British Council announces finalists for 2019 Study UK Alumni Awards

The award received over 1,200 applications from international UK alumni in a record 120 countries, representing more than 140 higher education institutions. (Supplied)
Updated 12 February 2019
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British Council announces finalists for 2019 Study UK Alumni Awards

  • The three award winners will be announced at a ceremony hosted by British Ambassador Simon Collis in Riyadh on March 11

JEDDAH: The British Council and British Embassy in Riyadh announced the nine finalists for the Study UK Alumni Awards 2019 on Monday.
The finalists were selected for their outstanding achievements as business professionals, entrepreneurs and community leaders, and for their important contributions to strengthening collaborative ties between the UK and Saudi Arabia.
The three award winners will be announced at a ceremony hosted by British Ambassador Simon Collis in Riyadh on March 11.
“I am delighted to announce the finalists for the Study UK Alumni Awards 2019, which is in its fourth year in Saudi Arabia,” Collis said. “This award honors the achievements of outstanding Saudi women and men who studied at British universities, and are now using their UK education to make a positive impact towards realizing their nation’s vision.
“My congratulations to all our finalists, in the professional, entrepreneurial, and social impact categories.”
The award received over 1,200 applications from international UK alumni in a record 120 countries, representing more than 140 higher education institutions.
The British Council’s Saudi Arabia director, Amir Ramzan, said: “The Study UK Alumni Awards provide a platform for highlighting and showcasing wonderful local talent with a UK education. Their stories are varied and inspirational and allow us to appreciate their country and their contributions to Saudi Arabia.”
The finalists for the Professional Achievement Award are Prof. Faris Al-Enzi, who is a graduate of Imperial College London, Dr. Fahad Al-Naim, a graduate of the University of Manchester and Brunel University, and Dr. Waleed Al-Salem, who graduated from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.
The finalists for the Social Impact Award, for alumni who have made an exceptional contribution to creating positive social change, are Dr. Taghreed Al-Saraj, who attended University College London, Dr. Jouharah Abalkhail of the University of Hull, and Dr. Shaihana Almatrrouk, who also attended Manchester.
The finalists of the Entrepreneurial Award, meanwhile, are Dr. Mazin Al-Zaidi, who studied at the University of Warwick, Osamah Al-Awwam, of London Metropolitan University, and Mai Al-Athel, who attended the University of the Arts, London.


Youth pillars of reform plan, future of Saudi Arabia

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Youth pillars of reform plan, future of Saudi Arabia

  • A survey last year showed that 92 percent of young Saudis interviewed expressed a positive view of the outcome of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s Vision 2030

RIYADH: Young people in Saudi Arabia are the pillars of the country’s reform plan and the future of the Kingdom, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported Prince Abdul Aziz bin Turki Al-Faisal as saying.
The prince said that 70 percent of the country’s population were aged between 15 and 35, and that young people and sports were two key elements of the Vision 2030 reform plan.
“We rely heavily on the programs offered by the state in various fields of sports, the arts and entertainment for young men and women, and I hope that we always offer the best to Saudi Arabia, the Arab world and the Islamic world.”
The prince was in Cairo, attending a meeting of the Council of Arab Ministers of Youth and Sports. He said in a press statement that the Kingdom put forward many proposals throughout the year and that ministries responded positively to youth activities. 
“The Kingdom has responded positively to many of the resolutions recommended during the meeting,” he said, adding that he hoped Arab youths would benefit from the outcome of these recommendations and meetings.
SPA reported last week that young Saudis were being trained to deal with the international media as part of a project to promote the Kingdom around the world.
A survey last year showed that 92 percent of young Saudis interviewed expressed a positive view of the outcome of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s Vision 2030.