CAIRO: Six Egyptians won The Egypt Exploration Society (EES) award and the British Council’s award; their prize was scholarships to study Archaeology and Egyptology in the United Kingdom, according to the British Council’s statement on Thursday.
The six awardees who will travel to the UK during autumn 2014 and will be based primarily at the Egypt Exploration Society’s headquarters in Bloomsbury have been chosen following a process of open competition between 100 applicants.
The six awardees’ names are: Reham Mahmoud Zaky El Sayed, Mohamed Gamal Rashed, Moamen Saad Mohamed, Afaf Wahba, Rabee Eissa Mohamed Hassan, and Mohamed Youssef Ali.
The statement said “The successful candidates are among the very highest flying young Egyptians in this crucially important field for Egypt. All are trained in academic archaeology/Egyptology and are already working within the Ministry of Antiquities with direct responsibility for the care and management of ancient sites, monuments and/or objects in museums.”
Mark Stephens, Director of the British Council in Egypt, said, “I’m delighted the Egyptian Exploration Society and the British Council are able to bring Egypt’s archaeologists to the UK, “ adding I’m also very pleased to announce support of English language learning to a wider group of Egyptian archaeologists through 30 scholarships in our teaching centers.”
Meanwhile, Dr Chris Naunton, The Egypt Exploration Society’s Director, said “Egypt is perhaps the richest country in the world in archaeological terms.”
“Our scholars will play a leading role in ensuring the survival of the country’s heritage into the future and we are thrilled to be able to play a part in their development,” Naunton added.
Since its founding in 1882, the Egypt Exploration Society was working with the Egyptian Ministry of Antiques and supporting the Ministry by assisting the development of its staff “to explore ancient Egyptian sites and monuments, to create a lasting record of the remains, to generate enthusiasm for Egypt’s past and to raise awareness of the importance of protecting its heritage,” read the statement.