Two NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) seniors have been selected as the 2020 UAE Rhodes Scholars.
The prestigious international award, which enables exceptional students to pursue postgraduate studies at The University of Oxford in England, has been awarded to Abdulla Alhashmi from the UAE and Munib Mesinovic from Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Alhashmi is a double major in Economics and Philosophy with work experience in both these areas. He is currently pursuing an internship at the UAE Education and Human Resources Council, where he supports research to streamline the journey from education to employment within the UAE.
Alhashmi’s plans at Oxford include investigating the role that education plays in a country’s transition towards becoming a knowledge-based economy. After that, he intends to continue his graduate studies and develop his interest in government policy work.
Mesinovic is majoring in Electrical Engineering. He has spent much of his time at NYUAD focused on determining how innovative technologies can be applied, ethically and responsibly, to help people with disabilities and those struggling with significant health challenges. His senior Capstone project is focused on developing a multi-sensor armband that can predict risk scores of heart attacks and provide personalised prognoses.
At Oxford, he plans to explore new ways that AI (artificial intelligence) can be applied to challenges affecting humanity, especially healthcare. Ultimately, he hopes to focus on developing transformative healthcare technology for the consumer market.
NYUAD has produced 14 Rhodes Scholars in just seven years, the highest number of Rhodes Scholars per student of any university in the world.