Empowering Human Scientific Capacities, Inspiring the Youth
The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) and the launch of the Entaliq Graduate Scholarship Program confirm the status of the UAE as a spacefaring nation and a pioneer in Space Science from hereon. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, and Ruler of Dubai, envisions a diversified and knowledge-based economy for the UAE brought about by the burgeoning space industry. The vision: to create highly skilled jobs in the space sector for a growing youth population.
This is the first step the UAE is taking on the Emiratis' seven-year journey to Mars, through the MBRSC. The Mars Mission, a national pride for the UAE, is the first space exploration journey by an Arab - Islamic country. As the Space Centre promotes local space technology to boost economic productivity and knowledge creation, the Graduate Scholarships Program focuses on nurturing scientific minds and "moulding the next generation of brilliant Emirati Space Scientists and Engineers".
The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre provides funds for industrial, scientific and research facilities, as well as diverse research opportunities in the UAE, and will award scholarships to deserving students pursuing degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), through the Entaliq Graduate Scholarship Program. It aims to develop highly qualified Engineers specializing in Space Science, and encourage and inspire exceptional students who have the drive and passion in sciences and technologies to play a key role in UAEís journey to space exploration.
It is, by far, the Most Distinguished Scholarship Program in the UAE.
The Emirati vision to send engineers and scientists by 2020 to work on the Mars mission and other key space explorations in collaboration with other countries would entail the need to train more outstanding young minds in the field of space science. MBRSCís Entaliq Scholarship provides support to eligible high school graduates who dream of going to space and beyond, in pursuit of advancement in science and technology. The Graduate Scholarship Program will fortify UAEís pioneer status in in the field of Space Science.
Space Agencies around the world, including NASA and the European Space Agency are working closely with the UAE to make this monumental step towards space exploration and study, and for an integrated scientific and educational structure. This strategic space partnership is an international collaboration that will give scholars the opportunity to travel the world and study astronomical sciences in countries across the globe.
The Graduate Scholarship Program is directed toward raising the ranks of space science in the UAE, and in developing the knowledge, tools, and technologies to support the Emirati space sector. The scholarship provides financial support for students in higher education. The new generation of scholars will be catalysts, leading the nation to new space innovations and discoveries that is far beyond what the world has accomplished up to now. In addition, the program will open work opportunities for the aspiring engineers and scientists in MBSRC and partner space programs around the world, and develop a strong science workforce and human capabilities in space.