This Purpose of Education

Education—like democracy, free markets, freedom of the press, and “universal human rights” — is one of those subjects whose virtue is considered self-evident. So is the superiority of the industrially advanced countries in attaining them. Consequently, any package that arrives with one of these magic labels on it, automatically qualifies for the “green channel” at our entry ports. No questions asked. This uncritical acceptance has severely crippled our discussion of all these vital topics. For example in education most of our discussion centers around literacy statistics and the need to have so many graduates, masters, Phd’s, and so many professionals — engineers, doctors, etc.— in a given country based on the standards in the industrially advanced countries. The central issue of curriculum, and even more fundamental issue of the purpose of education normally do not attract our attention; they have already been decided by the “advanced’ countries for us and our job is only to follow in their footsteps to achieve their level of progress.

Indeed they have. In the “first” world, education has become an extension of the capitalist system. Its purpose is to provide qualified workforce for its machinery of production and eager consumers

Info Graduate Scholarship Program

Empowering Human Scientific Capacities, Inspiring the Youth

The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) and the launch of the Entaliq Graduate Scholarship Program confirm the status of the UAE as a spacefaring nation and a pioneer in Space Science from hereon. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, and Ruler of Dubai, envisions a diversified and knowledge-based economy for the UAE brought about by the burgeoning space industry. The vision: to create highly skilled jobs in the space sector for a growing youth population.

This is the first step the UAE is taking on the Emiratis’ seven-year journey to Mars, through the MBRSC. The Mars Mission, a national pride for the UAE, is the first space exploration journey by an Arab – Islamic country. As the Space Centre promotes local space technology to boost economic productivity and knowledge creation, the Graduate Scholarships Program focuses on nurturing scientific minds and “moulding the next generation of brilliant Emirati Space Scientists and Engineers”.

The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre provides funds for industrial, scientific and research facilities, as well as diverse research opportunities in the UAE, and will award scholarships to deserving students