Abu Dhabi: The UAE is one of the world’s most generous countries in assisting those in need, according to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
Abu Dhabi University announced on Monday that a fund-raising initiative to raise Dh15 million will run throughout Ramadan to help 300 gifted students in the UAE.
In collaboration with the Zakat Fund and Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank (Adib), the University is working to make world-class education more accessible for students in the country.
The drive has the slogan, ‘Our youth our responsibility.’
“As an institution we are passionate about the youth and recognise that many are gifted with academics talents and ambition; however, there is one gift they do not have, the financial gift, which will be the remaining stepping stone on their way to greatness,” said Dr Nabeel Ibrahim, chancellor of Abu Dhabi University.
“Therefore, this fund-raising initiative came to remove financial obstacles for students, who wish to complete their education in a prestigious institution that offers high-quality standards.
“Any assistance could be of great value to students whether through scholarships or tuition discounts,” he added.
Donation channels have been made as accessible and convenient as possible.
“In order to encourage the Ramadan spirit of generosity, the Zakat Fund will help in collecting donations directly from donors. Otherwise, donors can use Zakat Online via the fund’s website www.zf.ae to contribute at any time,” said Abdullah Al Muhairi, Secretary-General of the Zakat Fund.
Additionally, contributions can also be made via ATMs throughout shopping malls and other public places in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and the Western Region.
“These donations are a precious investment in our gifted young people as they are the backbone of our nation. We do believe in them and will go the extra mile to transform their aspirations and ambitions into reality,” he added.