New agreement for international PhD scholarships Signing the agreement were His Excellency Dr Ahmad Mohamed Ali Al-Madani, President of the Islamic Development Bank, and Lord Lewis of Newnham, Executive Chairman of the Trusts. The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Alison Richard, witnessed the signing and
spoke afterwards: “Our university has a moral role to play to harmonize relationships between developed and developing nations in order to streng
then world peace and stability.” Dr Al-Madani described the programme: “This partnership with an outstanding institution of knowledge will help build future leaders in developing countries. We can work together to create a prosperous global village.” The ceremony was also attended by senior members of the University, officers of the Trusts, and over 30 students currently studying elsewhere in the UK and Europe with
financial support from the Islamic Development Bank. Countries represented included Algeria, Tunisia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Syria, Bangladesh, C?te d
’Ivoire, Iran, Uganda, Lebanon, Pakistan, Bahr
ain, and Uzbekistan. The IDB Cambridge International Scholarships will be full awards for PhDs in science and technology, especially in subjects central to economic and social development, and up to five will be awarded in the academic year 2009-10. The Islamic Development Bank has 56 member countries, and also supports Muslim communities in non-member countries. The new agreement with the University of Cambridge falls within the IDB Merit Scholarship Program for Science and Technology. ?