In line with SDG 4, to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education for all and promote lifelong learning by 2030, the Al Ghurair STEM Scholarship (STEM) and Open Learning Scholars Program (OLSP) provided over 1000 high achieving underserved Arab youth with access to relevant and high-quality higher education opportunities. By placing significant emphasis on career readiness, the STEM and OLSP programs also contribute to the realization of SDG 8, to achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all women and men by 2030.

Both Programs have been designed to equip scholars with the knowledge, skills and experiences to ensure they are able to secure jobs that allow them to support themselves and make a valuable contribution to their communities. This is mainly ensured through extracurricular activities and career support opportunities that scholars are required to fulfill before graduation.







Al Ghurair STEM Scholarship Program

Since its launch in 2016, the Al Ghurair STEM Scholarship Program has provided 648 youth between the ages of 17 and 30 from 17 Arab countries with the opportunity to pursue undergraduate and graduate studies in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) at 15 partner universities in the region and beyond. While enrollment was capped for scholarships and the last intake was in 2019, enrolled scholars continue to receive financial support in the form of full tuition coverage and a living allowance.

By placing significant emphasis on career readiness, the STEM program provides scholars with the skills to be productive and secure jobs. This has included ongoing advising, mentorships, internships, skills development, community service, as well as networking and leadership opportunities alongside other Al Ghurair scholars and alumni from across the region.

Al Ghurair Open Learning Scholars Program (OLSP)

In 2017, AGFE launched the Al Ghurair Open Learning Scholars Program (OLSP) to bring online degrees and credentials from Arizona State University (ASU) to Arab youth across the region. The program enhances the skills of scholars and value proposition in the labor market, while they continue their education at one of 38 degree programs offered at ASU.

Since its launch and the last cohort intake in 2019, the program has provided support to 423 scholars from 19 Arab countries, while providing skills-building and professional opportunities to promote their career readiness. They have also become part of a supportive community and enjoy tailored support throughout their educational journey with personal enrollment and success coaches, as well as an academic advisor.