Abu Dhabi-UAE: – Khalifa University of Science and Technology, a research university dedicated to the advancement of learning through the discovery and application of knowledge, today announced it has entered into an agreement with the China Scholarship Council (CSC) to co-sponsor the region’s first Joint PhD Scholarship Program.

As per the agreement between Khalifa University and the CSC, the Chinese Ministry of Education's non-profit organization dedicated to providing student financial aid to Chinese citizens, up to 30 Chinese students will be selected each year for PhD studies at the Khalifa University. The two partners will share in the funding responsibility for the PhD students.

Dr. Arif Sultan Al Hammadi, Executive Vice-President, Khalifa University of Science and Technology, said: “We are delighted to have entered into this scholastic partnership with the CSC, which selects only the top universities around the world for its joint scholarship programs. The agreement is another international acknowledgement of Khalifa University’s world class educational and research offerings, which have been top ranked in the country and region. Khalifa University looks forward to receiving the Chinese students selected through this program, who we know will bring more diversity to our international student body and introduce innovative ideas through their PhD research.”

“The Khalifa University agreement with the CSC is also in line with the Abu Dhabi Government’s Research Funding Vision 2021 that aims to widen the role of expatriates in research development while acknowledging and rewarding their efforts,” Dr Al Hammadi added.

His Excellency NI Jian, Chinese Ambassador to the UAE, said:" Khalifa University is one of the most prestigious universities in the Middle East. The CSC-Khalifa University Joint PhD Scholarship Program is not only a significant milestone in the higher education and innovation cooperation between China and the UAE, but also an important step towards implementing the fruitful outcomes of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to the UAE last year. China is ready to work closely with the UAE to further enhance high-level educational, cultural and personnel exchange and strengthen the comprehensive strategic partnership between our two countries."

The selected Chinese PhD students, who are required to maintain a minimum CGPA of 3.5 out of 4.0 during their studies at Khalifa University, will receive scholarship coverage for up to 48 months. Upon completion of the PhD program requirements and successful thesis defense, the Chinese students will be conferred PhD degrees from Khalifa University.

With the signing of this agreement, Khalifa University joins the ranks of other world-class institutions such as Yale University, Princeton University, University of Toronto, University of Oxford, which have similar joint scholarship programs with the Chinese financial aid body. Khalifa University is also the first higher educational institute in the Arab Region and Africa to have such an arrangement with the CSC, while the CSC sponsors about 68,000 Chinese students and scholars every year for overseas study or research.

Khalifa University’s student body represents 54 different nationalities, with strong representation from China. It also has faculty from 49 countries, including graduates from China’s leading universities.


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 China Scholarship Council (CSC)

Established in 1996, CSC ( http://www.csc.edu.cn ) is non-profit institution with legal person status. In accordance with the law, statues and relevant policy and regulations of China, CSC is responsible for the organization, management and provision of financial resources to Chinese citizens studying abroad and to international students and scholars studying in China. It dedicates to develop China’s exchanges with other countries in the field of education, science and technology and to strengthen the friendship and understanding between the Chinese people and people around the world. In 2018, CSC sponsored over 68,000 students and scholars for their overseas study and research around the world.

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