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John Casson: Newton-Mosahrafa is a great British investment in Egypt’s future

John Casson: Newton-Mosahrafa is a great British investment in Egypt’s future

The British Embassy in Cairo and the British Council have announced a new round of science and research opportunities under the Newton-Mosharafa Fund, the British-Egyptian partnership worth £50m over seven years.

Applications open today and run until 15 October, for the Newton-Mosharafa Fund’s PhD scholarship programme.

The PhD Programme supports Egyptian researchers to do their PhD at UK Higher Education institutions. The programme covers all fees and living/travel expenses. The programme will support both general missions (full degree scholarships 3 years), as well as joint supervisions (1-2 year placements at a UK university as part of their Egyptian PhD).

The Newton-Mosharafa Fund was established in 2014 with the aim of developing close collaboration between the British and Egyptian science and innovation sectors. Worth £50m over seven years (shared between UK and Egyptian governments), the Fund focuses on five main areas identified by the Egyptian government as priorities for Egypt’s long-term sustainable development: sustainable water management, renewable energy, sustainable food production, archaeological and cultural heritage, and affordable and inclusive healthcare.

128 Egyptian scholars have already been awarded educational grants that have allowed them to study in the UK.

Jeff Streeter, Director British Council Egypt, said: “These PhD scholarships will change lives not just of the scholars but all the Egyptian people that will benefit from their research. The Newton-Mosharafa PhD scholarship programme provides for the best and the brightest of early career Egyptian researchers a chance to benefit from world class British universities and will help strengthen the ties between the UK and Egyptian research sectors, supporting Egypt’s great ambitions in science as expressed during the recent National Science Day”

HMA John Casson, British Ambassador in Cairo said: “Britain is expanding its role as Egypt's number one partner in education to equip Egypt for 21st century success. That’s why the U.K aims to be Egypt’s number one education partner just as it is the number one foreign investor. And that’ why UK and Egyptian governments are together investing EGP1bn in the Newtown-Mosharafa science partnership. Whether it is research to turn shrimp shells into biodegradable bags to protect the environment or to preserve Egyptian maritime archaeological sites through virtual reality, Newton-Mosahrafa is a great British investment in Egypt’s future.”



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