The Distinguished Student Scholarship (DSS) is a concrete embodiment of the conviction of the late UAE President Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan (May Allah bestow mercy upon him) that "A country’s greatest investment lies in building generations of educated and knowledgeable youth." Continuing under Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates, this far-reaching vision promotes the development of the country through higher education.

The Scholarships Office (SCO) was created in 1999 under the direct supervision  of His Highness Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs. Each year, outstanding Emirati students are selected to travel abroad in pursuit of their education at prestigious, international universities.

Students are selected into one of two scholarships administered by the SCO; the original Distinguished Student Scholarship (DSS) and the Study Abroad Scholarship Program (SASP). By means of these prestigious scholarships, a new generation of Emirati youth are being trained in various disciplines to contribute to the development of their country.

Quotes of H.H. Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan - The President of UAE

Educating the individual is this country’s most valuable investment. It represents the foundation for progress and development.

A true commitment to tapping all of the available work fields, combined with a high enthusiasm for acquiring knowledge, broadening horizons and benefiting from modern science is necessary for the UAE to succeed in taking a forward step into the 21st century.

In an effort to successfully build our nation, a large portion of this country’s income is invested in compensating opportunities for progress that may have passed us by, and in moving along with the progress of the developed countries in order to support our main aim of advancing the UAE and the UAE national.

Despite the educational achievements, the educational process is an ever-growing challenge in need of meticulous planning and rigorous efforts of program development in order to keep up with modern technology and the fast-paced technological advancement.

Quotes of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan - Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi about Education and Human Development

Education is a country’s single most important priority and investing in the educational development of the individual represents the only real investment.

Our educational development plans allow us to look forward to an even brighter future of generations capable of handling twice the responsibilities as a result of being founded on knowledge, learning and adherence to customs and traditions.

The true wealth of a nation lies in its youth…one that is equipped with education and knowledge and which provides the means for building the nation and strengthening its principles to achieve progress on all levels.

Every UAE national considers the founder of this country and leader of this nation his role model …and all nationals have responded to this leader’s call for progress and advancement thus making the UAE individual the backbone of the country’s development.

The future holds no place for those who lack knowledge and education.

Education is the priority of any nation that hopes to occupy a distinguished position among the countries of the world. It is the means by which it can build a strong generation, cautious of adhering to its customs and traditions and able to adjust to the ever-changing needs of our times and to the ever-developing technologies of the modern world.

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