A STUDENT who grew up within the Palestine-Israeli battle has expressed his gratitude for the assist obtained in Dundee due to a humanitarian scholarship.
Bayan Alhasani graduated yesterday on the College of Dundee after taking over a Humanitarian Scholarship, which granted him full tuition charges and a stipend for lodging and residing prices.
The 30-year-old thrived academically in his homeland, finishing an undergraduate diploma in civil engineering, regardless of going by way of the trauma of seeing his household home bombed on three separate events within the final 15 years.
The Palestine scholar took the College’s Humanitarian Scholarship to additional his schooling overseas and has now been supplied a PhD place to review the impression of local weather change on water safety in Scotland and different nations.
The scholar’s commencement comes in the course of Refugee Week, the world’s largest celebration of the contribution, creativity and resilience of refugees and folks looking for sanctuary.
Dundee was final yr awarded College of Sanctuary standing, becoming a member of a community of establishments throughout the UK that assist college students displaced by humanitarian crises.
Alhasani is one among dozens of scholars from war-torn areas that joined the College over 2022-23 due to the award of a report variety of Humanitarian Scholarships.
He was pleasantly shocked by the nice and cozy welcome obtained in Dundee after a troublesome journey from Gaza, the place he left behind his household and residential.
He says: “On the time I began on the lookout for scholarships, Gaza was below assault.
“We have been additionally in the course of a pandemic, I had misplaced my job, our residence was partially destroyed, a number of our financial savings had already gone into rebuilding it through the years: with no scholarship there was little likelihood of me having the ability to additional my research.
“I discovered I had been accepted to review a Masters in Sustainability and Water Safety at Dundee simply because the 2021 struggle ended.
“I used to be met with kindness and had so many individuals within the College and elsewhere within the metropolis assist make me really feel at residence.
“I’ve spoken to different Palestinian college students within the UK and the assist they got from their establishments doesn’t match what I obtained in Dundee.
“I’m so glad and proud to be graduating from this College; my first commencement befell in the course of a struggle, however this might be a peaceable and glad event.
“Despite the fact that my household won’t be able to attend, there are individuals in Dundee who’ve turn out to be like household to me, and my pals might be coming alongside to commencement with me.”