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MBRKA to be awarded to entities fighting epidemics

Under the directives of HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum,
Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Knowledge Award (MBRKA), the MBRKA’s Board of Trustees held a virtual meeting on
July 2 nd , 2020. Chaired by His Excellency Jamal bin Huwaireb Vice Chairman of the
Board of Trustees and Secretary General of MBRKA, the meeting was attended by
board members representing world leading institutions including the UAE University,
Cairo University, University of Oxford, University of Tokyo, and Singapore’s Nanyang
Technological University and the Institute of International Education. During the meeting
the Board decided that the Award should be given this year to individuals and
organizations seeking to enhance knowledge in combating epidemics and infectious
diseases.

MBRKA’s Members of the Board of Trustees discussed in the meeting the most
prominent aspect that will be highlighted and the individuals and organizations that will
be honored as the 2020 Laureates. The Board discussed international efforts to combat
infectious diseases and epidemics such as SARS CoV-2 and Covid-19, and how to
overcome the problems they brought about. It was decided that nominations will be
encouraged from individuals and organizations working to add knowledge in dealing
with epidemics. This will serve as a platform for experts to come up with
recommendations that highlight the policies and practical methods to help societies
combat epidemics and their challenges.

The Boar of Trustees highlighted that the challenges facing all human beings as a result
of the Covid 19 pandemic have been addressed by individuals, organizations,
governments and others who work together to apply knowledge, and have shown
dedication to help us understand and deal with the threats to health and wellbeing. The
impact of the epidemic has been felt not only in physical and mental health, but its
repercussions have affected other areas such as education, employment, business and
government strategies.

Full details of the Mohammed bin Rashid Knowledge Award and how to nominate
potential laureates can be found on https://mbrf.ae/knowledgeaward/. The closing date
for 2020 nominations is the 31 August.
About MBRKA

In late 2015, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President
and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, issued a Decree establishing the
Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Award to encourage those working in
knowledge-related fields to innovate and create new ways to spread knowledge around
the world. It reflects Dubai’s - and its Ruler’s - resolve to honour knowledge-related
advancements anywhere in the world, all the while encouraging innovation and
originality.

In 2016 HH Sheikh Mohammed issued a Decision forming the Award’s Board of
Trustees under the chairmanship of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin
Rashid Al Maktoum. Members of the Board include Jamal bin Huwaireb, Vice Chairman
of the Board and Secretary -General, and representatives of United Arab Emirates
University, Cairo University, Nanyang Technological University, Oxford University and
National Geographic.

The Award succeeded in attracting international attention to the Knowledge Summit, an
unprecedented type of event in the region. The award is presented every year during
the Knowledge Summit to honour a person or institution that has made outstanding
contributions to the production and dissemination of knowledge.

With a monetary prize of a generous $1 million, the award is given to honour
contributions of significant influence toward developing knowledge, inspiring others, and

creating ways to promote knowledge. Areas of nomination include knowledge,
development, innovation, leadership, creativity, development of educational institutions
and scientific research, telecommunication technology, printing, publishing, paper and
electronic documentation, and such additional areas as may be specified and
announced by the Board of Trustees from time to time.

 

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