ABU DHABI, 13th February, 2018 (WAM) — The Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation has distributed laptops and iPads to 1,230 higher education students studying at UAE University, UAEU, Zayed University and the Higher Colleges of Technology, HCT, as part of its academic initiative, titled, “Students In-Kind Assistance for the Academic Year 2017-2018.”
The initiative coincides with the declaration of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan officially naming 2018 as the Year of Zayed, and is part of his directives to organise initiatives that reflect the local and international humanitarian legacy of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.
The Foundation launched the initiative in cooperation with its strategic partners, with the Dubai Islamic Bank being its leading supporter.
Mohammed Haji Khouri, Director-General of the Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation, thanked the bank for its generous donation, which contributes annually to the success of the Foundation’s education programme, which has benefitted over 200,000 school and university students since its launch in 2009.
He added that the joint humanitarian and education initiatives between the Foundation, the bank and national universities are in line with the Year of Zayed and prioritises education on a national level while stressing that success cannot be achieved without further investment in education and the development of human resources.
Abdul Razzak Al Abdullah, Director of the Community Services Administration at the Dubai Islamic Bank, stated that the bank’s support is part of the coordination and partnership between various community sectors and reflects the values of cooperation, solidarity and tolerance in the Emirati community.
Dr. Abdullatif Al Shamsi, Director of the HCT Complex, said that the initiative is in line with the directives of the UAE’s wise leadership to prioritise education, as well as the permanent approach of the nation, which believes in the importance of charity work and community service.
The Foundation launched the initiative at the start of the 2011-2012 academic year, in cooperation with the Ministry of Higher Education, with over 200,000 students from 650 national schools and universities benefiting from the initiative.