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Our duty is to prepare generations for future

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His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, honoured 50 young Emirati scientists who won the Think Science Competition 2016 at a ceremony held at the Higher Colleges of Technology in Dubai on Tuesday.
Organised by Emirates Youth Foundation, the event was also attended by HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and UAE Minister of Finance HH Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai.
“Our responsibility is to prepare generations for future and our ambitions are to have scientists who contribute to the progress of mankind,” Sheikh Mohammad said during the award ceremony of the competition’s fourth edition.
He added that the new generations should master innovation, analysis, communication and leadership skills more than ever before. “We need to promote the concept of innovation among young people as well as creating appropriate environment to encourage our schools and universities to provide them most important skills in research methodologies and discovery.”
The competition is part of the Emirates Foundation’s Think Science programme, which aims to encourage and empower Emirati youth, between the ages of 15 and 35 years, to follow their passion for science with interactive, hands-on activities in the fields of engineering, energy, aviation and other technological industries.
The winning projects were selected from among 235 projects that were developed and completed by more than 640 university and high school students. The projects competed at the national level in the science categories of electrical engineering, environmental sciences and management, industrial and mechanical systems, energy, smart and safety systems, physics and chemistry, transportation, aerodynamics and aviation.
This year’s competition opened the door for talented people aged between 25 and 35 years, who have completed their academic study, to participate in the competition.
The contest is supported by the Ministry of Education and Abu Dhabi Education Council, and it demonstrates the foundation’s continuous efforts to inspire and empower UAE youth to innovate in the fields of science and technology.
“Our vision through Think Science programme is to offer our youth a platform that strengthens their creative capabilities and contributes to the country’s policy regarding science, technology and innovation,” said Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, member of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council and Managing Director of the Emirates Foundation.
Sheikh Sultan was speaking on behalf of H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Chairman of the Emirates Youth Foundation.
He noted that there is an Emirati youth scientist in each Emirati house that needs someone to discover and offer an opportunity. “It is our responsibility to turn ambitions of those youth into reality so as they lead the UAE into the highest ranking.”

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