Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, received a group of Ethiopian and Eritrean students who attend universities in the Emirates on scholarships from the UAE.
At a Sea Palace barza on Monday, Sheikh Mohamed welcomed the students and said the UAE would continue to support those who wished to pursue careers in science, especially those who were talented, creative, innovative and can lead, the state news agency Wam reported.
"We are keen to provide the appropriate academic environment for outstanding students to help them continue their scientific careers and contribute to the development of their homelands and communities.
"We believe in the importance of science and knowledge to the future of nations," he said.
The students thanked Sheikh Mohamed for this support and praised the UAE for helping them continue their education and pursue their aspirations.
The meeting was also attended by Sheikh Saif bin Zayed, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior; Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed, Ruler's Representative in Al Dhafra Region; Sheikh Nahyan bin Zayed, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Foundation for Charity and Humanitarian Affairs; and Sheikh Suroor bin Mohammed.