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May 29 2008

– JICA BRIDGE Project Joint Coordination Committee Meeting to Be Held In Sana'a

JICA, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Yemen, held the BRIDGE project Joint Coordination Committee Meeting on May 21st, 2008 at the Ministry of Education (New) Building at 11:00 – 13:00 to review the achievements of JICA BRIDGE project, discuss the feasible steps to effectively continue the BRIDGE model in Taiz governorate and to nationalize the BRIDGE model. JICA's three-year technical support to the 59 schools in the 6 districts of Taiz governorate is about to complete its 4th year by November 2008.

Following are reported as major achievements at present:

– Female students' ratio against male students' in G1 to G9 in the target districts improved from 0.65 in the school year 2004/2005 (before the project intervention) to 0.79 in the school year 2007/2008 (the third year of intervention);

– Both boys and girls' numbers in school were increased in terms of enrollment;

– Guidelines on implementing BRIDGE model, especially from the perspective of promotion of girls' education have been developing;

– DEO strengthened its management skills of BRIDGE model by using the developed guidelines.

In June 2005, JICA launched a three-year technical cooperation project named Broadening Regional Initiative for Developing Girls' Education (BRIDGE) in Taiz Governorate, which is in line with the Basic Education Development Strategy of Yemen. During the past three years, BRIDGE has remarkably increased girls' (and boys') enrolment, with school improvement activities being prepared and implemented by school committees. BRIDGE aims to develop a manageable model of girl's education improvement for governorate and district education offices through local community participation.

– Al Nahyan inaugurates Annual General Meeting of World Memon Organisation

H.H. Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister for Higher Education and Scientific Research in the UAE, inaugurated today (May 25, 2008) the 7th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the World Memon Organisation (WMO), a humanitarian group that focuses on the betterment of the poor and the underprivileged around the world. The gathering is part of 'WMO Vision 2008, Dubai', a three-day event being held at the Madinat Jumeirah Hotel in Dubai, where the global communities and institutions that comprise the organisation meet to review their previous projects and discuss future undertakings. Headlining the WMO's strategic plans for 2008 is the formation of the multimillion dollar 'World Memon University' (WMU) in the UAE.

Speaking at the opening, H.H. Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, said: “The UAE has placed great emphasis on the full development of human potential and has invested a good deal of resources in the education system. I congratulate the WMO on the 'World Memon University' and look forward to welcoming the university into the education environment in the United Arab Emirates.”

With a capacity to accommodate more than 5,000 students whose pursuit for quality education are hindered by poverty, WMU will offer full academic programmes in the areas of Accountancy, Agriculture, Engineering, Biological Science, Computer Science, Costume and Fashion Technology, Home Science, Management, Mass Media and Healthcare. As an organisation comprised of institutions operating within diverse industries, WMO has announced that its members have also pledged their academic inputs as industry experts to impart knowledge to the future students. Initial work on WMU is set to commence in 2010 with plans to offer students state-of-the-art facilities.

“As one of the most rapidly growing economies in the region and home to a strong Memon community, we have decided to hold 'WMO Vision 2008, Dubai' in this progressive emirate, which will also welcome our most ambitious project to date, the World Memon University,” said Haji Abdul Razzak Yaqoob, President – WMO and Chairman, ARY Group. “I would like to extend my immense gratitude to the outstanding support we have received from the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research in the UAE, and we are looking forward to further collaborations with them in the foundation of the WMU.”

The organisation has also revealed that it has allocated USD 5 million for the expansion of its charity, healthcare and education networks across the seven chapters of the WMO worldwide. In addition to the AGM, 'WMO Vision Dubai, 2008' also includes the organisation's annual Board of Management Meeting, Trustees Meeting, Networking Meeting and Gala Dinner, which will be attended by Haji Abdul Razzak Yaqoob, President – WMO and Chairman, ARY Group, and Aboubaker Cassim, Vice President – WMO Middle East Chapter, among others. Through the presence of 700 delegates at the AGM, WMO member organisations are well represented to share sector-specific views on the most pressing humanitarian issues, which the WMO seeks to address.

