Two Rhodes Scholars will start at Oxford this year. The first, Arfa Rehman, was announced earlier in the year. The second is confirmed today, Hamel Al Qubaisi.
Arfa will read for the MSc in Sociology at St Antony’s College, and hopes to pursue the MBA in her second year at Oxford. She is originally from Aligarh, India and grew up in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Arfa is currently completing a double major in Social Research and Public Policy, and Visual Arts at NYU Abu Dhabi. She has a strong focus on the way design can be used to mobilise social change. She co-founded the student-run Design Collective and is on the executive board of the Women’s Leadership Network, and has volunteered at the Somali Cultural Centre in Abu Dhabi.
Hamel will complete his BA in Political Science from NYU Abu Dhabi next month and will read for the MPhil in International Relations at Oxford. During his time at NYU, Hamel won the Dean’s Colloquium Grant for a 2-week social entrepreneurship project in Thailand, and this year has served as the first Emirati President of the University’s Student Government. In his spare time, he enjoys travelling, poetry, ping pong, and trap shooting.
Arfa Rehman commented: “I am delighted and honoured to be named one of this year’s Falcon Scholars, and I think the launch of the Rhodes Scholarships for the United Arab Emirates is a great initiative. I had a very memorable experience meeting the exceptional finalists and panellists during the selection process and am extremely grateful to the selection committee for giving me this incredible opportunity. I am looking forward to studying Sociology and joining the Rhodes community at Oxford.”
Hamel Al Qubaisi writes: “I am excited to continue my graduate studies at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. Being part of such a diverse and decorated community of scholars from all over the world is a huge responsibility for me and I hope to learn from them as much as from my courses.
In short, Scholarship selection committees seek young women and men of outstanding intellect, character, leadership, and commitment to service. They support students who demonstrate a strong propensity to emerge as ‘leaders for the world’s future’. At Oxford, the oldest university in the English-speaking world, Rhodes Scholars for the UAE join just over 20,000 students from more than 140 countries currently studying at the University, and are enriched by the stimulating and rigorous education and the vibrant cultural and community life. The Rhodes Trust provides the existing Rhodes Scholarships in partnership with the Second Century Founder, John McCall MacBain and other generous benefactors.