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The Oxford Brookes University Gaza Scholarship Scheme was set up in 2009 to let the people of Gaza know that they are not forgotten.

The Gaza Scholarship is a fully-funded annual scholarship at Oxford Brookes University, and is fully funded by the generosity of donors like you. Since 2009 we have had six incredible, dedicated students come to Oxford to study and grow as individuals – made possible by the education and experience that the scholarship offered them.

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Your support is a catalyst for change. Our six Gaza scholars have all made a positive impact on countless others:

Ramy Salemdeeb, Omar Jouda, Jehan Alfarra and Hassan Alhallaq
(Pictured left to right) Ramy Salemdeeb, Omar Jouda, Jehan Alfarra and Hassan Alhallaq

Omar Jouda is our current Gaza Scholar and is studying for a Masters in E-Business. He had previously set up his own online business in Gaza and is confident that the Masters course at Brookes will assist him in developing and growing his business further. This past year he also won a social entrepreneurship prize at Brookes with a fellow student to develop an app that builds bonds between refugees and the local Oxford community through a passion for food.

Ramy Salemdeeb completed his MSc in Environment Management and Technology in November 2011. He has gone on to set up his own business to promote sustainable waste management in the Middle East and is now studying for a PhD at Cambridge.

Jehan Alfarra completed her MSc in Computing in October 2014. She currently writes for the Middle East Monitor, and has contributed to the recently published books The Arab Spring: 5 Years On and Gaza Writes Back.

Hassan Alhallaq completed his studies for an MSc in E-Business in October 2013. He returned to Gaza to work for the Bank of Palestine, and after suffering tremendous personal tragedy during the military conflict in 2014, he returned to Oxford Brookes University in 2016 to begin studying for a PhD.

Jamila Alza'anin

Jamila Alza'anin completed her Masters in Development & Emergency Practice in October 2011 and upon graduating from Oxford Brookes returned to Gaza to continue her humanitarian work.

Shaymaa AlWaheidi

Shaymaa AlWaheidi studied for a Masters in Public Health in the Faculty of Health & Life Sciences and recently returned to Gaza to work to improve the healthcare provision for Palestinians in Gaza.

The chance for these students to study at Oxford Brookes for a degree is a transformative one, one often described by them as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. As Omar Jouda, our current Gaza Scholar says: “Brookes has given me the opportunity to live the dream of thousands of young Gazans. While being here, I’ve restored my hope and learned more about the world in six months than I did in 25 years.”

Your support will help ensure that more outstanding students from Gaza, like Omar, can also ‘live the dream’.

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