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UAE: 320 students from 80 countries compete in Arab world’s first Biology Olympiad to be held in Al Ain – News


The Ministry of Education and top school officials said at a news conference that they are fully prepared to hold the event

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published: Friday, June 23, 2023 at 1:31 pm

The 34th International Biology Olympiad will be held in the Arab world for the first time, with 320 students and 300 judges from 80 countries participating.

The Olympiad will be held at the United Arab Emirates University in Al Ain from July 2-10, with students taking four lab tests and two theory tests. The Olympiad will help discover talented students in the field of biology from around the world and enable them to develop international scientific research partnerships within the scientific community.

At a news conference, senior officials from the Ministry of Education and the school said they were fully prepared to host the event.

Dr. Amna Al Dahak Al Shamsi, Chairman of the 34th International Biological Olympiad and Assistant Undersecretary of the Ministry of Education for Nursing and Capacity Building, noted that the country is able to host an international event like the Olympiad due to its excellent organizational skills.

“Hosting this Olympic Games is in line with the country’s strategic direction, and aims to promote science, research, and innovation in various fields, attract and retain global talents, and enhance the country’s leading global competitive position.”

This is the second World Olympiad to be held in the UAE, after hosting the Youth Science Olympiad in a mixed format in December 2021.

Commenting on preparations, Dr Al Shamsi noted that in addition to 200 volunteers who were trained in providing the necessary organizational support, 200 graduate students and university professors were trained in the theory and practice of preparing, supporting, implementing and managing the Games Tested training.

An educational conference will be held during the Olympiad, focusing on promoting the concept of “green education” and strategies to prepare future generations to cope with climate change.

Dr Ahmad Ali Murad, deputy deputy for scientific research at UAE University, said the Olympics were a “significant opportunity” for the university to build international partnerships and attract talented students.

“We are also committed to enhancing national talent in line with the UAE’s National Strategic Agenda as well as our academic strategy, and enhancing our global reputation by delivering research that contributes to development. Today, we, as an educational institution, are the Ministry of Education to achieve this A strategic partner with a vision,” added Dr Murad.


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