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London, 17/03/2014

The MBI Al Jaber Foundation joins forces with Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Tawakkol Karman to support Yemeni students in Turkey

The MBI Al Jaber Foundation has announced it will donate almost $200k to ten Yemeni students studying at Istanbul Aydin University in Turkey.

The students are in Turkey as part of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Tawakkol Karman’s Foundation scholarship programme and the MBI Al Jaber Foundation will be funding their living costs for the duration of their studies.

Founder and Patron of the MBI Al Jaber Foundation, Sheikh Mohamed Bin Issa Al Jaber, said: “This is such a crucial time in the history and development of Yemeni society. I am pleased and proud to be able to support these young people in their studies. These students are the future of Yemen and it is thanks to the dedication and commitment of young people like these that Yemen can look forward to a future filled with well educated, internationally experienced citizens.

“The MBI Al Jaber Foundation is committed to supporting communities in transition through education, cultural dialogue and good governance and that is why we have chosen to support these bright young Yemenis in their studies.”

The announcement follows the recent success of the Yemen Media Institute, which was launched in late 2013. The Institute was established to provide free training to journalists and other interested parties in Yemen with the aim of helping to establish a free media in the country ahead of the landmark Presidential elections planned for later this year. Tawakkol Karman is a member of the International Advisory Board of the Institute.

Of the ten students being supported through their studies at Istanbul Aydin University in Turkey, six are undergraduates in a range of disciplines from Public Administration to Industrial Engineering. The remaining four are studying for post graduate Masters Degrees in the areas of Business Administration and Electronic Media.

In all cases the first year of tuition will focus on Turkish language skills, with the undergraduates then completing a further four years of academic study, while the postgraduates will conduct two further years of learning.

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