Established in 2001 and headquartered at the Dubai Aid & Humanitarian City, WMO has been instrumental in the construction of more than 1,800 housing units for poor families in Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka. It has also awarded over 8,000 academic scholarships, which have made a tremendous impact on the lives of impoverished youth worldwide. The organisation is focused on the management of these projects, in addition to that of over 100 schools and hospitals established by its parent organisation – the Memon Community. By collating and studying the outlook of its members, which currently stands at 2 million individuals and 2,000 corporate affiliates, WMO is taking massive and calculated steps towards alleviating the pains of poverty, hunger and illiteracy across the globe.

“Our decision to host 'WMO Vision 2008, Dubai' has been driven by our belief that charity and humanitarian efforts should be extended to reach every single individual who needs assistance.

The support of our global members in addition to that of our Dubai-based members such as Memon Investments, ARY Group, Fortune Group, Kontor Real Estate, Tabani Real Estate, Chapal World, Brooks Real Estate and Giga Group, among others has far exceeded expectations to deliver tangible results that can help us realize our long-term objectives,” concluded Mohammed Toufique Amdani, Chairman – Organizing Committee, WMO Vision 2008, Dubai.

– Business and Law International Scholarships of De Montfort University

The Faculty of Business and Law is pleased to announce 10 Scholarships for overseas students wishing to start courses in September 2008.

The Faculty of Business and Law is committed to supporting international students to benefit from study in the UK. These GBP1000 scholarships are equivalent to a reduction of around 10% on the full tuition fees, and will be paid towards the full tuition fees of overseas-status students from any country in the world who wish to study any of the following types of courses within the Faculty of Business and Law, at De Montfort University, Leicester:

Full-time undergraduate degrees (BA/BSc) in any subject

Full-time Postgraduate Diplomas and Masters courses (PGDip/MA/MSc/MBA/LLM) in any subject

Full-time MPhil/PhD research degrees in any subject

The scholarships are available for courses starting in September 2008 only (or between September 2008 and June 2009 for MPhil/PhD research degrees). The GBP1000 scholarship will be made as a one-off payment and will be deducted from the full tuition fee at the beginning of the first (or only) year of study.

Only overseas status students are eligible to apply.

We will award up to 10 x GBP1000 scholarships for the above courses starting in September 2008. There will be a limited number of scholarships awarded by Faculty

Please note that a few of our courses are not included in this scholarship scheme.

To confirm whether your choice of course is included in the scheme, please visit the website at

Scholarships will be awarded based on the submission of a 500 word essay, to be written by the applicant and assessed by a panel of Faculty representatives.

How to Apply

Choose the course to which you would like to apply.

Complete and submit an application form for the course you wish to study. Details of how to apply can be found online at and in our international prospectuses. If your application is successful, you will be sent an offer letter. You may already be holding an offer of a place on a course starting in 2008/09.

Once you have your offer letter (Conditional or Unconditional), and you wish to apply for one of the Faculty of Business and Law International Scholarships 2008/09, you must write a 500-word essay.

Please write 500 words (in English) on the following:

How will your study within the Faculty of Business and Law enhance your future?

After the deadline for applications, all essays will be assessed by a panel of Faculty representatives and the scholarships will be awarded to applicants who demonstrate well, in the opinion of the panel, the following:

Excellent written communication skills

Clear understanding of the course you wish to study

Good understanding of what you hope to gain from UK Higher Education

Good understanding of the employment sector you wish to enter after graduation and the skills you may need

How this scholarship will help you with your studies and in the future

Ambition for the future, motivation and enthusiasm for your subject and your studies

Strong academic skills as evidenced by your prior qualifications and/or academic reference as part of your application form. When complete, please email your essay, as a Word document attachment, to: Simon Wragg, Marketing Manager, Faculty of Business and Law, [email protected]

Please make sure you also provide your name, date of birth, email address and your application reference number with your essay.

Deadline for Applications

If you wish to apply for an International Scholarship you must have received your offer letter and submitted your essay by 1 August 2008. No essays received after this date will be accepted under any circumstances.

You will receive an email acknowledgement of your essay submission when we receive it. Please make sure that you keep the acknowledgement as evidence of your application should it be required. For more information