Oman Air sup­ports schol­ar­ship for gifted Omani physics stu­dent

Muscat Daily - - PRESS RELEASES -

Oman Air, the na­tional car­rier of the sul­tanate, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Ital­ian Agency for Nu­clear Physics and the Re­search Coun­cil of the sul­tanate, has an­nounced its sup­port to spon­sor a schol­ar­ship for tal­ented physics stu­dent Zainab Obuad al Sal­hia.

The Ital­ian Agency for Nu­clear Physics is the main su­per­vi­sor of the schol­ar­ship, which will fo­cus on the study of the ba­sic com­po­nents of mat­ter and its laws. Nearly 5,000 award­win­ning sci­en­tists from all over the world, whose work has al­ready re­ceived global recog­ni­tion, are in­volved in the ini­tia­tive.

Zainab re­ceived the schol­ar­ship to work on the project hav­ing been rec­om­mended by the Euro­pean Space Agency. Her work will fo­cus on the fields of par­ti­cle physics, cosmo physics, nu­clear physics and the­o­ret­i­cal physics as well as tech­no­log­i­cal re­search. She rep­re­sents the sul­tanate at the Space Gen­er­a­tion Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil to sup­port the United Na­tions pro­gramme on Space Ap­pli­ca­tion and is a mem­ber of Women in Aero­space Europe.

Dr Khalid bin Ab­dul­wa­hab al Balushi, se­nior man­ager of Gov­ern­ment Af­fairs at Oman Air, said, “We are proud to en­gage with pres­ti­gious sci­en­tific re­search and are de­lighted to sup- port such a gifted Omani stu­dent. It is vi­tal for the fu­ture of the Omani econ­omy that we en­cour­age the coun­try’s youth to be tech­no­log­i­cal and sci­en­tific in­no­va­tors.”

Zainab, who is cur­rently a civil en­gi­neer­ing stu­dent at Cale­do­nian Col­lege of En­gi­neer­ing, said, “I wasn’t ex­pect­ing this op­por­tu­nity to come about at this point, at this time, but I have a great in­ter­est in the sul­tanate's par­tic­i­pa­tion in such in­ter­na­tional schemes and its col­lab­o­ra­tion with ma­jor Euro­pean in­sti­tu­tions fo­cused on sci­en­tific re­search and de­vel­op­ment.”

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