Long motivated by her combined interest in science, education, and women’s empowerment, Farah Shamout has received the prestigious, highly coveted Rhodes Scholarship to study biomedical engineering at Oxford University.
The sixth Rhodes Scholar to come from New York University Abu Dhabi in just three years, Farah is actively involved in her campus community, serving as both student government president and a member of the Arab Women in Computing leadership team. As such, NYUAD Vice Chancellor Al Bloom praises Farah for “her resolve to place the concepts of bio and computer engineering at the service of improving individual lives.” He continues by lauding “her intellectual depth, innovative spirit, and leadership skills” in NYUAD’S “vital, humane and globally engaged student community.”
Hailing from Amman, Jordan, the NYUAD senior plans to cultivate her ambassadorial skills, by both representing the Middle East and adjusting to the United Kingdom. Yet Farah says her ultimate goal is to “further grow as a cosmopolitan leader and return to the UAE with the vision to develop health informatics.”
The achievements of these two Oxford-bound students is consistent with the vision offered by United Arab Emirates Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba, who spoke at the commencement ceremony of New York University Abu Dhabi last Spring. Offering optimism and excitement for the next generation of Middle Easterners, he gave special praise to the university’s Rhodes scholars.
“These are the world’s best and brightest. They could have attended the best schools in their own countries. But instead they challenged tradition and opted to live and learn among the most diverse student body in the world,” Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba said.
The United Arab Emirates National Secretary, Dr. Christoph Avenarius, reiterated Shamout’s sentiments, praising her commitment “to play a leading role in the transition of the UAE towards a knowledge based society.” Dr. Avenarius also complimented Fahad Alshaibani of Khalifa University, the United Arab Emirates’ other Rhodes Scholar, who plans to study robotics. “Both have already achieved remarkable contributions towards their respective fields of biomedical engineering and robotics, and they are committed to playing a leading role in the transition of the UAE towards a knowledge based society,” Dr. Avernarius said.