(With photos) MONTREAL, Oct 21 (KUNA) -- McGill University in Montreal, Canada, has thrown a ceremony for announcing the first scholarship in the name of State of Kuwait.
This came in appreciation for Kuwait, which donated one million Canadian dollars to three universities earlier this year within a view to supporting Arabic and Islamic studies. Of this sum, 350,000 Canadian dollars have been allocated to McGill University.
Addressing the ceremony, McGill University Rector Professor Heather Monroe-Blum hailed Kuwait for its donation, which reflected its keenness on disseminating science and knowledge worldwide.
The ceremony was attended by Kuwaiti Ambassador to Canada Mosaid Rashid al-Haroun and several professors, academics, parliamentarians and ambassadors in Canada.
As a show of appreciation for Kuwait, the university will announce its first scholarship in the name of the State of Kuwait, she said, noting that the donation would contribute to the promotion of the university's blueprint aiming to promote the religion of Islam and Arabic language in Canada and North America.
McGill University is an august university that plays a key role in the domain of scientific research and post-graduate studies. Several internationally renowned scientists and academics graduated from the university.
On the same occasion, the Kuwaiti ambassador said by presenting the donation to several Canadian universities, Kuwait was seeking to disseminate the correct conceptions of Islamic and Arabic culture.
He stressed the important role played by Canadian universities and research centers in boosting public awareness, bringing divergent views closer, safeguarding the values and principles of peace and order and creating more harmony and understanding in the multi-culture Canadian society.
Kuwait's contribution came out of its belief in the significant role played by the august Canadian university in the area of science and humanity in general.
Earlier this year, the Kuwaiti ambassador inked agreements with three major Canadian universities, notably; McGill University in Montreal, Ottawa University in the capital and Alberta University in Edmonton.
Under the deals, the three universities will offer scholarships worth one million Canadian dollars in the name of the State of Kuwait for promoting Arabic and Islamic studies in Canada. (end) mh.mt KUNA 210954 Oct 07NNNN