UAE Student on Cloud Nine after Winning Global Contest

Nine exceptional high school students from the UAE, after devoting two weeks to a distinguished competition in the US, came back to their home country. Among the group of nine students, one of them has been able to gain the number one spot. The students took part in the Wharton School’s Global Young Leaders Academy Business Plan Competition. Students from all over the world took part in this event.

An Emirati student, Mohamed Saif Al Mazrouei, who took part in the Future Medical Stars programme, was declared as the overall winner.

The UAE student’s team used the two weeks to learn about market research, entrepreneurship, advertising, accounting, and marketing management. The students also attended public speaking workshops and seminars. It would help them to get prepared with the proper knowledge and observation which would be needed by them for implementing their business plans.

After being able to present their inventive business ideas, in front of a panel of representatives from Al Bayt Mitwahid Association and VPS Healthcare, the nine students were able to acquire their place to compete as Future Medical Stars at Wharton’s Global Young Leaders Academy programme.

The students’ extraordinary projects on life-saving healthcare would be supported and financed by an UAE-based doctor and managing director of VPS Healthcare, Dr Shamsheer Vayalil. It was reported that the competition prompted funds of Dh1 million. The fund would be used for bringing the students’ ideas to reality. Within the funding, the winning idea is also included.

Mohamed Saif stated that he won’t forget this entire experience. He is glad to have secured the first spot in the global competition and bringing a pride moment for his country. He stated that he has been influenced by the worlds of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and he also wants like his Highness that UAE should become one of the top five countries in the world by 2030. For this, his generation is working hard to fulfill this mission. He added that other students should set a goal and try to achieve it by trying to learn about the matter and following the developments closely.