Abu Dhabi: His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, has directed the allocation of a grant to Emirati students at Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi to pay university fees for their master’s degrees.

The grant includes UAE students who will join the university in the future. The gesture is part of Shaikh Mohammad’s keenness on qualifying Emirati students scientifically and intellectually with the best skills and the latest expertise from prestigious universities.

This came as Shaikh Mohammad received on Monday at Al Bahr Palace, Dr. Ali Rashid Al Nuaimi, Chairman of the Education and Knowledge Department, Professor Jean Chambaz, President of Sorbonne University, Dr. Mugheer Al Kaili, Vice President of Paris-Sorbonne University in Abu Dhabi, French Ambassador to the UAE Ludovic Pouille, and other educational figures.

Al Nuaimi extended thanks and appreciation to Shaikh Mohammad for his unlimited support for the education system and the launch of more innovative ideas and initiatives to explore the future.

He also noted that Shaikh Mohammad’s support underscores the desire of the wise leadership to qualify Emirati cadres and equip them with knowledge of science.

Professor Jean Chambaz also thanked Shaikh Mohammad for his substantial support, while noting that the support reflects the achievements accomplished by the university and opens up qualitative leaps to new horizons of the academic programmes that are consistent with expectations of UAE students and meet the priorities of the country’s educational policy.

He concluded that the grant emphasises that education represents the main pillar of development that catapults a country to a knowledge-based economy and that Shaikh Mohammad’s vision sets the basis of a global, modern education that keeps pace with the UAE’s future aspirations.