Scholarships in museum studies for 150 students


ABU DHABI — One hundred and fifty Emirati students will be offered a scholarship grant in Museum Studies in an endeavour to fill the human capital required to staff the museums and cultural institutions in the Saadiyat Islands’ Cultural District by 2013.

An agreement was signed in this regard on Thursday by Dr Mugheer Khamis Al Khaili, Director-General of the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC), and Mubarak Hamad Al Muhairi, Managing Director of the Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC).

The scholarship programme, which will include bachelor and master’s degrees in history, culture and heritage and major in Museum Studies, will be given to select 50 students every year from 2010-2011 academic year to 2012-2013. In addition to the scholarship, the TDIC will also provide employment to the students, upon successful completion of their studies, to work in the museums which are being constructed in the Saadiyat Island’s Cultural District.

Dr Al Khalil said the scholarship programme “aims to provide our students with opportunities to study important and necessary disciplines and acquire knowledge and expertise in the area of cultural and museum studies in order to meet the employment needs of governmental departments and private enterprises in the emirate”.

Only students meeting the admission requirements of the institutions accredited and agreed upon by both the ADEC and the TDIC will be selected.

“Priority for the scholarships will be directed toward programmes at Paris-Sorbonne University in Abu Dhabi (PSUAD). ADEC and TDIC will collectively set the minimum requirements which any applicant for a scholarship in any given school year must satisfy,” said Dr Al Khaili.

The ADEC will provide funding for all scholarships in accordance with its applicable policies. Funding will include tuition, stipends, accommodation, travel and other associated costs and expenses for each student.

“The scholarship will continue until all students graduate and will be renewable at the start of the 2013 academic year, if necessary, through the implementation of a new agreement to be signed by the two organisations,” he added. The ADEC and the TDIC will coordinate with all schools and universities for developing the programmes necessary for supporting art and culture disciplines to develop the human capital required for staffing the museums and cultural institutions in the Saadiyat Islands’ Cultural District shortly before they are inaugurated in 2013.  —

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