Education and Real Estate.


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