Graduate wins British Council alumni award in Egypt

(from left to right) Azza Fahmy, founder of Azza Fahmy jewellery, Elizabeth White, Director of British Council in Egypt, Omnia El Rashidy and Sir Geoffrey Adams, British Ambassador to Egypt.

A Sheffield Hallam University graduate has won the Entrepreneurial Award at the 2019 British Council Study UK Alumni Awards which took place in Egypt.

Omnia El Rashidy graduated with a Postgraduate Diploma in Paediatric Neurodisability in November 2017.

Since then she has become a pioneer in Neurodisability and founded the first keto-clinic for epilepsy treatment in Egypt, as well as the Maharat Masr Neurodisability Clinic, which provides services for children with varying disabilities.

Omnia’s community-focused medical programme enhances the quality of life for families with disabled children. She is currently taking her expertise to hospitals across Egypt, sharing her holistic approach to treatment and working with families to support children with disabilities.

Omnia said: “This award is very special and significant to me. Receiving such an award leaves me charged up and taking up new challenges.

“Applying for a Master’s degree in Neurodisability at Sheffield Hallam University at the age of 52 was not an easy decision, however, it has proven to be one of the best decisions I have ever made.

“I have gained and developed a holistic approach to the treatment of children with disabilities; one that emphasizes the consideration of not only the patient’s state, but also the welfare of their families and support groups.

“Studying at Sheffield Hallam was such a great experience and an amazing opportunity, going to the UK, observing the community and social support available relating to my field, getting hands-on experience, was one of the most valuable experiences I could have.

“I truly encourage everyone to pursue their passion, no matter what their age or background is, it’s never too late – hard work will always pay off.”

The Study UK Alumni Awards seek to recognise and celebrate the benefits that studying at a UK university can have on an individual, their community and their country.

The Entrepreneurial Award recognises alumni who are active in initiating or contributing to innovative new ideas or businesses opportunities. 

Elizabeth White, director for the British Council in Egypt said: “Every one of the finalists has used their experience of UK study, and all their own abilities, skills and initiatives, to make a career in which they have made a significant difference – with impact in various fields.”

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As a leading provider of education both in the UK and overseas, the University continues to increase global impact through strong teaching partnerships, global mobility opportunities for students and staff and practical applied research projects.

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