CAIRO, Egypt, Nov. 2, 2010: Intel Corporation and Science Age Society (SAS) today announced the launch of the first ever “Intel Science Competition – Arab World” that will take place in Egypt to host the brightest students from 10 Arab countries at Bibliotheca Alexandrina from December 7-9, 2010, under patronage of the Arab League.
More than 120 participants from 10 Arab countries are scheduled to participate in Intel Science Competition Arab World (ISC-AW). Contestants from Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia und the United Arab Emirates will showcase their distinguished science projects in various scientific and social specializations to compete for financial awards totaling $20,000 and scholarships from top Arab universities.
Shelly Esque, Intel Vice President for Legal and Corporate Affairs, Director of Corporate Affairs Group and President of the Intel Foundation, who will be visiting Egypt at the time of the Competition, said: “We believe that today’s youth are the key for solving global challenges, and it is critical that they have the opportunity to pursue scientific research to tackle local and global problems.”
Prof. Essam Sharaf, Chairman of Science Age Society, said: “There is a vital need in the Arab world to enhance education and enable new generations to actively take part in the global knowledge-based economy. Since putting focus on students’ innovative skills has become an essential need in our Arab region, the initiative by Intel and Science Age Society to provide the environment that supports the intellect of our creative children is an example to be followed; and we wish to see a repeat of such endeavors where we benefit from the long experience of global pioneering companies like Intel.”
Eng. Hoda El-Mikaty, Director of the Planetarium Science Center at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina explained that the birth of the Arab region competition in 2010 is the outcome of fruitful collaborations between Intel Egypt, the Library and Science Age Society that have organized national fairs together since 2007. “We are proud to host the first regional fair as it marks the first step towards building an active Arab knowledge society capable of developing and advancing Science and Technology in the Arab region and worldwide. In line with the Library’s mission, we expect our young scientists and researchers to work in teams on all levels of community, national, regional and international, will enhance the universal language of science that is the cornerstone of peace and sustainable development.”
The Intel Science Competition – Arab World is an Arab competition organized by Intel Corporation in cooperation with Science Age Society for the first time on the Arab world level, with the aim of encouraging intermediate and secondary level students of the age group 14-18 to gain interest in scientific research and execute scientific and research projects based on the methodology and tenets of scientific research.
The competition aims to encourage joint Arab work and cooperation in the different areas of scientific research and education. The initiative is part of Intel’s commitment to support sustained economic growth in the Arab region by fostering local innovation and research capacity. In collaboration with governments and educators, Intel is helping to transform education, expanding local research initiatives, and applying state-of-the-art technologies to increase local talent and enable countries to compete in the global economy.
Arab strategic partners participating in the competition include the King Abdulaziz & his Companions Foundation for the Giftedness and Creativity (Mawhiba), Hariri Foundation in Lebanon, Alnayzak Foundation in Palestine, Ministry of Education in Egypt, Ministry of Education in Morocco, Ministry of Education in Tunisia, Alexandria Library in Egypt, Ministry of Education in Kuwait, Kuwait Science Club and the UAE Ministry of Education.
Intel has a long term commitment to Math and Science. The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair held yearly in the Unites States (Intel ISEF) is the world’s largest science competitions for pre-university levels that is dubbed by many as “Young Scientists Nobel” competition. The fair seeks to involve pre-university students in science and research projects in order to encourage the development of their research, analytical and engineering skills. It accepts students from Grade 9-12, offering them the opportunity to put on display their innovations in social sciences, chemistry, biochemistry, computer science, biology, geology, engineering, environment, mathematics, health sciences, physics, space sciences and zoology.
For more information on the competition, visit www.iscarab.org.
About Intel Education
Intel’s commitment to education extends far beyond its International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). Through the past decade alone, Intel invested more than a billion dollars, and its employees volunteered more than 2.5 million working hours in order to enhance education in 50 countries around the world. To learn more about Intel Education Initiative, please visit www.intel.com/education or the corporate social responsibility blog CSR@Intel at blogs.intel.com/csr. To join Intel community of people who share their stories and experiences in the hope to be an incentive to do more and be a voice for change in the education world at the global level, visit www.inspiredbyeducation.com
Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) is a world leader in computing innovation. The company designs and builds the essential technologies that serve as the foundation for the world’s computing devices. Additional information about Intel is available at www.intel.com/pressroom and blogs.intel.com.
About Science Age Society
The Society was founded in 2008 as a non-governmental and not-for-profit organization that aims to contribute to the dissemination of a culture of science, promote the importance of scientific research and learning,
The Society seeks, via its various activities, to spread and promote scientific culture through plans aimed at encouraging the use of scientific methodology and making it a main approach when considering and addressing social problems.
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