Abu Dhabi: Khalifa University of Science and Technology, a research university dedicated to the advancement of learning through the discovery and application of knowledge, and L’Oréal Middle East, the number one leader in the beauty industry, today have jointly announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to partner on the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women In Science Middle East Program.

The aim of this partnership is to strengthen the program and reach new heights in promoting the outstanding research done by Arab women based in the region. As per the agreement, L’Oréal will offer three fellowships worth €20,000 each for Postdoctoral Researchers and three fellowships worth €8,000 each for PhD students.

The MoU was signed by Dr Arif Sultan Al Hammadi, Executive Vice-President, Khalifa University, and Remi Chadapaux, Managing Director, L’Oréal Middle East, during a ceremony held at the Khalifa University Main Campus.

Dr Arif Sultan Al Hammadi said: “The MoU with L’Oréal Middle East for the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women In Science Middle East Program illustrates our commitment to encouraging female participation in STEM areas as directed by the UAE leadership. The UAE already prides itself in offering equal opportunities to women while creating the right environment for their intellectual potential to be tapped in science, engineering, technology and math fields.

“Similarly, Khalifa University places huge importance to developing future women leaders as can be gauged by the current number of female students, which stands at over 58% of the total student body. We believe the MoU with L’Oréal Middle East will help us to further expand our role in developing female talent across the science and technology spectrum,” Dr Al Hammadi added.

“We are thrilled about partnering up with Khalifa University, as it is one of the most reputable universities in the region; with leadership in the advancement of learning and world-class recognition in research. Together we hope to achieve new levels of excellence and highlight the importance of gender diversity in research” said Remi Chadapaux, Managing Director, L’Oréal Middle East. “Since the launch of the program in the GCC, we have empowered 23 outstanding Arab female scientists and recognized the importance of their research for the betterment of our local societies, and the global scientific communities at large,” added Chadapaux.

The L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Middle East program rewards talented young female scientists in Life Sciences including biology, biochemistry, biophysics, genetics, physiology, neurosciences, biotechnologies, ecology and ethology, as well as Physical Sciences such as physics, chemistry, petroleum engineering, mathematics, engineering sciences, information sciences, earth and universe sciences.

The L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science was launched 21 years ago by the L’Oréal Foundation. Since its launch, the program has recognized and honored over 3,100 women, including 107 laureates and granted 3000 doctoral and post-doctoral fellowships in 117 countries.


About Khalifa University of Science and Technology
The Khalifa University of Science and Technology merges the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, Khalifa University of Science, Technology and Research and the Petroleum Institute into one world-class, research-intensive institution, producing world leaders and critical thinkers in applied science and engineering. The Khalifa University of Science and Technology endeavors to be a catalyst to the growth of Abu Dhabi and the UAE’s rapidly developing knowledge economy as an education destination of choice and a global leader among research intensive universities.

For more information, please visit: http://www.ku.ac.ae/ 

About the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Program:
The L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science initiative began 21 years ago. Since inaugural of the program, the foundation aims to empower women in science and highlight the value of their achievements by recognizing scientific excellence and remarkable contributions to science. This is critical to promoting gender equality and encouraging more girls and women to become scientists. We honor five laureates each year, one from each continent, and support women researchers and rising talents through their careers. Together, we have supported 3,100 women to date, rewarding 107 laureates and granting doctoral and post-doctoral fellowships in 117 countries. Our laureates have gained increased visibility, career opportunities and self-confidence. Importantly, three of them – Ada Yonath, Elizabeth H. Blackburn and Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard – have won Nobel Prizes for science.

About the L’Oréal Foundation
Accompany. Value. Communicate. Support. Move boundaries. The convictions, the core values which drive the L’Oréal Foundation’s commitment to women every day. A commitment divided into two main areas - science and beauty.

Through its’ For Women in Science program, a worldwide partnership with UNESCO, the L’Oréal Foundation motivates girls in High School to pursue scientific careers, supports women researchers and rewards excellence in a field where women remain underrepresented.

Through its beauty programs, the Foundation assists women affected by illness, who are economically disadvantaged or isolated, to recover their sense of self-esteem and femininity in order to feel better and to fare better. Its’ actions also include providing training programs for beauty industry professions.

Since its creation in 1945, UNESCO has pursued its mission of promoting science at the service of sustainable development and peace. It stresses policies and the reinforcement of capacities in science, technology and innovation, science education, sustainable management of freshwater, ocean and terrestrial resources, the protection of biodiversity and addressing the issue of climate change. The Organization also has an overarching objective to eliminate all forms of discrimination and promote equality between men and women, especially in scientific research.

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