The first AlThuraya Cambridge Scholar starts her course

The Cambridge Trust earlier this month hosted a visit by the founder of the AlThuraya Foundation, Hossam Shobokshi and the Foundation’s Managing Director, Noor Attar.  While they were in Cambridge, Mr Shobokshi and Ms Noor met the first student to be funded on an AlThuraya scholarship, Mrs Hend Hassan.

A graduate of the Cairo University Faculty of Medicine, Hend is studying for an MPhil in Epidemiology and is a student of Wolfson College. She had previously worked as a demonstrator at the Department of Public Health and Community Medicine at Cairo University.

“My dream was always to help in treating and alleviating people’s pain. However, my experience as a physician made me realise that preventing pain is more important than treating it. Due to my strong belief in the importance of prevention I developed a great passion for the field of epidemiology,” she explains.

Hend says that “receiving the AlThuraya Cambridge Scholarship and having the opportunity to study at the University of Cambridge is like a dream come true to me because now I feel that I can be equipped with the right tools and knowledge to fulfil my passion and follow my dreams.”

As part of her MPhil course, Hend is looking at the epidemiology of HIV-Aids in Egypt and the incidence in intra-venous drug users. She plans to progress to a PhD course and start a fruitful research career which she hopes will eventually impact on health policies in Egypt and the Middle East.

Mrs Hend Hassan

Mrs Hend Hassan