Prominent UK philanthropist Mohamed Bin Issa Al Jaber, has been awarded a Senatorship by MODUL University in recognition of his longstanding support for education, cultural dialogue, peace and human rights.
Patron of London registered charity, the MBI Al Jaber Foundation, Sheikh Mohamed has led efforts to build bridges between the Middle East and wider world for more than two decades, using education as the catalyst for change and promoting peace through cultural dialogue. The MBI Foundation’s global scholarship programme gives promising students from the Arab world a chance to continue their higher education in some of the world’s best academic institutions, including MODUL, the internationally renowned university in Vienna that focuses on the hospitality trade, public governance and sustainable development.
Conferring the award of Senator of MODUL University on Mohamed Bin Issa Al Jaber, President of MODUL University Professor Karl Wober said: “Our University is breaking new ground, as the title of Senator ‘the highest award conferred by MODUL University’ is being awarded for the first time. His Excellency was among the first to support MODUL University and his activities are congruent not only with the academic and cultural visions of the University, but with deeper undercurrents of humanism and philanthropy in history as well. Without the crucial role played by His Excellency and the MBI Foundation during the founding phase of the university in 2007, this project might never have taken off.
Professor Wober also shared a statement by Fahmia Al Fotih, a young female Yemeni who is amongst the many hundreds of young people from across the Middle East who have studied with the help of the MBI Foundation. “This statement shows how much Mohamed Bin Issa Al Jaber's intent of enabling people to define their future and MODUL University’s values and its slogan ‘Expanding Horizons’ have in common. Fahmia says, reflecting on her upbringing: ‘Girls traditionally had to focus on their “natural and main duties” that would prepare them to be good housewives. Therefore, as a child, I have never imagined a world existed beyond my small village or that one day I would go beyond the borders of my country!’ ”
Mohamed Ahmed Yehia from Egypt was one of the first students to benefit from the MODUL scholarship programme, and today holds a prominent role within the Egyptian tourism ministry as Cabinet Member of the Tourism Minister. Mohamed said:
“The scholarship made my studies at MODUL possible. It opened my eyes to a wider world, and the contacts I made through it have proven invaluable in my career. Tourism is crucial to the Egyptian economy, with millions of jobs depending upon those who come to enjoy the cultural heritage of Egypt and the natural wonders of the Red Sea. Now we are promoting Egypt through our Papyrus festival and new YouTube channel. These initiatives are based on ideas I developed while at MODUL University, and are helping to change perceptions of the Middle East for the better. The scholarships provided by Sheikh Mohamed over the last two decades, particularly those within the hospitality industry, will help rebuild that cultural dialogue through education and through the forging of commercial links."
“I am very pleased to receive this honour from MODUL,” says Al Jaber. “Yet my greatest satisfaction comes from seeing the rewards that investing in the education of young people can yield. Every life – regardless of background or gender – has equal value. Everyone should have the freedom and opportunity to shape their own destiny. To be in the privileged position where I am able to give something back is, for me, perhaps the single most important measure of success.”
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