Ms Loubna Sadaful has won the MCB Foundation Scholarship Award 2021. The award was presented, on Tuesday, in Port-Louis, by the Vice-Prime Minister, Minister of Education, Tertiary Education, Science and Technology, Mrs Leela Devi Dookun-Luchoomun. The latter, a former student of the Queen Elizabeth College, will soon start a four-year integrated Masters in Mathematics, Operational Research, Statistics, and Economics at the University of Warwick, in the United Kingdom.
Mrs Dookun-Luchoomun congratulated Ms Sadaful for her brilliant performance adding that she is a young girl with lots of aspirations who dared to dream and worked hard to conquer. She expressed confidence that she will excel in her studies at Warwick University and underlined that her studies will hone her analytical skills which, she said, can help the country in its advancement.
Vice-Prime Minister Dookun-Luchoomun further encouraged the 33rd laureate to make the most of the scholarship, to get out of her cocoon and to look at life from a different perspective. She appealed to her to always remember her duties and her priorities towards her country and to apply her skills and knowledge for the development of Mauritius. She concluded by wishing her a lot of success in her studies and her career.
Also present, the Chairman of MCB Group, Mr Didier Harel affirmed that the MCB believes that education is the pillar of the development of any society, adding that the institution will continue to help and actively promote this vital sector. The education of our young people remains the key to the development and advancement of the country, and MCB will always be there to encourage them to excel, he said.
Addressing Ms Sadaful, he expressed confidence that she will continue to shine brilliantly and be a role model for the youth of Mauritius. He urged her to never lose her determination and self-confidence, which will help her in furthering her career. He also expressed hope that she will apply the skills she will acquire during her studies towards the development and betterment of the country one day.
The young girl thanked the MCB for the scholarship. The former QEC student believes that three elements are needed in Mauritian society to encourage young people to return home: meritocracy, transparency, and accountability. Loubna Sadaful will soon go to the University of Warwick, UK, where she will pursue a four-year degree in Mathematics, Operational Research, Statistics and Economics.
Finally, she expressed her heartfelt gratitude to the MCB Foundation and the Government for investing in the future of the country.