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Source: United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)
17 December 2007

UNRWA university scholarship programme for 2007-2008

Beirut – December 17, 2007: The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) for the Palestine Refugees in the Near East has received more than US $2 million donation for the university scholarships program in Lebanon for the school year 2007-2008.

Since 1999, with the general support of country donors UNRWA has been able to assist hundreds of Palestinian students attend tertiary institutions in Lebanon, an opportunity rarely afforded to refugee students.

Thanks to this donation, the program will allow qualified Palestine refugee students the opportunity to pursue higher academic education at universities in Lebanon, thereby increasing their chances of finding employment and improving their quality of life.

For the school year 2007-2008, UNRWA received more than 400 applications for scholarships from Palestinian students throughout Lebanon. The scholarships account for university tuition fees in full, as well as other education related expenses through out the years of study for the first university degree.

The 106 students who met the criteria have been selected to pursue their studies at various tertiary institutions in Lebanon including: the Beirut Arab University, Lebanese International University, Hariri Canadian University, Balamand University and Lebanese American University. Currently 255 Palestine refugee students, including this years' intake (92 Males &163 Females) have attained scholarships at universities in Lebanon.

The scholarships were granted in the following areas of study: Engineering, Pharmacy, Biology, Nutrition, Computer Science, Chemistry, Mathematics, Sciences, Business Administration, History, English, and Nursing.

UNRWA's thanks go out to the following donors: IDRC Scholarship Programme (donated by Canada, Qatar, Spain, USA, EU, France), European Union Scholarship Programme, the AGFUND Scholarship Programme (donated by Prince Talal Bin Abed Aziz), and the Japan Scholarship Programme and Karim Rida Said Foundation.

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