The partnership betwen the IHE Delft Institute for Water Education and the Lutfia Rabbani Foundation began with a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed on Friday 12th of March, 2021. The signing parties were Salim Rabbani, LRF Chairman and Eddy Moors, Rector of IHE Delft.
The MoU officially establishes a longstanding cooperation and a joint scholarship for exceptional Arab students to study at the world renowned IHE Delft. The shared goal of the MoU is to promote Euro-Arab dialogue and understanding through a two way exchange leading to further appreciation of each other’s cultures; which is key to building genuine understanding and dialogue.
This partnership is particularly touching to the Lutfia Rabbani Foundation, as it symbolises that what goes around truly comes around. Our founder Mahmoud S. Rabbani was a Palestinian refugee who received a life-changing scholarship to study at the Technical University of Delft. Over 60 years later and 40 years after he founded the Lutfia Rabbani Foundation, we are proud to announce that LRF is partnering with the IHE Delft and going back to its roots.
This partnership contributes to promoting Euro-Arab dialogue and understanding between cultures by supporting Arab scholars to attend the prestigious Master programmes at IHE. The Foundation hopes this partnership fosters Euro-Arab education and dialogue on sustainable water practices which is key for both regions and to promote a forum where both regions can learn from each other. The opportunity to take part in a Master´s programme at IHE will be a lifechanging experience, as scholars get to deepen their knowledge of water practices and develop their skills in a innovative environment.
Abeer Almomani, IHE Delft PhD fellow funded by LRF, was present during the virtual signing ceremony to emphasise her gratitude to the Foundation for funding her fifth year of her PhD programme and for the warm welcome she received through mentorship and scholar networks.