DUBAI, 24th November, 2015 (WAM) — In its continuing effort to encourage innovation in science and research among Arab youths, Intel Corporation today announced that the company will hold this year’s Intel Science Competition Arab World, Intel SC Arab 2015, in Alexandria, Egypt, in association with Sharaf Foundation and the Bibliotheca Alexandrina.

Taking place from 17th to 19th of December, the competition will gather over 110 students from 11 Arab countries in Alexandria to present pioneering projects to an elite panel of judges, competing for a total of US$20,000 in financial awards, as well as additional special awards.

“It is our priority at Intel to continue fostering development and investing in the power of young Arab scientists, innovators and leaders. We consider it our duty to support our youth through mentorship, investment in research, innovation and education, in order to allow them to explore all opportunities with innovative approaches,” said Taha Khalifa, Regional General Manager for Intel, Middle East and North Africa. “We are honoured to have the opportunity to work with these young bright minds, and the Intel team looks forward to welcoming them in Alexandria.”

Hoda El Mikaty, Head of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina Cultural Outreach Sector, said that they had partnered with Intel Corporation and Sharaf Foundation to hold Intel SC Arab 2015 at the library.

“The library aims to enhance research and development among the youth on both regional and national levels. It is our belief that Intel SC Arab 2015 will encourage young Arab scientists and researchers to pursue their studies and careers in science and technology”, she added.

She emphasised that capacity building and investment in youth are the corner stone of the long term goal of building a knowledge society in Egypt and the MENA region.

Also commenting on the upcoming event, Dr. Essam Sharaf, former Egyptian Prime Minister and Chairman of the Sharaf Foundation, said, “This competition is about connecting young minds with their regional peers to help them draw knowledge from one another, and providing them with an opportunity to become a leader in their chosen field of study. Sharaf Foundation is proud to be taking part in Intel SC Arab 2015, as we are dedicated to helping students hone their talents, so they can become active members of the community in the near future.”