With Comprehensive Scholarship and Grant Programs, Sheikh Saud Invests in RAK's Future

Unlike many of its peer nations in the Middle East, Ras Al Khaimah isn't known for its massive oil or natural gas reserves. Nevertheless, it's recognized for its diverse economy, high living standards and favorable investment climate. Much of its economic success can be attributed to the business-friendly policies that Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi has implemented since assuming the emirate's leadership in 2010. Plenty of credit also goes to RAK's powerful program of scholarships, grants and educational partnerships that have collectively turned the emirate into a destination for international students.

His Highness Builds a Strong Educational Foundation

Like many benevolent leaders, Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi understands the power of education. Accordingly, he has built RAK's educational sector into a formidable force that has attracted the attention of academics and students from around the world. International students flock to the American University of Ras Al Khaimah, a regionally renowned university that offers a number of sought-after degree programs. Many of these, including the Bachelor of Biotechnology and Bachelor of Computer Engineering, exist to prepare students for lucrative "new economy" jobs. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research recognizes Ittihad University as a top-notch purveyor of practical degrees like the Bachelor of Business Information Systems and Bachelor of English Language Education.

From Advanced-Degree Seekers to Future Doctors

Thanks to its comprehensive network of grant and scholarship programs, Ras Al Khaimah's education sector doesn't just attract students who wish to obtain bachelor's degrees and technical certifications. The emirate also draws doctoral students, future doctors and other advanced-degree seekers. Sheikh Saud has made educational excellence a top priority for the emirate, and he personally oversees the ever-growing Sheikh Saqr Program for Government Excellence. Since its inception, the program has issued thousands of scholarships to undergraduates and seekers of master's degrees. Many "Government Excellence" graduates remain in RAK to contribute to its booming manufacturing and technology sectors.

Not Just Grants: Awards, Recognition and Collaboration

Thanks to the patronage of His Highness, RAK's education system is recognized for its collaborative atmosphere and fruitful partnerships. For starters, the RAK Award for Creativity and Educational Excellence singles out high-performing students, academics and administrators who work to strengthen and deepen the emirate's educational offerings. The Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi Foundation for Policy Research seeks to fund worthy research endeavors that make the emirate more attractive to international investors. According to foundation director Dr. Natasha Ridge, the organization aims to fund education, healthcare and social policy research that will support high-wage employment and lead to technological breakthroughs. Under its auspices, a number of local and international institutions collaborate on a wide range of projects. In fact, the foundation has successfully attracted top-tier students from places like Australia, North America and the United Kingdom.

Ras Al Khaimah: Education Today, Economic Excellence Tomorrow

Thanks to the efforts of organizations like the Al Qasimi Foundation and the unrelenting patronage of Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi himself, RAK has emerged as an educational leader within the UAE and the broader Arab world. As more students, academics and business leaders learn about the emirate's myriad advantages, RAK is sure to burnish its reputation even further. Coupled with business-friendly free trade zones and attractive tax laws, the emirate's award-winning educational system will play a key role in its ongoing economic rebirth.

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