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London school of economics delegation to visit Emirates Foundation

WAM Abu Dhabi, Oct. 10th, 2011 (WAM) -- A senior academic delegation from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) will visit the Emirates Foundation for Philanthropy on Wednesday to discuss the series of Foundation grants made to the LSE in support of Middle Eastern studies.

The delegation includes Professor Fawaz Gerges, Director of The Middle East Centre at the LSE; Avi Shlaim, Professor of International Relations at the University of Oxford and Member of the Centre's Advisory Board and Robert Lowe, Middle East Centre Manager.

The LSE delegation's visit aims to strengthen collaboration with UAE Universities and to promote PhD dissertation assistance for Emirati and Arab Scholars at the LSE.

The visit to the Emirates Foundation's offices follows an agreement in 2010 for the Emirates Foundation to provide the LSE with a series of substantial grants in support of the LSE's Centre for Middle Eastern Studies - as well as to enhance collaboration between the renowned British university and Arab and Emirati universities.

One of the Foundation's key grants is being allocated over seven years as ?Dissertation Support for Middle Eastern Studies.' Other grants include an endowment for a professorship in Contemporary Middle East Studies and a 10 year grant for LSE academic collaboration with Arab universities, with a preference given for UAE institutions.

The Emirates Foundation has also facilitated a parallel major endowment contribution from Aman Trust, a not-for-profit institution associated with philanthropist Arif Naqvi of Abraj Capital, in support of the infrastructure of the Middle East Centre.

Dr. Sabha al Shamsi, Senior Executive Advisor for Education and Social Development Programmes at the Emirates Foundation welcomed the visit and said: "The LSE delegation's visit will result in more consolidated efforts toward enhancing the Emirati scientific and research skills- one of the crucial objectives that the Foundation seeks to achieve".


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